May Legislative Recap: What You Might Have Missed

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

Read more about the bill here.

Participated in the Committee on House Administration’s hearing on interference with free and fair access to the ballot

Every state requires potential voters to prove their identity and eligibility to vote, but advocates for strict voter ID laws claim that stricter laws are necessary in order to prevent widespread voter fraud — a claim that has been repeatedly debunked. In fact, as we saw in Pennsylvania when the state legislature enacted a strict voter ID law in 2012, hundreds of thousands of eligible voters were disenfranchised by the new requirements. That law was subsequently overturned.

We can’t pretend that strict voter ID laws have no discriminatory impact or intent. The fees, time, and documentation required for obtaining an eligible ID often represent an insurmountable obstacle for many Americans — especially older Americans and individuals with disabilities. Experts have found that these laws disproportionately impact urban and minority voters, who may lack the types of eligible IDs required at a much higher rate than their white counterparts.

As we work to ensure the integrity of our elections, we must make sure that efforts to improve election security are both fair and necessary.

Listen to my questions here.

Joined the House Committee on Administration for several hearings related to the January 6 attack and oversight of the Capitol Police, then voted to create an independent commission to investigate the attack

However, neither the various committees examining the events of January 6, nor the law enforcement agencies investigating and prosecuting the crimes committed that day have the scope or jurisdiction to address the overarching issues raised by the attack: why it happened, how to prevent such attacks in the future, and what actions Congress needs to take — including new legislation, providing additional resources or restructuring agencies, amending its rules and procedures, and, if necessary, sanctioning those who participated in or promoted the attack.

Unfortunately, while the majority of the Senate voted for the House legislation to form an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a Republican filibuster prevented its final passage.

We must press forward with getting to the truth of what happened on January 6. We owe it to the American people and the brave police officers who protected our government and all who work at the Capitol that day. I look forward to working with my colleagues through whatever means necessary to ensure that the truth comes out.

Listen to my floor speech advocating for this bipartisan investigation here.

See my interview on MSNBC here.

Voted to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

Celebrated the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act with my colleagues from the HBCU Caucus

Learn more about the bill here.

Joined the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence roundtable to talk about steps Congress can take to protect children and prevent violence as we recover from this pandemic

Spoke on the House floor about the expanded and improved Child Tax Credit

See my remarks here.

Welcomed President Biden’s directives to expand access to justice

Read more here.

Joined the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security hearing: “Juvenile Justice Pipeline and the Road Back to Integration”

Check out the hearing here.

Joined the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security hearing: “An Unending Crisis — Essential Steps to Reducing Gun Violence and Mass Shootings”

View the hearing here.

During National Law Enforcement Week, I honored the efforts of Yeadon Police Department to engage with the community

Watch my remarks here.

Read more about the Yeadon Police Department’s efforts here.

Unveiled support for community and transportation and infrastructure projects

Read more about the projects here.

Joined the House Rules Committee roundtable: “Ending Hunger in America: Veterans and Military Families”

Check it out here.

I also got to spend some quality time with community members back in the district.

  • Joined the MobilizeGreen Urban Conservation Crew and Endangered Species Coalition at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for their Endangered Species Day celebration.
  • Met with the Delaware County Black Caucus for a discussion on the critical role of public defenders in criminal justice reform.
  • Hosted a roundtable with grandparents and other kinship caregivers from PA-05 about the Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act, my bipartisan bill to better support kinship caregivers who have taken over responsibility as primary caregivers for children exposed to substance abuse and trauma.
  • Attended the Court of Honor ceremony for Angelina Sims — the first female to attain the rank of Eagle Scout in the Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Council and one of the first in the country.
  • Ran with young athletes at the final event of the Healthy Kids Running Series at Subaru Park in Chester.

In case you missed it:

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