HARRISBURG - The Lancaster County Republican Delegation – House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom), Mindy Fee (R-Manheim), Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock), Dave Hickernell (R-West Donegal), Brett Miller (R-East Hempfield), Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz) and Dave Zimmerman (R-East Earl) – issued the following statement after the announcement from Gov. Tom Wolf at yesterday’s press conference that he plans to veto House Bill 2463. The bill would ensure Right-to-Know (RTK) requests are answered during state of emergency declarations and it was passed unanimously by the General Assembly.
After months of taking action to carry the voices of Pennsylvanians concerning the governor’s response to COVID-19, today the House voted to give the people of Pennsylvania the opportunity to decide for themselves how they wish to be governed during times of emergency.
HARRISBURG – The bipartisan path to grow the relationships among residents and the officers sworn to protect and serve them now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature to become law, after the legislation was signed in the House today by Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster).
The House Republican leadership team issued the following statement in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling on Scarnati v. Wolf, a ruling that strikes down the bipartisan vote to end the ongoing emergency declaration:
As House Republican leadership has helped facilitate one of the most successful session periods in the modern history of the chamber, new leaders were elected today who reflect the next generation of voices to lead Pennsylvania’s House Republican Caucus.
Following a confirmation by the majority of members, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) is the Speaker of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster County) today announced the district office of former Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny)will remain open until a successor is elected in November.
HARRISBURG – As voices around the country call for action to grow relationships between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve, today the House Judiciary Committee voted on two comprehensive bills dealing with the vetting and training of police officers.
“The emergency services law is clear. Upon passage of a concurrent resolution terminating a disaster declaration, the governor is required to issue a proclamation ending the disaster declaration. The Pennsylvanian Supreme Court solidified this position in a ruling earlier this year, stating the General Assembly has the ability to terminate the order at any time.
“As I said in my comments on the floor today, every Pennsylvanian benefitted because Mike Turzai chose to commit so much of his life to serving in our chamber. The impact on the 28th district, the House and the entire Commonwealth will be felt for generations to come. Speaker Turzai set an example of professionalism, success and grace that should inspire every member of the General Assembly, regardless of party affiliation.
HARRISBURG – On behalf of the millions of Pennsylvanians who remain out of work and who are struggling every day to feed their families, pay their bills and protect their livelihoods, today the House passed a resolution to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration with bipartisan support.
“We will continue protecting the rights of all voters and will reject and fight back against any effort to disenfranchise Pennsylvania voters. The right of the people of Pennsylvania, working through the General Assembly, to pass laws remains equally important to maintaining a representative democracy, and we will continue to fight for this right.”
“Free and fair elections mean that one person cannot change the rules at the 11th hour. Pure and simple.
HARRISBURG – On behalf of the millions of Pennsylvanians who remain out of work and who are struggling every day to feed their families, pay their bills and protect their livelihoods, the House Republicans passed a resolution tonight that would end the business shutdown across Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Today the House of Representatives appropriated over $2.6 billion in federal funds aimed at addressing the myriad of challenges that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the legislation was $625 million for counties, $225 million for small businesses, $632 million to protect the elderly population and $260 million to help those with intellectual disabilities.
As Pennsylvanians are facing one of the most challenging years in a lifetime, the House of Representatives is advancing a responsible, temporary budget that was developed in response to the unique circumstances facing the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – At a time when millions of Pennsylvanians are out of work, the House advanced a bill today that would freeze pay for members of the General Assembly and other officials throughout all branches of state government.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today voted in favor of a short-term budget that will fully fund our schools and maintain government services for residents in accordance with the severe economic constraints facing our Commonwealth.
Tonight Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto, which ensures millions of Pennsylvanians forced into a dysfunctional unemployment system by no actions of their own have to stay there indefinitely, will remain in place after a veto override vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required by Pennsylvania’s Constitution.
“This pandemic has stretched the government response and the reach of the government into so many aspects of our daily lives, like no other event in our lifetime,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “Making sure the response was effective, appropriate and in the best interest of all Pennsylvanians is crucial to every decision we make now, and arguably more importantly, to being better prepared should we ever have to face this type of an event ever again.”