My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Bloom Calls for Constitutional Convention to Fix Broken Government - 10/17/2017
A bicameral proposal calling for a Constitutional Convention to address broken state government was unveiled in Harrisburg on Tuesday. House Bill 1967, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), seeks a limited constitutional convention, specifically addressing the size of the legislature, and the state budget process, as well as other areas, while holding Citizens’ Rights inviolable. Bloom said that his frustration with the flawed budget process was a driving force behind the legislation.
Rep. Bloom Comments on "Taxpayer Budget" - 9/6/2017
In an effort to protect Pennsylvanians from widespread tax increases proposed as a method to close the state’s budget deficit, a group of House Republican Lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bring the Commonwealth’s spending plan into balance without dipping into the checkbooks of taxpayers. The “Taxpayer’s Budget” would utilize money currently sitting idle in over 200 state-held accounts and redirect it to close budgetary shortfalls.
Rep. Bloom Comments on Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative - 3/22/2017
A package of legislation designed to protect the rights and freedoms of employees in Pennsylvania was introduced in Harrisburg on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative package of bills would give employees the right to opt in or out of union membership and would prevent compulsory or “fair-share” union dues by employees who may not support the political activities of their industry’s union.
Rep. Bloom Comments on His Resolution Recognizing 2-1-1 Day - 2/9/2017
The Pennsylvania House recently approved House Resolution 49 recognizing February 11th as “2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania.” The 2-1-1 free phone information service is a joint effort by the United Way, local nonprofits and social service agencies to provide quick access to information for Pennsylvanians who may be in need. Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), prime sponsor of the Resolution, said the 2-1-1 service may be the best way to help connect people in need with the services that can do the most good in their lives.
Bloom Responds to Governor's Budget Address - 2/7/2017
Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address before a joint session of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The Governor proposed a $32.3 billion spending plan with no new major taxes for the upcoming fiscal year. House Republicans were encouraged by the Governor’s decision to work with lawmakers to explore several cost-saving measures in order to balance the budget.
Rep. Bloom Joined by Legislative Leaders in Calling for Gov. to Reconsider His Veto Threat and Sign a Bill to Retain PA’s Best Teachers - 5/17/2016
House and Senate leaders joined with rank and file lawmakers Tuesday in Harrisburg to urge the Governor 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, now on the governor’s desk, would end the system of ‘last hired-first fired’ seniority-based layoffs and implement a structure that places emphasis on performance over length-of-service. Governor Wolf has stated that he plans to veto the legislation. Bill sponsor Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) said the legislation is critical to improving accountability and ensuring a quality education for Pennsylvania’s students.
Bloom Asks Governor to Reconsider Veto Threat of Bill to Retain Best Teachers - 5/12/2016
Lawmakers and education reform advocates gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to urge the Governor to reconsider his plan to veto legislation that would allow school districts to retain high-ranking educators when teachers must be furloughed for economic reasons. House Bill 805 would end the system of seniority-based layoffs and implement a structure that places emphasis on performance over length-of-service. Bill sponsor Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) said we must prioritize what is best for the students. Chuck Nichols Reports – Full Story and Bite available.
Rep. Bloom Urges Wolf to Help Protect the State’s Best Teachers - 5/10/2016
Legislation to help keep Pennsylvania’s best teachers in the classroom and boost student achievement was approved by the state Senate on Monday and now awaits the governor’s signature. House Bill 805 would end the practice of ‘last hired-first fired’ seniority-based layoffs and instead require teacher performance to guide furlough decisions in public schools. Bill sponsor Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) is asking Gov. Tom Wolf to sign the legislation and end the seniority based rules that can result in the best performing teachers being forced out of the classroom, regardless of the impact on students.
Rep. Bloom Reacts to Governor's Budget Announcement - 3/23/2016
At a press conference held at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he intends to allow a budget approved by the General Assembly last week to become law without his signature. The move signals the end of a nine-month fiscal impasse in Pennsylvania. The 30 billion dollar spending plan allows money to flow to schools, corrections, and agriculture programs that had been held hostage during negotiations.
Rep. Bloom Comments on House Passage of 2015-16 Supplemental Budget Funding - 3/16/2016
Lawmakers took action Wednesday in the state capitol to provide essential funding for the remainder of the 2015/2016 state budget. The current year’s fiscal plan remains unresolved due to the Governor’s line-item vetoes of more than $6 billion for basic and higher education, as well as money for the Department of Corrections and agriculture programs. The House and Senate put forth the supplemental budget legislation to address funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding for these programs. The funding bill approved today provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) said this balanced budget plan would provide much needed funding for Pennsylvania schools and put an end to the crisis caused by the governor’s use of the veto pen to create an artificial budget crisis.