FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23rd, 2015
Dj Ryan, Executive Director
PITTSBURGH, PA — Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee is calling on House Republicans to abandon their retreat from their duties in Harrisburg after Speaker Mike Turzai sent the chamber’s members home for Christmas without passing the budget bill it has been obstructing since June 30th.
“They’re taking ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ too literally”, Mills said. “This Christmas, families across Pennsylvania continue to be plagued with worry about funding for their jobs and public services, and if their children’s schools will reopen after the New Year.”
After procedural votes yesterday, it appeared that Speaker Turzai and House Majority Leader Reed would finally allow members to vote on the budget bill long agreed to by Governor Wolf, House and Senate Democrats, and Senate Republicans. Instead, in an all-too-familiar obstructionist move, Republican leadership adjourned the House for the Holidays.
Mills hopes that House Republicans remember the end of that treasured story, where the Grinch realizes his mistake and returns cheer to those he wronged.
“House Republicans have no right to go home until this budget is passed. I join the residents of Allegheny County and the entire Commonwealth in their hopes that Speaker Turzai’s heart grows three sizes today, and he turns his car around to come back to work.”