[Editor’s note: This is a developing story.] In a surprise move that Democratic members loudly decried as treachery, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted 55-9 this morning to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of the state budget bill passed in June.
There are 120 members in the House and 56 weren’t yet in their seats yet this morning when the vote took place. Democratic lawmakers have stated that they were told by the House leadership that there would be no votes taken on the House floor today (though, it’s unclear whether there was any official notice to that effect) — a day that had been expected to be devoted to meetings of House and Senate Redistricting Committees.
At this point, no votes have been taken in the Senate, but it is has long been expected that Republicans may be able to secure the single Democratic vote they need in the 50-member body (their current majority stands at 29-21) to attain the required 3/5 majority to override the veto.
The Senate convened at 9:30 this morning, but then recessed until 4:00 p.m. you can listen to the proceedings by clicking here.
At 9:41, Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue issued the following statement:
House Veto Erodes Trust, Reputation of General Assembly
“Having served as Speaker of the House, I understand the challenge in setting your personal agenda aside in order to address the people’s agenda. Today’s budget veto vote in the House did not serve the people’s agenda.
“Today’s veto override may have passed the bare minimum in House rules; it hardly passes the ethical rules of good government. This level of political deceit may have been limited to the House – but it reflects poorly on all of us.”
Policy Watch will have more updates on this developing story throughout the day.