N.C. House Republican leader Paul Stam hasn't voted for the House rules since 1989.
Stam, an Apex Republican, says the House rules don't allow full debate for the minority party. On Wednesday, Stam tried a different approach in making his case. He still complained that the rules would give Democrats overwhelming influence on the state budget.
But he added a morsel to encourage Democrats to see things his way. Stam pointed out that whoever writes the state budget will be responsible for making difficult and unpopular choices.
"If I was the majority party, I would want to share that pain," Stam said.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Joe Hackney said Stam's complaints are "noise."