HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Today, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, was sworn in for the 2023/24 legislative session. As House majority leader, McClinton becomes the House’s presiding officer. She is the first woman in Pennsylvania history to serve in that role. House Democrats won the majority of districts in the Nov. 8 General Election. As majority leader, McClinton’s appointment as presiding officer is established by law and consistent with legal precedent set in 2004, when the majority leader, Republican Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, served as the House’s presiding officer on Dec. 9, 2004, to schedule a special election to fill a seat vacated by a Republican lawmaker in the 189th legislative district. “Pennsylvanians cast their ballots in the free and fair 2022 General Election. The results of that election are not in dispute and in the majority of legislative districts - 102 out of 203 - the people of Pennsylvania voted to elect a Democrat to represent them in the House of Representatives. Pennsylvania’s voters have spoken, and the will of the people is the ultimate authority in this Commonwealth,” McClinton said. “If there was a mandate delivered to the General Assembly, it is to work together in a bipartisan manner. Our caucus embraces this mandate, because it means we’re going to have to fundamentally change the way our chamber operates. Our caucus will govern in a way that is representative of our Read more
I'm excited to represent a larger portion of the 51st Ward! Don't miss this event on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Read more
My office is hosting its annual Holiday Health & Wellness Expo on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more
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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 – Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, today announced a $1.9 million grant for the next phase of the Bartram to Passyunk trail project. McClinton said the funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, was awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corp. “Offering engaging recreational activities, such as trailways in and around the banks of the Schuylkill, are one of many reasons residents love to call this city home,” McClinton said. “I look forward to the completion of this project and the foot traffic it brings to our river’s banks.” McClinton said phase two of the project will include land acquisition; rebuilding retaining walls; grading; paving; landscaping; and installing trail fixtures like lighted pathways. Phase two of this project also will allow for the trail’s extension from its southernmost point near 61 st Street to the Passyunk Avenue Bridge. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of the Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures Read more
I’d like to wish you an enjoyable Thanksgiving. It’s my hope you get to spend this special day surrounded by loved ones and your favorite food! 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
Home ownership can be costly, especially when your home needs repairs. Don’t worry – help is available to YOU! Read more
This weekend, the Philadelphia Commissioners announced they’ve found over 3,400 mail-in and absentee ballots that are either missing the secrecy envelope, missing a signature, missing a date, or have a potentially incorrect date on the return envelope. Read more
Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Election Day and the last day to vote in the 2022 Election. If you received a mail-in ballot, don’t forget to return it to your designated drop-off location. Don’t send it in the mail! Read more
Cast your ballot and make your voice heard! Your vote matters now more than ever. Read more
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and the costs to keep your home warm this winter are projected to get higher. Read more
PA House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, joined officials from the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center Inc., Deputy Superintendent ShaVon Savage, School District of Philadelphia, and other local educators to celebrate a recently awarded $50,000 grant to fund a civics education program in several West and Southwest Philadelphia high schools. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – Parents, union members, advocates and elected officials from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg today to rally for abortion rights. The event, called “Abortion Freedom for All,” drew hundreds of people to the Capitol steps just as the General Assembly was about to reconvene for session. The rally was organized by state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., Lancaster Stands Up, Planned Parenthood, PA Stands Up, Working Families Party, DSA, Make the Road, We The People and more groups from across the state. Fiedler hosted the event. She said the goal of the event was to join forces and show up in big numbers and make clear that the people of Pennsylvania do not want the General Assembly to tear away their rights. “For 50 years Roe v. Wade was the law of the land,” Fiedler said. “Women like me grew up knowing that my right to control what happened in my body was enshrined in federal law. Now that’s uncertain. We are here today because we believe that each of us should have the freedom to decide what’s best for our families, for ourselves, for our bodies.” "As a Black obstetrician and gynecologist, I feel unquieted by the attack on reproductive rights and reproductive justice,” said Dr. Sharee Livingston, Lancaster area OB/GYN and board member of the advocacy group Patients R Waiting. “Abortion is essential health care, it is safe, and barriers to abortion Read more
Next week is fire prevention week. Check your smoke detectors and make an escape plan. Read more
On this World Teacher’s Day, Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton thanks teachers across the Commonwealth for their commitment to strengthening the young minds that will build a brighter future for all. Read more
Earning a college degree can be a milestone in life. A degree can increase lifetime earnings, boost civic participation and, some studies show, even lead to better health and wellbeing outcomes. But the cost to go to college has skyrocketed – up 169% in the past four decades according to a report from Georgetown University. When the cost to go to college and earn a degree is so expensive, it makes it out-of-reach for too many people in our community. Further, because of predatory practices used by some for-profit institutions, some students leave school without completing their degree, but are still saddled by exorbitant college debt. There is help. Even if you have already graduated. In August, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced a student loan debt plan to provide student debt relief to working- and middle-class families. The Biden-Harris plan will provide debt relief for up to 43 million Americans by cancelling $20,000 in debt to Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to non-Pell Grant recipients. To qualify, you must earn less than $125,000 per year or less than $250,000 as a household. This program is targeted to provide relief to the people who need it most. While we wait for more details, people with college loan debt can sign up to receive a notification when information is available at StudentAid.gov/debtrelief . For people thinking about pursuing college but don’t know if they can afford it, the Pennsylvania Higher Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: 2023-24 PennSERVE Grants for Health and Community Service Programs (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Institutions of higher education, Indian tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and states. Use : To allow organizations to recruit and support AmeriCorps members as they serve unmet community needs. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : October 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/pennserve/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Youth Justice Advisory Board Council Pilot Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Any agency currently implementing a youth engagement program including (but not limited to): Any private non-profit agency, public agency, or unit of local government. Use : To establish and coordinate county-based Youth Justice Advisory Board Councils (YJAB-Cs) across the Commonwealth with the long-term goal to increase directly impacted youth voice and input in their communities and with the youth-led subcommittee and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee. Funds : Up to $350,000 in total state funding to support between three or four organizations. Application Deadline : October Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 20 – Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that Yeadon Borough has been selected for a $260,000 grant for watershed restoration along Blunston Run. McClinton helped secure the grant which was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and will be funded through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program. “I’m so pleased that Yeadon will receive the funding needed to improve the stability of Blunston Run and reduce the flooding issues that have grown worse after each rain fall,” McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware said. “With this one investment we’re improving the quality of life in our community and we’re helping to protect our environment long term.” The funding will help restore a stream bank and protect utility infrastructure that has been exposed along Blunston Run, a tributary of Cobbs Creek. Restoring the section will address flooding between Allen Drive and Karen Drive in Yeadon that is affecting a public pool property, neighboring residential properties, and an apartment building, as well as reduce thousands of pounds of sediment annually. McClinton added that the project will help reconnect the floodplains, stabilize the streambank to control erosion, reduce the waterway’s speed along the banks with habitat improvements, protect existing trees, and enhance vegetation. The CFA is an independent state Read more
Leader McClinton on WDAS with Patty Jackson talking election deadlines and voting integrity. Read more
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