Pashinski blasts canceled session during budget impasse

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – On a day when the House was expected to be in voting session, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today joined more than 20 House Democratic colleagues to question House Speaker Mike Turzai's decision to cancel the session day amidst a six-month budget impasse.

“The speaker’s actions once again show a lack of responsibility on the part of the House Republicans,” Pashinski said. “Just this week, they voted to ramrod another inadequate bare-bones plan through the chamber and now they are stalling a resolution to the impasse. We are wasting time. We have a budget bill we can vote on now that will get critical funding to our schools and our human service providers.”

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, 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.

“About a month ago, all acting parties representing the House, the Senate and the governor agreed to the spending framework, but then the House Republicans backed out of the deal,” Pashinski said. “The canceling of session today is furthering a needless delay in finally getting a budget passed and getting it to the governor. The speaker of the House chose to take an unnecessary break, which is incomprehensible. There is no time to take a break. Pennsylvania needs a budget now.”