Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) Wednesday responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 restrictions with the following statement:
“Once again, Gov. Wolf has ignored the voices of the people and refused to work with their representatives, instead choosing to act alone and issue another harmful, unilateral order with far-reaching and devastating implications. The irreversible impact of his countless, confusing orders cannot be overstated. Gov. Wolf’s decision today will close the doors of some small businesses forever and devastate the livelihoods of so many Pennsylvanians who were just beginning to feel hopeful for the future.
“The governor’s continued overreach and misuse of power is exactly why the House began the bipartisan process this week of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to rein in the governor’s emergency authority and ensure people’s voices are not silenced during times of crisis. Our system of government is dependent upon ensuring no one person has unchecked authority. Decisions like those made today should require input and thoughtful deliberation. The people’s representatives have been and continue to stand at the ready to work with the governor to develop a cohesive, reasonable plan to help Pennsylvanians weather this pandemic.”