House Committee Approves Day Bill to Fund Personal Protective Equipment at Long-Term Care Facilities

Jun. 01, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, May 26, legislation sponsored by Rep. Gary W. Day (R-Lehigh/Berks), chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, was approved by his committee. This legislationwould establish a grant program to provide funding for long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania so they can acquire personal protective equipment to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker Turzai: Americans Demand Justice

May. 31, 2020 /

“The tragic incident exposes the need for fairness in all aspects of our national life. We need to continue to promote educational choice and economic opportunity for all. We need to protect every life, from the unborn to the elderly. We say this because every human being deserves dignity and respect. That is why we must address our criminal justice system in part by fostering renewed professionalism and decorum. We have yet to end racism and discrimination. We have come far, but not far enough.

Attacks and Fundraising Show True Goals of House Democrats

May. 30, 2020 /

“This week the House Democrats made unfounded allegations regarding the management of the health and safety of our members and staff. Instead of seeking understanding with regard to the procedures that we are obligated to follow by law, they chose to personally attack our Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, by casting aspersions on his character."

Kaufer: Passing a Short-Term Budget Shows Needed Fiscal Restraint

May. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Today, the governor signed into law a five-month budget which allows for preK-12 education, along with higher education, to be fully funded for the entirety of the 2020-21 school year, along with fully funding our state debt and needed health and human services programs that have been assisting unemployed Pennsylvanians.

York County House GOP Delegation Votes to Reopen PA Business

May. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – With the governor stopping legislative efforts at every turn to safely reopen the state’s economy, the York County GOP delegation to the state House joined a bipartisan vote last night to terminate the portion of the governor’s emergency declaration that has held millions of business owners and employees across the state hostage.

House Votes to Partially Terminate Governor’s Emergency Declaration

May. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today announced that the House of Representatives has voted to terminate the portion of the governor’s emergency declaration that has held millions of business owners and employees across the state hostage.

Farry COVID-19 Bills Advance

May. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Two pieces of legislation introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Langhorne) in response to the COVID-19 crisis have advanced in the legislative process.

House Republicans Vote to Reopen Pennsylvania

May. 28, 2020 /

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.

Kail Votes to Safely Reopen PA’s Businesses

May. 28, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington)issued the following statement after voting in favor of a measure that would eliminate Gov. Tom Wolf’s widespread COVID-19 business restrictions:

Southeast Republican House Members Work to Secure $10 Million for COVID-19 Vaccine Research and Development

May. 28, 2020 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – At the request of Republican members from the southeast region of Pennsylvania, $10 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to go to entities across the state working on research and development of a coronavirus vaccine, such as Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.

New Grant Funding Approved for Fire, EMS, Warner Says

May. 28, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) today applauded passage of legislation authorizing $50 million in grants to help the state’s fire and emergency services companies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

House OKs Warner Bill to Prevent Welfare Fraud

May. 28, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Continuing its work to protect taxpayer dollars, the state House today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) that would help prevent fraudulent use of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

The Senior Protection Act to Safeguard At-Risk Seniors Heads to Governor, Turzai Says

May. 28, 2020 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Taking action today to help protect 123,000 Pennsylvanians living in the state’s nursing home facilities, personal care homes and assisted living residences, the Senior Protection Act, House Bill 2510, authored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and co-sponsored by Reps. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny) and Bill Kortz (D-Allegheny) to help these facilities keep loved ones safe, passed the House and is heading to the governor’s desk for his signature, Turzai said.

Mackenzie Announces $71.3 Million in Federal CARES Act Funds for Berks and Lehigh Counties

May. 28, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 1108, which sets the guidelines for the distribution of $2.6 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. Under the bill, $625 million would be designated for counties, with Berks County set to receive $38 million and Lehigh County set to receive $33.3 million to help address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh).

Benninghoff Supports State Budget

May. 28, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today voted to finalize a five-month stabilizing budget that protects residents from higher taxes, and keeps the state moving forward, offering more time for the fiscal impacts of COVID-19 to be fully realized.

How Did Unemployment Fail?

May. 28, 2020 / Press Release

Some of the most gut-wrenching conversations I’ve had with constituents have come over the past two months or so. They all carried a common theme: Unemployment benefits…or more like the lack thereof.

Cumberland County Delegation Announces Nearly $23 Million in COVID-19 Relief

May. 28, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Members of the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives representing Cumberland County are pleased to announce they voted to send nearly $23 million in COVID-19 relief to Cumberland County commissioners to distribute to small businesses and organizations adversely affected by the governor’s orders and regulations over the last three months. The delegation, which consists of Reps. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland), Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland), Torren Ecker (R-Cumberland/Adams), Dawn Keefer (R-Cumberland/York), Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland); and Sens. Judy Ward (R-30), Mike Regan (R-31) and Doug Mastriano (R-33), issued the following statement: