Lawmakers stand together to support sound policy, override eight vetoes
AUGUSTA – The House of Representatives overrode eight vetoes Tuesday, a day after the governor followed-up on this threat to veto all bills with Democratic sponsors.
“We had great votes today. Democrats, Republicans and independents came together to support good policy and no say ‘no’ to obstructionism and partisan vindictiveness,” said House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan. “We recognized the value of the Legislature’s role and that our constituents sent us here to get work done.”
“The House stood up for bipartisanship and good governance today. We showed that we don’t make decisions based on a sponsor’s party affiliation. This morning, we once again made decisions based on the policy, knowing that we heard from the public, examined the facts and debated the merits. The Legislature labors over these decisions,” said Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, D-Freeport. “What we’re seeing from the governor is altogether different. Not only is this not good governance, it’s not governance at all.”
Gov. Paul LePage on Monday vetoed 12 bills, 10 of which were sponsored by Democrats. The House considered nine vetoes Tuesday morning.