TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas legislators who support expanding Medicaid have blocked the next state budget in hopes of forcing a vote on an expansion plan.
The Republican-led House voted 63-61 Friday against a proposed $18.4 billion spending blueprint for the budget year beginning July 1. The move sends the proposed budget back to the House and Senate negotiators who agreed on the details Thursday night.
Some Democrats and GOP moderates went into the debate on the measure aiming to vote it down to push the GOP-controlled Senate’s top Republicans to allow a vote on Medicaid expansion.
House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer of Wichita said his fellow Democrats and moderate Republicans hoped to vote the plan down to push the GOP-controlled Senate’s top Republicans to allow a vote on Medicaid expansion.
The vote dashed Republican leaders’ hopes of having lawmakers wrap up their business for the year Friday.