Mo. Republicans shut down debate in state Senate

May 8, 2012

The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted.  Republican Jason Crowell and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.

Instead of using a filibuster to block the veterans’ homes bill, Crowell is using several motions to block all bills from being debated.

“We have some issues that need to be resolved in the Senate before we move forward, and they’re going to be resolved one way or the other…I will continue to make this series of motions on anything else that we do,” Crowell said.

The version of the bill Crowell and his allies want would also strip state funding from the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  They accuse the institute of being politically biased towards Democrats. 

They also want two million dollars in extra funding removed from Southeast Missouri State University.  GOP Senate leaders are weighing options on ending the standoff.