Defending Democracy focus of Tuesday’s House Democratic Policy Committee meeting

(Jan 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – In light of the recent campaign to spread false information at the state and national levels about the security of elections, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will convene to defend democracy by discussing the 2020 elections process and how it may be protected from future fraudulent attacks. The meeting will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 19 and can be viewed at or via the Policy Committee’s Facebook account: @padempolicy. The media and public are invited to tune in. Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and Democratic Caucus members will hear from a bipartisan group of testifiers on their 2020 election experience and what legislative action they may need to protect future elections from misinformation campaigns and to continue to maintain election security. The meeting will be one in a series addressing the false allegations of election fraud that culminated in the seditious and deadly attack on our nation’s Capitol by insurgent groups. Read more


Pa. Democratic caucus to hold hearings on Republican actions leading up to U.S. Capitol siege

(Jan 13, 2021)

As their national counterparts debated whether to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, Pennsylvania House leaders on Wednesday said they expect to hold Republican members of the state Legislature accountable for contributing — through words and actions — to last week’s unrest at the U.S. Capitol. Read more


Ciresi named vice chair of Policy Committee

(Jan 12, 2021)

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Policy Committee, now as one of its vice chairs,” Ciresi said. “The committee’s policy agenda is one that will help us lead the way out of this pandemic and create a better, stronger economy for all Pennsylvanians. I look forward to working on these important issues – the work we were sent to Harrisburg to do – with my fellow committee members.” Read more


Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler named Subcommittee Chair on Progressive Policies for Working People

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 - State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., has been named chair of a new subcommittee by House Democratic Caucus Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro. Fiedler will serve as the chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People. “I am proud to chair this subcommittee and lay out a policy agenda that focuses on valuing the lives of working and poor people, over big corporate profit,” Fiedler said. The subcommittee will focus on five major areas: health care, tax reform, environmental policy, criminal justice and housing. While these topics are vital to House Democrats, Fiedler said she believes they need to be tackled at a structural level, working closely with the people who are directly affected by these issues, and working on bold plans with a clear race/class lens. “Our politics in Harrisburg and D.C. are dominated by corporate and special interests,” Fiedler said. “We are repeatedly told that the status quo is the best we can get. That is not true. All our families deserve quality health care that doesn’t send them into bankruptcy, clean water and air, fair taxes and so much more. I am excited to work with my colleagues to build a transformative platform for working people, and to amplify and center the life experiences of the 99%. I’m excited for the work we will accomplish, and grateful to Leader McClinton and Chair Bizzarro for their commitment to facilitating this important Read more


Bizzarro announces Policy Committee objectives for 2021-22 Legislative Session

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said he was thrilled to convene an organizational meeting of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee and appoint colleagues from across the state to help lead the committee. As the new chairman for the 2021-22 Legislative Session, Bizzarro said the committee will focus on COVID-19 recovery; economic and community development; education; infrastructure and jobs. “Our main priority is working Pennsylvanians. We know this pandemic has ravaged many small businesses and we must craft meaningful solutions that help get people back to work. The pandemic has highlighted many inequities in how funding is distributed, how children are educated and the opportunities we must foster for a thriving state,” Bizzarro explained. “The future of our commonwealth depends on crafting bipartisan solutions to these issues. Our colleagues have had the majority for quite some time and, despite their rhetoric, continue to favor profits over people. It’s time we come together for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.” The chairman announced that state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler of Philadelphia will serve as chair of the newly created Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People. The subcommittee will focus on a fair and equitable criminal justice system; clean water and air; quality healthcare for all; housing as a human right; and economic policies that benefit the working class. State Read more