This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
A Pennsylvania budget agreement is one step from the governor’s desk, after a series of parliamentary moves in the House positioned a $30.8 billion spending plan for a final vote Wednesday.
Nearly 20 Republicans joined with Democrats on Tuesday afternoon in a preliminary vote to support the proposal backed by the Senate and Gov. Wolf.
It was a stunning course reversal by the House, where the Republican majority had begun readying a short-term spending plan, all but abandoning efforts to reach a compromise on a full year’s budget.
It was a Philadelphia Republican who initiated the move to resurrect the budget agreement that the House had previously rejected.
"It’s basically sitting around and saying to one another, like, look … what parliamentary maneuver can we do to put this back on track?" said Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia). He spoke to reporters shortly after the House voted 100-97 to position the budget bill for a final House vote on Wednesday. A temporary rule adopted by the House on Tuesday allowed the bill to advance with a simple majority vote, instead of the usual required sum of 102 votes.
"Believe me — many, many members who voted ‘no’ in there are very glad this happened," said Taylor. "Everyone needs a way out of this."