GAMC pressure rising for House GOP

Supporters of a bill to extend General Assistance Medical Care for 16 months are turning up the heat on Republicans.

DFLers in the Minnesota House will need three GOP votes to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of the bill. An override vote is expected Monday.

A group called the Save GAMC Coalition has scheduled a demonstration Friday morning at a busy intersection in White Bear Lake. Organizers say they plan to thank Rep. Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake, for voting for the original bill last week and encourage her to vote for the override.

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is using online advertising to target Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall. A news release says the group wants Seifert to stand by his original vote to continue the service to the most vulnerable and veterans in need.

Religious leaders, including Minnesota Catholic Bishops, are also getting involved. Bishop John Kinney of St. Cloud sent a memo this week to priests, deacons and parish life coordinators in his diocese, encouraging them to contact state legislators.

“I would encourage you to be in contact with your representatives by phone or e-mail as soon as possible to express your support of the override of Gov. Pawlenty’s veto of the General Assistance Medical Care bill,” Kinney wrote.

House Republican leaders insist their caucus will stand united with the governor.

  • Bill Gleason

    Seems to me they have a little problem…

    How is it that you could vote for the bill and not vote for the over-ride? Isn’t this political posturing?

    And if your response is that the DFL “tricked you,” were you born yesterday?

    Seems to me that the GOP has a problem on this. For once, read Profiles in Courage, and do the right thing…

  • Christian

    I really believe they all thought in good faith that the bill was going to conference. The fact that it didn’t was a bad maneuver on the part of the DFL. No way are the Republicans going to defect on this one. Abeler just said on the floor yesterday that he wouldn’t override. They can still pass something else out if they get a move on. There are plenty of vehicles available.