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.
Organized 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.
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.