The following is a very informative and updated article with a lot of insight, including a possible vote from the House of Representatives to override Purdue's "Veto
About that veto
Over the weekend, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed H 383, the bill that would have both extended unemployment benefits and created a year-long continuing budget resolution that would have neutered her budget negotiating position (link)
(http://www.news-record.com/blog/53964/entry/115793 - broken link). From the governor’s veto message:
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House Bill 383 irresponsibly took the financial lifelines for 37,000 North Carolina citizens and families and hitched them to a budget ploy that will wreck the lives of millions more.
The General Assembly’s leadership needs to quickly send me a bill that will aid our fellow North Carolinians, free of these antics, and I will sign it.
Because the unemployment end of H 383 didn’t pass, 37,000 North Carolina residents will lose unemployment benefits this week. I asked lawmakers if they had any plans to fix the unemployment issue.
“We sent her a bill that fixes it, the governor vetoed it,” said Sen. Phil Berger, an Eden Republican and president pro tempore of the Senate. He noted that since the bill was a House measure, any veto override effort would start over in that chamber.
“It would be nice if four Democrats would join the Republicans,” he said.
So, supposing the House can’t override the veto (there are the votes in the Senate), are there any plans to send Perdue a bill that deals only with unemployment?
“We’ve not really talked about that,” Berger said. “We think the right thing to do would have been for the governor to sign the bill.”
On the House side, Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam sounded much the same themes.
He said it was “undecided” whether House lawmakers would attempt to override Perdue’s veto.
Stam said there was nothing in H 383 that the governor disagrees with other than something that’s not there.
“What she disagrees with is it doesn’t provide additional taxes,” Stam said. The governor’s budget would have kept a portion of a temporary sales tax increase, something Republicans say they will not do.
The unemployment benefits in question are paid by the federal government and the budget issue is a state matter, so why link them? Stam said the continuing resolution and the unemployment benefits were linked because they both provided for the continuity of government payments.
“They both relate to the continuity of government,” Stam said.
Both the House and Senate had skeleton sessions tonight because some members were out in their districts dealing with storm damage. That means that the House party caucuses couldn’t all get together to talk over how they would handle the veto and what the next steps might be.
Expect this question to come up when Speaker Thom Tillis and Berger hold their weekly press availability Tuesday morning.