Missouri House Republicans say they are confident they can replicate the Senate's Monday afternoon vote to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a tax cut.
The Senate's party-line vote came after barely an hour of terse but cordial debate. All 23 Republicans voted to override the Democratic governor's veto and all eight Democrats present voted against the move. The tone was far more strident when the House started debating an override vote later that evening. Much of the debate involved a heated exchange between Kansas City Democrat Jon Carpenter and Liberty Republican Myron Neth, who repeatedly cut each other off.
House Republicans said they decided not to vote because Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Raymore, was out of town due to a family emergency. In order to override Gov. Nixon's veto, all Republicans would need to be present and vote in favor of doing so. Republicans also need at least one Democratic vote to get the 109 votes they need. For the last few weeks, all eyes have been on Barnhart Democrat Jeff Roorda, who was the only Democrat to vote for the bill before it reached Nixon's desk. But on Monday afternoon, Majority Leader John Diehl, R-Town and Country, circulated a news release from Florissant Democrat Keith English's office in which English said he would vote for the tax cut. That would mean Republicans would be able to override Nixon's veto even if Roorda changes his mind.
Rep. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, told KRCG 13 as far as he knew, the House would vote on the bill as soon as it gaveled in Tuesday morning.