Democrat Lawmakers Stand with Malloy, Refuse to Override Governor’s Veto

June 13, 2016

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding the Democrat legislature’s refusal to pursue an override of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s line item vetoes. Republican state legislators urged Democrats to join them in overriding the governor’s veto. An override, which requires a two-thirds majority vote by the legislature, would have restored $20 million in cuts to municipalities and deep cuts to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which provide healthcare in underserved areas.

“Once again the roll over Democrats in the state legislature do exactly what Gov. Malloy tells them to do. Today Democrat lawmakers had an opportunity to stand up to the governor to protect municipalities and the poor, but instead they chose politics and backed the governor. It’s disappointing but not surprising. For the past 6 years the Democrats have caved on every critical policy resulting in Connecticut’s fiscal disaster. They stood with the governor to pass legislation that chased jobs out of Connecticut and raised our taxes again and again. While some Democrats may criticize the governor, words do nothing without action. And the Democrats refuse to act. The Senate Democrats claim to have interest in potential veto overrides of other bills next week – an obvious last minute attempt to separate themselves from the governor when they have failed to do so when it mattered most. Today was their chance to make a significant change related to the state budget, which they refused to do. In November Connecticut will have the choice to pursue a different direction and Democrat lawmakers can’t run from their complicity. They cannot hide from the fact that their blind following of the governor’s failed fiscal policies for years is what’s driving our state into the ground.”