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Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted tonight for $225 million in supplemental funding to resupply Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System.

The Iron Dome system has saved untold hundreds, if not tho...

Posted: August 1, 2014, 4:00 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted tonight for $225 million in supplemental funding to resupply Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System.

The Iron Dome system has saved untold hundreds, if not thousands, o...

Posted: August 1, 2014, 4:00 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the Appropriations Committee, supported legislation before the House of Representatives tonight to address the crisis on our nation’s Southern border. H.R. 5230, a supplemental appropriations bill, aims to contro...

Posted: August 1, 2014, 4:00 pm
Earlier this month, a comprehensive rewrite of Pennsylvania’s anti-human trafficking laws took effect, cracking down on the dark, almost hidden criminal enterprise of modern day slavery.
Posted: July 30, 2014, 10:42 pm
Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) was pleased that the House voted in a hugely bipartisan manner, 420 to 5, today to address the systemic problem of veterans’ health care services through the Veterans Administration.
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Posted: July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today after voting to grant authority for litigation to move forward against the President Obama and his Administration regarding his faithful execution of duly enacted legislation:

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Posted: July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) was pleased that the House voted in a hugely bipartisan manner, 420 to 5, today to address the systemic problem of veterans’ health care services through the Veterans Administration.

 

Posted: July 30, 2014, 12:30 pm
HARRSIBURG - The state House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 1769, legislation authored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) which would require Responsible Alcohol Management Training for any seller or server of alcohol in the Commonwealth.
Posted: July 30, 2014, 1:57 am

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) spoke before the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations to seek support for his bill, H.R. 445. The bill would permanently authorize the current 49 National Heritage Are...

Posted: July 29, 2014, 12:00 pm
Washington, D.C. – Currently, more than 300,000 children in American suffer from some form of epilepsy. Many of these children experience more than 100 violent seizures a day— any one of which could be fatal without proper care.  U.S. Representative Scott Perry introduces legislation today, the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014”, to ensure that children and individuals with epilepsy and other debilitating seizure disorders have access to life-changing Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and therapeutic hemp. There is anecdotal evidence that CBD oil has been shown to reduce the amount and duration of seizures in children suffering from epilepsy and other seizure disorders. This legislation would enable individuals access to this potentially life-saving supplement without having to split up families geographically in order to receive treatment. “Earlier this year I was approached by three local families whose children suffer from severe epilepsy”, said Rep. Perry. “As a father, I can’t imagine how helpless and crestfallen I’d feel to be essentially out of options, without any significant way to help my child; and these families live with this circumstance every single day.   Their heartbreaking situations compelled me to act at the federal level to enable their access to a supplement that literally has changed lives – not only in the form of relief for the individual who suffers from this condition, but subsequently  for their families and loved ones as well.  Unfortunately, this plant and its derivatives and extracts are currently banned for medical use at the federal level and are unavailable to the citizens of Pennsylvania; this legislation would remedy that.  This bill in no way changes my stance on marijuana—I still disagree with the recreational use of marijuana; however, these children and individuals like them deserve a chance to lead a healthy and productive life and our government shouldn’t stand in the way.” “We applaud Congressman Perry and his leadership in creating access to this treatment for Americans with epilepsy who have run out of options,” said Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., President & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. “As a parent of a child with epilepsy, I know how difficult it can be to stand by as your child has a seizure that you are helpless to stop. The Epilepsy Foundation has supported access to CBD oil – which is showing dramatic results for some patients. Access to a lifesaving treatment should not be determined or limited by zip code.  It is time for Congress to enact this sensible bill that could help save lives." This legislation in no way federally legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, nor is CBD marijuana; rather, the bill is an incremental approach to providing relief to those suffering from ailments that could benefit from CBD oil and therapeutic hemp.  It also doesn’t legalize all forms of marijuana for medical use. It removes CBD oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Therapeutic hemp is defined as having no more than .3% THC, which means it has no hallucinogenic effects of traditional marijuana. The legislation now moves to the House Energy and Commerce and Judiciary Committees. If it is voted out of committee, it then moves to the full House for consideration.  
Posted: July 28, 2014, 3:22 pm

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July 24, 2014

 

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Posted: July 28, 2014, 11:30 am
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will again sponsor a winter maintenance program for 2014 for a variety of positions to supplement the permanent workforce, Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) said today.
Posted: July 22, 2014, 9:18 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced his support for a bipartisan bill introduced by Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas. Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas has introduced a companion bill in the Senate. The legislation is in direct response t...

Posted: July 21, 2014, 9:00 am

The entire world is reeling in shock and sadness at the sight of a civilian airliner reduced to a field of smoking debris because it had been downed by a missile, likely fired by Russian-backed separatists.

 

Posted: July 18, 2014, 7:30 am
 
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The current flood of unaccompanied children (UACs) from Central America crossing our southern border is both a humanitarian...

Posted: July 15, 2014, 6:00 am
 
Posted: July 14, 2014, 4:00 am
YORK, PA – To offer constituents the opportunity to share their concerns regarding issues before the United States Congress and the federal government, U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-4) will be hosting a series of town meetings over the next week. The dates and times of the town meetings are: Friday, July 18 / 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lower Windsor Township Building, 2425 Craley Road, Wrightsville Friday, July 18 / 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Upper Allen Township Building, 100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg Saturday, July 19 / 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Fairfield Fire and EMS, 106 Steelman Street, Fairfield Constituents will be updated by Congressman Perry on the issues currently facing Congress, including the federal budget, job creation and national security.  Afterwards, Congressman Perry will welcome questions on these and other federal issues. “For me to effectively represent our constituents in Congress, I regularly need – and seek - their feedback on the issues facing our country,” Perry said. These town meetings continue Congressman Perry’s efforts to solicit constituent feedback. Since taking office in January 2013, he’s met with hundreds of constituents via individual meetings and site visits, conducted regular in-person town and tele-town meetings, and aggressively has utilized social media to interact with the citizens he serves. More than 10,000 constituents have signed up for regular updates via Congressman Perry’s e-newsletter, Facebook or Twitter pages. Social media venues allow him to solicit constituent feedback and provide information on the issues before Congress, while also saving hard-earned taxpayer resources. Residents who are unable to attend the meetings in person are welcome to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram and Pinterest pages.
Posted: July 11, 2014, 6:50 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) has signed on to two resolutions in response to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.  The Congressman co-sponsored legislation introduced by Congressman David McKinley (WV-1) “condemning the murder of Israeli a...

Posted: July 11, 2014, 6:00 am

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, in the House yesterday. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, passing 415 to 6.

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Posted: July 10, 2014, 4:00 pm
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday to help modernize and improve our nation’s workforce development system and help put Americans back to work. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) is the latest effort in the House to focus on Americans’ top priority – finding real solutions to bolster job creation and strengthen our economy. “One of the most frustrating experiences during my service in Congress has been the pervasive skills gap facing workers and employers,” said U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-4). “At the same time that millions of Americans remain unemployed, countless local employers have told me about their difficulty finding qualified workers. This is a clear reminder that effective education and workforce development opportunities are critical to a making the American economy healthy again. This legislation will prepare workers for the 21st century workforce, while helping businesses find the skilled employees they need to compete and create jobs in the 4th District and across America.” H.R. 803 reforms and modernizes federal workforce training programs by: eliminating 15 duplicative programs, applying a single set of outcome metrics to federal workforce programs, aligning workforce development programs with local economic development and education initiatives, and enabling businesses to identify in-demand skills and connect workers with the opportunities to build those skills. H.R. 803 was first adopted by the U.S. House in March 2013 as the “SKILLS Act”. A House-Senate conference committee drafted this compromise agreement that was approved by the Senate in late June and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama. Passage of H.R. 803 continues efforts in the U.S. House to lay the groundwork for a stronger economy and increased opportunities for all Americans. Legislation already passed by the House would: strengthen our water transportation networks; embrace American energy resources; lift barriers to clean renewable energy; give working families more flexibility and increase oversight of expensive federal regulations. Throughout the 113th Congress, House members have put their cards on the table and sent bills to the Senate, waiting for them to pass their own versions so we could eventually come together to try and find some common ground. These proposals have largely been met with silence by the Senate and President Obama.  Examples of jobs bills passed by the U.S. House can be reviewed here: http://www.speaker.gov/jobs. Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube pages.
Posted: July 10, 2014, 1:57 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) held two townhall meetings yesterday. Congressman Dent met with residents in the 15th District areas of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties. Congressman Dent’s first meeting of the ...

Posted: July 8, 2014, 9:00 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) will be hosting a FREE small business breakfast for businesses in the 105th Legislative District on Tuesday, July 15, at 8 a.m. at the Colonial Country Club, 4901 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg.
Posted: July 7, 2014, 11:48 pm
 
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Posted: July 2, 2014, 4:00 am
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County Republican Delegation tonight voted with the majority of their colleagues to approve a $29.1 billion state spending proposal which increases K-12 education spending to its highest level ever and maintains the core functions of government without raising taxes.
Posted: July 1, 2014, 10:49 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) issued the following statement regarding tonight’s passage of the 2014-15 state budget in the House of Representatives. Helm voted in favor of the balanced $29.1 billion spending plan, which does not raise taxes. The budget was approved on time by the House for the fourth consecutive year.
Posted: July 1, 2014, 10:37 am
HARRISBURG -- Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) is pleased that the process of passing a responsible budget continued today with the final passage of House Bill 2328, the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15.
Posted: July 1, 2014, 10:35 am
 
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The crisis of unaccompanied children streaming from Mexico and Central America across our nation’s southern border could go from a problem 2,000 miles away to one in downtown Hazleton, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said during a press conference Monday morning. Among the potential sites for detention centers for these children is the former MinSec and CEC facility in the Altamont Building in downtown Hazleton, according to Barletta, R-11. The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, which works with the Department of Health and Human Services as it takes the children from U.S. border patrol agents, is eying the former halfway house, the congressman said.   Read the full story by clicking here.
Posted: June 30, 2014, 4:00 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton), long-time member of the House Transportation Committee, is pleased that his amendment to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations regarding distracted driving by over-the-road truckers and stave off the potential loss of $170.5 million in federal highway dollars passed the full House this week.
Posted: June 28, 2014, 3:38 am
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County Republican Delegation yesterday voted with their colleagues to approve a $29.1 billion state spending proposal which, for the fourth year in a row, would increase K-12 education spending over the previous budget and fund the core functions of government without raising taxes.
Posted: June 26, 2014, 9:38 pm
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today the full House voted unanimously to pass legislation that would help crack down on human trafficking in the Commonwealth.
Posted: June 26, 2014, 4:48 am
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) that authorizes the conveyance of much of the Harrisburg State Hospital and Farm property, and 13 other state-owned parcels across Pennsylvania, was approved on concurrence by the House of Representatives Tuesday. House Bill 1945 was amended by the House and returned to the Senate for concurrence.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 5:20 am
WHAT: Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) will host a FREE small business breakfast for businesses in the 105th legislative district as an opportunity to receive a legislative update and join in a discussion regarding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program led by a panel of professionals. Additionally, the director of the Small Business Champions Network will be on hand to offer information about how businesses can grow and prosper.
Posted: June 23, 2014, 9:09 pm
 
Posted: June 23, 2014, 4:00 am

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered an amendment during the House Appropriations Committee consideration of the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations legislation that will prevent the Department of Energy (DOE) from implementing or enforcing a prop...

Posted: June 19, 2014, 6:30 am

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) will host a job fair on Saturday, June 21st, from 10 AM until 2 PM at Kutztown University’s O’Pake Fieldhouse.

Congressman Dent has made a Job Fair an annual even...

Posted: June 18, 2014, 5:30 pm
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting, legislation was passed that would provide immunity for reporting a drug overdose.
Posted: June 18, 2014, 4:10 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) invited Pennsylvania Fair Queen Lia Schmittel to the Capitol on June 4 to introduce her to the House of Representatives and present her with a House Citation for her many accomplishments.
Posted: June 18, 2014, 2:06 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) was pleased that legislation to provide for a system of training in schools to help teachers and students become more aware of how to prevent youth suicide received final passage in the House today.
Posted: June 17, 2014, 4:30 am
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue today announced a deadline extension from June 30 to Dec. 31 to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) said today.
Posted: June 14, 2014, 2:17 am
“Having served in Iraq as commander of a large task force, I personally witnessed the courage and sacrifice of our troops who served there. As U.S. forces withdrew in 2011, President Obama’s administration failed to negotiate an agreement with Iraq that would have allowed a limited U.S. military presence to help the Iraqis keep extremist groups from filling the power vacuum. Instead, America quickly turned its attention away from Iraq and, in the past two years, allowed ultra-radical jihadist groups to grow rapidly in both Iraq and Syria. I’m deeply troubled that in just thirteen years after 9/11, this Administration already has forgotten what preceded those attacks—al Qaeda establishment of a sanctuary in Afghanistan.  What al Qaeda had in Afghanistan was nothing compared to the situation now in Syria and Iraq, where a variety of terrorist organizations control large amounts of land and natural resources and have amassed heavy weaponry.  President Obama likes to take credit for “ending the war in Iraq.” By failing to withdraw responsibly, however, he left a power vacuum in the region that extremist groups swiftly and forcefully filled. In essence, he didn’t end the war, but rather gave away our hard-earned victory and ensured the potential for further conflict. The Iraqi government is not blameless either. They squandered the opportunity our troops gave them to begin the reconciliation process between their different factions and slowly unify their country. The crisis in Iraq is ultimately up to the Iraqis to solve.   For months, both Congress and the Pentagon have warned the White House about the worsening situation in Iraq to no avail. The United States has no good options here. But it’s incumbent on the president to immediately layout a plan of action moving forward. Thousands of Americans and allied troops have served bravely and selflessly in Iraq, and many of them sacrificed their lives or carry emotional, psychological and physical scars.  The fact that we have squandered their sacrifices is reprehensible.”
Posted: June 13, 2014, 8:47 pm

Congressman Charlie Dent is pleased that the House took up and passed, by large bipartisan margins, three bills geared at overhauling the troubled Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare system.

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Posted: June 13, 2014, 8:00 am
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting, legislation was passed that would help crack down on human trafficking in the Commonwealth.
Posted: June 10, 2014, 11:27 pm
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is reminding residents to take precautions when participating in outdoor activities to prevent Lyme disease.
Posted: June 9, 2014, 11:26 pm
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) today announced that Dauphin and Lebanon counties will receive nearly $390,000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees collected during calendar year 2013. Checks will be distributed by July 1.
Posted: June 6, 2014, 3:25 am
Rep. Scott Perry statement about Sgt. Bergdahl and prisoner exchange:          "Like all Americans, I'm truly relieved that Sgt. Bergdahl is safe and on his way home. Many have expressed concerns about the situation leading up to his capture. Like all service members, I believe that Sgt. Bergdahl is entitled to a fair investigation and due process to determine exactly what happened leading up to his capture.           I agree with the Democrat Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, that the President violated the law by not properly informing Congress of the details of the prisoner exchange. I’m glad the House Armed Services Committee has announced hearings to investigate whether trading Sgt. Bergdahl for five senior Taliban leaders puts our troops, diplomatic personnel, Americans abroad at greater risk, and whether the President violated the law by not properly notifying Congress prior to the exchange." ###      
Posted: June 5, 2014, 2:55 pm
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) establishing Juneteenth National Freedom Day as an annual observance in Pennsylvania was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. House Bill 2128 will next be considered by the Senate.
Posted: June 4, 2014, 9:56 pm
Washington, D.C. - The House passed legislation Thursday night that funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, as well as several of the nation’s science programs (CJS). The legislation included two amendments proposed by U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (PA-4) which were included without opposition. The overall bill continues efforts in the U.S. House to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, eliminate wasteful spending and prioritize programs critical to our safety and economic competitiveness.  As a result, the bill saves nearly $400 million from last year’s appropriation, while still funding critical programs to combat gangs and human trafficking, strengthen cybersecurity and prevent violence against women.  One of Rep. Perry’s amendments prohibited funding for NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Project. This project has been cited as a source of waste for several years, starting with NASA’s use of taxpayer money to develop “space pizza” and hundreds of other recipes for a mission to Mars. The second amendment would prohibit funding to be used to design, implement, administer, or carry out the U.S. Global Climate Research Program National Climate Assessment and the United Nation’s Agenda 21. “Since NASA has no plans to undertake a mission to Mars, we are simply driving up our debt unnecessarily by funding programs such as this,” said Rep. Perry. “Though the overall legislation was not perfect, I believe this bill made significant strides to rein in unnecessary and inefficient government spending and prioritized important programs to prevent human trafficking and violence against women."  Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages.
Posted: May 30, 2014, 8:32 pm

(Washington, DC) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a regulation today reclassifying sunlamp products, including tanning beds and tanning booths, from Class I devices (low risk) to Class II devices (moderate risk). These products will also be require...

Posted: May 30, 2014, 4:00 pm

Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki is an honorable man. He showed great courage fighting for his country during the Vietnam War. He displayed superior leadership skills as an officer in the United States Army and outstanding organizational skills...

Posted: May 30, 2014, 8:00 am

(Washington, DC) The House passed H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2015. This bill funds the American Military and other national security related programs. It passed by a large bipartisan margin in the House (325-98).

Posted: May 23, 2014, 3:30 pm
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House passed a series of bills this week that continued its focus on Americans’ top priorities – jobs and the economy, providing our veterans with the care they’ve earned and cracking down on human trafficking and protecting our children. While the President and Senate leadership talk about taking action, the U.S. House has actually taken action, passing more than 150 bills in the 113th Congress that address some of our nation’s most pressing needs. Veterans Administration (VA) Reforms As a 33-year military veteran, Congressman Scott Perry (PA-04) is outraged at recent events surrounding the Veterans Administration (VA) and the medical care provided to our veterans. Multiple news reports have raised allegations regarding preventable deaths and attempts to cover up treatment delays at VA health clinics. These allegations are appalling and can’t be tolerated. The House acted this week by adopting legislation, H.R. 4031, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014", which seeks to confront the widespread and systemic lack of accountability for VA senior executives. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Congressman Perry, makes it easier to fire or demote senior VA managers who are failing our veterans. H.R. 4031 was approved by a vote of 390-33. Jobs and the Economy The U.S. House acted Tuesday to approve legislation to promote America’s competitiveness and boost economic growth by approving a conference agreement with the Senate on H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA).  Many of the goods we create, sell, import and ship around the world go through America’s seaports – accounting for $1.4 trillion worth of economic activity. This bill reforms federal water resource activities by cutting red tape and bureaucracy, streamlining the infrastructure project delivery process, fostering fiscal responsibility, and strengthening our water transportation networks. And unlike past water infrastructure bills, WRRDA contains no earmarks. Passage of WRRDA continues efforts in the U.S. House to lay the groundwork for a stronger economy and increased opportunities for all Americans. Legislation already passed by the House would: reform and modernize federal workforce training programs to help millions of unemployed Americans get back to work; embrace American energy resources; lift barriers to clean renewable energy; give working families more flexibility and increase oversight of expensive federal regulations.  “America doesn’t work if it’s no longer the land of opportunity,” said Rep. Perry. “Good-paying jobs are the foundation of an America that works. House Republicans will continue our efforts to bolster job creation and foster a healthy economy.” Examples of jobs bills passed by the U.S. House can be reviewed here: http://www.speaker.gov/jobs. NSA Reforms The House attempted to address domestic surveillance programs that have collected a myriad of communications data on American citizens Thursday with passage of the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361). While Congressman Perry appreciates the House’s commitment to address this issue, and was a previous co-sponsor of H.R. 3361, he voted against the bill because recent changes to it gutted critical reforms and may still allow for massive collection of millions of Americans’ private information based on very broad selection terms. Stopping Human Trafficking In recent weeks, people across America have been outraged by the kidnapping of hundreds of girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  The sad reality is that human trafficking is much more prevalent in today’s world than many realize. In the U.S. each year, as many as 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked, according to Justice Department estimates.  On Tuesday, the House passed five bills – the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (H.R. 3530), the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (H.R. 3610), the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act (H.R. 4058), the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (H.R. 4225), and the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 4573) – aimed at cracking down on human traffickers, boosting resources for law enforcement, supporting victims and strengthening protections for children. While the President talks about action – the U.S. House has taken action this week and throughout the 113th Congress.  House members have put their cards on the table and sent bills to the Senate, waiting for them to pass their own versions so we could eventually come together to try and find some common ground. In nearly every case, these proposals were met with silence.  In a sign of progress this week, House and Senate leadership announced agreement on job training legislation to improve our workforce development system and help citizens get the skills they need to find work.  Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages.
Posted: May 23, 2014, 1:51 pm
HARRISBURG – In an effort to better inform area gun owners regarding Pennsylvania’s firearms laws, state Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is hosting a Concealed Carry Seminar on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The free event will be held at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave. in Susquehanna Township, starting at 6 p.m.
Posted: May 22, 2014, 11:35 pm
As a 33-year military veteran, I'm outraged at recent events surrounding the Veterans Administration (VA) and the medical care provided to our veterans. Multiple news reports have raised allegations regarding preventable deaths and attempts to cover up treatment delays at VA health clinics. Whistleblowers have reported that the Phoenix VA Hospital developed a “secret waiting list” to hide these delays - which may have led to the deaths of dozens of patients while they waited for care. These allegations are appalling and, if proven, will not be tolerated. I've served with countless, selfless service members - many of whom sacrificed their lives or endured serious physical and mental injuries; they - and all others who serve our nation in uniform - deserve better. These revelations, coupled with news reports about the intentional destruction of evidence during the investigation of this matter, have shaken Americans’ confidence in the VA and led two of the nation’s leading veteran organizations - The American Legion and Concerned Veterans for America - to call for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. This isn’t a blanket condemnation of the VA, which successfully provides critical medical care to millions of veterans each day. I've seen firsthand the commitment and dedication of VA staff. But the problems with the VA bureaucracy are clear for all to see and the status quo simply is unacceptable. First, too many veterans are waiting too long to receive medical treatment. As of last October, the number of pending claims reported by the VA stood at 717,007 — of which over 411,000 had been pending for more than 125 days. While the VA has made some progress in addressing this issue, more can be done to directly reduce the backlog at facilities with the greatest wait time.  I’ve supported legislation that would direct funding already allocated within the VA to where it's truly needed most - VA Regional Offices, such as in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, which are most responsible for the backlog. The answer isn’t necessarily to throw money at the problem – the VA’s budget has increased about 60 percent in five years. This is an example of doing “more with less” with targeted reallocation of funding to address the backlog problem at its source. Last fall, I also voted in favor of a bill, H.R. 2189, that would establish a commission to evaluate the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation claims and recommend ways to reduce the number of pending claims. Second, we must hold the VA and its employees accountable when mistakes and grievous oversights are made.             I’m a co-sponsor of H.R. 4031, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014", which seeks to confront the widespread and systemic lack of accountability for VA senior executives. Multiple VA Inspector General reports have linked patient care problems to widespread mismanagement within VA facilities. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that VA bonus pay has no clear link to performance. As a result, the VA has given its senior executives cash bonuses of up to $63,000 – despite the lingering issues cited above.  H.R. 4031 would help bring real accountability to the VA by making it easier to fire or demote senior managers who are failing our veterans.  I also voted in favor of H.R. 357, the G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013, which would ban performance bonuses for VA Senior Executive Service employees and would heighten reporting requirements for VA employees.          Finally, one of the areas where we're most clearly failing our veterans is mental health. While mental health issues are far too complex to hold the VA singularly accountable, it's incumbent upon us to honor the service of veterans facing mental health challenges and to find a solution. The numbers are tragic. In 2013, 284 active-duty service members committed suicide, and the VA’s best estimate projects that 22 veterans die by suicide each day. A new poll from the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation found that 51 percent of post-9/11 veterans know a service member or veteran who attempted or committed suicide. Veterans deserve timely access to mental health care, yet many wait far too long for appointments. Veterans have earned high-quality care tailored to their needs, but too often our system fails to evaluate programs or ensure our service members are informed by best research our country has to offer. Right from the start, we fail those who want to serve by not offering what could save their lives, or perhaps the lives of others - a mental health competency test. Currently, the Department of Defense does a thorough physical assessment of individuals before they join, but no mental health evaluation.  Why?            To address this, I co-sponsored H.R. 4305, the Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers (MEPS) Act, which would institute a preliminary mental health assessment at the time recruits first join the military. The assessment then may be used as a baseline to help identify changes in mental health throughout an individual’s military career.         Congress owes it to all who serve to expedite these bills and fulfill the VA’s core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.
Posted: May 22, 2014, 4:23 pm
 
Posted: May 22, 2014, 4:00 am
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is postponing her annual Children’s Trout Rodeo because of the heavy rains that have hit the area.
Posted: May 16, 2014, 11:27 pm
WHAT: The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and House Judiciary Committee will hold a joint public hearing this week to examine the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Emergency Towing pilot program that began last fall. The program requires troopers to contact a dispatcher, under contract by the state, to dispatch participating towing companies to clear vehicles from accident scenes. The goal of the pilot program is to increase the safety of travelers and emergency crews and allow for travel lanes to more quickly re-open following an accident.
Posted: May 13, 2014, 3:50 am
WHAT: Reps. Ryan Aument (R-41) and Dave Hickernell (R-98) will host nearly 200 area gun enthusiasts at a concealed carry familiarization seminar. The event will feature discussions about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and how to safely interact with law enforcement while carrying a firearm.
Posted: May 12, 2014, 9:00 pm
York, PA  – U.S. Rep. Scott Perry will be joined by local job creators to highlight concerns regarding a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could dramatically expand the government’s authority to regulate ponds, ditches, and other wet areas. Congressman Perry took part in a hearing on this issue earlier this month. http://perry.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/perry-questions-proposed-expansion-of-federal-water-regulations. Currently the EPA has jurisdiction over “navigable waters”.  This EPA proposal could extend its authority to include man-made ditches, farm ponds, irrigation streams and even areas that collect water for a few days a year. The groups represented at the news conference, including small business, farmers, builders and property owners, believe this regulatory over-reach will create more government red tape and weaken the Pennsylvania economy.  Many channels, ditches and ponds are already regulated under state and local laws. WHO:            U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, the National Federation of Independent Business and local job creators WHAT:          News Conference WHEN:          Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m. WHERE:       Musser’s Farm and Pond, 4390 Broad Rd., Manchester, Pa 17345
Posted: May 12, 2014, 2:59 pm
Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (PA-4) chaired the Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies hearing regarding electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threats to critical infrastructure. The hearing focused on the threats that nation-states, terrorists, and criminal organizations could pose to the American electricity grid.  The hearing also examined the persistent threat that solar flares pose to the grid.  Combating these threats and hardening America’s energy infrastructure will require a coordinated effort among multiple partners in the public and private sectors. “Yesterday’s hearing was a critical first step in raising public awareness about the underreported threat that Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) poses to our homeland security, said Rep. Perry. It’s important that we present accurate, objective information to the American people regarding EMP’s potentially catastrophic danger to our critical infrastructure.” For more information about this hearing, please visit http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-electromagnetic-pulse-emp-threat-critical-infrastructure.  The hearing itself can be viewed in its entirety here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3b6TC9G_g. Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages.
Posted: May 9, 2014, 6:22 pm
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) will be hosting a FREE family day this Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Posted: May 7, 2014, 4:01 am
 
Posted: May 7, 2014, 4:00 am
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) establishing Juneteenth National Freedom Day as an annual observance in Pennsylvania was unanimously approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee today. House Bill 2128 will next be considered by the full House of Representatives.
Posted: May 7, 2014, 2:57 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is reminding northern Dauphin County residents that businesses along Route 225, at the base of Peters Mountain, can still be accessed during a three-week road project that began Monday.
Posted: May 6, 2014, 4:55 am
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that the Judiciary Committee today hosted a hearing to discuss ways in which to improve the collection of restitution in the Commonwealth.
Posted: May 6, 2014, 2:02 am
 
Posted: May 3, 2014, 4:00 am
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting, legislation was passed that would ban the use of secret compartments, in vehicles, for criminal purposes.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 2:53 am
HARRISBURG – The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring this year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day being held on Saturday, April 26, Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) said today.
Posted: April 26, 2014, 2:08 am
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that she is once again hosting a special event to recognize the service and sacrifice of local war veterans and their spouses on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the National Civil War Museum, 100 Concert Drive in Harrisburg. Helm has scheduled the event to correspond with the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Posted: April 25, 2014, 3:19 am
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that she is once again partnering with the Dauphin County Anglers and Conservationist Club to host a free Children’s Trout Rodeo on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the club’s trout nursery in Dauphin.
Posted: April 24, 2014, 10:22 pm
WHAT: Rep. John Payne (R-Dauphin) will host his ninth annual Health Expo to provide residents the opportunity to gather information about health care, state government programs and home-based services available locally, and participate in a variety of free health care screenings.
Posted: April 22, 2014, 2:14 am
The state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) recently detailed nearly $2 billion in savings through efforts to combat welfare waste, fraud and abuse.
Posted: April 18, 2014, 9:00 pm
HARRISBURG – In an effort to combat identity theft, Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is encouraging local residents to take advantage of her free paper shredding service on Saturday, April 26. The event will take place outside Helm’s district office located at 2090 Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township from 10 a.m. to noon.
Posted: April 14, 2014, 9:20 pm
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) was pleased that legislation to provide for a system of training in schools to help teachers and students become more aware of how to prevent youth suicide passed through the House unanimously today.
Posted: April 10, 2014, 4:02 am
ICYMI: Recent interview with Howie Carr
Posted: April 9, 2014, 4:00 am
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting, legislation was passed that would amend Pennsylvania’s vehicle code regarding homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.
Posted: April 9, 2014, 2:42 am
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican representing Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district, has been named  2014 Legislator of the Year by the National Volunteer Fire Council.
Posted: April 8, 2014, 4:00 am
HARRISBURG – House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) was pleased that his legislation creating the offense of cyber harassment of a child passed through the House unanimously this week.
Posted: April 5, 2014, 3:21 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) voted in support of legislation unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday that would prevent Pennsylvania school districts from hiring employees who pose a danger to students. House Bill 2063 would require public and private schools and their independent contractors to conduct a thorough employment history review before offering a job to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children. Helm is a co-sponsor of the measure, which now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Posted: April 4, 2014, 2:29 am
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) tackled the growing concerns of substance abuse in the Commonwealth this week with both a public hearing and informational meeting on the issue.
Posted: April 3, 2014, 4:11 am
ELIZABETHVILLE – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is scheduled to host a “Medicare 101” seminar in Millersburg, Dauphin County, on Wednesday, April 23. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Millersburg Area Senior Center, 109 Edward Drive.
Posted: March 26, 2014, 10:54 pm
HARRISBURG—Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) is pleased that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Lower Paxton Township and the Lower Paxton Township Police Department decided to lower the speed limit through the Village of Linglestown from 35 mph to 25 mph, based on a study conducted upon a request submitted by him and township officials.
Posted: March 14, 2014, 11:48 pm
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased that legislation to provide a mechanism for a court to issue civil orders to protect victims of sexual violence or intimidation, where the perpetrator is not a family or household member, passed the House yesterday unanimously.
Posted: March 13, 2014, 3:05 am
HARRISBURG – Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) is pleased to announce that today, during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting, legislation was passed that would amend the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to provide immunity for reporting a drug overdose.
Posted: March 12, 2014, 4:09 am
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) announced today that 2014 Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules are now available at her district offices in preparation for opening day of trout season in April. The schedule can also be found online at www.SueHelm.net.
Posted: March 7, 2014, 8:56 pm
As majority chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I have made it a priority to gather more information and find ways of implementing changes to address the current heroin epidemic in the Commonwealth.
Posted: March 7, 2014, 3:53 am
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s servicemen and servicewomen are now able to have their veteran status included on their state-issued driver licenses or non-driver identification cards, Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) announced today.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 11:47 pm
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) testified before the House Appropriations Committee today on the critical need to include funding in the 2014-15 state budget to help establish an emergency health care facility in northern Dauphin County.
Posted: February 28, 2014, 4:12 am
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) today announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2013 are now available.
Posted: February 20, 2014, 9:39 pm
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal. Corbett unveiled his $29.4 billion spending plan on Tuesday before a joint session of the General Assembly.
Posted: February 5, 2014, 10:59 pm
HARRISBURG -- Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) is pleased that Gov. Tom Corbett proposed a responsible budget today that, at the core, takes into account the concerns of Pennsylvanians by focusing on improving our state’s economy, getting the pension crisis under control, improving education and keeping our residents safe:
Posted: February 5, 2014, 4:05 am
WHAT: Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) will host a free concealed carry seminar on in order to disseminate information about the most current Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws. There will be various speakers there and a question-and-answer period.
Posted: January 31, 2014, 11:02 pm
HARRISBURG – Fire and ambulance organizations in the 104th Legislative District have been awarded nearly $220,000 in funding through the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant Program, Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) announced today.
Posted: January 24, 2014, 9:22 pm
Posted: January 24, 2014, 5:00 am

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