Simmons Votes Yes on Emergency Funding Bill
HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) on Thursday joined a majority of his colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in support of emergency funding legislation that allocates $11 billion to human service organizations and school districts across the Commonwealth. The bill now heads to Gov. Tom Wolf for consideration.

Simmons issued the following statement regarding the vote.

“I strongly urge the governor to sign the emergency funding bill in order to get state funds flowing again to those who desperately need it. The General Assembly has done its part. Now it is up to the governor to do the sensible thing and approve the measure.

“The governor has threatened to veto the emergency funding, which makes little sense to me. Why not release the money, so that our service providers and schools are no longer held hostage while negotiations continue toward a final budget agreement?”

The emergency funding bill is the latest effort by the House to keep core government functions open and operating until a final budget is reached. The General Assembly passed a balanced budget on June 30, but it was vetoed in its entirety by the governor. In August, the House attempted to override some of the governor’s vetoes – focusing on line items all parties agreed upon – but the House Democrats refused to support these efforts.

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Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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