Illinois Senate Adjourns Monday Without Taking Up House Budget Bills

Jul 3, 2017

It’s not yet clear whether the Illinois Senate has the votes needed to pass the budget approved Sunday night by the House of Representatives.

 

The Senate has adjourned for the day Monday without taking up the House measures.

 

The House passed a full budget as their attempt to break the 2-year-long impasse.

 

Now it moves to the Senate - where it’s questionable if there are enough votes to pass it.

 

Senate President John Cullerton says it would be “very difficult” to pass with just Democrats - even though they have a supermajority.

 

"We have to do something. The House has acted but we’d prefer to do it with an agreement from the Republicans. That’s why we’ve asked them to come back here."

 

Republican leaders skipped a closed door meeting with Democrats Monday afternoon. 

That comes after 15 House Republicans broke from Governor Bruce Rauner and voted for the budget and tax hike Sunday night.

 

Rauner says he’ll veto it.