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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…

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Hosted a COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall

This week, we hosted a tele-town hall to provide constituents with the most up to date information possible about the Covid19 vaccine. While the historically rapid development of vaccines to combat the pandemic has given us some light in the dark winter of the pandemic, production of those vaccines is just ramping up, and there have been some bumps in the road with distribution — aggravated by shipping delays due to our never-ending February snow storms! Nevertheless, the Biden administration has been able to use the Defense Production Act to streamline supply chains, increase production and secure more doses to…

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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5) was unanimously selected by her colleagues to serve as Vice-Chair of the distinguished Committee on House Administration where she will help lead the committee in its evaluation of the January 6th attack and oversight efforts of federal elections.

The Committee, led by Chair Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), is responsible for four important areas of oversight in the House of Representatives, including election reform and campaign finance, the Capitol Police, the Library of Congress and other federal institutions, and managing the daily operations of the House.

“Our work protecting free and fair elections…

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WASHINGTON, DC — This month, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) announced the reintroduction of several bills to safeguard our democracy and expand voting rights.

Rep. Scanlon is proud to introduce the following legislation:

The Protecting Our Election Workers Act of 2020 would create a federal statute criminalizing threats, and or, acts of intimidation against election workers and requires the Department of Justice to prosecute these crimes.

“In the wake of the 2020 Presidential election, election officials across the country have become the target of threats and intimidation by individuals seeking to undermine our democratic process,” Congresswoman Scanlon said.

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As the Biden-Harris administration geared up in DC, we had a busy first district week of the year! I am looking forward to tackling the many challenges facing our community with the new administration, including beating this virus, ensuring justice and equity, and putting the American people first.

Here’s how I spend this past week working for you:

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CHESTER, PA — Today, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon took action to emphasize the urgent need in Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District for a national strategy to develop and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a letter to President Joe Biden and Acting Secretary of Health Norris Cochran, Rep. Scanlon requested that vaccine allotments be weighed with attention to the number of vulnerable individuals within these jurisdictions and not simply by total population.

“During a recent town hall I held with my constituents, their most pressing question was what is going on with the vaccine,” said Rep Scanlon. …

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WASHINGTON, DC — This month, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) joined Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) in introducing a resolution recognizing January as National Mentoring Month.

Established in January of 2002, Youth Mentoring Month celebrates the powerful impact of mentoring relationships and raises awareness about the increased need for caring adults to become mentors in their communities.

There are currently 9 million young people in the United States feeling isolated from meaningful connections with adults outside their homes, resulting in a ‘‘mentoring gap.” …

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As I write this, I’m preparing to return to Washington DC for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, to bear witness to our democratic republic’s centuries-old tradition of the peaceful transition of power.

Make no mistake that despite the violent attack on the Capitol, invited by a self-interested outgoing president, and his complicit political allies, the actual transfer of power will be based upon the radically peaceful act of millions of Americans voting to end the chaos and division of the past four years, and choosing a more hopeful future.

January 6th was one of…

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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…

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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…

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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