House debates GOP bid to override parts of Wolf budget veto

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 25, 2015 2:55 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(Harrisburg) -- State representatives are starting to debate a Republican-led effort to override parts of Gov. Tom Wolf's budget veto, one line item at a time.

The process in the state House isn't expected to go anywhere, as Democratic leaders say none of their members are expected to contribute votes the Republicans would need for the two-thirds supermajority required to override a veto.

The Democratic governor didn't use his line-item veto, he vetoed the entire budget, so there are questions about whether the Republican effort is constitutional.

The state's budget standoff is nearly two months old.

Wolf and top lawmakers met briefly earlier in the day to discuss the GOP's position on overhauling pension benefits for state government and school employees. Another meeting is expected Wednesday.

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