House Democrats once again rejected the opportunity to pass real reform during today’s pension debate. Republican lawmakers offered an amendment that would take away pension payments for those who have been convicted of a felony on or after the effective date of the legislation. During the debate one democratic lawmaker argued that if he made a mistake while perhaps in another state, he and his family shouldn’t be penalized! Since when is committing a felony a mistake? It is not only outrageous that this amendment was rejected, but incredibly hypocritical, considering it was a well known democrat who originally suggested the idea. Is it because it was offered by a republican that is was rejected? That is likely the case.
Apparently, real reform isn’t a priority of the Majority Party in the House. If it was, this amendment would have been unanimously adopted.