Weekly Update: Protecting Women’s Reproductive Rights, Standing Up for the Middle Class, and Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

December 22, 2017

On Monday, Governor Wolf was joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, legislators, local elected officials, and women’s reproductive rights advocates to veto Senate Bill 3. This bill would have severely limited women’s reproductive rights and health care options.

“This legislation is a disingenuous and bald-faced attempt to create the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country,” Governor Wolf said. “This legislation is an attempt to criminalize the decisions that women make about their own health care, and this legislation destroys health care options for victims of the horrors of rape and incest. For these reasons, I am vetoing this bill today.”

The Governor continued his mission to support Pennsylvania’s working class by expressing his concern about the GOP Tax Bill on Tuesday. In a letter, the Governor urged Congress to vote no on the bill, noting the increased tax burden it would have on the commonwealth’s middle class, as well as concerns of potential cuts to Medicare and Medicaid because of the trillion-dollar deficit this bill would create.

Multiple pieces of legislation came to Governor Wolf’s desk this week for his final approval. The Governor signed legislation that would regulate recovery homes to continue his fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic. He also signed a four-year funding plan to continue Unemployment Compensation operations through Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry.

“I want to thank the House and Senate for working with my administration to create this compromise plan that provides an infusion of funding for the unemployment compensation system,” said Governor Wolf. “The agreement allows the commonwealth to provide much-needed stability to the system for dislocated workers, businesses and state employees.”

Governor Wolf addressed Congress again this past Wednesday, joining a bipartisan group of governors to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Governor noted that each of the participants of this program have grown-up, been educated, and established their lives in the United States. The Governor has made it clear that the deportation of DACA recipients would be cruel, and Congress needs to act to protect the nearly 800,000 American immigrants that are enrolled in this program.

On Thursday, Governor Wolf attended the United Way of the Capital Region to discuss the organization’s workforce development pilot program and address the importance of giving during this holiday season. The Governor noted the importance of donating his salary every year, as it helps programs like these which help the un- and underemployed obtain jobs where they earn a living wage.

Continuing his commitment to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic, Governor Wolf joined with grandparents and their grandchildren, whose parents have been affected by the opioid crisis. By listening to individuals who have been directly affected by this crisis, the Governor is better able to reach real solutions to this complex and dangerous problem.

“Make no mistake about it – we are in a fight, and these families are the victims of a disease. I pledge to continue to focus our energies and resources on stopping this crisis because we can no longer allow our neighborhoods, our communities, and our families to lose their loved ones to this disease.”

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

Monday, 12/18/17
Tuesday, 12/19/17
Wednesday, 12/20/17
Thursday, 12/21/17
Friday, 12/22/17

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