For our team, much of the month of August was dedicated to helping Americans and Afghan allies get to safety. It was a privilege to meet with some incoming evacuees at Philadelphia International Airport and to see the systems put in place to welcome individuals and families arriving in the United States.

Here is what else you might have missed:

Important Votes

H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

There is nothing more sacred in our democracy than the freedom to vote, and we must do everything in our power to protect that freedom. My House colleagues and I passed H.R. 4 earlier this month, and now we need…


Committee Activity

House Judiciary Committee — Oversight of the Bankruptcy Code, Part 1: Confronting Abuses of the Chapter 11 System

America’s bankruptcy code is broken — far too often the system works well for folks at the top but doesn’t provide adequate support to those most in need.

Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code is no exception to this rule. Through tricky corporate restructuring and a notable lack of regulation, we’ve seen debtors skirt their financial responsibility to their creditors and even seek to prevent their creditors from seeking other forms of relief.

Looking at how we can reform Chapter 11 to prevent this type of corporate abuse is essential to ensuring the victims of corporate malfeasance, sexual abuse, and…


Exciting news: Last Thursday I had the honor of joining President Biden at the White House while he signed a bill I helped lead to increase funding for crime victims into law.

For almost 40 years, public and nonprofit agencies have provided services and compensation to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, gun violence, drug abuse, and other crimes using grants authorized by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). VOCA grants do not come from taxpayer dollars. They have always been funded by fines and monetary penalties against criminal defendants — often large corporations — convicted of federal crimes. …


Legislation Introduced

Office for Access to Justice Establishment Act of 2021

Equal justice under the law cannot be achieved when the deck is stacked against those who do not have access to counsel. The Office of Access to Justice will help our most vulnerable citizens, the courts, and lawmakers, by identifying best practices and efficiencies, making recommendations to improve services, and addressing gaps in the patchwork of underfunded legal services agencies, pro bono volunteers, and self-help upon which low-income Americans and the courts rely.

Committee Activity

Committee on House Administration Hearing — The Elections Clause: Constitutional Interpretation And Congressional Exercise

In drafting our Constitution…


Legislation Introduced

No Trace Act

Given the ever-changing nature of technology, Congress must ensure that our laws are updated to prevent sensitive information like geolocation data from being shared with law enforcement agencies without due process. The No Trace Act would prevent government agencies from accessing an American’s geolocation information without first obtaining a warrant.

Learn more here.

ACCESS Act

I introduced the Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS) Act of 2021 as part of the most aggressive bipartisan effort in recent memory to strengthen America’s antitrust laws. …


Dear Future Leader,

All eyes are on you this month as we celebrate the Class of 2021’s accomplishments and anticipate your next adventures.

Your high school experience has been unique in many ways, and not at all what you expected, but you’re coming out on the other side stronger and ready to take on the world! Despite the many challenges you’ve faced, you and your classmates persevered. Not even a once-in-a-generation pandemic that spanned two school years could stop you.

Today, we are at the tail end of a global health crisis that shook our country to its core and…


I’m proud to announce that Dyvne Lee, a 10th grader at Strath Haven High School, as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Pennsylvania’s 5th District. Her piece, “There will always be beauty in Brown Eyes,” will be sent to Washington D.C. to hang in the Capitol for one year.

Art is a powerful platform for free expression and can be a moving source of hope or inspiration. Each year, I look forward to this opportunity to view our community through the eyes of my youngest constituents. I am once again overwhelmed by the creativity and honesty these…


May was a busy month for legislation! From House passage of a bill to establish a January 6 Commission, to hearings on reducing mass shootings, and advocating for expansion of the Child Tax Credit, my time was spent fighting for the resources our community and the country need to heal and move forward.

Here are some of the highlights.

Introduced the Accessible Voting Act

The right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy, but too often, Americans face unnecessary barriers to accessing the ballot box. When it comes to voting rights, older Americans, veterans, and Americans with disabilities are frequently overlooked. The Accessible Voting…


With many countries opening up for tourism again, our office wants to make sure PA-05 residents have up-to-date information about travel recommendations and current passport timelines.

When planning a trip abroad, there are a few steps you must take:

  1. Obtain a passport, or check your passport’s expiration date if you already have one
  2. Check for travel advisories from the State Department
  3. Check for foreign travel requirements
  4. Check for U.S. reentry requirements

We’ve provided a breakdown of each of these four critical steps below.

Obtain a Passport, or Check Your Passport’s Expiration Date if You Already Have One

It’s very important to ensure your passport is up to date before booking any flights.

If you…


Equal justice under the law cannot be achieved when the deck is stacked against those who do not have access to counsel. Whether protecting the rights of an accused individual in our criminal justice system, keeping families in their homes, helping vulnerable children, or ensuring access to the ballot, the support and guidance of legal professionals is often critical to accessing government benefits and vindicating human and civil rights.

Despite decades of study showing that over 80 percent of Americans cannot obtain legal counsel when they need it, our most vulnerable citizens are still relying upon a patchwork of underfunded…

Mary Gay Scanlon

Mary Gay Scanlon currently serves a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.

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