Maine House, Senate fail to pass budget by midnight deadline

AUGUSTA – After proposing a bipartisan compromise proposal that was enacted in the Republican controlled Senate (33-1), the Maine House of Representatives failed to reach the two-thirds votes necessary for enactment. 61 House Republicans failed to vote for the proposal, ensuring a government shutdown.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“I am angered and deeply saddened by the failure of the legislature to pass a budget. Democrats and Senate Republicans have exhausted every possibility to prevent this outcome. I am scared for the workers who don’t know when they’ll get their next paycheck, for the businesses whose work will come grinding to a halt, and the stability of our economy, now twice scarred with uncertainty.

“Make no mistake, this shutdown was not necessary. And make no mistake I will continue to do everything in my power to end it.”