Bizzarro: Saturday House session amounts to total eclipse of reason

‘To call the day unproductive would be an understatement…’

HARRISBURG, July 22 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today said Saturday’s House session, purportedly called to consider a 21-day-late revenue package for the new state budget, amounted to a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

“There is no rhyme or reason to House Republican leaders’ call to session, which resulted in no votes, bipartisan discussion or progress,” Bizzarro said. “To call the day ‘unproductive’ would be an understatement, to say the very least.”

Bizzarro said the roughly six-hour session amounted to a total eclipse of reason as no plans, language or recurring revenues were ever presented before House Speaker Mike Turzai returned the House to a six-hour recall status shortly before 5 p.m.

“It would be much more effective if House Republicans would first sort out the confusion and discord within their caucus,” Bizzarro said. “Speaker Turzai’s apparent gambit to deal just with his caucus was poor strategy, and it is illogical to think that House Democrats would provide votes on a revenue package that they have not even been briefed on.”

Bizzarro said the other budget partners – House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Republicans and Gov. Tom Wolf – stand ready to deliberate a responsible fiscal package that bolsters Pennsylvania’s precarious credit rating.

“Perhaps Saturday’s debacle will move House Republicans to start working with others,” Bizzarro said. “The other negotiating parties realize that nobody is going to get everything that they want, and I hope that sinks in with the House GOP sooner rather than later.”