(Dec 23, 2015)
Following Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai’s unilateral decision to adjourn the House without taking up a vote on a scheduled state budget bill, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement:
“The House was poised to consider Senate Bill 1073, a 12-month spending plan, and an affirmative vote would have ended the nearly six month budget stalemate as Governor Tom Wolf planned to sign the legislation. Instead, speaker Turzai suddenly and unexpectedly adjourned the House from session, and members of the House Republican caucus scurried from the Capitol to return home. I will remain in Harrisburg to complete the budget process and am calling on the speaker to immediately return the House to voting session. The House remains on a six-hour call, but the current indication is that the speaker will not recall the House until after the end of the year.