Representative Trent Skaggs (D) and a few other members of the House, including a few in the Democratic leadership, have taken the opportunity to tweak the republican majority’s propensity for foisting non-binding resolutions with no practical meaning on the House membership.
…Whereas, the majority leadership of the Missouri House of Representatives finds that criticizing Congress is, like, totally easy and great fun as well – way more easy and fun than doing real work…
HCR 69 Declares that nonbinding resolutions to Congress are a complete waste of time and pledges that the General Assembly will focus on meaningul legislation to solve problems in this state
Sponsor: Skaggs, Trent (31) Proposed Effective Date: 00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Harris, Belinda (110) ……….etal. LR Number: 5317L.02I
Last Action: 03/03/2010 – Offered (H)
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar
The Democratic resolution:
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES SKAGGS (Sponsor), BURNETT, LeVOTA, TALBOY, JONES (63), DOUGHERTY AND STILL (Co-sponsors).
Whereas, the majority leadership of the Missouri House of Representatives believes that seeking solutions to the serious problems facing Missouri is way too difficult; and
Whereas, the majority leadership of the Missouri House of Representatives finds that criticizing Congress is, like, totally easy and great fun as well – way more easy and fun than doing real work; and
Whereas, the Missouri House of Representatives recently passed several nonbinding resolutions futilely seeking to tell Congress how to do its job; and
Whereas, these frivolous entreaties to Congress accomplish nothing and are merely diversions from solving Missouri’s budget crisis, improving ethics and accountability in state government, and other vital matters facing the state:
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fifth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby declare that nonbinding resolutions to Congress are a complete waste of time; and
Be it further resolved that the Missouri General Assembly requests that the United States Congress ignore all nonbinding resolutions passed by the Missouri General Assembly, which – let’s be honest with ourselves here – it is so going to do anyway; and
Be it further resolved that the Missouri General Assembly hereby pledges to stop wasting time on frivolous resolutions and instead focus on meaningful legislation to solve the difficult problems facing the people of Missouri; and
Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate and House of Representatives and each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.
I imagine the republicans would be, like, totally bummed if this passed.