News Releases

May

13

2020

May 13, 2020

With the number of positive COVID-19 cases steadily decreasing on a daily basis and medical experts testifying that communities can safely meet the challenges of the new reality, the Senate today (May 13) approved a four-bill package that would give county governments more control over reopening their local economies and provide waivers from the Governor’s closure order for a variety of businesses -- if they can operate in a manner that protects employees and customers, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34).   [Read More]

May

12

2020

May 12, 2020

Legislation passed by the Senate today will provide vital funding to nursing homes, personal care facilities and other senior citizens’ programs impacted by COVID-19 and allow them to continue providing essential services for the state’s most vulnerable population, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34).   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

The Senate today asked the state’s Commonwealth Court to force Governor Wolf to release documents associated with mandated business closures related to COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Senate Republican leaders.   [Read More]

May

11

2020

May 11, 2020

Senate leaders called on Governor Wolf to stop the name-calling and instead engage with local elected officials after the Governor held a press conference where he called local community leaders ‘cowards’ and threatened to withhold funding from local communities, revoke operating licenses from local employers and deny insurance claims.   [Read More]

May

08

2020

May 08, 2020

The Senate is weighing next steps as Governor Wolf failed to comply with a subpoena and release documents associated with mandated business closures related to COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Senate Republican leaders.   [Read More]

May

07

2020

May 07, 2020

Contractors, gig workers, self-employed individuals and other Pennsylvanians who applied for benefits through the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program can file now for weekly benefits, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).   [Read More]

May

06

2020

May 06, 2020

Senate Republicans are demanding answers from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) after testimony during a Senate Law and Justice Committee meeting today revealed the state’s Fine Wine & Spirits stores were closed without any official action by the PLCB or the Governor.   [Read More]

May

01

2020

May 01, 2020

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) today said he is encouraged by the news that some COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened for northwestern and northcentral Pennsylvania counties.   [Read More]

Apr

29

2020

April 29, 2020

In an act centered in political ideology, Governor Wolf today blocked access to life-saving medicine to millions of Pennsylvanians with his purely partisan veto of a bill authorizing the use of telemedicine in Pennsylvania, said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Senator Elder Vogel (R-47).   [Read More]

Apr

22

2020

April 22, 2020

Responding to Governor Wolf’s announcement of a plan to begin re-opening Pennsylvania next month, Senate leaders offered the following statements:   [Read More]

Apr

22

2020

April 22, 2020

The Punxsutawney Boro - Indiana Street Sanitary & Storm Water Replacement Project has been awarded a low interest loan of $1,969,660.00 through the state’s PENNVEST Program to make major improvements, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).   [Read More]

Apr

21

2020

April 21, 2020

As Pennsylvania continues to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, the Senate today gave final approval to a bill that promotes telemedicine as a way to overcome barriers to quality patient care created by distance and reduce the costs of those services, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).   [Read More]