PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – House Democrats signaled today that they will move to force action in the PA House on critical legislation to protect access to health care for Pennsylvanians in the face of efforts by President Trump and Washington extremists and special interests to destroy the Affordable Care law. “The affordable care law gave millions more Americans access to health insurance, saved countless families from bankruptcy resulting from exorbitant health care costs, kept rural and urban hospitals open in Pennsylvania, and created and preserved thousands of health care jobs,” Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said. “We’re standing up for people’s health care, not the agenda of political extremists and special interests. That’s why we want votes in the House on these bills to save lives and the financial well-being of Pennsylvania individuals and families.” The legislation House Democrats will attempt to force a vote on includes: Protect people with pre-existing conditions (H.B. 471 sponsored by state Rep. Peter Schweyer). Protects and preserves a person’s access to health insurance and the ability to see a doctor, even if they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy. “When people can’t see the doctor or access health care, they skip checkups, get sicker and sometimes die. Many people without insurance face bankruptcy,” Read more

 

Miss my Tele-Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here

(Jan 10, 2020)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to our community. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer laud $720,000 in state funding for Allentown improvement projects

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State funding in the amount of $720,000 has been approved for several community improvement projects in Allentown, according to state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh. “As a city kid, improving the quality of life for the residents of Allentown has been and will always be important to me,” Schweyer said. “I am pleased Governor Wolf recognized the importance of these projects and will continue to help rebuild the neighborhood where I grew up.” “This funding is crucial for Allentown,” Schlossberg said. “It will benefit the city’s hardworking residents, help to build adequate housing and make a safe place to live and raise a family.” Community Action Development Corp. of the Lehigh Valley will receive $440,000 to continue years six and seven of Upside Allentown. This will allow the organization to complete renovations of residential and commercial properties, advance neighborhood-based arts and culture activities, help with litter abatement, support parent and family engagement in the Allentown Parent Network, strengthen relationships between city youth and the Allentown Police Department and grow small businesses. Money will also go toward community outreach for rehabilitating front porches and support up to 30 families to prevent homelessness. Housing Association and Development Corp. will receive $280,000 to Read more

 

Rep Schweyer: $116,760 grant awarded to fund Path to Recovery program in Lehigh

(Dec 12, 2019)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, has announced that a $116,760 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be used to expand the jail-based Methadone MAT program, Path to Recovery, in Lehigh County. The program will provide Vivitrol and suboxone in addition to the methadone to a total of 50 clients over a one-year period. The Path to Recovery Program will work within the existing treatment process for the criminal justice population to provide education training within the Lehigh County jail and work release. “Addiction can devastate those suffering from this illness, to say nothing of the impact on their families and our community at large,” Schweyer said. “By supporting the Path to Recovery program, we are investing in people as they return home, providing them with tools to help them transition back to their families and work life.” Schweyer said the Path to Recovery Program will identify potential candidates for the program, enroll those candidates, and link the appropriate level of care and treatment at the time of their released from jail or work release. In addition, follow-up meetings will be conducted for data collection. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts, Read more

 

Schweyer: Let’s Remove the Barriers

(Dec 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer attended a House Democratic Policy hearing on the topic of mental health care in Allentown. Schweyer contends that those in disadvantaged communities face barriers to getting appropriate care. Read more

 

Schweyer: We Must Do More to End Student Debt

(Dec 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined colleagues at East Stroudsburg University in Monroe County for a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss making college more affordable. Read more

 

Gov. Tom Wolf signs Schweyer bill for expanded hours at tasting, tap rooms

(Nov 22, 2019)

I am pleased to tell you that Gov. Tom Wolf signed my bill that will expand operating hours for sales at tasting and tap rooms throughout Pennsylvania. The breweries, distilleries and public venues will be permitted to sell Pennsylvania craft products between 9 a.m. and midnight Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. We are helping small business owners while creating jobs throughout the state. Read more

 

Schweyer: It’s About Bringing Good People and Good Opportunities Together

(Nov 22, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill in hosting a building trades job fair at the IBEW Local 375 in Allentown. Read more

 

General Assembly passes Schweyer bill for expanded hours at tasting, tap rooms

(Nov 20, 2019)

The General Assembly passed legislation ( H.B. 947 ) crafted by state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, that would expand operating hours for sales at tasting and tap rooms throughout Pennsylvania. House Bill 947, also to be known as the Craft Beer and Spirits Parity Act, would allow beer and spirits “tap rooms” to have the same hours of operation as Pennsylvania wineries. “As we have seen with our thriving Pennsylvania wine industry, craft beer and spirits provide good manufacturing and hospitality jobs, invite urban redevelopment and boost tourism," Schweyer said. By loosening regulations on this industry, we are helping small-business owners be more successful while creating jobs throughout the state. Anthony Brichta, co-owner of County Seat Spirits in Allentown said, “This is a growing industry throughout Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley in particular is seeing strong growth. This legislation will make it much easier for manufacturers like County Seat Spirits to sell our PA-made products.” In 2016, the state Liquor Code created the opportunity for breweries and distilleries, performing art centers and public venues to serve on-premises consumption without the need for a special permit. Schweyer said the breweries, distilleries and public venues would be permitted to sell Pennsylvania craft products between 9 a.m. and midnight Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sundays. Schweyer said he is hopeful the Read more

 

Rep. Schweyer to host Town Hall meeting Monday, Nov. 25

(Nov 20, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, invites residents of the 22 nd Legislative District to participate in a Town Hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Ripple Community Center, 1335 Linden St . Off street parking is available. “ I look forward to talking with my constituents about issues we are working on in Harrisburg and about a variety of issues that impact on them and their families,” Schweyer said. During the event, Schweyer will discuss and take questions on an array of state topics. Constituents can call Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 for more information about the event. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer and McNeill to Host Building Trades Job Fair

(Nov 18, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 18 -- State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill, all D-Lehigh, announced they will co-host a Building Trades Job Fair from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 375 Headquarters, 101 S. Seventh St. The event is being hosted with support from Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, The Literacy Center and Jordan Heights. Designed to help local residents connect with building trades organizations and their apprenticeship trainers, the event will include information about what skills are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley and how to start on the path to a job that pays good wages. “With the help of excellent community organizations like Promise Neighborhood, the Adult Literacy Center and Jordan Heights, we are connecting talented and hard-working people together with good, family-sustaining jobs offered through the Lehigh Valley building trades,” Schweyer said. “The Lehigh Valley Building Trades offer people the chance to make strong, middle-class wages with health care and retirement packages, and allows young people, folks re-entering the workforce or seasoned workers looking to try their hand in a new career an opportunity to better themselves.” “The people who work in the building trades come from all walks of life,” Schlossberg said. “This includes men and women, people of color, white, veterans, high school graduates, some Read more

 

Learn about jobs that pay good wages available in your community!

(Nov 18, 2019)

You are invited to a building trades job fair Read more

 

Join us for a Building Trades Job Fair on Thursday!

(Nov 18, 2019)

Learn about jobs that pay good wages in your community! Read more

 

Rep. Schweyer: Valania Park gets $250K for upgrades

(Nov 14, 2019)

Schweyer: Valania Park gets $250K for upgrades ALLENTOWN, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, has announced a $250,000 state grant to rehabilitate and further develop Valania Park. Schweyer worked with state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, to secure funding for the project. “Valania Park provides opportunities to our downtown residents to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise in playing with their children or shooting some hoops,” Schweyer said. “I am looking forward to seeing these projects get completed as they will only enhance what the park as to offer.” The project includes renovating a basketball court, building a pavilion/comfort station, pedestrian walkways and storm drainage, ADA access, landscaping and related site improvements. The grant was awarded through the DCNR Community Conservation and Partnerships Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, and trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. Read more

 

Reps. McNeill and Schweyer announce $150,000 to upgrade Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor

(Nov 13, 2019)

LEHIGH, Nov. 13 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, have announced that a $150,000 conservation grant to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Inc. has been awarded for a trail study and development project. The study would review approximately 3.9 miles of the D&L Trail in Hanover and Whitehall townships and the City of Allentown, Lehigh County. “The proposed trail would create a healthy recreation and transportation opportunity for people of all ages, and I am pleased to help secure this funding,” McNeill said. Schweyer said developing trails help people to avoid congested streets and highways and travel through natural areas on foot or non-motorized transportation. “Trails have become sources of community identity and pride and provide people with attractive, safe and low or no cost places to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate,” Schweyer said. The grant was funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, which focuses on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities. More information about the DCNR grant program can be found here. Read more

 

Schweyer Announces Agreement Between Bloomsburg University and Allentown School District

(Nov 01, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined state Sen. Pat Browne, Rep. Mike Schlossberg, representatives from the Allentown School District and representatives from Bloomsburg University to announce a matriculation agreement between the district and university that guarantees admission to Bloomsburg to all graduates who meet the criteria. Read more

 

Schweyer: No Room for Hate in Pennsylvania

(Oct 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses how a new package of anti-hate crime bills will strengthen our laws that hold people to account when these horrific crimes are committed. Read more

 

Schweyer Welcomes Da Vinci Science Center to Downtown Allentown

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined local officials in welcoming the Da Vinci Science Center to downtown Allentown, providing kids with a hands on science and technology experience that's within walking distance. Read more

 

Schweyer Working to Prevent Suicides

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a listening session with Gov. Wolf's Suicide Prevention Task Force in Allentown to learn what legislators can do to help reduce suicides across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Rep Schweyer: Students can apply for college financial aid now. PHEAA booklets available at district office

(Oct 28, 2019)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Peter Schweyer D-Lehigh www.pahouse.com/Schweyer Schweyer: Students can apply for college financial aid now PHEAA booklets available in district office ALLENTOWN, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is reminding college-bound students and their parents that the application process for financial assistance for higher education is open now. According to Schweyer, PHEAA Student Aide guidebooks, which provide a complete overview of the financial aid process, are available in his district office located at 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206. “My office is available to help constituents navigate the higher education assistance process," Schweyer said. The guidebooks also include information on the Free Application for Financial Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state and federal aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant and work-study employment, Pell grants, Perkins loans and Stafford loans. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for school-based aid such as private grants and need-based scholarships. Beginning the application process earlier in the school year will allow students and families to meet the various deadlines set by colleges and universities. Schweyer noted there are other resources available to students as they prepare for college. Read more

 

PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law
Jan 14, 2020

Miss my Tele-Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here
Jan 10, 2020

Schlossberg, Schweyer laud $720,000 in state funding for Allentown improvement projects
Dec 18, 2019

Rep Schweyer: $116,760 grant awarded to fund Path to Recovery program in Lehigh
Dec 12, 2019

Schweyer: Let’s Remove the Barriers
Dec 05, 2019

Schweyer: We Must Do More to End Student Debt
Dec 05, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf signs Schweyer bill for expanded hours at tasting, tap rooms
Nov 22, 2019

Schweyer: It’s About Bringing Good People and Good Opportunities Together
Nov 22, 2019

General Assembly passes Schweyer bill for expanded hours at tasting, tap rooms
Nov 20, 2019

Rep. Schweyer to host Town Hall meeting Monday, Nov. 25
Nov 20, 2019

Schlossberg, Schweyer and McNeill to Host Building Trades Job Fair
Nov 18, 2019

Learn about jobs that pay good wages available in your community!
Nov 18, 2019

Join us for a Building Trades Job Fair on Thursday!
Nov 18, 2019

Rep. Schweyer: Valania Park gets $250K for upgrades
Nov 14, 2019

Reps. McNeill and Schweyer announce $150,000 to upgrade Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor
Nov 13, 2019

Schweyer Announces Agreement Between Bloomsburg University and Allentown School District
Nov 01, 2019

Schweyer: No Room for Hate in Pennsylvania
Oct 30, 2019

Schweyer Welcomes Da Vinci Science Center to Downtown Allentown
Oct 28, 2019

Schweyer Working to Prevent Suicides
Oct 28, 2019

Rep Schweyer: Students can apply for college financial aid now. PHEAA booklets available at district office
Oct 28, 2019