“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
State House Democrats are pushing for action on legislation that would end hair discrimination in Pennsylvania. Read more
State House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton joined lawmakers and advocates in demanding an end to hair discrimination in the commonwealth. Read more
House Democrats have a plan to protect the people now and build a fairer economy for the future. Read more
America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, where working hard gets you ahead, but in 2022, price gouging and corporate greed are leaving working families behind and hurting the small local businesses that are the cornerstones of our communities. Read more
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. Read more
HARRISBURG — Democrats in the Pennsylvania House and Senate continue efforts to bring forward gun control measures for a vote in the respective chambers of the General Assembly. Read more
The House Democratic Caucus is fighting to help Pennsylvanians at every stage of life - from first breath to first grade to first job - because we believe that no one should ever be abandoned, especially when they are struggling. Now is the time for responsible investments in our families, workers and seniors at every stage of life. Read more
At Francis J. Myers Recreation Center, 58th and Kingsessing Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia, there were a lot of happy faces recently. In fact, people had 4.5 million reasons to smile. Read more
“This is out of control,” House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, said. “No matter how many moments of silence we have, no matter how many tweets we write, once we get to this Capitol, nothing changes … We will continue to fight.” Read more
HARRISBURG, May 26 – PA House Democratic leadership released the following statement today in the wake of the Buffalo supermarket shooting, the Uvalde school shooting and continued Republican obstruction of any debate on commonsense gun violence legislation: “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. “Yesterday, Republican leadership blocked an attempt to debate legislation banning high-capacity semi-automatic rifles like the weapons used in Buffalo and Uvalde. These are weapons of war so violent that some parents of the children senselessly murdered had to provide DNA samples because that was the only way to identify their child’s body torn apart by bullets. Republican leaders say this bill should be vetted in the Judiciary Committee, yet those same leaders continue to send commonsense reform bills there to Read more
In the aftermath of the tragic deadly mass shooting at a school in Texas, Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton stands strong with her colleagues to demand action in Harrisburg against gun violence. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and colleagues from the PLBC today commemorated the 45th anniversary of the inauguration of the late Speaker K. Leroy Irvis with a day of action. “This inaugural day of action not only commemorates the accomplishments of the first and only Black speaker in the Pennsylvania legislature to date,” Bullock said, “but it is also an opportunity to amplify the voices of Black Pennsylvanians and the issues that are important to our communities." Irvis was born in New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. He moved to Baltimore and taught high school English and history until World War II. He was a civilian flying instructor for the War Department. After, he settled in Pittsburgh where he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1958, he was elected to the state legislature, eventually being elected by his peers as speaker of the House. He served in the legislature for 15 consecutive terms. “Forty-five years after his historic election as House Speaker, K. Leroy Irvis’s leadership is still felt by countless Pennsylvanians. He was a man of great character who forged a path that many of us have worked to emulate,” said House Democratic Leader, Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware. “To fully recognize his contributions, we should view Speaker Irvis’s legacy Read more
Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton joined House and Senate colleagues to announce $13.8 million in health equity funding. Read more
Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is holding her weekly Curbside Resource Fair. Read more
Pa. House Democratic Joanna McClinton is joining fellow lawmakers to crackdown on illegal ATV and dirt bike riders that continue putting the safety of communities across Pennsylvania in danger. Read more
Lawmakers from across Pennsylvania attended a hearing today about ATV riders and dirt bike enthusiasts taking to the streets, terrorizing law-abiding traffic, and threatening their own safety and anyone in their path. 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
Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton and other lawmakers are renewing their effort to create a statewide rape kit tracking system. Read more
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton and state Sen. Katie Muth renewed their fight to help bring justice and resources to sexual assault survivors. Read more
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