Pennsylvania’s Legislative Session Ends Today
A concerned citizen – Mr. Tim Trimble – sent a letter to Pennsylvania House Speaker Byran Cutler asking why more Republicans were not supporting a resolution drafted by twenty-six members of the PA House Republicans. Mr. Cutler’s full response is available below but below are some excerpts from his response to Mr. Trimble – who was not at all happy with the response and noted that the majority of the Republican legislators “are just running out the clock” as Pennsylvania’s legislative session ends today. So far, there have been no resolutions to extend the legislative session in order to deal with electoral issues arising from a variety of court suits contesting the legality of the recent November 3 election results.
Mr. Cutler argued that it is physically impossible to pass a joint resolution – as was proposed by Senator Mastriano – in one day. Cutler argues that regardless of the pathway for both chambers to act “there are not enough days to pass either one and he (Mastriano) should know that.” In essence, despite the fact that the PA House and Senate can constitutionally vote to extend their legislative session – Cutler does not prose that action. Instead, he defaults to the legislative session ends on the 30th and there is not enough time – Cutler is not looking to ensure that the will of PA voters is ensured. Perhaps Trimble is correct – Cutler and a majority of PA House and Senate legislators are just running out the clock?
House Speaker Bryan Cutler Response To Constituent: Tim Trimble
All of these provisions are relevant to the Resolutions being proposed by Senator Mastriano and Representative Diamond. Constitutionally, the legislative session ends tomorrow. There are not the required 6 days left to move a bill.
A Resolution does not constitutionally require six days. Rule 21 and Rule 35 of the House Rules (attached) speak to how Resolutions are handled, which for this resolution would be a multi day process. However, this rule could be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the House. With that in mind, the Resolution has not, as of now, been introduced in the House or the Senate. It cannot begin the process until it is introduced. A resolution does not carry the weight of law, in fact a simple resolution is barely worth the paper it is printed on.
The Pennsylvania Constitution outlines how disputed elections are handled in Pennsylvania. Federally, as outlined in this link, one Congressman and One Senator can contest the election results of a particular state.
I had concerns about the activist PA Supreme Court Weeks prior to the election and I worked with Rep Everett to move the election integrity committee out of State government committee. It would have had complete oversight and subpoena power and been in place PRIOR to the election if enough people would have been willing to vote for it. Instead, many of the same members now calling for more oversight after the fact, said they would never vote for it and put out press releases saying so which meant we did not havr the 102 votes to pass it.
This means the only remaining option is the court process outlined in section 13 of our state constitution that directs how contested electors are to be litigated and the campaigns are doing so now. We as the House also have a case pending before the United States Supreme Court.
In either approach the Constitution and our rules do matter and must be followed. We cannot create legislative days or simply ignore that requirement.
I understand that is not the answer you want to hear, but I do believe someone should tell you the truth about what is being proposed vs what can actually be done.House Speaker Bryan Cutler, partial excerpt.
It certainly seems the majority of Pennsylvania’s legislature is now intent on following “rules” that were specifically ignored when the Governor and his administration implemented massive changes to Pennsylvania’s voting laws for the 2020 elections – including removing signature requirements, ignoring representation of both parties during vote canvassing and implementation of large-scale mail-in voting tailored to implement voter and general-scale election fraud.