Senate GOP warns Fetterman over sticking to chamber’s rules

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s Senate are warning that they’ll reassign the duties of Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman as the chamber’s presiding officer if he defies the chamber’s rules again.

Republicans issued the two-page letter publicly Tuesday.

It came six days after the chamber devolved into shouting, name-calling and bare-knuckled procedural tactics over a Republican bill to end a decades-old program that temporarily offers $200 a month to people deemed unable to work.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman speaks during his statewide listening tour Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Fetterman is holding a series of town hall meetings to hear residents' opinions on legalized recreational marijuana. Over 200 attended the event at DeMeester Recital Hall at York College. Bill Kalina photo

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Senate Democrats contended that Republicans used questionable procedure to block Democrats from offering amendments.

Fetterman later ignored a “point of order” by Senate Republican Leader Jake Corman while Democratic Sen. Katie Muth was speaking.

For nearly three minutes , Muth spoke while Corman shouted over her at Fetterman to acknowledge him.

Senate Democrats and Fetterman say it’s time to move on.