News Releases

Apr

21

2020

April 21, 2020

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement regarding the House Rules Committee vote today to remove language that would have allowed for local elected officials to be involved in the re-opening of Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

Apr

20

2020

April 20, 2020

Calling Senate Bill 613 a common-sense approach for Pennsylvania, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) condemn the Governor’s veto of the bill.   [Read More]

Apr

17

2020

April 17, 2020

This week, Senate Bill 327 was passed by the Senate which included an amendment by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).  As amended, Senate Bill 327 allows for the safe re-opening of Pennsylvania’s economy through local decision making.   [Read More]

Apr

17

2020

April 17, 2020

Citing an ongoing lack of specificity and transparency, Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) called the Governor’s “plan” for emerging from the COVID-19 public health crisis disappointing.   [Read More]

Apr

15

2020

April 15, 2020

(HARRISBURG) – The Senate approved two bills today that would provide much-needed clarity and common sense to the process of deciding which businesses can safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25). Governor Wolf ordered the closure of all businesses not deemed “life-sustaining” on March 16 in response to concerns about […]   [Read More]

Apr

13

2020

April 13, 2020

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) announced today the Senate plans to return to session this week to consider legislation that will provide a safe path for re-opening the state’s economy.   [Read More]

Apr

10

2020

April 10, 2020

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today approved a $450 million emergency loan program to assist financially distressed hospitals as they work to address the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).   [Read More]

Apr

07

2020

April 07, 2020

The Senate approved emergency measures today to help local governments respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).   [Read More]

Mar

25

2020

March 25, 2020

The Senate convened remotely today to pass several bills to keep Pennsylvania moving forward during the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency, according to Senate Republican leaders.   They said the first-ever remote gathering of the Senate was necessary to pass timely legislation related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.    [Read More]

Mar

25

2020

March 25, 2020

(HARRISBURG) – Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency can apply now for low-interest state loans, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25). Scarnati explained that $61 million was made available for small businesses through the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program.  This program will feature a low interest rate, no application fees, and payments […]   [Read More]

Mar

19

2020

March 19, 2020

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), Senate Majority Whip John Gordner (R-27) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-16) today issued the following response to the Governor’s order that “non-life-sustaining” employers in Pennsylvania close their physical locations:   [Read More]

Mar

18

2020

March 18, 2020

Today the Senate took an important step to continue its operations safely by passing a resolution allowing members to vote remotely, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).   [Read More]