BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– House Democrats held a press conference Tuesday afternoon outside the capitol to discuss their priorities for the remainder of the special session.
“House democrats are working on issues that affect people, we stand ready to work with any of our colleagues who are wanting to do things that are going to help people stand in need,” House Minority Leader Rep. Sam Jenkins said.
The representatives took turns previewing bills they will present on Wednesday regarding housing, child hunger, and the unemployment trust fund.
Each Representative expressed concern that issues affecting people are not being taken seriously.
“I find it very worrisome in a state with a pending housing crisis that we will not be giving any money to people who need housing assistance,” Rep. Mandie Landry said.
Another hot topic, the Governor’s emergency power.
Republican lawmakers have continued to push for limits of Gov. John Bel Edwards Covid-19 emergency orders.
“Anything that seriously limits the executive branch power, to manage emergencies, we could lose millions of dollars in federal funding for Louisiana and see a surge in Covid-19 cases,” Jenkins said.
Republican Lawmakers say Edwards has overreached with his emergency regulations. If lawmakers can’t come to an agreement the issue could be settled in a court room.
Jenkins said the democrats hoped for unity but claim Republicans are more interested in “hurting the Governor instead of coming to solutions.”