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…


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…

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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