After three weeks of overtime, state lawmakers adjourned for the year today and Democrats said progress was made when Republicans put aside partisan, divisive issues and worked together to find compromise.

“House Democrats started the session ready to put aside the partisanship and find common ground to create jobs and grow Iowa’s economy.  While I’m pleased we made some progress this year, Republicans spent too much time on partisan, divisive issues instead of the issues that matter most to Iowans,” said House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy.

When the session began, House Republicans offered another round of steep cuts in the state’s job creation and skilled workforce efforts. They also approved several divisive, partisan bills to turn back the clock on women’s health care and give immunity to domestic abusers and violent criminals.

“Despite opposition from Republicans, Democrats made sure the Legislature took action to continue the state’s job creation efforts, expand training at community colleges, and continue preschool for 20,000 Iowa kids,” added McCarthy.  “We’re proud of our work this year standing up for the middle class and keeping focused on main stream issues.”

The 2012 Legislative Session ended on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 after three weeks of overtime.