Santarsiero Skips Final Budget, Education Votes to Campaign in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday, legislators in Harrisburg agreed upon a spending plan to fund the state’s budget (the most important job for Pennsylvania lawmakers) as well as a vital education code bill detailing how education funds are to be spent.

Unfortunately, while these crucial measures were being debated and voted on in Harrisburg, Rep. Steve Santarsiero was 120 miles to the south in Washington, D.C. campaigning for Congress.

Rep. Santarsiero’s constituents deserve to know where he stands on this spending plan to fund our schools and our state and why he wasn’t in Harrisburg serving as their voice and vote. Disappointingly for those he represents, this isn’t the first time Rep. Santariero has chosen to skip work instead of representing those who elected him and are paying him.

Steve needs to explain to voters the reason for his disturbing pattern of missing important votes. When average Americans don’t show up for work they get fired. When Rep. Santariero does it, he looks for a promotion. This is the career politician mindset that voters are sick and tired of.

With the Pennsylvania House now out of session on a summer-long recess, it shouldn’t have been too much to ask for Rep. Santariero to be in Harrisburg doing the job he holds now, not campaigning for the one he wants in Washington.


Brian Fitzpatrick is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Eight Congressional District. He is a Levittown native and lives in Middletown Twp. Learn more at