Mo. House committee passes budget before spring break

The House Budget Committee passed its version of the budget Wednesday, which the full chamber will debate when lawmakers return from their week-long spring break.

House Budget Committee chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, proposed a “mega-amendment,” which shifted around nearly $23 million in spending. The committee agreed to pull $750,000 from higher education institutions to provide scholarships for veterans. Stream said it was a necessary move after the U.S. Department of Defense stopped accepting applications for tuition assistance after the federal sequester took effect.

Republicans in the committee rejected two amendments in party line votes that would have expanded Medicaid as prescribed in the Affordable Care Act, citing it would pillage education funding to make it operational.

– Missouri Digital Press


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