Mullery votes to end Governor’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Making a tough but necessary decision, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today broke with his Democratic colleagues and voted yes on a resolution to terminate the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration by Gov. Tom Wolf.

“I know these are unprecedented times and that COVID-19 has impacted every single Pennsylvanian, young and old,” Mullery said. “Right now, there are nearly 2 million residents filing for unemployment causing massive backlogs of the system and thousands of business owners forced to keep their doors closed despite being able to follow the CDC guidelines for safe operations. How are these people supposed to put food on their tables and pay their bills? My vote today is in solidarity and support of our hardworking and proud Pennsylvanians.”

Mullery added today’s vote was the latest of more than 20 bills and resolutions he voted yes on over the past several weeks to reopen many industries and businesses, get Pennsylvanians back to work while staying safe and provide more clear state government transparency.

“It is way past time for the governor to stop handling this crisis single-handedly and start working together with the legislature to come up with a safe and comprehensive plan that benefits all of us and allows us to put these Pennsylvanians who have sacrificed so much back to work,” Mullery added.

The resolution was adopted in the House by a vote of 117 to 85 with 7 Democrats joining Mullery.