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Monday, January 24, 2005

Senate passes bonding bill

Today the Senate passed their bonding bill at long last. Last year, the bill failed in the Senate when Republicans refused to vote for it (bonding bills need a 60% majority vote, meaning that neither the Democrats in the Senate nor Republicans in the House can pass i by themselves). Seeing the writing on the wall, Republicans supported it en masse this year.

House Republican leaders have said that they won't pass a bonding bill until mid-February, and it almost certainly won't be as big as the Senate's bill, which totaled almost $1 billion. Thus, a conference committee, and the need for compromise. Will they be able to do it?

Tomorrow is another big day, as Pawlenty unveils his budget.


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