HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, joined her House Democratic colleagues to express frustration with the House being adjourned today without members voting on a full budget.
“We have a job to do and House Speaker Mike Turzai needs to realize that,” Daley said. “We are here to work and finally pass a budget and the House Republican leaders refused to call up the budget bill for a final vote.”
The House was expected to vote on final passage of S.B. 1073, which is the budget framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, Senate Democrats and Republicans, and House Democrats. The plan would provide $350 million for education and increase funding for human service providers. The House Republicans backed out of the agreement and drafted their own plan which, Daley said, did not offer the additional funding so desperately needed by public education and human service organizations in Pennsylvania.
“This budget process has been frustrating and exhausting because of the House Republicans, and here we are, nearly six months without a budget, and the Republicans have packed up and left Harrisburg,” Daley said. “As of today, Speaker Turzai called the House of Representatives into session on only 43 of the 176 days of the ongoing budget impasse. Speaker Turzai sets the schedule and decides which bills are brought before the House.
“I urge my constituents to contact him and let him know their thoughts in order to get a fully funded 12-month budget done.”