More than 100 days after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislative Republicans’ spending plan, it’s not yet clear if the Senate will follow the House in voting to override.
A voting session that included the budget override was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday but was pushed to 11 a.m.
At the start of the 11 a.m. session, Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Bladen, asked for a break to further deliberate ahead of any vote.
“Mr. President, we need a few minutes to take about some things,” he said. “And at the appropriate time, I would request that the Senate recess for 30 minutes.”
However, when the session resumed after noon Tuesday, the Senate ran through the calendar, but ended up moving the veto override vote to Wednesday.
Cooper vetoed the state’s $24 billion budget proposal in late June. He opposed the spending bill because he said it offered lower teacher raises than what he wanted and excluded a $2 billion Medicaid expansion, partially funded by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act.
On Sept. 11, House Republicans voted successfully to override Cooper’s veto while most of the chamber’s Democratic members were not on the floor. The House overrode the veto 55-15.
The Senate vote was first slated to take place Monday night, but was forwarded to the calendar for Tuesday.
Senate Minority Leader, Dan Blue criticized the decision Monday night.
“Tonight’s decision to delay the proposed veto override tells us that Republicans know the Governor’s veto will be sustained. They need to take our proposals seriously,” he said in a statement.
It would take 30 votes in the Senate to override the veto. There are 29 Republican and 21 Democratic senators, meaning if all Republicans are present and vote to override, it would take one Democratic senator to complete the override.
Senate Majority Leader Berger vowed to end the session on Oct. 31, regardless on the outcome.