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Arizona House makes budget progress overnight

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Posted at 6:57 AM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 09:57:44-04

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House worked into the early morning to pass several bills that are part of the $11.8 billion state budget package before calling it a night.

The House and Senate both plan to return late Friday morning to continue working on the budget that has solid majority Republican support in the House but falls far short of enough GOP backing for the Senate to act. Minority Democrats don't support the GOP plan.

Republican holdouts who forced a delay in Senate action Thursday led to anger among GOP House members that was caught on an open mic during a closed caucus meeting Thursday evening. Reps. Ben Toma and Kelly Townsend threatened to retaliate against two GOP senators who don't support the budget.

The House worked until about 2 a.m. Friday.