House Republican Leader’s Statement on Rejection of Democrat Budget Bill Introduction

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the House vote on the suspension of House rules that would have allowed introduction of HB3 and HB4, budget bills proposed by House and Senate Democrats.

“What they proposed is not a compromise, had no buy-in from any member of the Republican party, and side-stepped negotiations with the governor. Additionally, the fact that they only released the text of the bills yesterday, and did not allow us or the public time to read and thoroughly understand the bills is really disrespectful. We didn’t even have time to prepare or submit amendments before the deadline because we were in session all day yesterday. They must think we’re a bunch of pushovers, but thankfully the legislative process has the provisions for the minority to stop this madness by preventing a two-thirds majority to allow the bills in.”