Pa. lawmakers vote to end Wolf’s pandemic disaster declaration

Tony Romeo
June 09, 2020 - 9:41 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  As the tug of war continues over Pennsylvania’s pandemic response, the Republican-controlled legislature has approved legislation to end the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration recently extended by Gov. Tom Wolf. It’s unclear what happens next.  

During the Senate debate on the resolution Tuesday, Democrats, including Anthony Williams of Philadelphia and Delaware County, defended Wolf’s powers.

“There was an election. He won. He gets to drive the car. You don’t,” Williams said. 

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As he argued for the resolution, Republican Jake Corman, the Senate majority leader, referred to remarks by Wolf about “making people comfortable” as efforts to combat COVID-19 continue.

“Not on my last breath will I become comfortable in giving up my civil liberties,” Corman said. 

Republicans also deny Democrats’ claims that ending the governor’s disaster declaration would jeopardize federal funds. 

The state House also approved the resolution later Tuesday. 

A spokeswoman for Wolf said he will “disapprove it.”

But the legislation at issue is a resolution and not a bill, and Republican leaders in the legislature contend the governor does not have veto power in this case.