AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate Democratic leader says Republican legislators “pulled the ultimate flip-flop” when they decided not to take up the governor’s line-item vetoes of two items in the state budget.

Sen. Barry Hobbins of Saco released a statement Tuesday night after two-thirds of the Republican lawmakers declined to interrupt a recess in order to vote on Gov. Paul LePage’s two line-item vetoes. If they returned, it would take majority votes of the House and Senate to override those vetoes, which dealt with general assistance and Medicaid funding for institutional care.

Hobbins says Republicans showed a fundamental lack of courage.

Senate Republican Leader Jon Courtney of Springvale said today that Hobbins is obviously disappointed. But Courtney says the line-item vetoes aren’t the crisis some people made it out to be.