Pennsylvania Beagle Bills

Pennsylvania can do much better in protecting animals being bred and used for research in Animal Testing Laboratories and from kennels and dealers who face serious or multiple citations under the Animal Welfare Act. 

These “Beagle Bills” restricted the import and sale of animals from kennels and dealers who had serious or multiple citations under the federal Animal Welfare Act, required those breeding dogs and cats for medical or scientific experimentation to keep records, enhanced animal adoption and closed loopholes that prevented cruelty to animal charges in Virginia’s laws.

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Protect Abortion Access in Pennsylvania

This November, abortion is on the ballot. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned nearly 50 years of settled case law and removed the federal protection for abortion, Pennsylvania's state laws are all we have to ensure access to this essential health care service.

Abortion happens for many reasons: In cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, among others. That’s why the right for a person to make their own reproductive health care choices is vital. Politicians don’t belong in our doctors’ offices.

Republicans, who have controlled the General Assembly for a decade and constantly attacked women’s health care rights, have introduced multiple anti-abortion bills recently. This means Republicans are attacking abortion in Pennsylvania, even going as far as to support holding doctors and nurses criminally responsible for providing health care. We can't let them succeed. 

That’s why you need to make your voice heard. Tell the Republicans who control the General Assembly to keep their bans off your body! Show them you side with the 89% of Pennsylvanians who say they support abortion access. Don't let them put your life, or the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors, at risk by eliminating access to this essential health care service.

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Protect the lives of Pennsylvanians

Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis. When far too many people are losing friends and family members to gun violence, we must do everything possible to protect the lives of Pennsylvanians. Unfortunately, Republicans in Harrisburg are failing to protect Pennsylvanians by undoing commonsense gun safety laws, making it legal for anyone in the state to openly carry firearms of any kind in public, lowering the age at which teens can legally carry guns, and refusing to act on gun safety measures overwhelmingly support by Pennsylvanians.

We know that measures like red flag laws, which give family members or police officers a way to ask a judge to remove someone’s firearms if they’re deemed a danger to themselves or others, are supported by 80% of Pennsylvanians. We know that 90% of Pennsylvanians support background checks for every single firearm purchase. We know that 79% of Pennsylvanians support raising the age to purchase a semi-automatic assault weapon from 18 to 21 years old. And yet Republican refusal to debate any of these immensely popular topics leads to losing more of our family members, friends, and neighbors.

Our state is rapidly becoming more like the Wild West, with concealed guns carried on every street corner by anyone who chooses to do so, with or without a permit. At a time when we need Harrisburg keep our communities safe, Harrisburg Republicans are working on behalf of the gun lobby, not in support of safer communities in Pennsylvania.  You can voice your opposition by telling House Republicans to stop listening to the NRA and start listening to the actual citizens of PA.

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End Price Gouging & Protect the People

America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, where working hard gets you ahead, but in 2022, price gouging and corporate greed are leaving workers behind and hurting the small local businesses that are the cornerstones of our communities.

We’re seeing numbers at the gasoline pumps we’ve never seen before and it’s driving price increases on food, clothing and everything you and your family use.

The oil companies are blaming inflation worldwide. Republicans are blaming the president.

The facts tell a different story. Yes, inflation is high, but the per-gallon price of gas has gone up far, far beyond the rate of inflation, and in the first half of 2022 oil company profits are up 300% over the first half of 2021. You read that right, three hundred percent. Oil profits are up 300% over 2021 when vaccines became available, and we were all desperate to get out of the house. Demand for travel was higher, but prices were lower.

Here’s the deal: Corporate greed is driving these price increases, and the money is flowing out of the pockets of working people and into stockholder dividends, company stock buybacks, and to inflate the salaries and benefits of corporate officers who get to boost their compensation by taking credit for 300% profit increases.

This is unacceptable while Pennsylvanians struggle with high prices at the pump, in the grocery store, and everywhere in between.

Let’s get to work and put People First and create a fair economy.


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Defending Democracy

The January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol – led by a mob that was persuaded by lies (some from Harrisburg Republicans) to attempt to prevent certification of the presidential election and create a dictatorship in the United States -- was a stark reminder of just how fragile our democracy is unless all of us constantly work together to protect it. PA House Democrats are pursuing a legislative package that is aimed squarely at defending and strengthening our democracy. Provisions would streamline and secure the election process while protecting voting access for every eligible voter in Pennsylvania.

So many of our voting policies are enacted at the state level, and Harrisburg Republicans are attacking those policies left and right. We’ve seen it in other states – from closing polling places in minority communities to challenging the validity of thousands of registered voters at a time to try and get their registration thrown out – and we can’t accept it here. You can help by encouraging the passage of this important legislation.

Our democracy was born in Philadelphia. Sign below to call on Republican leaders to ensure Pennsylvania continues to lead the way in ensuring every voice is heard and every voice counts.

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Raise the minimum wage for working families, Pennsylvania’s economy

Working hard is at the core of what Pennsylvanians are about. Raising the minimum wage is about economic fairness and economic sense: every state around Pennsylvania has a higher minimum wage. It’s also about boosting our state's economy. Raising the minimum wage would put more money in the pockets of low-wage workers, money that would be spent on goods and services in our local businesses.

Fill out the form to email legislative leaders and your state lawmakers to let them know that you support an increase in the minimum wage.

 

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