Senate to Blame for UC Delays, Layoffs
By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary
December 13, 2016
For more than six months, the Wolf Administration has been working extensively with the Legislature to fund the Service Improvement and Infrastructure Fund, which supports technology upgrades, benefit modernization and unemployment compensation call center functions among other things. House Bill 2375, which would have funded the system, passed the House in overwhelming, bipartisan fashion and was approved by two Senate committees with bipartisan votes.
However, Senator Scott Wagner led the charge to stop a vote on the bill — which would have funded the system — and thereby decided to make it harder for working class people who have lost their jobs to pay their bills, put food on the table, and find new employment. Additionally, because the Senate did not take a vote on the bill, more than 500 unemployment compensation call center employees will lose their jobs.
If the Senate had followed through on their promises to pass this critical legislation, Governor Wolf would have swiftly signed the bill, which would have kept the call centers open and saved the hundreds of jobs in the call centers.
Governor Wolf cannot sign a bill that is not on his desk.
The Wolf Administration has been open and transparent and has provided information to the Legislature about this issue since January 2016. Their decision to hurt working families and not vote on this bill is the is why the people of Pennsylvania lack confidence in their Legislature.
Governor Wolf has urged Senate Republicans to act on the reauthorization of this legislation as soon as possible so that the impact to those facing furloughs can be mitigated to the greatest extent possible.
Every person that will be laid off, every single unemployment insurance payment that is delayed, and every call that is not answered is unfortunately due to the lack of action by and a failure to pass this bill before the legislature went home for the holidays.
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