The Senate tonight voted to insist on its amendments to House Bill 1416, originally the House Democratic budget bill, and appointed its three conference committee members: Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware), Majority Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Senate Appropriations Committee Minority Chair Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).
The House now must appoint its conferees-- two Democrats and a Republican. It takes four members of a conference committee to agree on a bill to report it out of conference.
Gov. Rendell said at a press conference Monday he was considering stopgap budget actions that would allow state workers to be paid. He would decide on an option on Wednesday. He said budget negotiations have shown little movement, particularly on the part of Senate Republicans. The Senate Republicans, he said, have to "get real" about the budget negotiations.
The Governor also said he agreed to cut an additional $8 million from the Department of Environmental Protection budget.
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