IOWA HOUSE: McCarthy Forsees Abortion Debate

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The top Democrat in the Iowa House of Representatives says things could turn ugly at the Statehouse next week.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused House Republicans Thursday morning of delaying the end of the session because they are fighting about social issues amongst themselves. McCarthy says the Republican majority can't come together on a Health and Human Services budget because some members are pushing social issues into the legislation.

"My prediction is we'll be discussing women's reproductive rights either next week or the week after. Have a whole host of areas related to that issue. I sense it, I see it coming otherwise we would have debated Health and Human Services weeks ago,” says McCarthy.

McCarthy says he's been told the governor's office is concerned that House Republicans could bring up social issues and delay the end of the session. However the top Republican in the House has a different view of progress at the Statehouse.

Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen says Republicans are making progress on the Health and Human Services budget. Paulsen admitted Thursday that the session won't finish by its scheduled end date of next Tuesday, but he says they could finish sometime next week.

Paulsen says House Republicans won't rush things just to finish on time. He says lawmakers are dedicated to get things done right not fast.


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