The biggest news out of North Carolina this week was supposed to be the results of the 9th Congressional District’s special election. But an override-vote on the budget took center stage, particularly because there was an alleged promise not to hold the vote that was broken.
Democrats say they were given assurances from Republican leaders that an attempt to override a budget veto override from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper would be delayed until later in the day, to give lawmakers the chance to attend commemorations of the attacks of September 11, 2001, HuffPost reported.
Instead, Republicans, who maintain no such assurances were given, held a morning vote on Wednesday at a time when dozens of lawmakers, mostly Democrats, were not present. Quorum was met, and the override was successfully passed.
Video of Rep. Deb Butler, vociferously stating “I will not yield” on the House floor, went viral across social media, as her objections were ignored and the bill was passed.
WATCH: This is the moment Republicans began their ambush by calling the budget veto override for a vote after they had told Democrats there would be no votes.
— Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) September 11, 2019
Cooper issued a statement against the bill being passed, lambasting Republicans for deceiving their Democratic colleagues in order to pass it more easily.
“Today, on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, while the state was honoring first responders, Republicans called a deceptive, surprise override of my budget veto…The Republican caucus was laying in wait, ready for this.” Cooper said, per reporting from The Raleigh News & Observer.
“I have never seen anything like this in my 30-plus years in state government,” Cooper added.
In later interviews, the Democratic governor called the move both illegal and unethical.
The bill now heads to the state Senate, where it must also be passed by a veto-proof majority, CBS 17 reported.
Republicans later implied that the bill passed because Democrats weren’t doing their jobs as lawmakers. “All they had to do was show up to work,” House Speaker Tim Moore said.
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