Mullery votes to terminate Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration

HARRISBURG, June 10 – In a show of solidarity with Pennsylvanians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, broke with Democratic leadership Tuesday night by voting “yes” to adopt a resolution terminating the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration by Gov. Tom Wolf.

“There isn’t a single Pennsylvanian that hasn’t been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the governor needs to hear the voices of the people of Pennsylvania,” Mullery said. “For 12 weeks now, our children have been unable to go to school, their parents have been furloughed or laid off, and our small business owners have been closed. My vote was for each and every one of them. We have flattened the curve and now it’s time for Pennsylvania to return to work.”

“At this time, we need someone to advise business owners and working Pennsylvanians as to what the exact rules of reopening are, because currently we do not know,” Mullery added. “Parents, workers and business owners need to know how they will be able to move forward with their lives. The governor has failed to provide that leadership. It’s time for the legislature to step up and be proactive for these hardworking and struggling people.”    

Mullery’s vote was consistent with others he had cast 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.

The resolution was adopted in the House by a vote of 121 to 81 with 12 other Democrats joining Mullery.