Cohesion at work in the state senate

Posted 4/2/20

District 5 State Sen. Greg Reed has witnessed a definitive sense of unity and purpose among the legislative leaders in Montgomery in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Cohesion at work in the state senate


District 5 State Sen. Greg Reed has witnessed a definitive sense of unity and purpose among the legislative leaders in Montgomery in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Unlike in Washington, where fractures and squabbles are apparent between political parties in decision making, the spirit of working together in the face of the crisis has been ever-present in the Alabama Senate in putting the needs of the people ahead of agendas.

"Crisis brings out what is in the heart of most people, and in that, I think we've seen that in the members of the Alabama legislature," Reed said. "We struggle to understand with things that as legislative leaders we can do — republican or democrat we are looking for those opportunities as a body we can to do help."

One of the first acts the legislature accomplished was allocating five million dollars to help assist in rendering aid during the crisis — a measure that passed unanimously among both parties.

Communication between parties on both sides of the aisle is at an all-time high as Reed has witnessed in the proceeding weeks.

"Last week I was in Montgomery and had no less than three meetings with our Senate Minority Leader, Bobby Singleton of Greene Co., where we talked about the coordination of what we needed to do towards our constitutional requirements to meet this week in the state house. We discussed what needed to take place to at a minimum to ensure our legislative days don't run out in this session," Reed said. "If and when we can come together, possibly in April or May, we want to have days where things can get accomplished. If we don't come back together, we'll have days that will burn and the session will end before the senate can adjourn again. Working on that with Sen. Singleton, and our many conversations we've had on the subject, is the type of unified mindset I've seen from both parties. We want to keep our fellow legislators safe and we've got a good plan for it in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Health and our senate leadership."

Reed has worked with several democratic colleagues of significant importance in legislative response to the crisis and stated that issues where the two parties cannot work cohesively on have been non-existent.

"Republicans and Democrats in the Alabama Senate didn't just start trying to work together — it's something that has been noted over time," Reed said. "There will always be philosophical issues that we differ on, but when it comes to subjects that are of paramount importance to the people of our state in a crisis situation like we are facing now, I think the true colors of those who have been elected to serve — republican or democrat — show how we can work together."

Social distancing in combating the Coronavirus has also forced Reed to depart from the most enjoyable aspect of this duties — meeting with and being among his constituents. However, Reed wants his constituents to know their concerns and issues can still be addressed by contacting his office in Montgomery at 334-261-0842 and through the mail at State House Room 734, 11 S. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130.

"I continue to get calls about concerns and topics that the citizens of our district have that we have been able to answer — whether one of my staff can address those needs or the caller leaves a message and we call them back, we're doing our best to serve our constituents," Reed said.