Why let the job get in the way of a round of golf - especially one that raises money for your political party.

House Republicans aren't, at least not next week.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is scheduled to return to the Capitol Tuesday and Wednesday to vote on bills (though no one is quite sure yet which ones) and hopefully come closer to breaking the impasse with Gov. Wolf over a new state budget.

Why not come to work bright and early Monday?

Turns out, there is a golf fundraiser at the country club in York for the House Republican Campaign Committee. The HRCC is essentially the political arm of the House Republicans, and the one whose mission it is to grow the GOP's already-commanding majority in the chamber.

Steve Miskin, spokesman for the House Republicans, said he didn't know how many legislators in his caucus were planning on attending the fundraiser, which starts with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and ends with a lunch and awards ceremony after the round is completed. (Ticket price: $1,000 for individuals, $5,000 for a "hole sponsorship," which covers a foursome and food).

Asked whether holding a golf fundraiser in the middle of a budget impasse was a good public-relations move, Miskin responded that it was planned months ago, before Wolf vetoed the entire GOP-backed budget, leaving state government in a partial shutdown - with no end in sight.

"We passed a budget that kept government going, whether Tom Wolf liked it or not," said Miskin. "He didn't need to do a total [veto]. This was his choice."

Still, it wasn't so long ago House Republicans slammed Democrats for delaying a voting session (in July! During a budget impasse!) because Rep. Mike Sturla (D., Lancaster) was holding a ... golf fundraiser at a country club.

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