“This is about investing in Pennsylvania and investing in Pennsylvanians,” Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Jordan Harris (D) said. Read more
It all comes full cycle.State Rep. Jordan Harris and former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Lito Sheppard helped hand out bicycles and other toys to local children at the ninth annual Bike 186 event at Yesha Fellowship Hall on Snyder Avenue on Dec. 21.It was another round of good holiday gestures and another round of smiles from the children who got to take home a new bike. Read more
“It’s an incredible honor to be able to give back to the community I grew up in and that helped raise me, and Bike 186 is the perfect way to do that around the holidays,” said Harris, D-Phila. “I’m incredibly appreciative to partner with Lito Sheppard and Pennsylvania Skill to bring cheer to so many families.” Read more
After years spent in predevelopment, a community development project in Southwest Philadelphia named Africatown recently celebrated two major milestones: an official groundbreaking and the announcement of millions in additional state funding. Read more
Tuesday the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus unanimously re-elected its current Leadership team to serve in the 2023/24 legislative session. Read more
“My ultimate goal is to improve the lives of those in my community who send me to Harrisburg to be their voice and serve them as best as I can,” Harris said. “I believe I can use this recognition to learn, grow and become an even better public servant. I’m truly appreciative to the Council of State Governments for this honor and opportunity.” Read more
Dennis Owens is joined by state Rep. Jordan Harris on This Week in Pennsylvania. Read more
Courts order criminal sentences for prescribed amounts of time, but in some ways they last forever. People who try to turn around their lives after serving their sentences often find that the record of the crime is a sentence in itself, especially in the internet age, preventing them from employment, housing, credit, educational opportunities and other foundations of productive citizenship. Read more
“What we’ve seen since Clean Slate was first enacted is countless Pennsylvanians having doors opened for them to better education, housing and employment that were previously not available due to a minor crime they committed in their past,” Harris said. “This expansion has bipartisan support because everyone realizes that it’s not only the right thing to do for folks who have paid their debt to society and are on the right track, but it improves our communities and makes them safer by helping people reach higher levels of success and achievement. I’ve very thankful to team up again with Representative Delozier in this fight.” Read more
State Rep. Jordan Harris believes the money will be used to preserve and save housing stock.“It’s routine to get your roof done,” he said. “For folks in my community it’s a death sentence to preserving generational wealth. That’s why this is so important.” Read more
Get the latest news from Harrisburg and Philadelphia with Rep. Harris' Summer 2022 newsletter. Read more
“Today’s executive order safeguarding access to abortion makes it clear that Pennsylvania values all people and will stand up to defend their rights. Governor Wolf’s action signifies that Pennsylvania is a place where abortion is health care and must remain safe, legal and available to all people. We applaud the Governor for taking action to ensure that no one is harmed for accessing reproductive health care. We are proud to work with him on keeping abortion care standards in place.” Read more
Pennsylvania House Democratic Leaders released the following statement regarding Republican lawmaker’s last-minute attack on Pennsylvania women and voters before breaking for the summer recess. Read more
“Working families spend their whole lives saving and investing to afford a house and this is going to help them keep it,” Harris said. “This is economic help for families that need it the most and will ensure that people can stay in the communities they grew up in and keep their homes in their family.” Read more
“The inaction we’ve seen is disappointing. With a $12 billion surplus, we can and should deliver for the people of Pennsylvania.“Rather than pass a timely budget that helps working families, we’ve been distracted by unrelated issues and interjected politics at the expense of in-state tuition for Pennsylvania students. Read more
“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision will hurt women’s access to health care, disproportionately harming people of color and those struggling financially. While abortion is still safe and legal here in Pennsylvania despite the court’s decision, the truth is the commonwealth is one vote away from criminalizing women’s health care and the dire consequences that it would prompt – higher maternal mortality rates, spikes in unsafe abortions, and the prosecution of doctors and nurses who provide necessary health care. Because let’s be honest: outlawing abortion doesn’t stop abortion. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 13 -- In response to the House Judiciary Committee’s refusal to meaningfully debate four gun safety proposals today, House Democratic Leaders and the chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation issued the following statement: “Every day we delay is an opportunity for another tragedy, whether in Philadelphia, Scranton, Chambersburg, or any other community. Pennsylvanians have waited too long, seen too much pain and suffering, and are tired of Republican inaction. “House Republican leaders have again chosen to play politics with people’s lives. When forced to consider long-overdue, sensible gun safety measures popular with Pennsylvanians, the Judiciary Committee chairman offered a disingenuous and partisan response by opting to transfer the bills to another committee that is poorly equipped to scrutinize the legislation - essentially punting on his responsibility as chairman. It is partisan antics like these that cause residents to lose faith in their elected government. “House Democrats will not relent in our fight for meaningful gun safety legislation.” Read more
“Tragically, we find ourselves in a continued cycle of inactivity on commonsense gun safety legislation following the death of 10 adults in Buffalo and 19 students and three teachers in Uvalde, Texas. Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has been in near complete control for almost 30 years and they refuse to even allow debate on the most widely supported bipartisan gun safety legislation. They’ve shown that the loss of Pennsylvanians to gun violence, which our own communities experience far too often, isn’t enough to spur them to action. Now we know neither is the massacre of grocery shoppers in Buffalo or innocent children and teachers in Uvalde. Read more
Pa. House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris has seen too many folks lose their lives to senseless gun violence across this state and in others. He is asking the Pa. House GOP to work together with Pa. House Democrats on commonsense measures. Read more
“All year, Pennsylvania’s revenues have come in much higher than anticipated, leading to a historic surplus of $4.5 billion so far this fiscal year. The General Assembly should seize the opportunity to invest in our kids as Governor Wolf proposed in his budget, while still prudently maintaining the $2.8 billion we have in state savings and planning to use the $2.1 billion remaining from the American Rescue Plan wisely to help Pennsylvanians with an eye toward the future. Read more
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