Republicans Respond to Grossly Unbalanced Democrat Appropriations Bill

House Republicans held a press conference immediately following the vote on an appropriation plan that spends $7 billion more in revenue than the state has coming into its coffers.

"Instead of waiting for recommendations from the bipartisan budget working groups, the Speaker decided to drop a 500-page budget that overspends by $7,000,000,000 at 4:30 this afternoon," said a frustrated Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor). "We had all of 90 minutes to review."

Read more in the Caucus Blog.

The 500-page budget appropriations bill introduced 90-minutes prior to the Speaker calling it for a vote.