Burns votes to override disaster resolution veto, get PA back to work

HARRISBURG, Sept. 3 – Once again voting to support the hardworking men and women of Pennsylvania, today, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, voted to override the governor’s veto of a resolution to end his disaster proclamation and to fully reopen the Keystone State.

“I hear every day from workers and business owners who just want to be able to get back to work so they can provide for their families,” Burns said. “Today, I stood up against the governor and voted to override his veto of a resolution to end the disaster resolution so Pennsylvania can get back to work.”

The vote Wednesday came after the governor vetoed H.R. 836, which passed the House and Senate back in June. Today’s vote marked the fifth time Burns voted to end the disaster declaration – more than any other Democrat in the House.

Since the start of the pandemic, Burns has consistently voted and advocated to balance the safety of workers and families with the need to allow businesses to safely reopen. He has also consistently and publicly questioned the administration about its response and pressed for more details on the metrics used in making decisions about reopening Pennsylvania’s economy.

“Although the veto override may have failed, I believe we have sent a powerful message to the governor and his administration – we need commonsense and not fear to rule,” Burns said. “It is time to end the governor’s unilateral rule and restore the elected voices of the people to power.”