The Pennsylvania Legislature passed a resolution (HR 836) June 9, to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration with bi-partisan majorities in both chambers. Legislators pushed the resolution forward after two months and three weeks of a shutdown defined by strict controls over information and the highest unemployment rate since the great depression.
Senator Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery/Bucks) voted “No,” saying, in part:
• “Right now, every state in the country continues to have an emergency declaration in place, highlighting the fact that the COVID-19 crisis is still, very much, a public health emergency.”
• “The 12th District and the entire Southeast have been very hard hit economically, and my constituents are suffering and rightly frustrated. Many think that ending the emergency declaration is the only solution. But it is not. We can and will continue to reopen and rebuild our economy at an increasingly rapid pace, and I will continue to speak out and push our administration not only to act faster but to invest more in Montgomery and Bucks Counties that together account for nearly 20% of Pennsylvania’s annual general fund revenue.”
• "While it is possible to reopen without ending Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration, prematurely terminating it puts Pennsylvania, Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania businesses at risk of losing billions of dollars in much needed potential federal aid and puts our fate in the sole hands of this country's President.