Longietti calls on speaker to return House to session

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – At a Capitol news conference today, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, joined over 20 House Democrats in calling for Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to return the House to session and end the budget impasse.

"Currently there is a General Appropriations bill and multiple code bills, which are all part of the overall budget package, waiting for action in the House," Longietti said. "It’s unconscionable that the Speaker decided to adjourn early yesterday and take today off while schools are hurting and human services providers are turning away needy citizens."

Senate Bill 1073, a general appropriations bill that contains the spending framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, and at least initially by House Republican leaders, passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote on Monday and was received in the House Tuesday. No action has been taken on the bill since that time.

"I know there are difficult decisions to be made, but they won’t be made without the House being in session," Longietti said. "This is the 164th day of the budget impasse and I urged the Speaker months ago to keep the House in session every day until the budget is final. I remain in Harrisburg to do just that."