Costa frustrated over canceled session during budget impasse

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today joined more than 20 House Democrats to condemn House Speaker Mike Turzai’s decision to cancel session unexpectedly in the midst of a nearly six-month budget impasse.

"We need to come together and put forth a budget," Costa said. "Unfortunately, there’s a handful of House Republicans along with the House Speaker who are being obstructionists and turning Harrisburg into Washington D.C. where we can’t seem to get anything done."

Senate Bill 1073, a general appropriations bill that reflects the spending framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, and at least initially by House Republican leaders, passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority on Monday and was received in the House Tuesday. No action has been taken on the bill since that time.

"It’s been 164 days and here we are wasting time by not working to get a budget plan in place," Costa said. "We’re hurting our schools, human service providers and the people in this commonwealth. There is no time to take a break."