North Carolina Republican lawmakers abruptly voted Wednesday morning to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget, sparking chaos in the chamber by bypassing Democratic lawmakers.
Dozens of Democratic state House representatives weren’t present for the vote, according to The Associated Press.
“This is a travesty of the process and you know it,” state Rep. Deb Butler (D) said when the vote was called, according to The Charlotte Observer. “We will not yield.”
“How dare you, Mr. Speaker?” she continued, calling it a “hijacking of the process.”
“The trickery that is being evidenced by this morning is tantamount to a criminal offense,” Butler added.
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