Statement From Senate Republicans Regarding Senate Action During Floor Debate on House Bill 33

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), and members of the Senate Republican Caucus offered the following statement on the Senate’s action during today’s debate on House Bill 33. 

“Today the order and decorum of the Senate was ambushed by Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and members of the Senate Democrat caucus, who failed to adhere to the Senate Rules. These rules, which are found in Mason’s Manual, are vital to the operation of this institution, and were unanimously adopted by the Chamber earlier this year.

“When our rules are not followed, chaos takes over.  It was a sad day for good government in Pennsylvania and the actions of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle set a dangerous precedent for the future of an institution that we value so greatly.  When we disagree with one another we must do so in a respectful manner.

“Senate Republicans remain committed to passing a budget and advancing other measures for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians in accordance with the rules of the Senate, and without the displays of partisanship and disrespect that we saw today.”