House Republicans, who have opted to reject billions of health care dollars from the federal government, sought to keep the process moving by limiting debate on bills to three minutes.
Though several lawmakers appeared annoyed by the all-day marathon bill-reading session, the two sides were no closer to reaching an agreement over health care before Friday. House Democrats started their protest after the Senate passed a bill to accept billions of federal health care dollars, drawing a stark contrast between House Republicans and their Senate counterparts. Gov. Scott has also backed the Senate plan, leaving House Republicans as the lone standout.
Leaders in the House continued to embrace their own health care plan, which declines federal money and covers far fewer than the 1.2 million uninsured people who might benefit from the Senate plan.
Weatherford acknowledged that the two chambers probably would not reach an agreement before the end of session Friday.
Thurston, the Democratic leader in the House, said that result was unacceptable, and that his party would be willing to go to great lengths to draw attention to the legislative breakdown.
As the procedural tactics slogged on, there was increasing fear that the clock would run out and several bills would be left pending when the Legislature ended its session.
Proposals to give tax support to the Miami Dolphins and other sports teams and to reform the elections system were at risk of being sidelined by the process.
The manufacturing tax cut was a top priority for Scott throughout the session. Some Democrats said Scott had not done enough to pressure the Legislature on health reform, and all Democrats voted against the bill.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Broward County Democrat and chair of the national Democratic party, blasted Scott while in Tallahassee on Wednesday.
“Gov. Scott was elected to lead this state,” Wasserman Schultz said. “If he has a particularly strongly held view — and he says he supports the acceptance of federal dollars to cover a million Floridians — it seems to me he’s sitting on the sidelines trying to have his cake and eat it, too.”
Herald/Times reporters Katie Sanders, Tia Mitchell, Steve Bousquet and Marc Caputo contributed to this article.