DeLissio: House inaction today begs budget-mediation question

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio today joined fellow Pennsylvania House Democrats in the Capitol to call for work on the budget, as opposed to the day off.

“The citizens of the commonwealth have gone 164 days without a state budget for senior services, schools, health services and much, much more,” said DeLissio, who represents parts of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. “It came as a total surprise when the Speaker announced on the House floor yesterday that session was canceled for today. There was no reason offered for the cancelation. This is the third time the session schedule has been interrupted in the past four weeks when the expectation has been that we are in session until the budget is completed. We should be here every day until a budget is enacted, particularly due to the fact that a framework was agreed to by all four caucuses and the governor several weeks ago. It appears that the House Republicans are marching to a drummer that they alone are hearing.

“These latest breakdowns toward the goal of a sustainable, fair and equitable budget are indicative of a negotiating body that would benefit from mediation. My recommendation for mediation was sent to the governor and House leaders before Thanksgiving.”