Weekly Recap: What You Might Have Missed
Our region was hit hard by flooding and storm damage from Hurricane Isaias on top of the ongoing public health crisis. I spent time last week meeting with families impacted by the storm in Eastwick, Upper Darby, and Colwyn, and my heart goes out to everyone in our district impacted by this storm.
Please continue to stay safe and follow safety guidance. For up to the minute updates and resources, please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/blog/tropical-storm-isaias-reminds-us-disasters-dont-wait
Listen to my message to families here: https://www.facebook.com/2317303261926393/posts/2871569736499740/
House Democrats have not given up the fight to deliver the resources Americans need to get through this public health and economic crisis. We repeat our call to the Senate to return to the table to work together to deliver immediate relief to you, your families, and your small businesses.
Here’s how I spent last week fighting for you:
Joined my colleagues in fighting for more funding for USPS
It is astonishing that we have to fight against an administration actively working to undercut the US Postal Service in the middle of a global pandemic. I was proud to join my colleagues Congressmen Boyle and Evans, City Commissioners Lisa Deeley and Omar Sabir, and representatives of the letter carriers in support of the Heroes Act as we continue fighting for more funding for the USPS.
Joined Over 80 Members of Congress in Oversight Effort to Protect the Postal Service
I joined over 80 Members of Congress in a letter to Postmaster General DeJoy expressing our concerns about operational changes at the USPS that could have negative impacts on service standards and cause significant delays in mail delivery
Read more here: https://twitter.com/repmgs/status/1291888689489104896?s=21
Hosted a roundtable to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on housing security for families in our region.
Rising housing costs over the past decade have strained family budgets, making many chronically cost burdened by their rent, mortgage, or other housing costs. Right here in PA-5, there are over 24,000 households who spend more than 50% of their income on housing costs. As a result of this affordability crisis, too many people have little-to-no savings, and are only one unexpected expense away from insolvency.
This global health crisis and the competing financial crisis has illuminated the many inequities that exist in our country, especially when it comes to housing, health, and economic security.
I was grateful to be joined by the following panelists:
- Dana Goldberg, Legal Director at the Senior Law Center
- Christina Drzal, Supervising Attorney of the Regional Housing Unit at Legal Aid of Southeastern PA
- Margaret Robinson, Attorney at Philadelphia Legal Assistance
- Dr. Monica Taylor, Vice Chair of the Delaware County Council
- Robin Weissmann, Executive Director of the PA Housing Finance Agency
Listen to our discussion about your rights and programs here: https://www.facebook.com/RepMGS/videos/713299125883385/
Joined the Delco Black Caucus in calling for an investigation into the actions of violent counter-protesters and the response of the Ridley Township Police Department
Inciting violence and wielding hate as a form of intimidation has no place in our community. What we witnessed in Ridley should be a reminder to all of us just how far we have to go in terms of delivering justice and ensuring safety and equality for Black Americans.
I am committed to fighting for the resources that you need to get through this unprecedented time — safe and healthy. Thank you for everything you’re doing to keep your friends, family, and neighbors safe. Keep social distancing. Keep wearing your mask.
Our office is here to help as we navigate this crisis together. You can reach us by phone at 610 — 626 — 2020 or by sending me a message through our website at scanlon.house.gov/contact.