Bullock appointed to House Appropriations Committee

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee today.

Bullock also serves on the Aging & Older Adult Services, Liquor Control, State Government and Policy committees.

"It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to be named to the Appropriations Committee, and I look forward to working with new colleagues to help get Pennsylvania out of this budget deadlock," she said. "I’m pleased to have the trust of my caucus leadership to undertake this important role."

Bullock said that her work will start quickly, as House budget hearings begin next week.

"I will be in a much greater position to assess the inner workings of the budget, make informed votes and evaluate state agencies’ requests and requirements," Bullock said. "We are at a critical crossroads in Pennsylvania, and I will look for every opportunity to lead down the right path. That path starts with putting people over politics."

The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to consider fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the governor's executive budget proposal. In accordance with House rules, the committee also evaluates legislative proposals for fiscal implications before voting a bill out to the full House.

The committee plays a pivotal role in forming recommendations for budget and fiscal-related matters and is integrally involved in the annual budget process. It also has jurisdiction over the state budget process, the offices of Auditor General and State Treasurer and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.

Bullock was sworn into the House in August 2015, having won a special election. A lawyer and 2004 Temple University alumna, she previously served as special assistant to Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and as the City Council research fellowship director. She joined Clarke's office in January 2011 as his community and economic development coordinator. Before her work for the city, Bullock worked at a private law firm and for Philadelphia Community Legal Services, where she formed and advised nonprofit organizations, small businesses and community groups.