Rep. Mike Vereb Flees House Floor, Abandons kids like he did with education cuts
Yesterday, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150) and other members of House Republican leadership fled the chamber in the middle of session and cancelled today’s votes in order to block passage of HR 520, a resolution urging an investigation into Governor Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. Other members remained on the floor in hopes of getting bipartisan support for an independent investigation into Corbett’s misconduct before a recess was called.
This isn’t the first time Vereb has abandoned the kids in his district. After slashing nearly $1 billion from Pennsylvania schools and cutting hundreds of thousands of people from basic health services for children and middle-class families, Vereb demonstrated once again that his priorities are not the children of Pennsylvania. Over the past two years, Vereb joined with Governor Corbett to close hospitals and schools across the state just to keep big corporations from paying their fair share.
“As a Penn Stater and a citizen, I’m appalled by my opponent’s actions yesterday, when House Democrats were trying to hold the governor accountable for dragging his feet on the Sandusky investigation. When Rep. Vereb walked out during session to protect Governor Corbett, he turned his back on children and put partisan politics ahead of Pennsylvania families,” said Kelly Devine, candidate for state representative in the 150th.
“Rep. Vereb would rather protect the image of Governor Corbett than protect our children,” Devine continued. “We shouldn’t expect anything more from someone who voted to slash almost $5.6 million from our local schools and cut Medicaid for more than 100,000 kids and families in order to give huge tax breaks to drilling companies.”
House Resolution 520 is a Concurrent Resolution calling on the Attorney General of the United States to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General of an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of minors and to investigate whether that alleged sexual abuse may have violated Federal law <http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2011&sind=0&body=H&type=R&BN=0520>
Kelly Devine is the Democratic candidate for the 150th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which includes Collegeville, Trappe, Upper Providence and parts of Lower Providence, West Norriton, Norristown and East Norriton.