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Iowa House leaders debate the end of the session


The top democrat in the Iowa House of Representatives said things could turn ugly at the statehouse next week.

On Thursday morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Democrat from Des Moines, accused House Republicans of delaying the end of the session because they are fighting amongst themselves about social issues.

McCarthy said the Republican Majority can't come together on a health and human services budget because some members are pushing social issues into the legislation.

"I fear we're going to get back into social issues in order for the Republicans to start getting votes for their budget bills," McCarthy said. " My prediction is we'll be debating women's reproductive rights either next week or the week after on a whole host of areas related to that issue."

McCarthy said 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, a Republican from Hiawatha said Republicans are making progress on the health and human services budget.

Paulsen said the session won't finish by its scheduled end date of next Tuesday, but he said they could finish sometime next week.

"We're not going to make the 17th...Next week is a possibility...if we can get a few of these pieces together in a short order," Paulsen said.

Paulsen said House Republicans won't rush things just to finish on time.

He said lawmakers are dedicated to getting things done right - not fast.

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