Gov. Wolf Responds to Federal Court Ruling

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf responded to the previous days federal court ruling stating that parts of the Governor's response were unconstitutional.  Watch the video

Here are some of the key points mentioned by Governor Wolf:

"There’s no sense debating a ruling that will be appealed. Two of three federal judges upheld what we did. But what’s not up for debate is that our early and decisive action saved lives.

While the federal government dithered, Pennsylvania took action. Our hospitals were never overwhelmed and research tells us thousands of lives were saved. 

So would we, in hindsight, do some things differently? Of course. Would I follow the irresponsible demands of the President or the Republican legislature? Absolutely not." 

The Governor also took aim at President Trump and Pennsylvania House Republicans saying:

"The vast majority don’t buy into conspiracy theories or fear mongering from the President or Harrisburg Republicans about this virus.

They wear masks. They keep distance. They are smart about how they interact with others. They are responsible.

And contrary to the misinformation from the legislature, we are reopened. And we’ve been able to manage outbreaks and mitigate risk successfully, while trying to bring some normalcy to our lives. And right now, Pennsylvania is a leader in the region in how we’ve kept deaths and sickness low.  

I will continue to do what is necessary to keep people safe and contain the virus. That’s the key.  Containing the virus is the only way to protect our health and keep our economy going. 

We will appeal, and we will take that appeal as far as necessary to ensure we can do that. I want to reassure people that may be nervous or worried about what’s ahead this fall: no matter what, we will find a way to keep Pennsylvanians safe."

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