Legislators still locked out of Harrisburg- Republicans push back after energy costs hearing

06 February 2023- Legislators are still locked out of the main chambers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following Speaker Mark Rozzi’s “Listening Tour” on governance. Republican’s from across the Commonwealth have called for an end to the pause in voting and other procedures as attempts at waiting out the clock until three new Democrat legislators arrive following presumed special election wins. Today the policy chairs for the Republicans talked to reporters to end the confusing pause and return to actually voting on legislation. Full release from Policy Chair Joshua Kail and Deputy Chair Eric Nelson is below.

Following today’s hearing on rising energy costs in Pennsylvania, House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Joshua D. Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) and Deputy Policy Committee Chairman Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) held a press conference to continue pushing House Speaker Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Democrat lawmakers to open the Pennsylvania House so legislators can begin working on policies that lower energy prices to help alleviate families and employers laboring to make ends meet.

“Pennsylvania is an energy-rich state,” said Kail. “But our families, our small businesses, and our economy are struggling because they are paying too much to heat their homes, keep the lights on in their businesses, and fuel their cars to get to work. We need to leverage our skilled workforce and invest in our energy economy so we can lower energy costs and help Pennsylvania families make ends meet. We need to get back to business here in Harrisburg to move these issues forward.”

Nelson noted that the primacy of Pennsylvania-produced energy and argued for legislative intervention that removes the ability of Harrisburg bureaucrats to craft harmful energy policy that is a detriment to Pennsylvania’s families and small business job creators.

“We have the potential to be a driving force to restore our nation’s energy independence, and in doing so, tilt the economic scales in favor of Pennsylvania families. But appointed government bureaucrats have to become part of the solution,” said Nelson. “Instead of executive orders and weaponized policy that targets our coal and natural gas industries, we should partner to pursue responsible growth. When government chooses to work with business – our people win.”