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GOP House smacks GOP guv on bonuses, 25 amendments

May 15, 2012 • Business


House Clerk G. Paul Nardo, right, looks at a document on his desk as delegates huddle around the Speaker’s podium during the floor session of the House of Delegates at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Monday, May 14, 2012. The General Assembly is back in town to deal with gubernatorial amendments to the budget and also with election of certain judges. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The House of Delegates bullied Gov. Bob McDonnell on more than two dozen amendments he offered to the budget for the current fiscal year, including rejecting a proposal that put state employee pay bonuses in doubt. In a marathon session, 29 of the 106 amendments the Republican governor offered to two bills that direct state spending through June 2014 lay dead. The heavily Republican House did most of the damage, rejecting 23 amendments. The Senate, by 10:30 p.m., killed five more. McDonnell withdrew three of his own amendments before lawmakers took them up. In an extraordinary rebuke to a sitting governor, many of McDonnell’s amendments were rejected on lopsided bipartisan votes, and none more emphatically than his effort to tie a proposed one-time 3 percent bonus for state employees to state agencies’ ability to cut costs by $70 million in six weeks. McDonnell, in a late-night news release, sought to put the brightest spin on a clearly painful day, noting that 72 percent of his amendments survived, but saying it is Login to read more

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