Where Are The Democrats, Cox Asks

HARRISBURG - State Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) issued the following statement today regarding the state budget impasse:


 “Along with all other House Republicans. I showed up today on what is the ninth day of the Commonwealth operating without a state budget.  I remain ready to work toward ending the state budget impasse that has closed well over 100 state facilities and, more importantly, put 25,000 Pennsylvanians out of work.


 “Unfortunately, House Democrats chose to not attend today’s scheduled session. This essentially boils down to House Democrats, again, stalling on the progress of enacting a state budget and putting thousands of our citizens back on the job. They just didn’t show up. I find this unconscionable on their part.


Maybe they felt they were non-essential workers.


 “Perhaps they learned this strategy from the governor, who has, until the 11th hour, chosen not to attend any budget negotiation meetings with leaders from all sides.


 “Our first priority should be to get our hard working men and women back to work, get our facilities operating again and get a responsible budget passed -- today.


 “The budget has been held hostage for long enough by the governor and House Democrats over issues that do not need to be addressed in order to pass our state budget. House and Senate Republicans are in Harrisburg to work to end this stalemate.”


 “The question remains: Where are the Democrats and why are they not on the House floor working to pass a budget? Maybe they think THEY’VE been furloughed.”




Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(610) 670-0139
(Contact:  Joe Pistorio
(717) 787-2932
Member Site:  RepJimCox.com
Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com
July 10, 2007