Cracking Down on Welfare Fraud
9/29/2017
The Weekly Roundup
 The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Preventing Illegals from Using Welfare Benefits

To further crack down on welfare fraud, the House passed legislation this week that would require proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony.

House Bill 1095 now goes to the Senate.
                
         
Celebrating PA Manufacturers

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week will be observed Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, and will recognize the vital role manufacturers play in our state’s economy and the variety of job opportunities and career paths open to the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion in Pennsylvania, and is the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.
Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners will hold events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The weeklong celebration will conclude with National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6. Learn more here.
                  
         
Raising Awareness
Earlier this year, I voted in support of House Resolution 369, which designates September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. This week, the front of the state Capitol is shining in teal in recognition of all who have been touched by this deadly disease, which claims an average of 14,000 lives a year in the United States and 140,000 worldwide.
                  
         
Bridge Project Completed

PennDOT announced this afternoon that the East Station Avenue Bridge over a tributary to Saucon Creek in Coopersburg, Lehigh County, is now open to traffic. A project began in May to rehabilitate the structure.

East Station Avenue connects two heavily traveled roads, and the bridge rehabilitation work allows weight restrictions to be removed from the bridge.

The 19-foot-long span is a masonry arch bridge originally constructed in 1885. The rehab project included concrete repairs, repointing the stone masonry, constructing a concrete wall, new drainage pipes and inlets, line painting, and other miscellaneous construction.
                  
         
Have Any Federal Government Questions?

Staff from Congressman Ryan Costello’s office will be available at my Red Hill district office this coming Tuesday, Oct. 3, to offer information and assistance pertaining to any federal agencies or programs.

Congressman Costello represents Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, which includes the northern portion of Upper Hanover Township and the boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg and Red Hill.

Individuals interested in meeting with Congressman Costello’s staff on Tuesday may call his Wyomissing office at 610-376-7630 to make an appointment.

My Red Hill office is located at 56 W. 4th St., on the second floor of the Red Hill Borough Hall. We are pleased to share a portion of the office with Congressman Costello’s staff on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
                                     
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