Vaccine prioritization updates, hospitality relief and more!

(1 day ago)

Yesterday, we received official word that teachers and other school personnel will be vaccinated, using the Johnson and Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for preK-12 teachers and other school staff. Read more

 

Snyder and Bizzarro laud news of decision to include teachers, educators in priority 1A phase for vaccine

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Reps. Pam Snyder and Ryan Bizzarro, who recently urged the Pennsylvania Department of Health to update the Phase 1A category of vaccine eligibility to include more at-risk populations, today applauded the department’s decision to allow teachers and other education professionals to be included in that category. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, and Bizzarro, D-Erie, sent a letter last month to acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Allison Beam urging her to include several at-risk populations –such as teachers, school personnel and corrections officers – into the Phase 1A category to receive the vaccine. That same letter also urged her to implement further changes regarding prioritization, including limiting smokers to only people 65 or older, which would put senior citizens and high-risk workers at the top of the list while still allowing at-risk smokers access. That letter was signed by more than 30 legislators. “This is certainly good news for our teachers and school staff, many of whom have had to be working in classrooms for some time and in close proximity to our young people and other staffers,” Snyder said. “However, we still have many other employees who should be included in this Phase 1A priority, such as staff at our corrections facilities across Pennsylvania. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it’s imperative we not only vaccinate these and other Read more

 

A hero honored, vaccine priorities, saying no to RGGI and more!

(Feb 25, 2021)

The Pennsylvania state flag was flown at the state Capitol this week in honor of California Borough Police Chief Tim Sheehan, who unexpectedly passed away on February 11. He was just 50 years old. Read more

 

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing

(Feb 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 -- Pennsylvania’s diverse energy portfolio and creating job opportunities in the sector was the focus of today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by state Rep. Pam Snyder. “While the energy environment has certainly changed over the last few decades, it’s imperative we learn as much as possible about future challenges - as well as future careers - in the energy sector,” said Snyder. “Today’s hearing was informative and gives our committee the information we need to continue to work with industry and energy officials to provide family-sustaining jobs, while also ensuring a safe and reliable energy supply for all Pennsylvanians.” Zach Smith of CONSOL Energy highlighted what the company is doing to embrace new technologies and new markets to facilitate a sustainable future for the energy source that would sustain current mining jobs and promote new opportunities in downstream manufacturing. Jackson Kusiak and Micah Gold-Markel of Solar States shared that Pennsylvania is lagging behind neighboring states and that investment in the diversified energy sector could generate hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs. Gold-Markel highlighted that diversity could improve power resiliency and protect Pennsylvania from facing outages as seen in Texas as a result of recent winter storms. Joe Morinville of Energy Independent Solutions included compelling testimony on how solar agriculture could Read more

 

Snyder and Bizzarro push for changes to vaccine prioritization

(Feb 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – Citing significant and troubling concerns regarding access to the COVID-19 vaccine for several at-risk populations, including teachers, school personnel and corrections officers, state Reps. Pam Snyder and Ryan Bizzarro have sent a letter to acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Allison Beam, urging her to augment the Phase 1a category to include those individuals. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said further changes in prioritization are needed, including limiting smokers to only those 65 or older, which would put senior citizens and high-risk workers at the top of the list, while still allowing at-risk smokers access to the vaccine. “Prioritizing others over our educators and corrections officers is baffling, especially when you consider the close congregate work they perform, and to have them currently placed in the Phase 1b category is insulting,” Snyder said. “It’s also vital that our health care systems be better informed as to the number of vaccines they’re slated to receive, as well as when those vaccines will arrive. These institutions must be kept updated, and to leave them in the dark only further exacerbates the issues we continue to have with the ongoing vaccine rollout process.” “ I am proud to partner with Representative Snyder in helping make sure our most vulnerable populations receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Bizzarro, D-Erie. “The Read more

 

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing

(Feb 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – Job opportunities in the energy industry will be the focus of Wednesday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing, according to state Rep. Pam Snyder, host of the discussion. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. The public and media are encouraged to tune in virtually at www.pahouse.com/policy or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Snyder, along with Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will be joined by House Democratic colleagues to learn more from testifiers on ongoing efforts to create and maintain employment opportunities that pay family-sustaining wages, and develop educational and training opportunities that improve the commonwealth’s financial and environmental outlooks. The hearing is one of many the committee intends to host that reinforce this session’s objectives of COVID recovery, creating jobs and delivering affordable training, infrastructure, education, economic fairness, and community development. Read more

 

Snyder praises review commission’s recommendation to delay RGGI

(Feb 18, 2021)

CARMICHAELS, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has applauded a decision by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to delay Pennsylvania’s enrollment in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. “This week’s decision by IRRC shows that RGGI is definitely the wrong path for our state to take, notably during a pandemic,” said Snyder. “In fact, several industry representatives, including the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are rightfully concerned that such a move would impose a carbon tax and lead energy companies in my communities to close and frankly, that would be beyond devastating. We can’t afford for that to happen. “It is imperative that the governor must take these recommendations from IRRC seriously and put an end to RGGI. My region is among those that would be adversely impacted and if those energy jobs leave our state, we’ll be paying the price for years and generations to come.” The commission has asked the state’s Environmental Quality Board to delay entry into RGGI by one year. Several industry officials and representatives across Pennsylvania have opposed RGGI, saying it will increase energy rates for consumers and businesses, lead to the elimination of family-sustaining jobs, and not provide a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, as proponents of RGGI have claimed. In Read more

 

COVID-19 vaccine registry push, help for restaurant industry and more!

(Feb 18, 2021)

I’ve heard you loud and clear – we need a streamlined COVID-19 vaccine registration and notification process. That’s why I’ve joined my colleagues in introducing legislation that would direct the state Department of Health to create a statewide database of Pennsylvanians who are eligible and willing to get the vaccine and allow them to schedule it for themselves, their spouses and their family members. Read more

 

Reps. Kenyatta and Snyder discuss impact of COVID-19 on Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies

(Feb 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Pam Snyder, D- Greene/Fayette/Washington, today teamed up to host Business Interrupted: a discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses across Pennsylvania, with the goal of finding meaningful solutions to preserve one of Pennsylvania’s top industries. The discussion, streamed live on the lawmakers’ Facebook pages, featured testimony from experts in the restaurant industry regarding the need to include the impacts of business losses because of COVID-19 in business coverage insurance claims. Kenyatta, who represents parts of North Philadelphia, said that the restaurant industry has been his lifeline — his first place of employment and a means to help put himself through college. He also raised that protecting this industry protects the livelihoods of countless residents across Pennsylvania. “My first job was in the restaurant industry washing dishes and then I began hosting and waiting tables through college. This industry isn’t near and dear to me heart because I like bars and restaurants, but because this industry has essentially helped me survive. It is the same for so many others in our commonwealth who are currently afraid that their means of survival and way to showcase their craft will soon disappear,” Kenyatta said. “This discussion provides more insight to ensure our legislation adequately addresses the needs of this vital industry that Read more

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles

(Feb 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – In response to challenges faced by eligible Pennsylvanians seeking to get vaccinated, Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pam Snyder, Jennifer O’Mara, and Austin Davis are introducing legislation that would streamline the registration and notification process. The Vaccine Registry Act would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to create a statewide database of people who are eligible and willing to accept the vaccine and permit them to schedule for themselves, their spouses or significant others, and their families. Registrants may also provide evidence of risk status and proof of eligibility and make note of how far they are willing to travel to be vaccinated. Vaccine providers would be required to commit to accessing the registry and prioritizing registrants for scheduling appointments, to prevent people from spending hours trying to find and sign up for available appointments. “We cannot flounder any longer without a plan which allows people to easily register for vaccine access for themselves and their families, the frustration is real and growing and we cannot wait any longer. I look forward to working with the Department of Health and Governor Tom Wolf on this creative solution for a centralized system that recognizes the independence of our providers,” said Bizzarro, D-Erie, and chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, added: Read more

 

COVID-19 help, vaccine information, Pennie enrollment and more!

(Feb 11, 2021)

Last week, I voted in favor of S.B.109 (now Act 1), which passed in the House and Senate and was signed into law by the governor. The bill will significantly rebuild our economy by speedily delivering $912 million in COVID relief aid, including $570 million for rent and utility assistance, $145 million to help our local bars and restaurants recover, and $197 million in education relief for career and technical centers, nonpublic schools, community colleges and other critical educational providers. Read more

 

Expanding broadband, winter driving reminders and more!

(Feb 04, 2021)

As you’re likely aware, expanding broadband to ensure all communities in our state can get reliable access is a cause I have been championing for some time. It takes a great deal of work, especially on the infrastructure front, but creating a special authority will help move our state forward in a big way. Read more

 

Southwest House Democrats issue statement regarding RestorePA

(Jan 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington and chairwoman of the Pennsylvania House Democrats’ Southwestern Delegation, has issued the following statement regarding comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf today on RestorePA. This statement is made on behalf of the delegation, which includes state Reps. Frank Burns, D-Cambria; Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny; and Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence: “Pennsylvania’s small businesses and citizens absolutely need relief, and we applaud Governor Wolf for continuing to pursue efforts to generate and deliver COVID relief. However, the pandemic prescription he proposed today is misguided. “Targeting a single industry with another layer of taxes – our oil and gas industry that employs tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians – is a nonstarter. This industry was deemed an essential industry by Governor Wolf last year, has produced the materials to manufacture the PPE that allowed us to respond to the pandemic, and is now producing the byproducts that are fueling the manufacturing, storage, and distribution of the vaccine to Pennsylvanians. This is not just a tax on the oil and gas industry, it would be a tax on our pandemic recovery. “The administration and all four caucuses need to get together to work on a plan that can actually pass in both chambers of the General Assembly.” Read more

 

Unemployment assistance updates, honoring our miners and more!

(Jan 28, 2021)

This week, the United Mine Workers of America celebrated its 131st anniversary and continues its strong tradition of fighting for fairness and justice for all working families.I appreciate and honor our local mine workers and their families who work so hard to keep our communities running strong! Read more

 

Harris names deputy whips for 2021-22 legislative session

(Jan 26, 2021)

The PA House Democratic whip, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today announced that state Reps. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny; Donna Bullock, D-Phila.; Danilo Burgos, D-Phila.; Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; Patty Kim, D-Dauphin; Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna; Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh; Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery; Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington; and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will serve as deputy whips for the 2021-22 legislative session. Read more

 

Vaccine info, help for our schools and more!

(Jan 21, 2021)

This week, state health officials expanded the groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to include Pennsylvanians 65 or older and those aged 16-64 with specific serious health conditions. Read more

 

Farm show, more help for small businesses and more!

(Jan 15, 2021)

While this year’s PA Farm Show continues virtually, there’s still a great deal to learn and experience about our state’s number one industry. Read more

 

Snyder again named caucus deputy whip

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Pam Snyder announced she has been chosen to serve a second term as a deputy whip of the PA House Democratic Caucus. “I’m deeply honored for the opportunity to again lead the charge on setting and guiding our caucus’s agenda, focusing on several priorities, including support for our small businesses, which have been adversely impacted by the current pandemic,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working with our team to advance our agenda for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.” Snyder also co-founded the legislature’s Broadband Caucus and the formation of a state Office of Broadband Initiatives. For several years, Snyder has led the push toward expanding reliable affordable broadband access for unserved and underserved communities statewide. Snyder has also been chosen to serve on the following House committees: Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Committee on Committees. Consumer Affairs. Environmental Resources and Energy. Labor and Industry. Policy Committee. Last week, Snyder was sworn in for her fifth term to serve the 50th Legislative District. Read more

 

Ready to serve

(Jan 07, 2021)

On Tuesday, I was sworn in for a fifth term in office, and I am beyond honored and humbled to again have this opportunity to represent you. Read more

 

Snyder sworn in for fifth term in state House

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has been sworn into office for her fifth term representing the 50 th Legislative District. “I am honored and humbled to again have this opportunity to continue to represent my communities, and while there is a lot of work to be done, I vow to continue to reach across the aisle to work together to help all residents in our state, including many individuals – our health care workers, first responders and local business owners – who continue to be adversely impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.” Recently, Snyder again partnered with fellow state Rep. Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, in reintroducing a bill to help ultra-small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The measure would create a $50 million grant program for businesses which make no more than $3 million in gross annual receipts or employ up to 30 full-time employees. Snyder added she remains committed to connecting more underserved and unserved communities to reliable, affordable broadband internet access, including garnering federal support to bring the needed vital infrastructure and support to make it happen. Known as First Tuesday, today’s ceremonies at the state Capitol kicked off the 205 th legislative session of the state House. Read more

 

Vaccine prioritization updates, hospitality relief and more!
1 day ago

Snyder and Bizzarro laud news of decision to include teachers, educators in priority 1A phase for vaccine
Mar 02, 2021

A hero honored, vaccine priorities, saying no to RGGI and more!
Feb 25, 2021

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing
Feb 24, 2021

Snyder and Bizzarro push for changes to vaccine prioritization
Feb 24, 2021

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing
Feb 23, 2021

Snyder praises review commission’s recommendation to delay RGGI
Feb 18, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine registry push, help for restaurant industry and more!
Feb 18, 2021

Reps. Kenyatta and Snyder discuss impact of COVID-19 on Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies
Feb 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles
Feb 15, 2021

COVID-19 help, vaccine information, Pennie enrollment and more!
Feb 11, 2021

Expanding broadband, winter driving reminders and more!
Feb 04, 2021

Southwest House Democrats issue statement regarding RestorePA
Jan 28, 2021

Unemployment assistance updates, honoring our miners and more!
Jan 28, 2021

Harris names deputy whips for 2021-22 legislative session
Jan 26, 2021

Vaccine info, help for our schools and more!
Jan 21, 2021

Farm show, more help for small businesses and more!
Jan 15, 2021

Snyder again named caucus deputy whip
Jan 11, 2021

Ready to serve
Jan 07, 2021

Snyder sworn in for fifth term in state House
Jan 05, 2021