May 14, 2012
The House of Delegates bullied Gov. Bob McDonnell on several amendments he made to the budget for the current fiscal year, including rejecting a proposal that put state employee pay bonuses in doubt.
By a 0-95 vote, the heavily Republican House destroyed the Republican governor's amendment that hinged one-time 3 percent bonus in December to state government workers on state agency savings of $70 million by June 30.
That left the state's bureaucracy and work force only six weeks to cobble together an enormous amount of savings to qualify for the bonus.
The House voted 22-74 to shoot down a McDonnell amendment withholding state funding for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority until Virginia is given seven seats on the MWAA governing board.