UPDATED: House breaks budget stalemate; leverage for Medicaid expansion vote lost


(Updated to include comments from the governor, the House speaker, Senate majority leader, House minority leader and others; links to bill and final vote)

A day of wondering and waiting ended Saturday with the Kansas House breaking a stalemate over the budget, ending the last chance for forcing a vote on Medicaid expansion this year.

After two tries, the House passed the $18.4 billion budget 79-45, after a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans started breaking apart. Passage of theSSJ

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