Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dan Liljenquist for US Senate for Utah

Last Utah General Legislative Session for 2011, I remember reading though and seeing bill after bill sponsored by Sen. Dan Liljenquist pass the house.

I was amazed at the respect he and the bills had. I was amazed at how both republicans and democrats voted for them.

For example, his 2011 SB 180 Medicaid Reform bill passed both houses with no votes against it from either party and was signed by the Governor.

The same thing happened with 2011 SB 308 Amendments to Public Employee's Benefit and Insurance Program. It happened to 2011 S.B. 272 Secured Creditor Amendments. Also with 2011 S.B. 127 Post Retirement Employment Amendments. I was surprised that 2011 S.B. 149 Qualifications for the Executive Director of the Department of Health had one vote against it, but it came back and passed without anyone voting against it after all. Again, no votes against 2011 S.B. 121 New Automobile Franchise Act Amendments. No votes against 2011 S.B. 120 Career Service Amendments. (Not in any order).

Did he get any no votes? Yes. 2011 S.B. 90 Board of Pardons Retirement Amendments did actually have 6 house republicans vote against it and 2011 S.B. 9 Retirement and Independent Entities Base Budget did have many democrats vote against it, but last year that was common with the base budget bills.

But with at least 7 bills, both the house and senate, both republicans and democrats all voted for the reforms Senator Dan Liljenquist proposed. Some of the bills had been changed several times before they were voted on, but when there was consensus they were voted on and passed. Some have asked why he missed some floor votes last year and I believe this tells you why. All 9 of these bills were signed by the Governor.

We need that in Washington DC. These are the same areas that are bankrupting our nation. Again, we need Dan Liljenquist in Washington DC. Yes, we have a US Senator with 35 years of seniority, but remember that in 2011, Senator Dan Liljenquist was still in his first 4 year term. He did it without seniority. He has been recognized nationally for this, but not so much in his own state.

In addition to that, our current US President is acting like a king. If congress doesn't act, he says he will. Sen. Mike Lee is at least calling the President out on it. I don't believe Sen. Hatch is doing enough to provide the constitutional check we need. I believe Dan Liljenquist would stand up and protect our freedom and rights. I believe that item alone will make the difference in this race.

I ask that you vote for Dan Liljenquist, while there is still time to save this country.