Republicans Dodge Vote on Democrats’ Reagan-Union Joking

The state House of Representatives has turned down a resolution honoring Ronald Reagan, reports WPLN’s Joe White. Republicans refused to vote on the measure, which honored Reagan’s support of labor unions.
It was obviously a set-up – Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Turner sponsoring a bill to honor the Republican president who turned the Silent Majority into a GOP juggernaut.
Turner, a member of the Nashville Firefighter’s Union, reminded lawmakers that Reagan first entered politics as a member of a union.
“This man went on to lead the Screen Actors Guild, and led them in to their first strike, when the big Hollywood studios were trying to limit collective bargaining there.”
Turner also pointed out that Reagan defended the fledgling Polish trade union movement when the Soviets tried to crack down on the organization.
Unimpressed, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said he wouldn’t be voting on the measure, and only three Republicans bothered to put a vote on the board. With only a third of the House voting aye, the measure failed.
Republicans later called the resolution an attempt to get them to vote in favor of collective bargaining. The General Assembly is considering a bill to take away collective bargaining from teachers.

Text of HJR225 is HERE.

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