Brian Bosma and Minority Leader Pat Bauer spoke Thursday morning, with Bauer telling the House Speaker the Democratic caucus wouldn’t return to the House floor this week. Bosma said there’s still no movement from either side of the aisle.
“[Bauer] said, ‘Is there any movement for compromise on the bills?’ I said, ‘Of course there is, there always is, and we can do that on the floor of the House.’”
Prior to the final roll call Thursday, the House Rules Committee met to put into motion a bill deadline extension, which Bosma said would be the first order of business whenever the Democrats return.
Michigan City Rep. Scott Pelath returned from Illinois Thursday morning to relieve the two Democrats who had remained at the Statehouse Tuesday and Wednesday. He said the deadline extension strengthens the resolve of the Democratic caucus.
“To simply say, ‘Look, we’re just going to keep moving the deadline on you, none of these things matter, we’re going to work our will no matter what,’ that’s not going to be very well-received by folks in the Democratic caucus,” Pelath said.
Pelath said the bill deadline extension makes it less likely the Democrats will return soon.