Think of it as a reading comprehension test question. Below is the text from an article appearing in today’s Winston-Salem Journal.
Republican leadership in the state House delayed Wednesday — for an 11th consecutive session — a vote on overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s state budget veto.
As has been the pattern, neither the veto override vote nor the bipartisan Medicaid expansion legislation House Bill 655 was addressed on the House floor Wednesday.
The next opportunity for a floor vote will come Monday night, which would represent Day 32 of the stalemate.
Cooper vetoed the bill June 28, citing the lack of Medicaid expansion as a primary reason, along with not enough funds in the Republican budget compromise dedicated to public education spending, infrastructure and environment issues.
Republicans need at least seven Democratic House members and at least one Democratic senator to vote for a veto override.
Attempts to reach across the aisle for votes are being decried as interloping, if not bribery, with GOP offers of earmarking money in the budget for special projects in eastern North Carolina to sway those Democratic legislators.
All of which makes it more likely that budget negotiations will go on for weeks, if not months.
House speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, told reporters after the July 8 session — the first session to skip a vote — that “we’re going to wait until the time is right.” He has said there will not be a vote on HB655 until the state budget veto override is approved.
So here’s the question:
Based on the news report above, it is reasonable to conclude:
A. That delaying the vote 11 times is a good sign that there are not enough votes to override the governor’s veto.
B. That the “right time” could be sometime in 2020.
C. That GOP lawmakers will at some time have to negotiate.
D. That passing the budget through a nuclear option like last year with a super-majority but is not possible this year is frustrating to people like Rep. Tim Moore.
E. That “not having the votes” automatically means that “the other side will not negotiate” in the minds of some lawmakers.
F. That there is an incredible amount of denial on the parts of people like Rep. Moore.
G. That a great deal of people in NC really want the NCGA to expand Medicaid.
H. That Rep. Moore looks like a child who screams “Do over” when he realizes that he is losing the game.
I. All of the above.