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Accomplishments

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Fighting for Her Community

  • Chrissy secured a commitment from the U.S. Air Force to keep the Coatesville Area School District Air Force JROTC program open after learning it was going to be decommissioned.
  • Chrissy helped local venues struggling to stay afloat after the pandemic closed their doors by leading a bipartisan effort to force the Small Business Administration to expedite the release of relief funds in the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.
  • Chrissy helped get a federal disaster declaration for Chester County in 2021 following Hurricane Ida, freeing up federal funds for recovery.
  • Chrissy helped employers find workers and helped people get jobs by hosting a job fair in 2021 at West Chester University.


Bills and Amendments Signed into Law 

  • Chrissy made sure that small businesses across the country who received COVID relief Paycheck Protection Program loans of $150,000 or less had those loans automatically forgiven. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy made the federal contracting process more transparent to small businesses, requiring federal government agencies to explain to small businesses why they didn’t win a federal contract and how they can improve their application next time.  This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy improved mental health services for veterans by enabling federal grant funds to go to community organizations helping veterans dealing with mental health challenges. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy improved mental health services for veterans, again, by requiring the Department of Defense to evaluate incorporating alternate forms of therapy such as seminars, retreats, workshops, or outdoor recreational therapy events into current DOD suicide prevention treatment plans. While these are not a replacement for access to mental health care, they can be part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy was the driving force behind the effort to enact historic legislation in 2019 to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for most Federal workers for the first time, setting the stage for other employers to do the same. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy made it easier for military families serving in high-cost regions to pay for child care by forcing the Department of Defense to change how they calculate financial support. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy strengthened supply chain resilience by pushing the Department of Defense to develop a national strategy for securing our country’s reliance on critical minerals and rare earths that are in everything from cell phones to advanced weapons systems. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy strengthened supply chain resilience, again, by pushing the Department of Defense to research and develop alternative technologies for the extraction, processing and recycling of critical minerals and rare earths that are in everything from cell phones to advanced weapons systems. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy improved how the Department of Defense recruits and retains tech talent, to ensure we have the skillset we need to address emerging national security threats like cybersecurity. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy enabled women with military insurance (TRICARE) to receive the gold standard of mammography and breast cancer screening – 3D mammography – by forcing the Department of Defense to cover it. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy made it easier for servicewomen who are new moms to feed their newborns by requiring the Department of Defense to evaluate retrofitting DOD facilities with private rooms for nursing mothers. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy improved how servicewomen are discharged from the military so that they now get assistance in transitioning to veteran status with awareness of the unique services available to them. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy helped servicewomen who are new moms to stay in their chosen field in the service by requiring the Department of Defense to give them more time after giving birth to complete their physical fitness test, in consultation with their doctor. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy helped make the awarding of ROTC scholarships more equitable so more high school students can go to college and serve our country. This effort was bipartisan.
  • Chrissy updated the Insurrection Act in response to the presence of unidentifiable individuals dressed in military-like uniforms responding to the nationwide protests in the summer of 2020. From now on, any individual deployed to respond to a civil disturbance be clearly, visibly identified by agency and name. This effort was bipartisan.


Recognition

  • Chrissy won the Congressional Management Foundation’s Democracy Award for Transparency and Accountability, the first time a freshman member of Congress received it. She continues to host more town halls than any member of the Pennsylvania delegation.
  • Chrissy received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award which “recognizes members who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward.”
  • Chrissy received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award for her steadfast support of family farms in Pennsylvania.
  • Chrissy earned a lifetime achievement score of 100% from the Alliance for Retired Americans for her strong voting record in support of Pennsylvania’s retirees and senior citizens.


Leadership in Congress

  •  Chrissy co-founded the For Country Caucus, a bipartisan caucus of military veterans now serving in Congress who work together on issues of public and national service.
  • Chrissy co-founded the Congressional Inflation Working Group to push for policies that lower costs for Americans.
  • Chrissy co-founded the bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus the bipartisan Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus as platforms for likeminded members to work on these issues.

 

Securing Federal Funding for Important Community Projects

  • Chrissy helped secure $16 million in federal grants for local organizations during her first term.
  • Chrissy got $1.8 million for the Borough of Sinking Spring’s Central Business District Infrastructure Improvement Program, to realign the roadways and crossroads intersections that serve a regional population of over 60,000 people.
  • Chrissy got $750,000 for the County of Berks to conduct environmental and capacity studies to restore commuter rail service to Reading.
  • Chrissy got $645,609 for Chester County’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station Project for the installation of 26 electric vehicle charging stations throughout Chester County.
  • Chrissy got $450,000 for United Community Services for Working Families in Reading to provide teenagers and young adults with vocational and life skills training.
  • Chrissy got $1.45 million for Albright College in Reading to support the Science Research Institute initiative to connect Albright students with children in Reading who can be exposed to STEAM learning so that they might fill these highly desired jobs of the future. 
  • Chrissy got $271,169 for West Grove Borough to repair the Borough’s 60-year-old sewer system that will cause catastrophic environmental damage without intervention.
  • Chrissy got $500,000 for Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading to purchase a mobile community health center to provide medical and dental services to underserved people who live in the rural areas of Berks County.
  • Chrissy got $175,000 for Lincoln University for the development of a certificate awarding program on equity and inclusion at the United States' first degree-granting HBCU.
  • Chrissy got $100,000 for United Way of Chester County, Exton to support the United Way’s Financial Stability Center services.