GOP plans override votes despite constitutionality questions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania House Republicans plan to hold votes next week to override the Democratic governor’s budget bill veto, one piece at a time.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed wrote to members of his caucus Friday morning to outline the plan. It involves calling up elements of the budget bill that would authorize certain funds at the same or a similar level to what Gov. Tom Wolf supports.

Republicans will hold a 119-to-84 majority after five newly elected members are sworn in. That means they’ll need at least 17 Democrats for the two-thirds majority required. House Democratic leader Frank Dermody predicts they’ll get few or no votes from his members.

Democrats call the plan unconstitutional and a Duquesne University law professor who teaches a course on the state constitution agrees.

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