DFL leaders call on GOP to support special session
August 8, 2013 — 12:53pm
House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, the top DFL leaders in the Legislature, called on their GOP counterparts to join in support for a disaster relief special session on Monday, Sept. 9.
"The Minnesota Legislature has a strong history of providing disaster relief in a timely and bipartisan manner," read their letter, addressed to House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie.
The DFL leaders said in addition to providing the state match for federal disaster relief for June storms, the session could repeal a sales tax on farm equipment repair that just went into effect.
"We request your support in proceeding forward with a Special session to address FEMA disaster assistance and elimination of the farm equipment repair sales tax," the letter read.
Gov. Mark Dayton, who alone has the power to call a special session, supported a brief session for a limited agenda after Labor Day.
Rep. John Kline, Republican serving his final year in Congress after 14 years, criticized the Obama Administration's handling of foreign military crises, elaborated on his recent presidential endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio and visibly worried over the state of the Minnesota Republican Party and its chances of retaining his seat in the Republican fold.
The House GOP campaign committee said Thursday they are launching a TV ad against DFL candidate Andrew Carlson, as he runs in the special election to replace former Rep. Ann Lenczewski, the longtime DFL lawmaker who retired last year.