House GOP Overrides Governor Roy Cooper's Budget Veto

Sep 12, 2019

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It was a dramatic day yesterday on the floor of the North Carolina House of Representatives. House Speaker Tim Moore called a surprise vote to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the current fiscal budget. Only about half of the 120 members were present. WHQR reports the move made some Democratic elected officials furious.

"Mr. Speaker, you are making a mockery of this process. You are deceiving all of North Carolina. Your leadership is an embarrassment to the history of this great state."

District 18 Representative Deb Butler of New Hanover County stood out among those most disturbed by the majority Republican call to hold the vote on North Carolina’s budget.

Republicans deny allegations they didn’t notify Democratic members about the vote.

But Democrats say Representative David Lewis, Chairman of the Rules, Calendar, and Operations Committee, promised there would be no vote.

Now that the House has approved the budget with a three-fifths majority, it moves to the Senate for passage.