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No Legislative Breakthroughs As Pa. Lawmakers Prepare For Summer Recess

Matt Baker at podium (credit: Tony Romeo)

Matt Baker at podium (credit: Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - There were no breakthroughs on major issues Tuesday as Pennsylvania lawmakers get closer to their summer recess scheduled for Sunday.

As state Senate leaders continue efforts to draft legislation that would approve an expansion of Medicaid – with conditions – dozens of Republicans in the House, led by Matt Baker, met with reporters Tuesday to declare their opposition.

“I applaud the governor for going slowly, being very, very studious about this issue,” Baker said.

While a House committee could vote today to advance a Medicaid expansion bill, the spokesman for the House GOP leader said he believes there would be enough Republican votes against it to keep it from passing the chamber.

Meanwhile, it was mostly quiet Tuesday with regard to transportation funding and liquor privatization, two major issues about which the House and Senate still seem to have major disagreements five days before lawmakers are scheduled to leave town until September.

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