NC House takes a break from the grind to celebrate Fourth of July

07/03/2014 5:31 PM

07/03/2014 5:31 PM

The General Assembly has scooted out of town in time for the Fourth of July, and one of the chambers won't be back until a budget deal is reached.

Speaker Thom Tillis on Thursday told the House that members don't need to come to Raleigh next week because the only meetings will be among House and Senate budget negotiators trying to work out a compromise.

Tillis said the break would continue until there is a deal, at which point he would give legislators a 48-hour notice to return.

The Senate has no plans for committee meetings next week, but it will have regular sessions.

Tillis said he was optimistic on reaching an agreement with the Senate on the budget.

The Senate left town on Wednesday evening and will be back Tuesday. There are a number of bills from the House that it can take up.

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