Law and Policy


President Joe Biden speaks at Carnegie Mellon University at Mill 19 in Pittsburgh, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Five Ways Democrats Have Helped Pennsylvania Under Biden’s Leadership

From the American Rescue Plan to the Inflation Reduction Act and everything in between, the Biden administration and Democratic leaders in Congress have passed an impressive array of bills that aim to improve America’s economy and infrastructure, invest in physical and mental health care, and combat climate change.

Jim Bognet, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 8th District addresses a campaign rally at the Westmoreland Fair Grounds in Greensburg, Pa, Friday, May 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Another Republican is Spreading Lies About the IRS; This One is Running for Congress in Pennsylvania

Trump-endorsed Republican candidate for US House Jim Bognet has jumped on the GOP bandwagon spreading misinformation about the IRS and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., questions Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday April 28, 2022, to review the U.S. Department of State's foreign policy priorities and fiscal year 2023 budget request. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Pa. Republican Congressman Scott Perry Votes Against Anti-Human Trafficking Bill

The US Rep. from Dauphin County joined 19 other Republicans in voting against the measure, including Florida’s Matt Gaetz, who is under investigation for sex trafficking involving a minor.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a rally to end gun violence, Friday, May 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Wolf Sues State Legislature to Stop Abortion, Voting Amendments

Wolf said the proposed abortion amendment violates privacy protections and that bundling it with four other amendments runs afoul of a rule against passing legislation that addresses multiple, unrelated topics.

Marriage equality
Only 3 Pennsylvania Republicans Voted to Protect Same-Sex Marriage Under Federal Law

The Respect for Marriage Act passed the US House despite six of Pennsylvania’s GOP representatives voting against it. The bill would protect marriage equality through federal law.

A damaged ballot torn along the fold that would not go through the electronic ballot scanner, is reviewed and duplicated by Democrat and Franklin County Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski and Republican and member of the Franklin County election board Jerry Warnement the morning after the Pennsylvania primary election at the Franklin County offices in Chambersburg, Pa., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/ Carolyn Kaster)
What About the “Other” Constitutional Amendments Pennsylvania Republicans Proposed?

While national attention rightly fell on a proposed abortion ban, four other changes to the Pennsylvania Constitution were included in the package deal that could greatly affect residents.

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg, on Feb. 8, 2022. (AP File Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Starting Fiscal Year Without a Budget

Budget negotiations between the Wolf administration and Republican lawmakers are expected to continue into the holiday weekend. They revolve around a substantial increase in aid for public schools and election funding.