May. 08, 2024

HARRISBURG –Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said Wednesday he voted against and will refuse to participate in the House Democrats’ secret committee, which was advanced and approved by House Democrats today, that lacks due process and can secretly punish lawmakers.

“The double-secret mental health fitness committee created by House Democrats to investigate one of their own members is the most dangerous proposal I have seen during my time in the Legislature. It is a partisan committee, completely shut off from public oversight and transparency, that goes against American values by privately determining the fate of elected officials,” Cutler said. “I will not participate in a weaponized retribution committee that can make determinations, violate health privacy, and adjudicate member fitness entirely outside of the public view and does not allow minority positions.”

Cutler warned the creation of the committee should send an alarm bell, not just to members of the House who happen to cross their caucus leadership, but to all Pennsylvanians.

“If this is how Democrats wish to treat members of the House, the public should be concerned about what they would have in mind for justice for the general public,” Cutler said. “Much like we have laws and consequences already in place to provide justice in our daily lives, there are already constitutional and internal rules governing how to appropriately deal with members who are no longer fit to serve. We should be using the tools at our disposal to engage in holding members responsible for their conduct, not souped up secret legislative courts that deny basic rights to the accused.”

Republican Leader Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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