Over the past year, we have all been participants in a long journey to overcome COVID-19 and finally the finish line is in sight. Albeit slowly, vaccines are being rolled out to those who want them, and the governor’s restrictions are being lifted on our communities.
HARRISBURG – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier could not provide answers to basic questions – such as how many businesses were forced to shutter when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered non-essential businesses to close at the start of the pandemic about a year ago and how many of those businesses are now permanently closed – even though the department tracks that data.
HARRISBURG – During lines of questioning by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) and fellow members of the House Appropriations Committee during its budget hearings, top agency officials confirmed the long-held belief that they were not consulted by Gov. Tom Wolf at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HARRISBURG – The Cumberland County delegation to the state House of Representatives Wednesday were dismayed Gov. Tom Wolf’s annual budget address made no mention of fixing his dysfunctional unemployment system or addressing the economic distress his unilateral decisions to shut some business down is causing.
HARRISBURG – In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal that includes unaffordable and unconstitutional tax hikes, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – In just his second term representing residents of the 193rd Legislative District, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) has been named chairman of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice under the standing House Appropriations Committee.
WHAT: Reps. Greg Rothman (R-Mechanicsburg), Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle), Sheryl Delozier (R-Lower Allen), Torren Ecker (R-Mount Holly Springs) and Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York) will volunteer at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to pack boxes for those in need of food assistance in central Pennsylvania in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
HARRISBURG – In response to the storming of the United States Capitol by protestors, local Republicans, Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), House State Government Chairman Seth Grove (R-Dover) and Reps. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) Mike Jones (R-York Township), Dawn Keefer (R-York/Cumberland) and Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam); and Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Dave Arnold (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York) and Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Joined by fellow members of the House of Representatives, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) took the oath of office today for the 2021-22 session, his second term in office.
HARRISBURG – As Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) is poised to take the oath of office to begin his second term, he was appointed to a seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
ABBOTTSTOWN – Gov. Tom Wolf recently sided with trial lawyers, putting special interests over people, when he vetoed House Bill 1737, which would have provided commonsense limited liability protection from frivolous lawsuits to employers and many others. In response, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland), who offered his unwavering support of the bill, issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – The House today approved a fiscally responsible budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that respects taxpayers’ finances. In response, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG ¬– The House earlier today approved amended legislation that provides businesses, schools, nursing homes and others with protections from frivolous lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 1737 now goes to the governor for his signature.
HARMONY – House Republicans unveiled a pro-jobs, recovery-focused legislative package designed to achieve a better normal. The initiative, “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback,” would rebound the economy by incentivizing manufacturing with no new taxes or fees.
WHAT: Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), House Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and other state representatives will unveil a pro-jobs, recovery-focused legislative package designed to achieve Pennsylvania’s better normal. The initiative, “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback,” would rebound the economy by incentivizing manufacturing with no new taxes or fees following the pandemic.
ABBOTTSTOWN – In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 2787 to ensure decisions about school sports and activities, including policies regarding spectators, are made at the local level, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
ABBOTTSTOWN – In light of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling allowing for ballots to be received and counted for up to three days following the election day deadline, among other things, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
Two of Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest restrictions on restaurant and venue industries put hundreds of thousands of people out of work and caused countless businesses to close.
HARRISBURG – To help businesses in the event industry from being forced to close, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) has joined on as a sponsor of a bill that will allow them to safely operate at 50% capacity. The legislation, which will be introduced shortly, was authored by Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset).
ABBOTTSTOWN – Earlier today, Gov. Tom Wolf stated his “recommendation is that we don’t do any sports until Jan. 1.” In response, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following the statement: