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Knight accuses Democrats of 'hijacking' his resolution

Posted: February 28, 2013 10:53 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2013 10:53 a.m.

SACRAMENTO­– Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) introduced a Senate Joint Resolution last week to urge the President and Congress to avert federal spending cuts known as “sequestration,” which unanimously passed the Senate Floor on Monday, with a 28-0 vote, garnering bipartisan support.  SJR 3 was then transmitted to the Assembly where Democrats attempted to significantly politicize its intent.

A severely amended version of the resolution included changes that were in major opposition to the perspective the Senator had originally intended. Because Senator Knight opposed these substantial alterations, the original measure was forced into a hearing of the Assembly Budget Committee; despite the resolution having absolutely no economic impact on the state.  Essentially, sending the resolution to the Budget Committee would cause a delay that is nothing more than a deceitful maneuver to ensure the resolution ultimately fails.

An entirely new resolution was then introduced by a Democrat Assemblymember and rushed through the legislative process.

“I am disappointed that state representatives would play politics on an issue so important to the California economy, said Senator Knight. “Forcing me to decide between agreeing to inflammatory language or killing my original measure is an assault to my ethics and character.  I stand by my decision to ask Congress to go back to the drawing board and to come up with another solution to avoid devastating cuts caused by sequestration. My version was supported on the Senate Floor by Senators on both sides of the aisle who often disagree. Unfortunately, a petty decision was made to guarantee that my version would not move forward.”

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