Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) today voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, a government funding package focused on lowering the cost of living, creating better-paying jobs, and supporting people in need. $20 million in funding secured by Rep. Scanlon for 15 community projects will directly benefit PA-05 residents. The legislation, which importantly also includes the Electoral Count Reform Act to protect the certification of American presidential elections from subversion, now heads to the President’s desk.
“Throughout negotiations, House Democrats led with our values: fighting for common sense investments in health care, families, veterans, and our communities,” said Rep. Scanlon. “I’m proud to cast my vote and pass this legislation to keep the federal government open and working for Pennsylvanians while delivering historic funding to help the middle class, working families, and small businesses. I am particularly pleased to have secured more than $20 million in funding for 15 high-quality community projects that each respond directly to one or more of our community’s most pressing needs.”
Rep. Scanlon championed funding for the following 15 projects that will directly benefit PA-05 residents:
$2,000,000 for Senior Community Services Schoolhouse Capital Improvements (Folsom, PA)
$2,000,000 for Navy Yard Quay Wall Reconstruction (Philadelphia, PA)
$50,000 for Media VFW Post 3460 Maintenance (Media, PA)
$2,000,000 for Share Food Program’s Delaware County Food Bank Acquisition and Renovation (Holmes, PA)
$2,000,000 for Schuylkill River Trail – Bartram's to Passyunk Phase II Land Acquisition (Philadelphia, PA)
$1,500,000 for Lansdowne Y Swimming Pool Rehabilitation (Lansdowne, PA)
$2,000,000 for The Africa Center (Philadelphia, PA)
$850,000 for Access Community Center (Chester, PA)
$2,000,000 for Haverford Township Free Library Redevelopment (Havertown, PA)
$50,000 for the Individuals Aiding in Emergencies Foundation for products and services for low-income individuals to reduce poverty (Aston, PA)
$1,750,000 for the County of Delaware for an electronic health records initiative (Media, PA)
$1,988,635 for the County of Delaware for the Prison-to-Community Workforce Development Initiative (Media, PA)
$1,000,000 for Main Line Hospitals, Inc. for facilities and equipment (Radnor, PA)
$1,000,000 for the Resources for Human Development for facilities and equipment (Philadelphia, PA)
$115,000 for the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation for creative arts programs for students with disabilities (Drexel Hill, PA)
Find full descriptions of all 15 projects on Rep. Scanlon’s website here.
Additional wins Rep. Scanlon secured for PA-05 include:
$200 million added for CH-47 Chinook procurement and advanced procurement
$500 million add to procure five V-22 Ospreys
$9.5 million for the continued development of the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) by Piasecki Aircraft in Tinicum, PA
Language urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to use funding from the Child Exposed to Violence grant program to support youth mentoring programs and their community partners in their violence prevention and intervention work and encourage those programs to offer wraparound services and programming designed specifically for young people impacted by violence.
The funding package also includes $5 billion to support the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in ensuring claims from veterans newly eligible under the landmark PACT Act are processed in a timely manner, a critical investment Rep. Scanlon proudly set in motion and shepherded as the PACT Act first started making its way through Congress earlier this year.
Other key victories include:
Protecting health coverage for Pennsylvania children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.
Supporting pregnant Pennsylvanians by permanently authorizing postpartum Medicaid coverage and delivering historic funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting initiative.
Enacting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, cracking down on workplace discrimination, safeguarding Americans' economic security, and upholding dignity on the job.
Bolstering mental health services by expanding access to treatment and investing in Pennsylvania’s mental health workforce.
Enacting the PREVENT Pandemics Act, using lessons learned from COVID-19 to improve Pennsylvania’s preparedness for future public health emergencies.
Strengthening veterans' health care through $21 billion in new funding.
Providing Pennsylvania’s kids with healthy, nutritious food throughout the summer with a nationwide, permanent Summer EBT Program.
Helping Pennsylvanians exercise their right to organize on the job through new funding for the National Labor Relations Board.
Delivering emergency disaster support to help hurricane and wildfire victims, address the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, and strengthen Puerto Rico’s electrical grid.
Advance justice for Americans impacted by terrorism with the Fairness for 9/11 Families Act.
Find a summary of the government funding package here.
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