Today, Senate Republicans, with zero notice to Democratic legislators or the Governor, engaged in an unprecedented, outrageous abuse of power in order to score political points.
Lynn Peterson was appointed as the Secretary of Transportation nearly 3 years ago, and her nomination passed through Committee in an unanimous, bipartisan vote last year. The sole reason Republicans brought her nomination to a vote today is to build a political narrative for the 2016 election.
This shameful act impedes the state's ability to do the people's business and keep people safe. Less than a year after Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a $15 billion transportation package, this political maneuver only undermines the ability to deliver these much-needed transportation projects on-time and on-budget.
There is a time and place for politics, but it's not in early February on the Senate floor.