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This tweak to the PPP could save small businesses $7 billion

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Originally published in Yahoo Finance. Written by Ben Werschkel. The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to be a two-step process. A small business would receive a forgivable loan to keep them afloat during the pandemic. Then later, if they used the money in appropriate ways, they’d have the loan forgiven. Step 1 has largely worked well. Over 5 million loans have been given out, totaling over... Read more »

Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan holds town hall series about voting safely in 2020

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Originally published in the Reading Eagle. Written by Karen Shuey. It appears that social media platforms are rife with misinformation with the 2020 election on the horizon. Like many other Pennsylvanians, Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan said she has had to wade through the flood of information that has come her way to figure out what is fact and what is fiction. And on Monday she launched a weekly... Read more »

Deadly beauty: Lawmakers unite at Va La Vineyards to shine light on local decimation caused by spotted lanternfly

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Originally published in the Daily Local News. Written by Jen Samuel. NEW GARDEN — Friend or foe? As wise people often warn, never trust a book by its cover. And while the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species from Southeast Asia, features beautifully juxtaposed black, white and red-colored wings, in abundance, they smother native trees, plants and destroy vines. If not addressed with solutions t... Read more »

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan discusses racial disparities in health care at town hall

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Originally published in the Reading Eagle. Written by Michelle Lynch. Conversations about racial justice and equity are not easy, U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan said during a virtual town hall event Tuesday. “But it is a really important conversation to have, even if it is awkward and uncomfortable,” she said. “And it is definitely my responsibility and my job to help heal and help fix and also help c... Read more »

Women got the right to vote 100 years ago; leaders in Berks County say there's still work to be done

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Originally published in the Reading Eagle. Written by Karen Shuey. They marched through the streets in cities large and small. They organized national conventions and hunger strikes. They protested for months outside the White House. They were assaulted, ridiculed and humiliated. But, through the tireless efforts of some, they achieved something extraordinary that would forever change the American... Read more »

Houlahan votes for $25 billion rescue package for Postal Service

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Originally published in the Pottstown Mercury Written by Fran Maye WEST CHESTER — In a historic Saturday session, the House of Representatives passed the Delivering for America Act which will provide the Postal Service with $25 billion in emergency appropriations. The bill, passed by a vote of 257-150, would suspend any changes to service standards between January 1, 2020 through the end of the CO... Read more »

Houlahan urges action on unemployment insurance

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Originally published in the Pottstown Mercury WEST CHESTER—Rep. Chrissy Houlahan announced Friday that she, along with 113 members of the New Democrat Coalition, of which she is the Freshman Leadership Representative, sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to take action to extend unemployment insurance and stabilize this system. “Even as areas of o... Read more »

Houlahan calls for Postmaster General to resign

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Originally published in the Pottstown Mercury. Written by Fran Maye. WEST CHESTER — U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., and other Democratic lawmakers are calling for U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to resign, and have announced a series of actions in response to the Trump Administration's efforts to cut U.S. Postal Service operations. On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she plans to sum... Read more »

President Donald Trump’s attacks on voting by mail cause concern among election officials

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Originally published in the Pottstown Mercury. Written by Karen Shuey. President Donald Trump has launched an intensive attack on the integrity of voting by mail, sowing doubt in the upcoming election as states grapple with the challenge of conducting balloting in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has declared that the 2020 election will be the most rigged and corrupt election of all t... Read more »

After hundreds of covid-19 deaths in state-run veterans homes, lawmakers press VA to adhere to science

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Originally published in The Washington Post. Written by Alexa Mikhail, Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff and Joel Jacobs. A U.S. congresswoman from Pennsylvania, riled by the experimental use of hydroxychloroquine in a nursing home for veterans in her home district, is among several lawmakers calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to adhere to science when providing recommendations on future coronav... Read more »