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House Minority Leader Larry Hall on Friday said Republicans had not kept their promise of job creation this session, during the House Democratic Caucus’ last press conference of the year.
"We end this session knowing we did nothing to create jobs, we don't have that prosperity," he said. "We created a tax cut for the millionaires and raised the taxes on the least of these."
Caucus members rebuked the other party’s efforts, asserting that the state GOP has not adequately represented the real people of North Carolina.
While the session’s most substantive gun bill is undergoing surgery to work out differences between the House and Senate, representatives passed a resolution Wednesday declaring their support for the Second Amendment.
After some argument back and forth between Republicans and Democrats, who criticized the resolution as meaningless, the House voted 73-35 to approve HR63 by Rep. Michael Speciale, a Republican from New Bern.
The resolution is an expression of support for the right to bear arms and opposition to “any infringement by the federal government.” It was approved in a committee earlier Wednesday.
As expected, the state House on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow people with permits to carry concealed weapons to bring their firearms into bars, restaurants that serve alcohol, college campuses and parks.
Approval of what is likely the major gun bill of the session – by a vote of 78-42 -- came after lengthy debate on Monday and Tuesday. Democrats emphatically complained that the GOP leadership repeatedly thwarted their efforts to amend the bill.
Republicans used a legislative maneuver to table proposed amendments 12 times (once for a Republican amendment). Before Tuesday’s session, Democratic lawmakers called a news conference to complain about the tactic limiting the debate.
Since the first week of the legislative session, Gov. Pat McCrory has invited 29 state lawmakers to breakfast at the mansion.
The roster includes powerful Republicans -- House and Senate majority leaders and committee chairs -- but not one Democrat, according to a list of names received by The News & Observer through a records request.