In this update:
Governor changes mind, adds new restrictions on hospitality industry, gyms that are set to take effect at midnight tonight
Governor Wolf ordered a new round of COVID-19 restrictions that will begin on Saturday.
This is yet another draconian statewide shutdown that will impact many industries and jobs that are already on the brink of collapse. Instead of working with them, the governor again blindsided these entities with a sweeping measure set to take effect this weekend. It was just last month that the governor planned “no new restrictions.”
The restrictions include a prohibition on indoor dining at restaurants, reduced occupancy limits on retail businesses, the suspension of all K-12 extracurricular activities and tighter capacity limits on both indoor and outdoor activities.
The new restrictions could be catastrophic for the restaurant industry, which has already seen hundreds of thousands of workers idled and more than 7,500 businesses closed since the beginning of the pandemic.
If you or someone you know in our community has been laid off from their job, please contact my district office so we can assist with unemployment compensation. Reaching out to me earlier will help avoid this becoming a crisis in the future and I am happy to assist in cutting through the bureaucratic red tape to get you assistance.
Since the start of the pandemic back in March, our office has assisted nearly 1,000 residents in the 28th District receive their unemployment compensation or pandemic unemployment assistance. We stand by ready to assist.
I have received several calls and emails from neighbors who wish to see the governor impeached over this latest restriction. Please know that the impeachment process begins in the House of Representatives (similar to the federal impeachment process). You need to contact your state representative.
The latest on our election integrity
Many citizens across the 28th District have contacted me to express their frustration and fear over the integrity of our elections process. If you took the time to write me, I am writing you back.
Since Election Day, I have received 2,005 inquiries by email, web contact form or phone call. I am working each day to get back to each and every concerned constituent in the 28th District on this matter.
The number of calls and emails shows the grave concerns I share about the way our election was carried out.
That is why this week: I have joined 24 state senators to be part of the amicus brief in support of the Texas case going before the United States Supreme Court.
The case asserts the legislature’s authority under the Electors and Elections Clauses to set the time, place and manner of elections. As you know, the state Supreme Court unilaterally changed deadlines for ballots, despite this being clear in our existing laws (and agreed to by Governor Wolf last year).
It takes the position that this authority was taken by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for itself, aided and abetted by the Secretary of State amending the deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots, and that therefore there was a violation of those clauses.
Furthermore, I have signed a petition to call the legislature back for a special session on election issues. These issues are too important to wait until the General Assembly is sworn in on January 5.
I will keep fighting to ensure the integrity of our elections process. Act 77 was implemented in time for the two elections in 2020 – the Primary and General. The key difference is that the State Supreme Court changed the rules and law for the General Election on their own, which I believe has jeopardized the integrity of our elections and has set a very dangerous precedent.
Our elections are the bedrock of our Republic. Thank you again to everyone who has taken the time to weigh in on this critical matter. I will do my best to get back to everyone in a timely manner!
Governor’s veto a gift to special interests
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