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House Democrats join Gov. Wolf to get vital funding to Pa. hospitals

(Apr 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – House Democrats supported today’s action by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to deliver up to $450 million in immediate financial relief to the state’s hospitals caring for people during the COVID-19 crisis. “The federal CARES Act will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars to hospitals, but when that money will arrive is uncertain. The surge in cases is happening now and hospitals need this help now because the virus caseload intensifies each day,” Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, said. “By making state financing available quickly, hospitals will be able to get doctors and nurses the equipment and supplies they require to handle the surge and save as many lives as possible. This funding is a vital lifesaving tool to help us weather the worst part of the storm,” Dermody said. At an emergency meeting today, the PENNVEST board approved a low-interest, short-term loan program to help hospitals bridge the gap until federal money arrives. The loans will be repaid to PENNVEST using part of that federal funding. “Democrats in the House and Senate are proud to work with Governor Wolf on this. It’s allowing overburdened hospitals to save more lives and keep their staff safer,” Dermody said. “Millions of people are doing their part by staying at home and flattening the curve. Frontline workers and Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 23, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

House Democratic leaders support Gov. Wolf’s response to state health crisis

(Mar 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic leaders said criticism of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to use emergency powers to shut down non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania is off-base in light of the most up-to-date medical guidance for dealing with COVID-19. “This unprecedented national public health emergency demands leadership from all levels of government. This is a matter of life and death, without hyperbole. That’s a reality we all need to confront. In conjunction with top medical professionals, the governor is leading our state and working to make the best decisions based on medical evidence. Every hour we see more of that evidence in front of us. “Now is the time to reduce people’s contact in order to lessen the impact of this crisis and reduce its duration. Simply put, the action taken by the governor, which is strongly supported by Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, will save lives. Taking swift action sooner rather than later will lessen the long-term impact on businesses and help our employers and employees return to normal as soon as possible. “The governor is facing impossible choices and is making decisions based on the advice of medical experts. We will continue to work and offer help and guidance to all affected employees and employers. We thank all the business owners who have led the way in this effort and helped prevent the spread of the virus, as well as the medical Read more

 

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – Following the announcement that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be halting all eviction notices, multiple House Democrats, who earlier in the day requested this halt, issued the following statement: “We’re extremely appreciative to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for showing judicious leadership in halting all evictions statewide through at least April 3 and possibly beyond depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we continually urge Pennsylvanians to stay home out of great concern for their personal health as well as the health of their community, it’s unconscionable that they could still be evicted and thrown into a world of instability when stability is what they need most. This halting of evictions doesn’t only help the homeowner or lessee, it helps the entire community. “Far too many people are living paycheck to paycheck and now face the real situation of being out of work for an extended period of time. Ensuring they have a roof over their heads for the foreseeable future isn’t simply the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do.” The following House Democratic legislators signed on to a letter, which can be viewed here, requesting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court halt all eviction proceedings: Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila. State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. State Read more

 

Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds

(Mar 17, 2020)

By the PA House Democratic leadership team When we return to Harrisburg after spending time in our legislative districts, we always bring back with us a pretty simple and clear message from the people we represent. The families, local business owners and community leaders we speak with at home want a Pennsylvania where public officials are fighting for them, not just the special interests and politically connected who lobby at the state Capitol every day. Working families are tired of struggling day after day to get by while big corporations and special interests get all the breaks. Our neighbors tell us it’s time for Harrisburg to stop putting politics ahead of the people, and it’s time to for us to stand together for a Pennsylvania that works for all of us. That’s why PA House Democrats have made the priorities we share with the people we represent the engine that drives our Plan4PA policy agenda. We want to grow our economy and create Good Jobs everywhere. That’s why our Plan4PA calls for jobs that pay real wages and support families. Our plan protects workers, gives them a voice in the workplace and a chance to retire. It supports careers and financial stability, not just a temporary job and the constant fear of insecurity. We want people to have access to Affordable Health Care so they can visit the doctor when they are sick. That’s why our Plan4PA Read more

 

Dermody comments on House rule change

(Mar 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said temporary rules adopted today by the House in response to COVID-19 concerns will make it possible for lawmakers’ votes to be recorded even if they cannot attend session in person. “In light of the declared world pandemic and our Commonwealth’s methodical response, this is a good short-term approach to get work done in Harrisburg,” Dermody said. “Once we had a chance to explain our concerns to Republican leaders we were able to reach agreement,” Dermody said. “They also agreed with us there’s no value in quickly throwing together incomplete legislation in the crisis. The governor already has necessary emergency powers under the law to guide the state’s response. “In my view, we need to evaluate the scope of the pandemic and that will take some time,” Dermody said. “We need to be planning much more thoughtful actions that will help the state’s response, not some quick and haphazard actions that haven’t been adequately considered.” Dermody said some areas that may see eventual legislation include: paid sick leave for workers. unemployment compensation for workers dislocated by the health crisis. enhanced food security programs. changes to school attendance requirements. help for small businesses suffering the economic fallout of the crisis, as Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

Dermody: Companies getting tax dollars for projects must deliver on promise of good wages for workers

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pa. House Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, announced he will be introducing a plan to protect taxpayers by requiring any private company getting tax credits from the state for construction projects to pay workers the prevailing wage. “Right now, only public construction projects are required to pay the prevailing wage so many union workers fought to deliver, but when public money is used for a private project, the taxpayers are partners in that project, and that means people building these projects should be paid the wage they deserve,” Dermody said. “Union workers getting paid a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work deliver better quality, and this is a better investment for taxpayers.” Dermody said his bill would expand the state’s Prevailing Wage law to cover all corporations, companies and organizations that benefit from Pennsylvania tax credits to build projects. The prevailing wage requires workers to be paid wages and benefits appropriate to the pay scale for most workers in a community -- generally the prevailing wage is tied to the union pay scale for skilled labor. “Prevailing wage works for everyone,” Dermody said. “Workers who are paid what they’re worth not only do a better job, but they spend those wages in the community – buying homes and cars, shopping at local merchants and supporting their neighbors. In Read more

 

House Leaders Issue Statement on COVID-19

(Mar 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG - House Leadership from the Republican and Democratic caucuses issue the following statement regarding the COVID-19 virus: “The House of Representatives continues to work with the legislature, the governor’s administration, multiple state agencies and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on statewide preparedness plans along with addressing potential impacts on our employees and their families. Meetings have occurred over the last few weeks to be as prepared as possible. We are ready to work to adjust state resources as necessary to address any COVID-19 related effects. “Our efforts to protect Pennsylvanians as much as possible will continue and we will provide legislative updates through our caucus websites and our members’ social media accounts.” For more information on COVID-19 visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website at health.pa.gov . Read more

 

Consumer protection help available at Dermody’s office

(Feb 28, 2020)

Residents with questions or complaints about consumer protection matters can drop by Rep. Frank Dermody’s office in Harmar Read more

 

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – House Democratic leaders praised the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf, saying it closely tracks the Democratic Caucus’ own policy agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania . “Governor Wolf is showing the way to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, learn and work,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “House Democrats are matching his vision with our plan for affordable health care, quality schools, good jobs, a safe and healthy environment, and justice for all people.” Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “This budget is a bold approach to fixing some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, including reducing gun violence, increasing the minimum wage, ensuring our schools are safe places for our children to learn and addressing the rising cost of higher education,” said Democratic Whip Jordan Harris. “I’m especially glad to see Governor Wolf address the student debt crisis. Education is the elevator out of poverty and considering Pennsylvania’s students have the highest level of student loan debt in the nation, that elevator is essentially broken. The legislature must act to address this Read more

 

Dermody statement on Speaker Turzai’s decision

(Jan 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Democratic Leader Frank Dermody issued this statement in reaction to House Speaker Mike Turzai’s decision not to seek another term in office: “Mike and I have been friends for a long time, going back to the 1980s before either of us was in the House. We’ve had and will always have many disagreements about the best ways for Pennsylvania government to carry out its responsibilities in education, health care, protecting the environment and supporting good job development. “While the political battles go on, I understand and respect his choice to go down another path in the future. House Democrats will continue working to achieve our Plan for Pennsylvania and expect the speaker to preside over the House fairly. “Speaker Turzai’s decision not to return in 2021 will mean a change in leadership for the Pennsylvania House. This year’s election will inspire more change and House Democrats are planning and working to be in position to elect a new speaker after the November election.” Read more

 

PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – House Democrats signaled today that they will move to force action in the PA House on critical legislation to protect access to health care for Pennsylvanians in the face of efforts by President Trump and Washington extremists and special interests to destroy the Affordable Care law. “The affordable care law gave millions more Americans access to health insurance, saved countless families from bankruptcy resulting from exorbitant health care costs, kept rural and urban hospitals open in Pennsylvania, and created and preserved thousands of health care jobs,” Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said. “We’re standing up for people’s health care, not the agenda of political extremists and special interests. That’s why we want votes in the House on these bills to save lives and the financial well-being of Pennsylvania individuals and families.” The legislation House Democrats will attempt to force a vote on includes: Protect people with pre-existing conditions (H.B. 471 sponsored by state Rep. Peter Schweyer). Protects and preserves a person’s access to health insurance and the ability to see a doctor, even if they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy. “When people can’t see the doctor or access health care, they skip checkups, get sicker and sometimes die. Many people without insurance face bankruptcy,” Read more

 

Let’s not turn back the clock on affordable health care

(Jan 13, 2020)

When people don’t have health insurance – especially people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy (yes, that counts) – they skip vital care, go into debt or even bankruptcy to pay bills, or simply die. This was much more common in the days before the Affordable Care Act, and some well-heeled special interests want to turn back the clock. Extremists all over the country are attacking Americans’ insurance coverage and asking judges to undo the law that saved lives, supported rural and urban hospitals, and protected jobs for the last 10 years. Recently one federal judge upheld a decision wiping out the part of the law requiring people to have insurance coverage. Now the question is before the Supreme Court. If this attack succeeds in ending affordable care, many people will be forced to pay much more or lose their coverage altogether. Insurance companies would be able to simply refuse to insure people with pre-existing health issues – even when those people already had coverage. If that happens people will die. Families will go bankrupt. More hospitals and the jobs they support will disappear. We can’t let it happen. That’s why House Democrats support a Plan For Pennsylvania that preserves coverage for pre-existing conditions even if the Affordable Care Act goes away. We believe you and your loved ones should be able to see Read more

 

Mid-March special elections will add cost, confusion before April primary

(Jan 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – Democratic Leader Frank Dermody criticized the decision of House Speaker Mike Turzai to hold three special elections just weeks before the April 28 primary, costing taxpayers well over $1 million in added election costs and creating unnecessary confusion in four counties that are working to implement new voting procedures at the same time. “There’s no good reason to hold these elections on a separate date so close to the primary. It’s a large cost, one that’s unbudgeted, and a needless complication that benefits nobody except a few political insiders,” Dermody said. Turzai today directed that the elections to fill vacancies in the 8 th , 18 th and 58 th districts will be held March 17. The speaker’s decision will inconvenience voters and election workers in Mercer, Butler, Bucks and Westmoreland counties. “Pennsylvania is in the midst of unprecedented changes to our voting laws and voting machines. County workers who should be focused on preparing for the smoothest possible April primary will have to conduct these additional special elections on very short notice,” Dermody said. The total cost of the additional elections will not be known for months, but Dermody said other recent special elections typically cost between $300,000 and $500,000 per election. Holding three of them on March 17 instead of six weeks later to coincide with the primary will add election costs at a time when Read more

 

House Democrats stand with union workers for manufacturing jobs

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 − House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said members today welcomed United Auto Workers Local 677, currently striking for job security, benefits and wages at Mack Trucks manufacturing plants, to speak about the ongoing battle to rebuild the middle class. “We couldn’t be prouder to stand in solidarity with these hard-working Pennsylvanians as they fight to make sure the economy helps everyone, not just the corporate executives down in North Carolina,” Dermody said. “You can’t sustain the middle class without these workers on the job, and we’re ready to do what we can to support them.” Dermody said the workers were invited by Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, home of the United Auto Workers Local 677, whose members work at Mack Trucks facilities throughout Pennsylvania. “There’s nothing more American than a Mack truck, unless you’re talking about a union job that pays a wage you can raise a family on, offers benefits to support that family, and makes sure every worker has a chance to retire and let a new worker join the team,” Schweyer said. “These men and women want to get back to work, the local managers want these hard-working professionals back on the lines, and the greater Allentown area needs these people shopping and supporting local businesses. I have their backs 100 percent.” “It’s been nearly 40 years since a Read more

 

House Democratic Leader Applauds Governor’s Action on Climate Crisis

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 − House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s Executive Order directing Pennsylvania to begin the process to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a market-based collaboration among nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change while generating economic growth. “The governor is demonstrating the leadership Pennsylvanians are looking for from their elected officials to address the climate crisis,” Dermody said. “ A long-range plan to reduce carbon emissions will also significantly reduce other toxic air pollutants that cause asthma and disproportionately impact the health of children the elderly and the poor. The House Democratic Caucus will continue to work with Governor Wolf to ensure our air is clean and electricity prices remain affordable.” Read more

 

Dermody: We CAN move beyond words to bipartisan action on gun safety

(Aug 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – PA House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody released the following statement today in response to the mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio: “As we mourn another weekend of gun violence across the nation and here in Pennsylvania, we need to identify action we can and should take to make our communities safer. “We need a stronger and more comprehensive system of background checks at the national and state level to make sure we preserve the rights of lawful gun owners while getting rid of the loopholes that put weapons in the hands of the people who are prohibited from having them legally or because they pose a clear danger to themselves and others. “And, we must address the sickness of hate in our society. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, but one that all reasonable people and public officials agree on and can act on; the strong bipartisan response our legislature took to the Tree of Life shooting earlier this session demonstrates that. House Democrats are ready to work at the state level with national and local officials to move beyond words and toward meaningful action that brings about real change for the safety and well-being of our families and communities.” Read more

 

Dermody applauds Gov. Wolf’s focus on election security in PA

(Jul 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 9 -- PA House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, released the following statement today in response to the announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf that the state will fund up to $90 million to reimburse counties for a portion of their costs of replacing voting systems and improving the security of elections in the state: “I applaud Governor Wolf on this step to help counties ensure the accuracy and security of our elections here in Pennsylvania. Protecting everyone’s vote is a commitment Governor Wolf, the legislature and our state’s 67 counties have made together, and we need to make sure that effort continues and is not interrupted. “Everyone’s vote must count in our democracy; that depends on our election systems and results being reliable and verifiable. The funding being made available by the governor through PEDFA will help counties complete their voting machine upgrades in a timely manner – ensuring the security of our elections while saving local taxpayers money. “Pennsylvania has made election security a priority. In the legislature, we need to couple that with efforts to make voting more accessible and convenient for all voters, no matter where they live or how they vote. For now, safeguarding election security and giving voters peace of mind that their vote counts and their voice is being heard must be our priority.” Read more

 

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf to get vital funding to Pa. hospitals
Apr 10, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 23, 2020

House Democratic leaders support Gov. Wolf’s response to state health crisis
Mar 20, 2020

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions
Mar 18, 2020

Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds
Mar 17, 2020

Dermody comments on House rule change
Mar 16, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

Dermody: Companies getting tax dollars for projects must deliver on promise of good wages for workers
Mar 11, 2020

House Leaders Issue Statement on COVID-19
Mar 06, 2020

Consumer protection help available at Dermody’s office
Feb 28, 2020

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania
Feb 04, 2020

Dermody statement on Speaker Turzai’s decision
Jan 23, 2020

PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law
Jan 14, 2020

Let’s not turn back the clock on affordable health care
Jan 13, 2020

Mid-March special elections will add cost, confusion before April primary
Jan 07, 2020

House Democrats stand with union workers for manufacturing jobs
Oct 21, 2019

House Democratic Leader Applauds Governor’s Action on Climate Crisis
Oct 04, 2019

Dermody: We CAN move beyond words to bipartisan action on gun safety
Aug 05, 2019

Dermody applauds Gov. Wolf’s focus on election security in PA
Jul 09, 2019