Davis: Ending disaster declaration leaves too many questions about providing aid and federal funding

McKEESPORT, June 10 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding the House vote on H.R. 106, which ends the emergency COVID-19 declaration:

“I voted against this legislation because there are too many questions on how ending the disaster declaration would impact programs, like SNAP funding, unemployment benefits and federal funding.

“The state is already 100 percent open, but withdrawing the disaster declaration could hurt Pennsylvanians and create uncertainty for people who are struggling to stay in their homes and apartments, shut off utilities for thousands of families, take food away from school children, remove the national guard from long-term facilities and send away doctors and nurses who have come out of retirement to help battle the virus and administer vaccinations.

“We need to protect federal funding and make sure we are getting aid to those who need it as we come out of this pandemic.”