Budget debate near, Wolf says House GOP leaders blew up deal

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 22, 2015 9:37 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Gov. Tom Wolf is blaming House Republican leaders for Pennsylvania state government's nearly record-long budget stalemate ahead of another battle over what kind of spending plan the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will support.

Wolf says Republicans over the weekend inexplicably blew up a bipartisan budget deal that House GOP leaders had helped negotiate. Wolf spoke Tuesday morning during a regular appearance on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM.

Wolf is threatening to veto an 11-month emergency spending package being advanced by House Republican leaders. They say it's the responsible thing to do while negotiations continue.

Floor debate is expected later Tuesday. House Republicans two weeks ago rejected a 6 percent spending increase as part of the bipartisan budget deal, but Wolf says he now has secured enough votes in the House to pass it.

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