Latest Audio Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Murt says Volunteer Firefighters Make Financial, Family Sacrifices Oct. 30, 2019 Download The Pennsylvania House this week continued work on a package of bills designed to bolster the volunteer fire and ambulance companies that form the backbone of the Commonwealth’s emergency response network. The Helpers and Heroes Package addresses the crisis facing our first responders, with most companies having lost more than three quarters of their volunteer force. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Tom Murt Comments on House Passage of Spending Plan Jun. 25, 2019 Download House lawmakers have voted to support a 2019-20 General Fund budget that continues a multi-year effort to hold the line on taxes, fees and spending. Total state spending would be set at $33.997 billion, a 1.8% increase over the current fiscal year, which is in line with the rate of inflation. The plan provides for a record level of spending on education and includes a deposit of more than $250 million into the Rainy-Day Fund, the state’s primary “savings account.” Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Murt Comments on Governor's Budget Proposals Feb. 05, 2019 Download Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-2020 state budget proposal on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $34 billion spending plan represents a nearly 1 billion dollar increase in state spending over last year. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery & Philadelphia) said he was pleased that the Governor's budget plan contains significant increases for Human Services Programs. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Murt Comments Following the PA House Swearing-In Ceremony and the Opening of the 2019-20 Legislative Session Jan. 01, 2019 Download Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were sworn in Tuesday in Harrisburg with the members taking the oath of office in the House chamber at noon to officially begin the 2019-20 legislative session. Republicans hold a 110-93 majority in the House with 19 newly elected Republican members. This is the fifth consecutive term that Republicans have retained majority control of the PA House. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) offered comments on the swearing-in ceremony and opening of the new legislative session. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Murt Comments on Governor's Budget Address Feb. 06, 2018 Download The Governor unveiled his 2018-19 state budget proposal before a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The Governor’s plan calls for $33 Billion in state spending, approximately $1 Billion more than the Commonwealth spent last year. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Murt Comments on His Bill to Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation Jan. 22, 2018 Download Legislation that would criminalize the act of female genital mutilation received a powerful endorsement from the AHA Foundation in Harrisburg on Monday. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of House Bill 413, was joined by lawmakers and advocates of the legislation that would specifically make it a state crime to cut, circumcise, or excise the genitals of a female minor. Murt said Pennsylvania must join the 26 other states that have already outlawed this abhorrent practice. The AHA Foundation was established by Ayaan Hirsi Ali to promote liberty from female genital mutilation, honor violence, and forced marriages. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Murt Joins Call for Maintaining the Independence of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jan. 31, 2017 Download In an effort to ensure more people can be helped to overcome the ravages of addiction, state lawmakers have announced a proposal to maintain and strengthen Pennsylvania’s cabinet-level Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), a member of the House Human Services Committee spoke Tuesday at capitol press conference and said the burden of providing critical human services is already extremely difficult, without merging the state’s drug and alcohol programs into a large bureaucracy like the state Department of Health, as recently proposed by the Wolf administration. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Murt Urges Action to Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation Apr. 05, 2016 Download Legislation that would criminalize the act of female genital mutilation in Pennsylvania was the topic of discussion at a press event held in Harrisburg on Tuesday. House Bill 135 would specifically make it a crime for a parent or family member to cut or allow someone to circumcise or excise the genitals of a female minor. Bill sponsor Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said this legislation addresses traditional cultural practices performed on female adolescents by immigrants during coming-of-age rituals.