Because they can’t pass their latest effort to restrict abortion rights in Montana:
Sen. Daniel McGee, the bill’s sponsor, said the issue should be placed before the voters of Montana, not decided by lawmakers or courts.
"So the question becomes then do the people of Montana have a say as per Roe v. Wade, and Webster, do they have a say in the interests of unborn life?" the Republican from Laurel asked lawmakers during the Senate hearing.
But, when it comes to funding children’s healthcare, endorsed by 70 per cent of Montanans:
Lewis said Republicans plan to introduce a bill that will delay implementation of I-155 until 2011, after the next Legislature.
Lewis said while voters did approve I-155, they did so without knowing how the state’s budget picture would deteriorate.
“People voted for that when we had a billion-dollar surplus,” he said. “Now we’re taking $250 million out of the revenue.”
As evident as the Republican hypocrisy on the will of the voter is, it certainly not what matters most in the last week of conservative ideology trumping sound economic and moral principles at the Legislature.
Montana voters willing took on the burden of providing adequate for our children, knowing that it would require a financial commitment. Why? For some, because healthy children are better students, become better workers, and contribute to the economic well-being of the state. For others, because it is a moral imperative to care for children.
Whatever their reasons, Montanans should be commended for their commitment to the well-being of all children in this state. Republicans who have decided to both ignore the will of the people and the needs of children should be ashamed of themselves.