Informing and connecting voters of Pennsylvania’s fifth district.

 

PA5 Truth and Action

PA5 Truth and Action is a local coalition dedicated to informing and connecting voters of Pennsylvania's fifth district. PA5 Truth and Action provides analysis and examination of the legislative impacts on people across the district. Our goal is to connect voters on the issues they care about, and encourage engagement with their representatives.
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PA5 Truth and Action4 weeks ago
It's time to band together. There is a last ditch effort in the Senate to overhaul Healthcare-- the threat is real, and we cannot let it pass. The Graham-Cassidy Bill has not gone through committees, been reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office, or been thoughtfully planned out. It cuts Planned Parenthood funding for a year, and it enables the deepest cuts to medicaid that we've seen yet. It has the potential to throw 23 million people off of health care.

Protect your neighbors, and your community and safeguard our healthcare. Please join us for a massive health care protest and vigil at the Allen St Gates on Wednesday, September 27th, from 12-6. We're asking you to Join Us, to protect PA5.
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PA5 Truth and Action1 month ago
Harry Rearick from Waterford, PA would like to see his congressman (excerpted below):

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist., has not hosted any public meetings in our area. He had one televised town hall, but has failed to meet publicly with Erie area residents. What are you afraid of congressman? You tout your accessibility in your emails, but the physical evidence is sparse.

I question your ability to support your actions as you appear to have little knowledge of the effect of your votes. To vote for legislation that would have denied thousands of Pennsylvanians health care coverage and caused millions of citizens in this nation to lose health care coverage is reprehensible. You have followed U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd Dist., and your party with little regard to the consequences or their effect on the people of western Pennsylvania. . . .

Read more: http://www.goerie.com/opinion/20170919/mcdowell-staffer-goes-out-of-her-way-for-prep-fan-letters-to-editor

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PA5 Truth and Action1 month ago
Great event on Penn State's University Park campus on Friday, September 29 at 1p: https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/events/speech-and-expression-campus. Make sure to register online.
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PA5 Truth and Action1 month ago
Isabella Teti of State College understands the importance of accepting the science behind climate change:

While several Pennsylvania Congressmen have accepted that climate change solutions are imperative to learn about, Rep. Glenn Thompson has not. I have visited our congressman's offices several times this year, and his staffers told me that he is still "unsure" about the science behind climate change. If Rep. Thompson is still iffy about the damage a warming planet can do, I suggest he consult the scientists working at organizations such as NASA and the EPA. Or take a look at the devastation our southern neighbors are experiencing as I write this. As federal legislators, our congressmen are responsible for the well-being of our entire country, not just their districts. But even as we Pennsylvanians aren't experiencing hurricane damage, you can bet that climate change is threatening us in several ways.

Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article173888451.html

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PA5 Truth and Action1 month ago
Here's this week's roll call, courtesy of the Centre Daily Times (a publication to which those in Centre County should seriously consider subscribing):

WASHINGTON
Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Sept. 8.

1. $15.3 BILLION FOR DISASTER RELIEF: Voting 316 for and 90 against, the House on Friday gave final congressional approval to a bill (HR 601) that would appropriate $15.3 billion in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes Harvey and Irma while raising the national debt limit through Dec. 8 and funding the government on a stopgap basis for the same period. Because this is emergency spending not offset elsewhere in the budget, it would be added to federal deficits.

The bill locked in a deal between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that set a far shorter debt-limit extension than the 18 months sought by Republican leaders. All negative votes were cast by Republicans.

The bill would provide $350 million for Small Business Administration loans and grants, $7.45 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid to storm victims and $7 billion-plus to fund community-development block grants for the immediate rebuilding of towns and cities.

A yes vote was to send the bill to President Trump.

Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, and Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, voted yes.

2. HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER AID: Voting 419 for and three against, the House on Wednesday passed an earlier version of HR 601 (above) that sought to appropriate $7.85 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, including $7.45 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $450 million in Small Business Administration aid for rebuilding areas of Texas and Louisiana devastated by the storm. The entire outlay was to have been deficit spending.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Thompson and Shuster voted yes.

3. RETENTION OF SUBSIDIZED AIR TRAVEL: Voting 140 for and 280 against, the House on Wednesday refused to kill the Essential Air Service program by removing its $150 million budget from a fiscal 2018 appropriations bill (HR 3354) that remained in debate. Under the EAS program, airlines receive taxpayer subsidies to provide two-to-four round trips daily between about 160 participating communities and hub airports. The program is funded by user fees as well as public funds.

A yes vote was to effectively kill the Essential Air Service program.

Thompson and Shuster voted no.

4. RETENTION OF AMTRAK SUBSIDY: Voting 128 for and 193 against, the House on Wednesday refused to strip a pending appropriations bill (HR 3354, above) of its $1.1 billion subsidy for Amtrak, thus killing the nation’s rail passenger agency by shutting down all 15 of its long-distance routes and all 28 of its state-supported routes. Overall, Amtrak reaches more than 500 communities in 46 states.

A yes vote was to defund Amtrak.

Thompson and Shuster voted no.

http://www.centredaily.com/news/politics-government/article172513891.html

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PA5 Truth and Action added 2 new photos.1 month ago
Our friends from the Oil Region Rising group have planned a march and peaceful demonstration for Monday (September 18) in Franklin, PA. The march will begin at 5:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm. Scheduled speakers will address topics including violent hate groups, the attack on DREAMers, Betsy DeVos' assault on public education, and the underfunding of the Affordable Care Act.

From the attached press release and schedule:

Oil Region Rising is a non-partisan, issue oriented group, organized to promote progressive national and state policies and civilly discuss differences in positions of parties, candidates, and elected officials; and to contact politicians and oppose policies that will harm individual civil rights, the environment, the economy, or historical American traditions. It will in no way limit members in their personal beliefs or opinions as long as members do not represent those personal opinions as group positions. Oil Region Rising is affiliated with the nationwide “Indivisible” movement.