My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
House Republican Leaders Call for the Attorney General to Investigate Irregularities in Tuesday’s Special Election in Philadelphia - 3/22/2017
House Republican leaders held a press conference Wednesday in the state Capitol to call on the Pennsylvania Attorney General to investigate alleged election irregularities that occurred in the Special Election held Tuesday for 197th Legislative District in Philadelphia. Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) were joined by House Republican leaders in calling for an investigation following reports of multiple violations of Pennsylvania’s Election Code. Majority Leader Reed said House Republicans feel ample evidence exists to justify a full and thorough state level investigation of this special election.
Reed Says House Republicans Encouraged by Cost Saving Measures Proposed in Governor’s Budget Plan - 2/7/2017
Lawmakers heard Gov. Tom Wolf deliver his budget address for the 2017-18 fiscal year today in Harrisburg before a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The governor’s proposed $32.34 billion spending plan includes a call for a modest increase in revenue, but includes a number of departmental consolidations and cost-saving measures. House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) said lawmakers have some concerns with the specifics of the proposal, but are generally encouraged by the governor’s willingness to participate in efforts to streamline, rebuild and restart state government.
Reed Comments on His Re-election as Majority Leader - 11/15/2016
The 122 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus today re-elected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) as their choice for Speaker of the House of Representatives and Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) as Majority Leader for the 2017-2018 legislative session. The formal election for Speaker will take place in the full House when the 2017-18 legislative session begins in January. The House Republican leadership team will also include: Majority Whip - Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster); Appropriations Chairman - Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York); Caucus Chair - Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery); Policy Committee Chair - Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre, Mifflin); Caucus Administrator – Rep. Kurt Masser (R- Columbia, Montour, Northumberland); and Caucus Secretary – Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion, Forest).
Reed Says New Unemployment Compensation Reforms Will Help Thousands of PA Workers and Save the System $1.5 Billion - 11/3/2016
Legislation that will bring comprehensive reforms to the state’s unemployment compensation system was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf. House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) said the new law, formerly House Bill 319, strengthens the solvency of the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund and makes thousands of laid off seasonal workers eligible for benefits, while saving the system as much as $1.5 billion in coming years.
Majority Leader Reed Says House Currently Drafting Revenue Legislation to Complete State Budget - 7/1/2016
At a press availability in Harrisburg on Friday, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said lawmakers are currently working on the revenue bills necessary to finalize the 2016-17 state budget. Reed indicated that lawmakers are prepared to vote on the proposal to increase revenues by 1.2 billion dollars, and will return to send the legislation to the Governor as soon as it is prepared.
Majority Leader Reed Says House Approves a Responsible State Budget that Protects Pennsylvania Taxpayers - 6/28/2016
In a bipartisan vote, the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $31.55 billion state budget that supports the core functions of state government, increases funding for education to historic levels and does not rely on any broad-based tax increases. House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said the on-time House budget plan represents a significant effort to provide for the future of the Commonwealth while being sensitive to the needs of Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.
House Majority Leader Reed Comments on Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction - 6/23/2016
Legislative efforts to combat the Commonwealth’s growing problem with heroin and opioid addiction was the topic of discussion at a press conference held in the State Capitol on Thursday. House Leaders, joined by the Governor and other lawmakers, announced the completion of the recommendations set forth by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, and outlined plans to move the issue forward by initiating a special legislative session to tackle the problems associated with prescription drug abuse.
House Majority Leader Reed Comments on Passage of Pension Reform Legislation - 6/14/2016
Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1071 would establish a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit retirement plan for future state and school employees. Under the new formula, prospective employees would receive a baseline pension based on the traditional formula, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000, or after 25 years of service.
Majority Leader Reed Says Privatization Bill Will Bring Improved Wine, Beer Convenience to Pennsylvania Consumers - 6/7/2016
In a bipartisan 157-31 vote, the House has approved a Senate-amended plan to sell wine in grocery stores, increase opportunities for the sale of beer, and improve consumer convenience for overall liquor sales across Pennsylvania. House Bill 1690, would allow for the sale of wine at grocery stores, select restaurants and hotels which purchase the proper licenses. Six-pack shops will also be able to upgrade their licenses to be able to sell wine as well as beer. House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said once signed by the governor, the groundbreaking legislation will significantly enhance convenience and accessibility for consumers, who should be able to buy wine at their grocery stores by Thanksgiving.
Majority Leader Reed Joins Senate and House Leaders in Calling for Gov. Wolf to Sign Bill to Protect Excellent Teachers - 5/17/2016
House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) joined other legislative leaders from both the House and Senate Tuesday in calling for Governor Wolf to sign legislation that would allow Pennsylvania school districts to retain the best teachers in the classroom when furloughs are required for economic reasons. House Bill 805, which is now on the Governor’s desk, would end the system of seniority-based “first hired–last fired” layoffs and implement a structure that places emphasis on teacher performance over length-of-service. Majority Leader Reed said the bill represents an important policy change that would help ensure both accountability and high quality education for Pennsylvania students.