Solving the Unemployment Crisis: Let PA Get Back to Work

May. 06, 2020 /

Little did we all know in February when our groundhog predicted an early spring that this year’s spring would be especially dreary. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, and we have all felt some type of anxiety as a result of it. Many fear the real health consequences of the virus because of their age, medical condition or having at-risk family members. Others struggle with the reality that the kitchen table has become the office, classroom and place to eat. Some have been sucked into the endless number of headlines and breaking news stories that send our heads spinning with worry and confusion. However, by far, the most fearful, nervous folks that I have interacted with over the past six weeks are those who do not know when their next paycheck is coming.

Southcentral House Republicans Move to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Apr. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – House Democrats today blocked a measure which would have provided the Wolf administration with necessary COVID-19 testing tools it requested to help protect Pennsylvanians and reopen the state. Southcentral region state legislators, including House Appropriations Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Mike Jones (R-York Township), Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill), Sheryl Delozier (R-Lower Allen Township), Paul Schemel (R-Franklin), Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) and Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle), issued the following statement:

Diamond, Klunk, Ecker Sponsor Bill to Open Local Garden Centers

Apr. 24, 2020 /

HARRISBURG - Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) has introduced House Bill 2429, which would grant a waiver to the governor's COVID-19 Business Closure Order to all lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores that can adhere to the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effectively opening them up for in-person operations.

Local House Republicans Vote to Bring Parity to Pennsylvania Businesses

Apr. 14, 2020 /

HARRISBURG –The House today approved Senate Bill 613 to require the governor to follow federal guidelines to determine which businesses are considered life-sustaining, bringing parity to the Pennsylvania business community and keeping in line with practices of surrounding states. In response, area House Republican members, who are House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Mike Jones (R-York Township), Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill), Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) and Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle) issued the following statement:

Finding the Positive in a World of COVID-19 - By Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland)

Apr. 09, 2020 /

Our entire world has been turned upside by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trips to the grocery store are now filled with anxiety and our ability to socialize with loved ones and friends has been curtailed like never before. Despite the uncertainty and fear caused by this pandemic, it has been wonderful to see the American spirit not only remain, but also thrive, especially right here in Adams and Cumberland counties. In the midst of a world that is currently facing struggle and difficulties, I wanted to take a moment to share some stories of positivity happening right here at home.

House Republicans from York, Adams and Cumberland Counties Urge Wolf to Allow Construction Workers to Work

Mar. 26, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – After hearing from local business owners, construction workers and others, members of the House of Representatives from York, Adams and Cumberland counties joined together to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to allow construction projects to be completed and to allow workers to return to job sites. Previously, Wolf included construction on the list of “non-essential” businesses, which put a halt to construction projects in Pennsylvania. In response, the members, who are House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle), Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill) and Mike Jones (R-York Township) issued the following statement:

Ecker, Keefer Issue Statement on Firefighter Death

Mar. 09, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) and Dawn Keefer (R-York/Cumberland) issued the following statement in response to the deaths of 34-year-old Jerome Guise, a firefighter with Citizen Fire Company in Mount Holly Springs, and a woman in a house that was on fire early this morning:

Meet and Greet with Ecker During Event in Biglerville

Feb. 20, 2020 /

ABBOTTSTOWN – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) invites residents of the 193rd Legislative District to attend his free Meet and Greet event at the Apple Bin Grill and Bakery, 674 Arendtsville Road in Biglerville. The event will be held on Thursday, March 5, from 8-9:30 a.m.

Changes in How We Vote Coming in 2020

Feb. 12, 2020 /

Voters will encounter several changes as they head the polls for the primary election next year. In fact, one of the changes gives registered voters another option instead of actually standing in lines at polling places.

Ecker Offers Assistance to Veterans

Feb. 10, 2020 /

ABBOTTSTOWN – Veterans and their families who live in the 193rd Legislative District have another avenue to seek help with obtaining benefits after Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) teamed up with the Cumberland County Veterans Affairs Office.

Ecker Offers Assistance to Veterans

Jan. 17, 2020 /

ABBOTTSTOWN – Veterans and their families who live in the 193rd Legislative District have another avenue to seek help with obtaining benefits after Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) teamed up with the Cumberland County Veterans Affairs Office.

My New Year’s Resolution to You

Dec. 31, 2019 /

About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to have been sworn in to represent the people of the 193rd Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. I often reflect on the responsibility you have entrusted to me and want to take a moment to renew that commitment.

Ecker Invites Residents to Open House

Dec. 04, 2019 /

ABBOTTSTOWN – Residents of the 193rd Legislative District are invited to attend a festive open house at Rep. Torren Ecker’s (R-Adams/Cumberland) office, located at 282 W. King St. in Abbottstown on Friday, Dec. 13, from 3-6 p.m.

Ecker Introduces Bill to Bring Relief to Pennsylvania Farmers

Nov. 07, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – With bipartisan support, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that he introduced commonsense legislation to save Pennsylvania farmers thousands of dollars in taxes by aligning the Commonwealth’s seasonal agriculture workers laws with those in use at the federal level.