Private school vouchers at center of House budget debate

Friday, June 14, 2013

House lawmakers pushed forward their $20.6 billion budget after more than seven hours of debate Wednesday that was punctuated by a back-and-forth on private-school vouchers where the House speaker took the unusual step of participating.

The House approved the budget in a 77-41 vote and will take a final vote on its proposal Thursday.

Republicans praised the budget for its pragmatism, while Democrats said it hurts the middle class and does nothing to reduce unemployment.

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