This press release is from the Office of Illinois House Republicans
The Democrats in the Illinois House put their votes on another stopgap spending plan on the House floor Thursday, passing HB109 which calls for an $800 million temporary budget bill.
The plan would tap two specialized accounts that are set aside for higher education and social service programs. Lawmakers say $817 million would be spent with $258 million to go towards social service agencies and $559 million to pay for community colleges, scholarships for low-income students and daily operations of state universities.
The vote of 64-45 with 1 voting present went along party lines. The bill will now go to the Senate, but they are still hoping to approve their own version of a budget bill.
During floor debate Democrat members chastised House Republicans for not wanting to help the people of Illinois. That’s when State Representative Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) turned the tables and said House Democrats keep saying people need jobs to survive…then he explained how Democrats killed his jobs bill in committee on Wednesday that would have created 1,000 new jobs in the state of Illinois. Attached are his comments.