Pennsylvanians Have Been Betrayed Again – Republican Leadership Pushing To Extend 95% Of Wolf’s Emergency Powers

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In the recent primary election, Pennsylvanians voted to amend the state Constitution and strip Governor Wolf of his power to declare endless emergencies and deprive the state’s citizens of their civil liberties.  Disgusted by a tyrant in Harrisburg who has destroyed countless small businesses and devastated the state with his dictatorial decrees, Pennsylvanians stood up and spoke loudly and clearly.

End the lockdown. End the mask mandates. Return us to normal.


In response, the Pennsylvania state legislature, both houses of which are controlled by the GOP, is now proposing – to extend Wolf’s emergency declaration until at least October.

You read that correctly. They intend to extend the emergency.

“At least on paper there needs to be an emergency ongoing so that we can continue to have some of the flexibility with the school code and the medical exams as well as some of the federal funding,” said Rep. Bryan Cutler, (R) Speaker of the House. “I think the government working together is what people want and the way that the language was worded earlier on Tuesday says that the legislature can approve in whole or in part and can modify as we go forward. My hope is that this works as well as the vaccine task force, that we can come together to find solutions. But if not the legislature would have the option to represent the people and what they would like as well. But there is a little more consultation in the process which I think is what everybody wants.”

Rep. Bryan Cutler, (R) Speaker of the House


The vehicle for this action is House Resolution 106 introduced on May 24, 2021. Its purpose is stated as “Extending in part and terminating in part the March 6, 2020, proclamation of disaster emergency, as amended and renewed, issued under the hand and seal of the Governor, Thomas Westerman Wolf.”

The resolution if adopted will terminate some of the most hated aspects of the lockdown. It prevents the Wolf administration from engaging in no-bid, single-source contracting. It re-establishes work-search requirements sooner than July. It ends occupancy limits, business closures, and stay-at-home orders.
It also extends the rest of Wolf’s COVID emergency order to October.

J.J. Abbott, a Democratic strategist, and Wolf’s former press secretary commented on the legislature’s intention by saying. “PA Republicans advance extension of Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID disaster declaration, keeping 95% of components in place.” (emphasis added)

The implications of the legislature’s decision are massive. To begin with, the State of Pennsylvania will remain officially subject to an emergency declaration. All of the emergency powers that the state possesses will remain in effect. The official determination that the COVID-19 “pandemic” constitutes a “disaster,” and an “emergency” will go unchallenged. The statement in Wolf’s emergency declaration that “This threat of imminent disaster and emergency situation throughout the Commonwealth is of such magnitude and severity as to render essential the Commonwealth’s supplementation of emergency resources and mutual aid to the county and municipal governments of this Commonwealth and to require the activation of all applicable state, county, and municipal emergency response plans” will remain the state’s official position.

Many of the legal pronouncements flowing from this language and the continued existence of a legal “emergency” will remain in effect as well. Since this bill does not propose to end Wolf’s “emergency” declaration there is nothing to prevent new mandates and measures from being implemented if this legislation is passed as now written.

“I hereby authorize the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or his designee, to assume command and control of all statewide emergency operations and authorize and direct that all Commonwealth departments and agencies utilize all available resources and personnel as is deemed necessary to cope with this emergency situation.”

“FURTHER, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth pursuant to 51 Pa. C.S. § 508, I hereby authorize the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania to place on state active duty for the duration of the emergency disaster proclamation, such individuals and units of the Pennsylvania National Guard, for missions designated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as are needed to address the consequences of the aforementioned emergency.”

“FURTHER, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth pursuant to 51 Pa. C.S. § 508, I hereby authorize the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania to place on state active duty for the duration of the emergency disaster proclamation, such individuals and units of the Pennsylvania National Guard, for missions designated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as are needed to address the consequences of the aforementioned emergency.”

“FURTHER, I authorize the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police to use all available resources and personnel in whatever manner he deems necessary during this emergency to assist the actions of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in addressing the consequences of the emergency.”

“FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in her sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Health is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.”

“FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in her sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Health is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.”

“FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in his sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Education is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.”

“FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in his sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Education is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.”

“FURTHER, if investigations made on my behalf determine that the Commonwealth needs greater flexibility in the application of state and federal motor carrier regulations to accommodate truck drivers involved in emergency activities during this emergency, I hereby direct the Commonwealth Department of Transportation to waive or suspend any laws or federal or state regulations related to the drivers of commercial vehicles.”

“FURTHER, I hereby direct that the applicable emergency response and recovery plans of the Commonwealth, counties, municipalities, and other entities be activated as necessary and that actions taken to implement those plans be coordinated through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.”

Gov. Wolf’s COVID19 Proclamation

The vast majority of the people who form the base of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania are white-hot with anger over what they perceive as massive government overreach and an all-out assault on their civil liberties. They expect and many still believe that their Republican representatives in Harrisburg share this sentiment and are fighting tooth and nail on their behalf. They are wrong.

The people of Pennsylvania may want the emergency ended and life to return to normal. In Harrisburg, they are in no great hurry to get there. Wolf’s emergency declaration conveys on the state great powers and the capacity to micro-manage decisions, like those about school openings and how classes will be conducted, that would otherwise have to be left to the ignorant masses and local school boards to decide.

Power once seized – is rarely relinquished. Harrisburg has, under the guise of a faux emergency, abrogated to itself a great deal of power. It has no intention of relinquishing it without a fight. The politicians may be smiling in your face and assuring you they are on your side. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We have been betrayed. Again.


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