By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania lawmakers are staring at a marathon weekend of activity as they attempt to wrap up work on a state budget and other major issues before their scheduled summer recess on Sunday night.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Health Department's Cheryl Bettigole To Give COVID-19 Update
Thursday was another day characterized more by what didn’t happen as opposed to what did.
While the state House Transportation Committee did advance a proposal to raise new funding for roads, bridges, and mass transit, a much-anticipated debate on liquor privatization in the Senate did not take place, as the majority Republicans continue struggling to find enough votes for a proposal that will pass the chamber.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Eagles' Nick Sirianni To Speak With Media
Republican Jake Corman, the Senate Appropriations chairman, says, “Oh, these weeks are all about peaks and valleys. And we’re in a valley right now on that particular issue, but we’ll continue to work at it.”
Corman, meanwhile, acknowledges that efforts to finalize a state budget are being slowed by work on other major issues such as liquor, transportation and Medicaid expansion. Senate leaders continue to work on a Medicaid bill despite opposition signaled by House GOP leaders and Governor Corbett.MORE NEWS: 16-Year-Old Shot And Killed While Coming Home From Work With Twin Sister, Philadelphia Police Say