Kansas House rejects budget in Medicaid fight

Kansas House members debate a motion to reconsider a vite to override Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of an abortion bill on May 2, 2019 (WIBW/Shawn Wheat)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas legislators who support expanding Medicaid again blocked a proposed state budget in hopes of forcing a vote on an expansion plan.

House and Senate negotiators drafted a new spending plan Friday night that reduced the allocations for higher education and the Health Care Access program contained in a prior proposal.

The House voted it down in an 81-42 vote around 10:30 p.m. Friday. They will return to work Saturday morning.

The Republican-led House voted 63-61 earlier Friday against a proposed $18.4 billion spending blueprint for the budget year beginning July 1. The move sent the proposed budget back to the House and Senate negotiators.

Some Democrats and GOP moderates went into the debate on the measure saying they wanted to vote it down to push the GOP-controlled Senate's top Republicans to allow a vote on Medicaid expansion.

The House passed an expansion plan in March, but the Senate has not debated it.

The vote dashed Republican leaders' hopes of having lawmakers wrap up their business for the year Friday.