HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut House adjourned after less than an hour Tuesday afternoon and did not take a vote on overriding the Governor’s veto of the Republican budget that passed the House and Senate last month.
The House adjourned without taking any votes Tuesday because the Republicans, who had been calling for a veto override for two weeks, decided not to exercise their prerogative to call for a vote, saying it was too soon.
Following the adjournment, Minority Leader, Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby) said, “We absolutely, positively stand behind the fact that overriding this veto is best for the state of Connecticut.”
Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) said, “The Republican Party decided to take a pass. I don’t know what that was about. They asked for it. They campaigned around the state for it.”
Rep. Klarides added, “Working off a document you have is always better and more efficient than starting from scratch.”
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The Democratic Majority Leader, Matt Ritter of Hartford, is now urging that the House pass a piecemeal part of the budget as soon as next week in an effort to show some progress. The Governor says that the next deadline for the legislature to pass a bipartisan budget he will sign is now Oct. 13. That’s because a bipartisan honeymoon would then get in the way.
The two met in the legislature and love bloomed despite their political differences. The honeymoon would have them out of the country till the end of the month. In the 18-18 evenly divided State Senate, that would be a problem.
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Rep. Simmons spoke to News 8, saying, “Our top priority right now is getting a budget passed for the people of Connecticut.”
When she was asked if she was actually considering postponing the the soon-to-be married couple’s honeymoon, Rep. Simmons responded, “Well, let’s take it step by step. That’s to be determined. I think our top priority is to serve our constituents.”
Rep. Simmons says a honeymoon postponement is definitely under consideration by her and Sen. Linares.