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Dover, DE – Senate Republicans today attempted to seek clarification from Delaware’s Supreme Court on recent appropriation decisions made by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, only to be shut down by the chamber’s Democrats on a 11-9 party vote, with one member absent.

“We are shocked that our Democratic colleagues chose to protect their own elected officials instead of seeking clarification from the Supreme Court on this important issue,” said Senator Greg Lavelle (R-Sharpley). “The Constitution is crystal clear as to the fact that the Legislature holds the power of the purse, and that an Act of the General Assembly is required to appropriate money.”

Senate Resolution 63, sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 22 members of the General Assembly, sought clarification from the Supreme Court as to whether any entity in Delaware can spend state funds without authorization from the full General Assembly.

“All taxpayers deserve a vote when state money is spent,” said Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford). “Now, as a result of this partisan action by the Senate Democrats, we’ll never have that clarification, and the taxpayers of Delaware have no further recourse.”