“We’re not going to be held hostage to individuals who have some kind of a wish list,” Vos said.
The state Assembly began debating the budget shortly after noon Wednesday. A vote is expected by the late-night hours.
Senate Republicans, who have yet to take up the budget, are expected to meet Wednesday to discuss it. Fitzgerald said Tuesday that he hopes the meeting will produce agreement among his members on changes to the budget that can be sent to the Assembly, in the form of an amendment, before it votes on it. That would prevent the Assembly from having to approve the budget a second time after a Senate vote, which has not yet been scheduled.
Vos laid down the gauntlet at Wednesday’s press conference, saying he won’t revisit the budget after Wednesday.
“Once we vote for the budget today, we are done with the budget process,” Vos said.
Ummm… if the Senate votes for a different version of the budget, it goes to conference and then both houses have to vote on it again. It’s not really up to Vos unless he is saying that the Assembly is willing to not ever pass a budget.