Angry confrontation begins final budget debate in House

Long hours and frayed emotions led to a shouting match on the Missouri House floor as state representatives began final consideration of the 13 bills that make up the $23 billion state budget.

Tension mounted as the third ranking Democrat in the House, Minority Whip Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart), harshly criticized Republicans, accusing the majority party of revising history in the remarks about the economy. Roorda’s tone built into a shout. Rep. Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, charged toward Roorda, confronting him.

Check out Brent Martin’s story at Missourinet.com, including audio of the exchange.

And it’s even more fun with pictures, courtesy of Kermit Miller.

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