Move threatens real government reform and the public's representation in Harrisburg
HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Susquehanna/Wyoming, released the following statement on the House Republican leadership's decision to end today's voting session abruptly without considering the Democrat's reform legislation:
"The decision today by House Republican leaders to end session without allowing discussion and debate on the Democrat's amendments to their reform legislation does not serve the public trust, nor is it in the best public interest.
"These amendments would have made the Republican reform bill stronger and allowed for more transparency and accountability in government spending.
"But closing the door on cooperation is just half the story. From what I understand, the majority is calling for a further reduction in Democratic representation on House committees in light of today's events. That representation went from 11 members, which the Republicans held in the Democratic controlled last session, to ten at the beginning of this session. Now they want to reduce it even further to nine.
"Our members represent 55 percent of Pennsylvania residents who have the right to have their voices heard on important issues. I don't see how this is fair and equal representation for the people of Pennsylvania," Kavulich said.
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