As House Republicans work toward attempts to partially override Gov. Tom Wolf’s full veto of a GOP-agreed to budget passed in June, the rhetoric between legislative Republicans and Gov. Wolf once again heated up Tuesday.
Responding to a letter sent by the governor to House lawmakers on Monday calling the veto override attempt unconstitutional as it seeks to override only certain lines of the full veto, Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson) sent a letter to Gov. Wolf taking him to task for using "the neediest of our citizens as political pawns.”
"You had the opportunity to do what every other governor for over fifty five years has done, that is to fund those line items where there was agreement," he wrote. "This would allow the departments and agencies to provide services to the citizens of the Commonwealth while working with us on the rest."
He chided the governor for consistently asking for more concessions from Republican lawmakers during the course of ongoing negotiations while—he claims—GOP leadership continues to offer compromise ideas of pension reform and education spending.
Rep. Dush said it is this stance from the governor that has put legislators in the position where they must vote to override certain lines of the vetoed budget.