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Last week cemented the legacy of Donald Trump‘s presidency as the most destructive in our nation’s history, inflicting serious damage on our democratic institutions, our international standing, and our national psyche. Our task now is to prevent further damage and hold accountable those who participated in the attack on the US Capitol to make sure this kind of violent insurrection never happens again

I am on my way back to DC now to hold this president accountable and I just wanted to share my thoughts with you on the events that took place.

On January 6, 2020, I was prepared to join members of Congress to participate in the ceremonial counting of the certified results of the 2020 Presidential Election and confirm that the American people had decisively chosen President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to lead our nation. …


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This year has been filled with uncertainty and economic hardship. During these difficult times, I want you to know our office is just a phone call away to assist you.

While my team and I have been working around the clock to secure resources, send updates, and work on important pieces of legislation, our office remains committed to doing what we can to resolve any challenges that arise for our constituents, especially those concerning federal agencies.

I’d like to share with you a few ways we can help you navigate one of these challenges — Housing.

Right here in PA-05, there are thousands of our neighbors only one unexpected expense away from being unable to make rent. This public health crisis and the resulting financial crisis have only made it worse, illuminating many inequities in our country, particularly in the areas of housing, health, and economic security. …


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While my team and I have been working around the clock to secure resources, send updates, and work on important pieces of legislation, our office remains committed to doing what we can to resolve any challenges that arise for our constituents, especially those concerning federal agencies.

I’d like to share with you a few ways we can help you navigate what challenges you might be having:

Steve reached out to us after not receiving the tax refund he was due. He was struggling to get answers from the IRS due to certain department closures. We reached out to the IRS on his behalf and began communicating with a taxpayer advocate on his behalf. Since the errors resolutions department was closed for several months, we kept in contact with the taxpayer advocate, keeping Steve updated about the timeline of his refund every step of the way. …


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WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) helped to pass The Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act of 2020, a bipartisan bill led by Representative David Trone (D-MD), which would support mental health treatment for incarcerated individuals.

This bill, which unanimously passed the House, was introduced with original co-sponsors Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), and Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-RI).

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1 in 7 individuals incarcerated in state and federal prisons and 1 in 4 individuals in jails self-reported experiences of serious psychological distress. The Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act would allow for correctional institutions to partner with mental health providers to provide mental health treatment and crisis stabilization for incarcerated individuals and promote warm handoffs to community-based care upon reentry. …


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WASHINGTON, DC — On December 9, 2020, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) and Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) 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. The bill has 18 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 drivers’ license. …


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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) introduced the Driving for Opportunity Act of 2020, the House companion to a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Roger Wicker (R-MI), to encourage states to stop debt-based driver’s license suspensions. This bill, co-led by Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), was introduced with bipartisan support from Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04) and Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14).

Every year, millions of Americans have their licenses suspended for unpaid court fines and fees, not based on conduct related to driving. …


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I hope you all had a restful and happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for doing your part during this difficult time to keep your loved ones and community safe. With two promising vaccines now moving towards approval, there is light at the end of the tunnel. But, we have some months to go before they are generally available. With cooler weather and holidays where we would ordinarily gather indoors with loved ones, we cannot let our guard down. Please. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands, and be safe.

Here is how I spent the past week fighting for…


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As we continue to grapple with this public health crisis, it has never been more clear that access to healthcare is crucial to ensuring our health and safety.

I wanted to reach out to make sure you had all the resources you need to secure health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period.

There are several ways to obtain coverage:

Between now and December 15, you can visit healthcare.gov to review your options, make changes to your current plan, or sign up for a new plan on the healthcare marketplace. Coverage begins on January 1, 2021.

For PA residents, you can also choose to enroll through Pennie, the state health insurance network, between now and January 15. Visit pennie.com to easily compare health insurance options, and then shop for the plan that is best for you. …


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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) introduced the Ending Bankruptcy Discrimination Act of 2020 to protect bankruptcy filers from employment discrimination, a bill co-sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY-10) and Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01).

As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly throughout the country, Americans face a multitude of economic crises, including the prospect of a tidal wave of bankruptcies.

Currently, private employers have the right to refuse employment to individuals who have filed for bankruptcy relief. While prospective government employees are protected from this form of discrimination, ambiguity in Section 525 of the U.S. …


In the most challenging of times, our electoral system worked as it is supposed to, allowing the will of the American people to be heard safely and securely, as confirmed by state and local election officials and national security leadership.

More Americans participated in this year’s election than ever before, and made their voices heard loud and clear by electing President-elect Joe Biden with a historic margin of victory.

The President’s unwillingness to accept the results of this election, with no evidence of wrongdoing, is deeply disappointing, although perhaps not surprising. …

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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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