The month of April has been busy on the legislative front, and back in the district. I wanted to share a few updates with all of you about what I’ve been working on while Congress is in session.

Tonight, President Biden delivered a Joint Address to Congress, but he was clearly speaking to the American people. He did not shy away from the challenges our nation faces or the tensions that exist in our society. Rather, he offered solutions that give us a shared path forward.

The speech was a welcome return to tradition as President Biden used the opportunity to address the entire nation, to lay out his vision for the country, and to start a conversation with the country and Congress about how we can best work together for the American people. We came together this…

Like millions of Americans, I am feeling a small sense of relief today following the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. Clear video evidence and expert and eyewitness testimony proved what was obvious to a watching world since last May — Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. Today, justice was served.

Over the past year, our country has begun a great reckoning sparked by the horrific killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I remain committed to confronting the harsh truths about law enforcement practices in our country that have allowed police violence against communities of color, especially Black individuals…

Black Maternal Health Week (April 11–17) raises national awareness of the state of Black maternal health in the United States

Chester, PA — Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) has joined Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), over 47 members of Congress, and over 120 endorsing organizations in support of a resolution recognizing Black Maternal Health Week, “to bring national attention to the maternal health crisis in the United States and the importance of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity among Black women and birthing persons.” …

Chester, PA – Today, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon praised President Biden for addressing the epidemic of gun violence in the United States following his announcement of six executive actions to reduce all forms of gun violence: community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicide by firearm.

“Communities in my district have been traumatized by senseless gun violence over and over again. Lives have been forever changed by the gun violence that children and families experience firsthand and see happening in other local communities,” said Rep. Scanlon. “Gun violence has become the second leading cause of death for children in this…

We are wrapping up another busy district work session this week. From food drives to vaccine clinics, I’ve been so heartened to see PA-05 neighbors continuing to support each other, with determination to weather the pandemic and make it through to the other side.

While it’s still important to mask up and follow public health guidelines, we can cautiously say that the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter. …

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon is a longtime advocate for children and has made the kids of Pennsylvania’s 5th District a central focus of her work in Congress since she first took office in 2018. Recently, Rep. Scanlon was named a 2020 Champion for Children by the bipartisan advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children. Just 40 members of the U.S. House of Representatives receive this distinction each year.

First Focus Campaign for Children’s 2020 Legislative Scorecard ranks members of Congress according to votes and bill sponsorships taken during the 116th Congress that prioritize the well-being of our nation’s children. The…

WASHINGTON, DC — Today Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), and Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) introduced the Our Homes Our Votes Act, a bill that facilitates voter registration for residents of federally subsidized housing by allowing them to register to vote as they sign their lease and verify their income. The bill has 26 original cosponsors.

The provisions of the Our Homes Our Votes Act mirror the popular National Voter Registration Act of 1993 or “Motor Voter Law,” which allows eligible voters to register to vote directly at the DMV as they obtain or renew their…

Finalizing Urgently-Needed Resources to Open Economy and End COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s signature COVID-19 relief bill to crush the pandemic and send relief to working families, small businesses, restaurants, and state and local governments.

The American Rescue Plan will expand the child tax credit, speed up COVID-19 vaccinations, provide resources to help schools safely re-open, and provide immediate economic relief for those Americans hit hardest.

The American Rescue Plan is transformational legislation designed to meet the challenges of this moment,” said Rep. Scanlon. The resources authorized will support families with direct stimulus checks…

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), along with Congresswomen Katie Porter (CA-45) and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), reintroduced legislation to reduce violence against individuals with mental illness and disabilities. The Mental Health Justice Act would make it easier for state and local governments to send trained mental health professionals instead of police when 911 is called because an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis.

This bill will be reintroduced with the support of fifty-seven members of Congress, in conjunction with companion legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA), Amy…

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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