I think we can call this one a "stunner". The prevailing wage bill at the Iowa statehouse the Democrats were trying to push through before the weekend has hit a major bump. Democrats thought they had the 51 votes they would need to pass it. As it turns out they are stuck at 50 votes. Speaker of the House Pat Murphy plans to keep someone in the speaker's chair through the weekend until Monday, so the voting isn't officially closed. And ultimately that would have meant the bill failed. I assume the Dems are hoping a member has a change of heart over the weekend, one way or the other. Geri Huser of Altoona, according to Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson was out of town today and missed the vote. Do you think she will get some attention this weekend?
More on this later. But here's the statement from Murphy's office:
STATEMENT FROM HOUSE SPEAKER PAT MURPHY
"There is a difference between creating jobs and creating good-paying jobs. Thousands of Iowans work hard every day but don't get paid a decent wage. Prevailing wage is one step we can take to provide more support for Iowa's middle-class families. I want to be sure that taxpayer money is going to responsible Iowa employers who pay a decent wage, not employers who take advantage of people like we've seen in Postville and Atalissa. As the presiding officer of the House, I will stay in the Speaker's chair and the voting machine will remain open until Monday. My goal is to get 51 votes and make sure we have good-paying jobs for middle class families."