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Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler named Subcommittee Chair on Progressive Policies for Working People

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 - State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., has been named chair of a new subcommittee by House Democratic Caucus Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro. Fiedler will serve as the chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People. “I am proud to chair this subcommittee and lay out a policy agenda that focuses on valuing the lives of working and poor people, over big corporate profit,” Fiedler said. The subcommittee will focus on five major areas: health care, tax reform, environmental policy, criminal justice and housing. While these topics are vital to House Democrats, Fiedler said she believes they need to be tackled at a structural level, working closely with the people who are directly affected by these issues, and working on bold plans with a clear race/class lens. “Our politics in Harrisburg and D.C. are dominated by corporate and special interests,” Fiedler said. “We are repeatedly told that the status quo is the best we can get. That is not true. All our families deserve quality health care that doesn’t send them into bankruptcy, clean water and air, fair taxes and so much more. I am excited to work with my colleagues to build a transformative platform for working people, and to amplify and center the life experiences of the 99%. I’m excited for the work we will accomplish, and grateful to Leader McClinton and Chair Bizzarro for their commitment to facilitating this important Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Jan 10, 2021)

New session, housing crisis, House rules, COVID-19 testing and vaccine, economic impact payment, unemployment benefits, and more. Read more

 

Philadelphia Progressive Electeds issue Joint Public Statement on the January 6 Insurrection and the Challenge to Democracy in Pennsylvania and Across the United States

(Jan 07, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 -- On Thursday, progressive elected and movement elected officials from Philadelphia released the following statement. They include: Philadelphia Councilmember Helen Gym (D-At Large), Philadelphia Councilmember Kendra Brooks (WFP-At Large), Philadelphia Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (D-District 3), Senator Nikil Saval (D-PA SD 1), Representative Chris Rabb (D-PA HD 200), Representative Elizabeth Fiedler (D- PA HD-184), Representative Rick Krajewski (D-PA HD 188). “What we saw Wednesday in Washington D.C. was insurrection. Its perpetrators marched Confederate battle flags through the halls of Congress and threatened our country’s elected representatives. They were stoked by hate, lies, and misinformation and steeped in white supremacy. They were led by Donald Trump and his enablers across this country, including a sitting Pennsylvania state senator who joined the insurrection and seven Pennsylvania congress members who voted to overturn the presidential election. Just the day before, in Harrisburg, Republican state senators denied a duly-elected Democratic senator from taking his seat, in flagrant disregard of the state constitution. “In this time of resurgent mass movements and popular politics, the right is attempting to upend our constitution and democracy. This is an attack on all of us. And it is up to us to win the struggle, not just for our politics but for our future. “It is no accident that this particular armed Read more

 

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first

(Jan 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – A group of 10 House Democrats announced the introduction of changes to the Operating Rules of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to reduce the impact of partisan politics, make sure ideas with broad public support get a fair hearing, and restore the people’s faith in government after the damage done by extremists in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg. The People Before Politics plan was crafted with this central idea: lawmakers work for the people, not the other way around. It focuses on openness, transparency and citizen control of the legislative process. The People Before Politics plan includes the following proposals: Amendment 1 – The Voice of the People, sponsored by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila. This amendment would make sure each House member has an opportunity to speak at a designated time during the first full session day of the week on any topic, similar to how the U.S. House of Representatives allows members to speak. This change would end the requirement of “unanimous consent” so often abused by extremists to silence members and prevent legislative topics bottled up in committee from being heard by the people. Amendment 2 – Let the People See, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware . This amendment would restore the rule requiring a full 24 hours before final passage of any bill, including all bills amended in the House chamber or in committee, or sent over from the state Read more

 

Harrisburg Republicans are failing to keep Pennsylvanians safe in their homes

(Dec 28, 2020)

Representatives Elizabeth Fiedler and Austin Davis for The Philadelphia Inquirer : After months of unemployment and underemployment, more people than ever are on the verge of losing the place they call home. The coronavirus pandemic has taken our friends, our mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sons, and daughters. The coronavirus has taken the lives of our communities’ bus drivers, nurses, sanitation workers, grocery cashiers, teachers, and many, many more. The pandemic has taken so much from our commonwealth. But it doesn’t have to take our homes. During the 2019-2020 legislative session, along with State Rep. Morgan Cephas (D., Phila.), we introduced key legislation to improve the state’s rent and mortgage relief program. The $175 million program was created by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to help residents suffering from financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds were there, but changes needed to be made to ensure the dollars got into the hands of people in need. Our legislation, HB 2837, would have done that by fixing administrative and programmatic issues. For example, it would have based maximum rental assistance on 130% of a community’s HUD Fair Market Rent, rather than a flat $750 cap; allowed the program to function independently of verification through the Department of Labor’s already overtaxed unemployment compensation system; and reserved funds to go to small “mom-and-pop” landlords who, Read more

 

Lawmakers move to reintroduce eviction moratorium for PA

(Dec 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 -- While the extension of the federal eviction and foreclosure moratorium is good news for millions of Americans, it continues to leave many families vulnerable at a time when stable housing is more critical than ever. Today state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, both D-Allegheny, have moved to reintroduce a much-needed eviction and foreclosure moratorium specific to Pennsylvania and released the following statement: “People need stable housing, now more than ever as we face the coldest winter months while COVID is at a peak. Furthermore, the state Department of Health plan for the vaccine relies upon a gradual distribution where people are able to stay home to maintain responsible mitigation and quarantine measures between doses. Housing is truly at the heart of our public and individual health. “Since March 2020, experts have warned about the damage a post-moratorium free fall will have on our public health. Research coming out of the University of Pennsylvania predicts that even a 1% eviction rate alone would spike COVID-19 infections by 5% to 10% and lead to 1 death per every 60 evictions. “Yet the new eviction and foreclosure moratorium is set to expire on Jan. 31. If we fail to act, thousands of Pennsylvanians across the state will lose their home. We must extend the moratorium. That is why we are reintroducing this essential moratorium to maintain basic housing protections for Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Dec 18, 2020)

Philly vaccination plan, small business relief, supporting local vendors, Pennie deadline, SEPTA updates. Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Dec 11, 2020)

Hospitalizations, hazardous working conditions, vaccine FAQ, the Affordable Care Act, student loan payment moratorium, and community news. Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Dec 07, 2020)

Unemployment compensation event with Phila Legal Assistance, state budget, utility shutoffs, mental health resources, 184th Art Contest. Read more

 

South Philly District Update with COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

(Nov 24, 2020)

Newsletter Thanksgiving Edition. Office closed Thursday and Friday. COVID-19 and PA House. Stay safe & make sure to follow health guidelines. Read more

 

Fiedler Files Complaint Against State House

(Nov 21, 2020)

Every worker deserves safety and respect. Pa. state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler filed a state Department of Health COVID-19 complaint against the Pennsylvania State House for failing to ensure safe working conditions. Fiedler said that she did not make the decision lightly but felt it necessary after reckless disregard for safe working conditions within the Capitol walls continued eight months into this deadly and intensifying pandemic. Read more

 

South Philly District Update with COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

(Nov 20, 2020)

COVID resources, district updates, Philly House Delegation leadership election, district vacancy in our office, and other news. Read more

 

Fiedler files Health Department complaint to hold Pa. state House accountable for unsafe working conditions

(Nov 20, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 – State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., released the following statement regarding a complaint she filed today with the Pennsylvania Department of Health: “Today I filed a state Department of Health COVID-19 complaint against the Pennsylvania State House for failing to ensure safe working conditions, including for the refusal to wear masks and social distance on the House floor and even in committee meetings held in confined spaces. This drastic step reflects the high stakes that we face in protecting the health and safety of all staff and members who step foot in the building, as well as their families and communities at home.” Fiedler said that she did not make the decision to file the complaint lightly but felt it necessary after reckless disregard for safe working conditions within the Capitol walls continued eight months into a deadly and intensifying pandemic. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, families, schools and small businesses across the state have been hit hard. We are now facing another very serious wave of COVID-19 illness with hospitalizations reaching 2,900 on Thursday — more than at the peak in April. While families across our state mourn the loss of loved ones and are taking the difficult step to stay away from many people they love this holiday season, the unsafe working conditions within the Capitol continue to contribute to the pain and suffering felt across the state. In fact, Read more

 

Philadelphia lawmakers again select Dawkins to lead their House delegation in 2021-22 legislative session

(Nov 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 -- State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will again serve as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus’ 25-member Philadelphia County Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session. Democratic lawmakers of the delegation selected Dawkins during leadership elections on Thursday. Dawkins said delegation members also re-selected Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta as vice chairman and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler as treasurer and secretary. “I am honored by my colleagues’ trust in my ideas and abilities and look forward to continuing my role in helping to move Philadelphia and our agenda forward,” Dawkins said. “By working together toward our shared goals, we can make certain that Philadelphia remains an economic powerhouse for Pennsylvania while ensuring equality and justice for all people in our economy, in our society and in our response to crisis, from police reform to getting guns off our streets and ensuring justice, equality and science in our pandemic response.” In the current legislative session Dawkins and the House Philadelphia Delegation laid out an agenda that focuses on investing in schools and educational opportunity, reforming a criminal justice system that continues to be rife with injustice, affordable and accessible health care for all, strengthening commercial corridors in the city, reducing gun violence and investing in clean energy sources that would produce thousands of jobs, while addressing climate Read more

 

Veterans Day district newsletter

(Nov 11, 2020)

Our office services are closed today, November 11th, in observance of the Veterans Day. Read more

 

COVID-19 resources, voting information, polling places and returning ballots, election timeline, updates for students

(Oct 30, 2020)

My staff is working remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions and will respond to your message as quickly as possible. Your concern is important to us. Thank you for your patience. Read more

 

South Philly District Update with COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

(Oct 26, 2020)

We have made gains this year, by establishing safe and secure voting by mail (a system many states have been using successfully for years). But there is more work to be done to make it easier for people to vote! Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information & Resources

(Oct 16, 2020)

Resume workshop & virtual job fair, mobile office hours, satellite voting, legal aid for tenants, unemployment and PUA, and more. Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Oct 09, 2020)

October mobile constituent service hours, #VOTE, mortgage and rental assistance, community calendar, PA House Archives feature, and COVID resources. Read more

 

State lawmakers representing Philadelphia welcome lawsuit against commonwealth, legislature for restricting gun-safety measures

(Oct 07, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 – State House lawmakers representing the House Philadelphia Delegation and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today pledged their full weight behind major legal action being taken against the commonwealth for preventing local governments from enacting their own gun-safety laws. The lawsuit filed by the city and private law firms on behalf of Pennsylvanians who have been impacted by gun violence was announced at a news conference in Philadelphia today. Philadelphia Delegation Chairman Jason Dawkins and PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey said it was long past time for the many people who have been impacted by gun violence to receive true acknowledgement and justice for their pain. They said the delegations they lead have worked for years to enact sensible gun-safety measures in the state but have been hampered by a Republican majority legislature determined to give no one in the state the ability to reduce gun violence and save lives. “Philadelphia and municipalities across the state took action tragedy after tragedy on behalf of the residents they serve when the state would not, only to be met with callous laws specifically designed to prevent them from doing so,” Dawkins said. “I am equally tired of the hallow promises to help reduce gun violence being made by the Republican majority following each tragedy. They hold the power to move the commonsense gun safety legislation we put forward. Yet, they continue to deny Read more

 

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler named Subcommittee Chair on Progressive Policies for Working People
Jan 12, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Jan 10, 2021

Philadelphia Progressive Electeds issue Joint Public Statement on the January 6 Insurrection and the Challenge to Democracy in Pennsylvania and Across the United States
Jan 07, 2021

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first
Jan 04, 2021

Harrisburg Republicans are failing to keep Pennsylvanians safe in their homes
Dec 28, 2020

Lawmakers move to reintroduce eviction moratorium for PA
Dec 22, 2020

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Dec 18, 2020

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Dec 11, 2020

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Dec 07, 2020

South Philly District Update with COVID-19 Guidance & Resources
Nov 24, 2020

Fiedler Files Complaint Against State House
Nov 21, 2020

South Philly District Update with COVID-19 Guidance & Resources
Nov 20, 2020

Fiedler files Health Department complaint to hold Pa. state House accountable for unsafe working conditions
Nov 20, 2020

Philadelphia lawmakers again select Dawkins to lead their House delegation in 2021-22 legislative session
Nov 13, 2020

Veterans Day district newsletter
Nov 11, 2020

COVID-19 resources, voting information, polling places and returning ballots, election timeline, updates for students
Oct 30, 2020

South Philly District Update with COVID-19 Guidance & Resources
Oct 26, 2020

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information & Resources
Oct 16, 2020

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Oct 09, 2020

State lawmakers representing Philadelphia welcome lawsuit against commonwealth, legislature for restricting gun-safety measures
Oct 07, 2020