Schweyer Promotes New State-Based Health Insurance Exchange

(Sep 01, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer encourages all Pennsylvanians who may have lost their jobs and health insurance due to COVID-19 to visit pennie.com, the new state-based health insurance exchange for affordable coverage options. Read more

 

Schweyer Hosts Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform

(Aug 28, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a discussion in Allentown to hear from residents and law enforcement about their experiences and discuss what can be done to advance additional criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg to hold criminal justice roundtable Aug. 28

(Aug 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 28 – As part of their ongoing efforts to reform Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system, state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, will hold a criminal justice roundtable this Friday in Allentown. The roundtable will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Life Church at St. Paul’s, 38 South 8 th St., Allentown. Schweyer and Schlossberg will be joined by House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila, and members of the community to hear their issues and concerns to be addressed in reforming the criminal justice system and improving police relations with citizens. Schweyer added the roundtable will be streamed live on his Facebook page. Read more

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Aug 26, 2020)

Important updates and information on COVID-19 mitigation, safety, and in our community. Read more

 

Schweyer Discusses the Importance of Police Reform

(Jul 28, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer hosted a joint hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to discuss the importance of police reforms, particularly in smaller cities such as Allentown. Read more

 

Schweyer holds joint PA Legislative Black Caucus/House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on police reform

(Jul 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 28 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on police reform. Schweyer requested the hearing to discuss police reforms that can apply to smaller cities like Allentown in addition to those being considered for larger metropolitan regions. Schweyer was joined by state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, and chairman of the PA Legislative Black Caucus, state legislators from across the state and several local community leaders. “George Floyd’s murder has understandably made folks from all walks of life question police policies. Folks want safe communities, accountability and transparency from police departments in big cities and small towns alike,” Schweyer said. “As we continue to build on the success of the recent police reform laws, it is important that we hear from our community leaders to ensure both an end to police brutality and to strengthen the relationship between departments and the communities they protect and serve.” Kinsey added: “We need to take action on police reform to keep our communities, and our peaceful protestors, safe while weeding out dangerous officers. We must continue to advocate, support and stress nonviolent tactics in the struggle for justice across the commonwealth. After each loss, we speak out. We march. We raise our collective voices against the oppression that is still forced upon Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee/PA Legislative Black Caucus to hold second hearing on Police Reform Tuesday in Capitol

(Jul 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 24 –State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will hold a second hearing on police reform. Requested by state Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, HDPC Chair Sturla and PLBC Chair Kinsey said this hearing will focus on the Allentown region. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Testifiers will participate remotely while members participate in-person and remotely. Testifiers will include: Chief Glenn Grantiz, Jr., Allentown Police Department Justan Parker, founder, Black Lives Matter to the Lehigh Valley Maegen Lierena, executive director, Make The Road Pennsylvania Nasheera Brown, student, Louise E. Dieruff High School Adrian Shanker, founder and executve director, Bradbury-Sullivan LBGT Community Center Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Schweyer announces district office is reopen for appointments only

(Jul 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today announced his district office in Allentown has reopened for appointments only. “My staff and I have been assisting hundreds of constituents during the coronavirus pandemic by phone and email,” Schweyer said. “With Lehigh County now in the Green Phase it will be nice to begin providing safe in-person services once again.” Schweyer added all constituents who need assistance must first contact the district office by phone at 610-791-6270 or email at RepSchweyer@pahouse.net to set up an appointment. The office will be following CDC guidelines and all persons who enter the office must be properly wearing a mask. Schweyer said constituents who are not feeling well or have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not come to the office. Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

Schweyer alerting local veterans of delays at local American Legion and VA offices due to COVID-19

(Jun 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 23 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is alerting local veterans to expect delays in responses from local American Legion and regional Veterans Affairs offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Legion Philadelphia Service Office remains closed indefinitely. Veterans and their families can expect significant delays on all replies during the pandemic. Once those offices resume in person visits, Schweyer said the monthly veterans outreach program will resume at his district office. The Department of Veterans Affairs has also closed its regional offices due to COVID-19. All hearings are postponed indefinitely, and all appointments are cancelled. The VA call center is open for anyone with critical questions at 1-800-827-1000. Schweyer added his staff is still available to help via phone and email. Please call 610-791-6270 or email RepSchweyer@pahouse.net . “We are preparing the office to reopen to the public, hopefully by next week,” Schweyer said. Read more

 

Schweyer: CARES Act applications for renters and homeowners will be available next week

(Jun 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – Homeowners and renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to access applications for federal CARES Act assistance next week, according to state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many Pennsylvania families to face extremely difficult financial burdens,” Schweyer said. “We need to make sure these hardworking people are able to get the financial assistance they need quickly to ensure they keep a roof over their heads.” According to Schweyer, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency will have applications for CARES Act assistance available for renters and homeowners on Monday, June 29 . Those applications can be submitted on July 6. Renters who qualify may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month for a maximum of six months of assistance for the time period between March 1 and Nov. 30. The assistance available for homeowners who qualify may be up to $1,000 a month for a maximum period of six months. Applications and qualification requirements can be found at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency's website, https://www.phfa.org . Read more

 

Schweyer Opposes Terminating Disaster Declaration

(May 29, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses why he voted against a House Republican resolution that would terminate the governor's emergency disaster declaration. Schweyer says that now is not the time to cease our mitigation efforts and risk further spread of the virus. Read more

 

Schweyer Votes No on Stopgap Budget

(May 27, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer voted no on the stopgap budget which recently passed the House, saying it failed to address a potential rise in local property taxes from the loss of revenue from coronavirus closures of casinos in Lehigh County. Read more

 

Schweyer: Seniors to receive immediate property tax/rent rebate payments

(May 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – A bill that will speed up the distribution of property tax/rent rebate payments for Pennsylvania seniors was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, according to state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “Many of our seniors live on fixed incomes and in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic we need to ensure that everyone, especially our vulnerable populations, are able to put food on their tables,” Schweyer said. “I am pleased to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle recognize this important issue and unanimously pass this bill.” Property tax and rent rebate payments will now be made immediately instead of waiting until July 1. It also directs the departments of Revenue and Treasury to process 2019 rebate payments for all homeowners and renters who received a 2018 rebate. For anyone who became eligible in the past year, those rebates would also be issued immediately upon receipt of their application instead of waiting until July. Schweyer said he also wants to ensure residents understand that the property tax/rent rebate payments are being sent out to those who have already filed for them. If residents have not yet applied, the sooner the application is filed the sooner the payment will be made. Read more

 

Schweyer introduces bill to boost Neighborhood Assistance Program during COVID-19

(May 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, MAY 13 – A new bill that would increase funding to the Neighborhood Assistance Program during the COVID-19 pandemic was introduced today by state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting each and every one of us, and we all must come together to help each other and our communities in these uncertain times,” Schweyer said. “I have seen firsthand how neighborhood assistance programs are benefitting my home district of Allentown, and by increasing funding, more public-private partnerships will be able to provide much-needed quick relief and community support across Pennsylvania.” H.B. 2523 would provide an additional $10 million in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to be dedicated exclusively to “public health concerns.” Schweyer said that the NAP recently received increased funding from $18 million to $36 million but still isn’t funded enough to provide credits to all the worthy programs that apply. The bill will be referred to a committee during House session. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg introduce bill to provide more support to nonprofits during COVID-19

(May 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, MAY 13 – A new bill which would provide additional financial support to nonprofit organizations serving Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic was introduced this week, according to state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh. “Nonprofit organizations not only protect the health and wellbeing of our residents, they also employ a substantial number of people. I have heard from many nonprofits who are in desperate need of financial assistance to keep their employees working,” Schweyer said. “We cannot turn our backs on them during this crisis.” House Bill 2515 would transfer $100 million from the Rainy Day Fund to re-open the state’s COVID-19 Working Capital Access loan program to additional small businesses. It would also open the loan program to nonprofit organizations with 100 or fewer employees and that provide critical services such as domestic violence and rape crisis services, health and counseling services, homeless shelters, hunger-relief services, and more. “By strengthening our nonprofits, we strengthen our entire community, help our people and alleviate the government of the need to engage in monstrous spending projects,” Schlossberg said. “We have to do whatever we can to ensure these community organizations survive and thrive.” Schweyer added that H.B. 2515 will be assigned to a Read more

 

Please stay home Mr. President

(May 12, 2020)

President Donald Trump has chosen this moment – a moment when we are in the middle of a devastating pandemic – to make his first visit to the Lehigh Valley. I have one simple message: please stay away. No one should be shocked to learn that I am no fan of this president, frankly I could not be more disgusted that his name will follow the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy in the annals of history. However, he is still the president and normally a visit from any commander in chief would be most welcome. These are not normal times, however. With the Lehigh Valley experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in Pennsylvania, now is not the time for a visit. It is instead time for social distancing, giving our first responders and medical personnel more space to work and well thought out action. A presidential visit isn’t like a visit from a relative. Police will be blocking highway onramps; the presidential motorcade will be followed by first responders and our very best paramedics; hospitals will be required to keep sections unoccupied in the event of a medical crisis. At the very best of times, a presidential visit requires the attention of our local first responders. But again, these are not normal times. We need every available area of our hospitals and we need our paramedics and EMTs to respond to locals first. We Read more

 

Dismantling Affordable Care Act during crisis is unfathomable

(May 11, 2020)

“We are staying with the group … with Texas and the group” might not sound like much, but this sentence could end up costing millions of Americans access to their doctors, even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages. On May 6, President Donald Trump made this declaration, one that essentially means he will continue to support a lawsuit that would completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Here is the backstory: Several years ago, a group of conservative states led by Texas banded together to sue the federal government arguing that the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is unconstitutional. You should know that Pennsylvania is not part of this lawsuit. If these states succeed in this legal effort, the Affordable Care Act would be thrown out immediately. Since the early days of Donald Trump’s time as commander in chief, his Justice Department has refused to defend the ACA in court. Wednesday’s declaration that he is “staying with the group” reaffirms his commitment to this strategy of killing the ACA through the federal court system. And with that, the 20 million Americans who have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act would be left without coverage. Now, we are suffering through the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918. COVID-19 has cost 33 million Americans (and counting) their jobs. Along with their lost employment, many of those have seen Read more

 

Schweyer works to protect most-vulnerable during COVID-19

(Apr 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 27 – A new bill which would protect thousands of Pennsylvania’s most-vulnerable residents was introduced today by state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh. His bill would allocate funding specifically to support homeless organizations that have been exhausting their resources during these unprecedented times to address shelter needs, food security and sanitation efforts. “There is no denying the impact COVID-19 is having on all of us, but it’s effect on our homeless neighbors is impossible to ignore,” Schweyer said. “These folks have little to no health insurance and depend on community organizations for shelter, food and basic sanitation. We have a moral obligation to help our homeless neighbors while getting control of the pandemic. I believe this legislation will go a long way to provide some peace of mind to these folks in these trying times.” Schweyer said H.B. 2451 was referred to the House Human Services Committee for consideration. Read more

 

Schweyer Promotes New State-Based Health Insurance Exchange
Sep 01, 2020

Schweyer Hosts Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform
Aug 28, 2020

Schweyer, Schlossberg to hold criminal justice roundtable Aug. 28
Aug 27, 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Aug 26, 2020

Schweyer Discusses the Importance of Police Reform
Jul 28, 2020

Schweyer holds joint PA Legislative Black Caucus/House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on police reform
Jul 28, 2020

House Democratic Policy Committee/PA Legislative Black Caucus to hold second hearing on Police Reform Tuesday in Capitol
Jul 24, 2020

Schweyer announces district office is reopen for appointments only
Jul 07, 2020

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jun 30, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

Schweyer alerting local veterans of delays at local American Legion and VA offices due to COVID-19
Jun 23, 2020

Schweyer: CARES Act applications for renters and homeowners will be available next week
Jun 22, 2020

Schweyer Opposes Terminating Disaster Declaration
May 29, 2020

Schweyer Votes No on Stopgap Budget
May 27, 2020

Schweyer: Seniors to receive immediate property tax/rent rebate payments
May 19, 2020

Schweyer introduces bill to boost Neighborhood Assistance Program during COVID-19
May 13, 2020

Schweyer, Schlossberg introduce bill to provide more support to nonprofits during COVID-19
May 13, 2020

Please stay home Mr. President
May 12, 2020

Dismantling Affordable Care Act during crisis is unfathomable
May 11, 2020

Schweyer works to protect most-vulnerable during COVID-19
Apr 27, 2020