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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Vermont House have failed to get enough votes to suspend the rules to take up immediate consideration of a budget bill that would help avert a government shutdown.

A motion to suspend the rule failed Wednesday. The budget bill is similar to one passed earlier this year, but it would not address the current dispute over whether to pay down property taxes or fund teacher pensions. Democratic leaders said the proposal would allow lawmakers to continue negotiating over property taxes while ensuring the state government would not shut down on July 1.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he may support the new budget bill if it included a provision requiring politicians to return to negotiations.

The House will reconvene Friday.