Tuesday, July 21, 2009

House Sends Budget Bill To Conference, Suspends Legislative Calendar

The House just voted by 150-49 to non-concurr in the Senate amended version of the House Bill 1416 budget bill. The action sends the bill back to the Senate for a vote on whether it will insist on its amendments. If it does, and it will, the bill will then go to a conference committee, guaranteeing state workers and state vendors will not get paid until there is a final resolution of the budget.
The House Democratic Appropriations Committee published a comparison of the amended budget to the original House-passed version of the budget bill and to the House Republican budget that is available on the Crisci Associates website.
House Majority Leader Todd Eachus (D-Luzerne) also announced the House will suspend its legislative calendar until the budget is negotiated. He also put members on a 6 hour call, like the Senate, allowing them to leave town until called to return by the Speaker.

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