*** UPDATED x1 - Don’t open the champagne yet *** House approves budget proposal, will remain in session at least through Saturday
Friday, Jun 30, 2017
* The House has just voted to approve an omnibus appropriations amendment 90-25.
Speaker Madigan rose after the vote to thank Leader Durkin and the Republicans who voted for the amendment.
More in a bit.
* The amendment which passed can be found by clicking here.
Today’s House debate was remarkable for its bipartisan nature, which isn’t often seen in that chamber. GOP Rep. Steve Andersson received thunderous applause for his remarks, with Rep. Greg Harris saying it was the finest speech he’d ever heard delivered in the chamber.
* From Speaker Madigan’s office…
*** UPDATE *** As I noted earlier today in our live coverage post, this amendment vote was Speaker Madigan’s idea. He wanted the budget amendment adopted as a sign of good faith and then he’d restart negotiations on the non-budget issues and revenues. The budget itself is still not agreed.
So, a “top Republican source” described today’s floor action as more of a “procedural vote” than a sign of support for the underlying bill. There’s still a lot of work to do.