House Minority Leader Pat Bauer broke his silence Wednesday afternoon, talking about the Democrats’ walkout and what would bring them back. Bauer telephoned into his own Statehouse office to speak on what the House Democrats’ plans are moving forward.
“I’m willing to sit down and discuss some of these. Certainly, the question earlier was, ‘do we want all of these?’ No. There’s some that are essential, and those are the ones that are direct attacks on the workers and will be lasting.”
Bauer would not say specifically which bills he considers essential. He also said the Democrats haven’t made a decision on when to return.
“We judge that day by day, and even meeting by meeting. It’s not a designated time.”
Bauer did rule out the Democrats returning before Thursday.
Meanwhile, Governor Mitch Daniels spoke out against the actions of Indiana House Democrats Wednesday and called on them to return. Daniels made it clear, the actions of House Democrats will not dictate what Republicans do.
“We will not be bullied or blackmailed out of pursuing the agenda we laid in front of the people of Indiana,” said Daniels.
Daniels says he will make sure the legislation gets a hearing eventually.
“That agenda is going to get voted on. If it takes special sessions from now to New Years, we will hold them.”
And the Governor added he refuses to negotiate with House Minority Leader Pat Bauer.
“He has embarrassed himself, his caucus and his party. If he keeps it up, he’ll embarrass the entire state.”
Daniels says he hopes individual members of the Democratic caucus will return, if not the whole body.