ST. PAUL, MN — Top House Republican Leaders held a press conference Monday to highlight the historically unproductive start to the 2021 session by House Democrats, and to urge action on four bipartisan bills that have been stalled for weeks.
Through the first ten weeks of session, the House has passed just five bills, the fewest at this point in session since at least 1995 — as far back as records are available on the House website. According to a report from House non-partisan staff, the House has also processed just 333 committee reports, the fewest at this point in session for an odd-numbered year since 2011.
"If House Democrats aren't willing to do the work Minnesotans expect of us, House Republicans are ready to step up and lead," said House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown. "This is the least productive session in recent history, and the House is holding up critical issues like funding for our law enforcement, protecting Minnesotans businesses and workers from tax hikes, and funding to help students get caught up after a year of distance learning."
House Republicans announced Monday the intention to bring four bills up for consideration over the next week on the House floor, including:
"These bills could easily pass this week with broad bipartisan support," added Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Anne Neu Brindley, R-North Branch. "House Democrats have been paralyzed, and as a result we are off to the least productive start in the House in recent history. We need to get to work and not let these priorities get caught up in budget bill politics. We can't afford to wait until May to make sure we're helping workers, Main Street businesses, schools, and law enforcement."