By BOB LEWISAssociated Press 05/15/2012
The House of Delegates bullied Gov. Bob McDonnell on more than two dozen amendments he offered to the budget for the current fiscal year, including rejecting a proposal that put state employee pay bonuses in doubt. In a marathon session, 29 of the 106 amendments the Republican governor offered to two bills that direct state spending through June 2014 lay dead. The heavily Republican House did most of the damage, rejecting 23 amendments. The Senate, by 10:30 p.m., killed five more. McDonnell withdrew three of his own amendments before lawmakers took them up.