Jun. 09, 2021 Download
House Resolution 106, designed to terminate Gov. Wolf’s Covid-19 disaster emergency, has been approved by the PA House. The declaration, now 16 months old, has upended the lives of countless Pennsylvanians, disrupting education, stifling the economy, and decimating many job creators.
Jul. 16, 2020 Download
On this PA House Podcast we continue our discussion with Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) on the House’s efforts to bring the Governor’s unchecked emergency power back to where it belongs – in balance with the other branches of government.
Jul. 09, 2020 Download
On this PA House Podcast we sit down with Rep. Russ Diamond, prime sponsor of House Resolution 836. Diamond’s resolution would end the Governor’s disaster emergency related to Covid-19. A recent supreme court decision has thrust this legislation into the spotlight due to the amount of unchecked power the decision grants to the Governor. Diamond discusses his motivations, and what the next steps are in the fight to re-balance the power of the branches of government.
Oct. 24, 2019 Download
The Pennsylvania House has begun to move a package of bills designed to help reinforce Pennsylvania’s ailing volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies. The Helpers and Heroes Package addresses an alarming decline in emergency services volunteers over recent years.
Jun. 25, 2019 Download
House lawmakers have voted to support a 2019-20 General Fund budget that continues a multi-year effort to hold the line on taxes, fees and spending. Total state spending would be set at $33.997 billion, a 1.8% increase over the current fiscal year, which is in line with the rate of inflation. The plan provides for a record level of spending on education and includes a deposit of more than $250 million into the Rainy-Day Fund, the state’s primary “savings account.” Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) offered the following comments on the spending priorities of the budget plan.
Mar. 25, 2019 Download
Lawmakers, students and supporters of improving workforce development programs rallied in Harrisburg on Monday to acknowledge the successful passage of a Good Jobs for Pennsylvania package of legislation by the full House. The 11-bill package would help match up interested students and individuals with the best training for their career paths. The bipartisan, career and technical education (CTE) package includes measures to address workforce shortages in business and industry, strengthen educational partnerships with employers, increase access to career oriented technical training and alleviate misperceptions regarding vocational education programs. Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) attended the capitol event in support of the package of legislation.
Feb. 05, 2019 Download
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-2020 state budget proposal on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $34 billion spending plan represents a nearly 1 billion dollar increase in state spending over last year. Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) said he is concerned about the Governor's proposal to pay for new spending through an additional tax on natural gas.
Jan. 01, 2019 Download
Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were sworn in Tuesday in Harrisburg with the members taking the oath of office in the House chamber at noon to officially begin the 2019-20 legislative session. Republicans hold a 110-93 majority in the House with 19 newly elected Republican members. This is the fifth consecutive term that Republicans have retained majority control of the PA House. Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) offered comments on the swearing-in ceremony and opening of the new legislative session.
Jun. 20, 2018 Download
The Fiscal Year 2018-19 General Appropriation bill (House Bill 2121) is on its way to the state Senate for consideration after the House of Representatives passed it Thursday by a vote of 188-10. The $32.7 billion spending plan increases growth by 1.7 percent, which is below the rate of inflation (2.13 percent), requires no additional taxes or revenues and officially erases a deficit. The budget also includes a record high $12.3 billion investment in education from pre-k through 12th grade, with additional increases in funding for career and technical education as well as higher education. The budget bill is expected to be sent to the governor prior to June 30, after anticipated Senate passage.
Jun. 30, 2017 Download
The Pennsylvania House has passed a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year which holds the line on state expenditures by consolidating agencies and streamlining government programs. House Bill 218 spends $32 Billion, representing an increase of less than one percent over last year’s spending plan. However, the legislature has yet to approve legislation to generate the revenue to fund the budget. House Bill 218 now awaits the Governor’s signature. Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) said he is concerned over the unfinished portions of the budget process.