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McCann files legislation to force continuous session until budget is resolved

SPRINGFIELD –State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) has filed bipartisan legislation to keep lawmakers and the Governor at the Illinois Capitol until a balanced budget is passed, without additional costs to the taxpayers.

“This is beyond shameful that Illinois has gone three years without a budget, hurting countless families, schools, and businesses throughout the state,” said Senator McCann. “The time for excuses and political games ended long ago, the taxpayers deserve to have the government working.”

Senate Joint Resolution 44 would require the General Assembly to be in session a minimum of 10 hours per day, Monday through Saturday until a balanced budget is passed, and that in no way should fulfillment of the requirements cost the taxpayers more money in legislative pay, per diems, or travel expenses.

“The taxpayers have spent enough while receiving little in return,” said Senator McCann. “There is no justifiable reason for lawmakers or the governor to be at home, on vacation, or out campaigning while the state remains without a budget and our most vulnerable citizens suffer.”

In addition, the legislation would require that that the Governor submit a balanced budget to the Illinois General Assembly, and that he stay in Springfield while the General Assembly is in session, actively engaged and working with lawmakers to end the budget impasse.

"The employees of any other organization on earth experiencing this level of emergency would be expected to work around the clock until the problem was fixed,” said Senator McCann. “The governor, my legislative colleagues, and I should all lead by example and pay respect to the citizens of our great state by showing up to do the work they elected us to do. We owe it to the People of Illinois and to ourselves - we took an oath to serve, and that's what we should do."

Senate Joint Resolution 44 is co-sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

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