Weekly Update: Protecting Health Care Access for Pennsylvanians, Urging Resolution to State Budget Impasse, Announcing Aid for Hurricane Recovery, Touring Northern PA

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

September 22, 2017

This week, Governor Wolf continued to fight for the protection of health care access for Pennsylvanians. On Tuesday, Governor and First Lady Wolf participated in a panel discussion about the importance of Planned Parenthood and women’s health care rights and access. Also on Tuesday, Governor Wolf joined a group of 10 bipartisan governors on a letter urging U.S. Senate leadership to reject the proposed Graham-Cassidy amendment and work towards a bipartisan solution to stabilize insurance markets.

On Friday, Governor Wolf and members of his administration sent a letter to Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey requesting that they oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal, citing that the proposal’s effects would be devastating to millions of Pennsylvanians.

Governor Wolf released a statement on Monday regarding the progress of state budget negotiations between his administration, the House, and the Senate. On Wednesday, the governor called for swift action to complete the state budget after the legislative budget stalemate led to a credit downgrade, which Governor Wolf had warned would happen for months.

Governor Wolf announced on Wednesday that members of PA Task Force Once had returned to Philadelphia after Federal Deployment to assist with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma response. Five members of the team were deployed as part of the federal Incident Support Team stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide support during recovery from Hurricane Maria. Governor Wolf expressed his support for the people of Puerto Rico as they begin to recover from Hurricane Maria.

On Friday, Governor Wolf announced that staff from the Department of Human Services were deployed to Texas to support Disaster Recovery Operations.

This week, Governor Wolf kicked off a 14 county tour of Northern PA. “I’m very excited to be in Northern Pennsylvania to hear directly from residents and business leaders about some of the work the state is doing to support these communities and local businesses,” Gov. Wolf said. “It is important that smaller and rural communities know state government is listening to them and affirming their important role in our commonwealth.”

The governor made stops in Carbon, Wyoming, Susquehanna, and Sullivan counties on Wednesday. Thursday, he was joined by First Lady Frances Wolf to tour locations in Bradford, Tioga, Potter, and Cameron counties. On Friday, Governor and First Lady Wolf visited McKean, Warren, and Forest counties. The governor’s tour of northern PA will end Saturday with stops in Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties.

Governor Wolf’s Week, September 17 – September 23, 2017

Monday, 9/18/17
Tuesday, 9/19/17
Wednesday, 9/20/17
Thursday, 9/21/17
Friday, 9/22/17

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