McClinton: GOP’s attempted override was politics as usual

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today voted against House Republicans’ attempts to override portions of the budget vetoed in its entirety because the action was unconstitutional and would not have restored Republican cuts to human services made during Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

"Today’s actions were politics as usual, and did nothing to bring us closer to a responsible budget that helps our citizens," said McClinton, D-Philadelphia/Delaware. "Pennsylvanians do not want stunts such as this one. They want a budget that will properly fund our schools and human service providers."

McClinton said the GOP’s actions were likely unconstitutional because Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the budget entirely, and the General Assembly must reconsider it in whole. McClinton said a professor who is an expert on the state Constitution, as well as the General Assembly’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, said overriding a general veto of the budget bill on a line-by-line basis is unconstitutional.

"The budget now is nearly two months late, and the clock is ticking," McClinton said. "Republican legislative leaders would have been better off spending the afternoon negotiating with the governor instead of trying to score political points."