AUSTIN (February 11, 2013)—The Texas House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $4.8 billion supplemental spending bill Monday, the majority of which covers a Medicaid tab that lawmakers didn't pay two years ago.
Republican chairman Jim Pitts told the committee that the spending bill must be on Gov. Rick Perry's desk by March or else doctors and hospitals won't get paid.
Democrats indicated they'll make Republicans vote on restoring $5.4 billion in education cuts in the supplemental bill, which must be addressed before lawmakers begin fine-tuning the next budget.
The supplemental bill now moves to the full Texas House.