House Speaker’s Attempt to Kill Bipartisan Budget Fails- For Now
HARTFORD – In a hastily called special session of the State House of Representatives convened with less than one day’s notice, State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120) and Ben McGorty (R-122) criticized House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) for his attempt to kill the bipartisan budget passed by the legislature in September, but vetoed by Governor Malloy. Firmly aware that there would not be the necessary 101 votes to override the veto, the session was called by the Speaker to quickly defeat the bipartisan budget – but that’s not how it played out.
House rules require the bill to be recalled by a member on the prevailing side of the bill, and none who voted in favor of the budget called the bill to assure its defeat. The Stratford legislators joined with supporters of the bipartisan budget, both Republicans and Democrats, in preventing action from being taken, thwarting the Speaker’s attempt to kill the budget bill. Having not taken action on it, the budget remains on the table, though both Stratford legislators recognize that getting an additional 24 Democrats to support the budget is a tall task. Read More →