Though Indiana House Minority Leader Pat Bauer said he’s encouraged by Speaker Brian Bosma’s tone in the media, House Democrats remain in Illinois.
Pat Bauer said he sees progress towards negotiations, but that the progress is limited to communication through the media. He also said he’s been speaking with Senate Republicans, but that contact is limited to mutual associates. Bauer said he could negotiate with the Senate, but would rather continue lobbying his House colleagues.
“I would rather work within my own chamber with Brian Bosma first,” Bauer said.
But Bosma said he has yet to take a phone call initiated by Bauer.
“What do I have to do to get a guy to come back and do his duty? I’ve called him four times, he doesn’t show. He saying he’s not coming back until we say yes to his stuff. Just get back here and do your job.”
Gary Representative Charlie Brown, making his first appearance at the Statehouse since the Democrats left for Illinois, says members are boosted by protests at the Statehouse.
“Even if folks are saying, ‘My, I’d like to get home,’ or ‘I don’t want to be here.’ But then when we get the word that, ‘You’ve got to stay and stay the long haul and finish this fight or we all will be in real bad shape.’ And so that helps.”
Bauer said the Democrats are taking the decision to return day by day, and could not say when they’d return.