Assembly Speaker Karen Bass made the following statement today after Republican leaders refused to consider any new revenue solutions in Big 5 budget negotiations:

“They said that they came up here because of what they believed in and they believed that there should never be a tax increase. All of us came up here for what we believed in. I came up here to make sure that I would protect programs that now I have to recognize have to be cut. We all have to do things that we never thought we would do because California is in a catastrophic situation.”

Speaker Bass says Democrats are doing things they do not want to do and Republicans must do the same.

Speaker Bass says Democrats are preparing for a vote before Christmas on a package of budget solutions.

Speaker Bass says she may require lawmakers to stay in the capitol until a package of cuts and revenues is approved.

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