31 January 2023- Following yesterday’s hearing on school funding, House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Joshua D. Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), House Republican Education Committee Chairman Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton) and Deputy Policy Committee Chairman David Rowe (R-Snyder/Juniata/Mifflin/Union) held a press conference urging Democratic lawmakers to get back to work immediately.
“Speaker Mark Rozzi and his Democratic colleagues are holding Pennsylvanians hostage by locking the doors of the House chamber, preventing legislation from getting passed to make the lives of everyone easier,” said Kail. “The Democrats’ willingness to showcase their inaction proves they only care about power. From education reform to the proposed constitutional amendments, we must act swiftly on passing measures that people have been desperately asking for us to get across the finish line. It’s time for the Democrats to join the House Republican Caucus in getting back to work.”
“There is no doubt that students across our Commonwealth suffered losses in learning through the pandemic. Some students were impacted more than others, but it’s up to us in the General Assembly to find answers in addressing these significant gaps in our students’ learning,” said Topper.
“Today’s hearing highlighted the importance of investing in education in a way that allows every child to have access to an excellent education regardless of their zip code,” said Rowe. “By refusing to show up for work, Speaker Rozzi and the rest of the House Democrats are playing politics with our children’s futures.”