Pa. lawmakers attending one-week Israel trip despite budget impasse

PennLive – by Christian Alexandersen

Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Pennsylvania are planning to participate in a one-week tour of Israel despite the General Assembly being in the middle of a budget impasse.

The educational trip provides lawmakers the opportunity to learn about Israel and exchange ideas on a variety of topics including agriculture, homeland security, economic development and aging services.  

FotorCreated.jpgOrganized by the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the trip is scheduled to start this weekend. The trips are paid for by the individual lawmakers, according to Steve Rosenberg, with the Jewish Federation.

With Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans unable to agree on a budget,House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, decided to cancel his planned trip.

However, other lawmakers have not yet indicated if they will follow Turzai’s lead and cancel their trips as well.

Pennsylvania lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are scheduled to visit Israel this week.

The lawmakers scheduled to attend the trip include House Democratic Whip Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton, Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Twp., Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, and Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Red Lion.

House Democratic Spokesman Bill Patton has said that Hanna is prepared to cut the trip short or miss it entirely if budget negotiations are moving forward and appear to be nearing a conclusion.

PennLive has reached out to all of the lawmakers for comment.

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6 thoughts on “Pa. lawmakers attending one-week Israel trip despite budget impasse

  1. Doesn’t that beat all? The scumbags can’t balance a checkbook, but their gonna spend more money to go kiss the joos asses.

    And people keep electing them.

    Like the old man said, “people getting dummer everyday.”

  2. “The educational trip provides lawmakers the opportunity to learn about Israel and exchange ideas on a variety of topics including agriculture, homeland security, economic development and aging services.”

    Oh, I think we’ve had more than enough help with the “homeland security” shtick. Thanks but no thanks.

    The economic development is only how they can increase their own wealth by stealing any that we have remaining.

  3. “However, other lawmakers have not yet indicated if they will follow Turzai’s lead and cancel their trips as well.”

    What, and miss the opportunity to wear a Satanic skullcap and kiss the Wailing Wall (as well as jew @ss)?

    Not bloody likely.

  4. Seth Grove, Dan Frankel, Michael Schlossberg, Stan Saylor…… all Irish sounding names…..they are Irish, Right?

    1. I don’t know if those names are Irish or not…but they (imho) are just plain scumbags. I wish that they don’t return, and that all their P.O.S. friends would go with them, and never look back.

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