Tempers short at Capitol as deadline nears

  • Fri Apr 6th, 2012 2:34pm
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Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Tempers at the Capitol are flaring as lawmakers continue to struggle to reach a deal on the supplemental budget in advance of Tuesday’s end of the 30-day special legislative session.

After passing two bills Friday, Senate Democrats moved to take a recess in advance of an afternoon committee hearing on several budget-related bills. Senate Republicans moved to adjourn until Monday, angering Democratic leadership.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown was visibly angry as she said “there is no reason to go home right now” with numerous bills that still need to be passed, including ones that Republicans want.

Ultimately, Senate Republicans agreed to not adjourn and to attend Friday’s Ways and Means Committee hearing. Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said they would be examining the bills offered at the afternoon hearing to ensure they implement “what’s hopefully a bipartisan budget.”