Arizona House Works Late On Budget, Senate GOP Holdouts Remain

By Mark Brodie
Associated Press
Published: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 8:19am
Updated: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:47pm
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The Arizona House worked into the early morning to pass several bills that are part of the $11.8 billion state budget package before calling it a night.

According to the Arizona Mirror, the House and Senate both plan to return at 10 a.m. Friday to continue working on the budget.

The plan has solid majority Republican support in the House but falls far short of enough GOP votes for the Senate to act. Minority Democrats don't support the GOP plan.

Republican holdouts who forced a delay in Senate action Thursday led to anger among GOP House members, which was caught on an open mic during a closed caucus meeting Thursday evening. Reps. Ben Toma and Kelly Townsend threatened to retaliate against two GOP senators who don't support the budget.

The House worked until about 2 a.m. Friday.

Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services joined The Show with the latest.

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