Senate Republican Leaders Condemn Wolf’s Veto of Bill Designed to bring Clarity, Common Sense to State’s Business Closures

(HARRISBURG) – Calling Senate Bill 613 a common-sense approach for Pennsylvania, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) condemn the Governor’s veto of the bill.

Senate Bill 613 would have helped more Pennsylvania employers re-open safely.  It required the Wolf administration to follow national guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in determining what businesses can be open during the pandemic.

“The Legislature has been actively working to fix the broken system Governor Wolf created, before many of our family-sustaining jobs disappear for good.  On a day when hundreds gathered in Harrisburg to protest the Governor’s ‘because-I-said-so’ opaque policymaking, it is very troubling that he vetoed a proposal to create a public mitigation plan that would have allowed employers to operate safely during the current emergency declaration.

“His sweeping generalities and policy positions on issues like raising the minimum wage provide no comfort when people are afraid they won’t have a job to come back to, no matter what the wage. It is disappointing that Governor Wolf rejected this common-sense approach that provided a path forward, while at the same time protected the lives of vulnerable Pennsylvanians without sacrificing the livelihoods of more than a million workers.”

Contact:

Kate Flessner – kflessner@pasen.gov (Scarnati)
Jenn Kocher – jkocher@pasen.gov (Corman)