State House Sound Bites reported that the negotiators were keeping their cards close.
“As soon as we have an agreement, everybody will be back and we’ll finish that,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said.
Reed put part of the blame for the lack of an agreement on Governor Wolf on the budget.
“I’m not optimistic. We haven’t even heard from the governor since yesterday at noon.”
House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton told the Patriot News that he blames Republican leaders in the House. Patton said that the Republicans are “leaving the field with the job unfinished.”
Update: Patton’s comments were made specifically in reference to the the decision of House Republican leaders’ to send members home.
The move coincides with Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings putting Pennsylvania on its watchlist for a possible credit rating downgrade. A downgrade would increase the cost of borrowing for Pennsylvania.
Lawmakers are on a six hour call. A source told State House Sound Bites that they do not expect lawmakers to be called back for at least a week.