House Passes Capital Outlay Sweeps Bill

Hollywood and music stars have threatened boycotts if Texas passes a law, and the National Football League and NBA have hinted that future events could be pulled out of the state - even though Houston hosted the last Super Bowl in February.

Patrick put the blame on Republican House Speaker Joe Straus, a business-friendly moderate who has rebuked calls for the bill targeting transgender people all session.

He said he wanted the Senate bill to have "a lot more money" than the House measure, which would provide $138 billion over a decade to help states buttress health care markets.

"He says, 'I don't want to happen in Texas what happened in North Carolina, ' but we now know nothing happened in North Carolina", Patrick said. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.

Not only are there few work days, but Republicans still have to get the House bill past the scrutiny of the Senate Parliamentarian, and then make sure any changes also pass muster with strict Senate rules governing budget reconciliation, which prevents a bill from being subject to a 60 vote filibuster. Both the houses later adjourned the special budget session.

Concern is rising among some members that as leadership remains focused on the big gets - an Obamacare repeal/replace bill and tax reform - the budget process will go from delay to defeat, which would mean a CR that goes into next year if members can't agree to a final budget on time. "I think the pieces we have in place now make this a true win for every hardworking man and woman in West Virginia, and it gives our seniors and our military the benefit they deserve".

But Patrick - who has spent months championing far-reaching restrictions on bathroom use - had said the amendment's "ambiguous language" didn't "appear to do much".

"Thanks to Joe Straus, we're going to have a special session that he created", Patrick said.

The House voted to approve the latest version of the bill 84-38.

Straus says he's anxious if the bill passes, Texas would lose economic drivers, including sports events from coming to the Lone Star State.

"We'll get them but it's going to be hard", he said.

Braddock, noting via Twitter that Gov. Greg Abbott could weigh in on the issue at any moment - only the governor can actually call a special session, despite all of Patrick's bluster - Braddock concluded with a tweet saying, The speaker takes bathrooms off the table, leaves property taxes in play for leverage to bring the budget to the floor.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) said, "We want states to have flexibility, but that's why you need some kind of federal support or backstop like a risk pool or reinsurance so that people are comfortable that for chronic illness and pre-existing conditions, there's going to be coverage there and that their premiums won't become unaffordable". The Senate's changes to House Bill 107 would have raised the state's consumer sales tax to 7.25 percent in exchange for changes to the personal income tax rates. It has more than a passing resemblance to tax bill which was also passed by the same house.

Straus said the House planned to discuss property tax relief Saturday.