Bill to Eliminate General Assistance Cash Benefit Program Passes in State Senate
Pennsylvania legislators debated House Bill 33 in a moment that can only be described as "chaotic" on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon.
The bill would eliminate the General Assistance Cash Benefit program many Pennsylvania residents rely on.
At one point during a heated debate, Senate President John Fetterman left the PA Senate rostrum, and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati took over.
After a short recess, Senate Democrats then walked off the floor, saying Senate Republicans refused to let them speak about adding amendments to the Bill.
Upon returning, Democratic Senator Katie Muth read a letter from a person relying on General Assistance, while Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman constantly yelled the phrase “point of order” to Senate President John Fetterman.
Fetterman, also the state’s Lieutenant Governor, seemed to ignore Senator Corman’s call and let Senator Muth continue to read the letter.
Senate Republicans were angered, saying that was against the Senate rules.
Ultimately, the Senate voted 26 to 24 to eliminate General Assistance.
The bill now heads back to the House for a concurrence vote.