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Friday, December 18, 2020

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer


Capitol Update
Friday, December 18, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol
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Warmest Holiday Wishes to You and Yours

I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! May you have a wonderful and safe season that is full of peace and cheer. And may 2021 be a better year for all of us.

My district office hours may be limited in light of the holidays. Please call ahead to be sure my offices are open.

Also, PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and on Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
 
 
Need Help?

While the holidays are a joyous time for many, they can be a depressing time for others. If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, the state’s mental health support and referral helpline, Persevere PA, is available 24/7. The free resource is staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers available to counsel people struggling with challenging emotions. The helpline caseworkers can refer callers to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs. Contact Persevere PA at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

If you or someone you love is in crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available by calling 1-800-273-8255. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can offer free, confidential support. Spanish speakers who need immediate assistance can call 1-888-628-9454. Help can also be accessed through the Crisis Text Line by texting “PA” to 741-741.
 
 
 
COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in PA

Dozens of the Commonwealth’s hospitals have received or will soon receive doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The state’s initial vaccine allotment totals more than 97,500 for 66 of our 67 counties. Philadelphia received its own allotment of 13,650 doses.

According to the state Department of Health, in the initial distribution, 87 hospitals were set to receive vaccine directly from Pfizer. As additional allocations become available, more hospital sites will be added. Hospital sites are selected by their ability to manage the cold chain requirement with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, completion of the COVID-19 provider agreement, and successful onboarding with the Department of Health for necessary documentation for vaccination. The number of doses, recipient hospitals, and arrival dates are subject to change based on updated information from the federal government and Pfizer.

The vaccine will be available in phases beginning with critical populations due to the limited supply. The first phase is divided into two parts, with the first doses of vaccine administered to health care workers, EMS first responders, and residents and staff in congregate care settings.

In the second phase, the department anticipates more vaccine doses will be available. The third phase begins once the department has a sufficient supply of vaccine. In this phase, the entire population will have access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more about the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan here.
 
 
Supporting Small Business

As if 2020 wasn’t already rough enough on small business owners and their employees, the latest round of COVID-19 mitigation orders by the governor are making matters worse for them.

Bars, restaurants and others in the hospitality industry have been especially hard hit. If you are financially able, consider picking up takeout from a local establishment or buying gift cards from those establishments, either to give as gifts or to use yourself later. The extra income now could mean the difference between the survival of these small businesses or their permanent closure.
 
 
 
Veterans Assistance Available

Working to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, a representative of the American Legion will be available at my local offices in January to discuss issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

Appointments by phone are encouraged; however, in-person appointments are also available. To protect the health and safety of veterans and staff, only one appointment will be scheduled per hour to allow for cleaning and social distancing. To avoid overlap with others, veterans should not arrive early for their appointments. At the request of the Legion representative, they also must wear a mask.

The schedule is as follows:
  •   Coudersport office: Thursday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Coudersport office is located at 107 S. Main St. Please call 814-274-9769 to schedule an appointment.
  •   Bradford office: Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.
  •   Kane office: Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.

You need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.
 
 
 
Deadline Nears for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities have until Dec. 31 to apply for the state’s 2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Remember, assistance through my offices is always free. You need not pay a private firm for assistance.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a

year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

For additional information and applications, click here, or contact my offices for assistance.
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18 comments :

Anonymous said...

So no bill to financially support small businesses? No bill to stop evictions and support rental property owners? No funds to ensure vaccinations of all Pennsylvanians? Shameful ! You do know the sooner everyone gets the vaccine the sooner we can restart the economy? What are you waiting For? Pass some meaningful legislation so we can get back to our lives and quit bitching about the governor!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ditto ❗️That’s why I didn’t vote for Causer❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️Lynne

Anonymous said...

He’s still drinking trumps koolaid. Convincing the locals how well they have it! Look at your local Main St for a reality check. He does nothing!

Anonymous said...

All he cares about is being re-elected so he doesn`t have to get a real job like most folks. The thought of a struggle scares the shit out of him. Stop voting for him !

Anonymous said...

I agree with all three posts. Let’s organize and get rid of him!!!ly

Anonymous said...

All you biden voters should move to California with the rest of the homeless population. He does care about our LOCAL community and hates that our country is f****d with the liberal bs do some research before you just start talking shit idiots

Anonymous said...

Shut the bleep word up Marty! You don't seem to care one bloody bit about the people dying from Covid-19, do you? It's all about let's act like nothing happened, open up now, and forget it. What about relief for those suffering? I don't see any progress on your end! You forgot to wish those that do not celebrate Christmas a Happy Hanukkah, and Kwanza, it is of course the season of Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

out with causer

Anonymous said...

9:26:00 PM I did the research and Causer is still an asshat and Biden wrecked Trump in Pennsylvania.

Anonymous said...

Oh there’s a shortage of vaccines? Maybe if you and your cronies didn’t say it was all a hoax and tRump didn’t tell Pfizer not to worry about it, there’d be plenty. Bet your bottom dollar this boot-licker will get his vaccine though. I wish ANYONE would run against him next election.

Anonymous said...

@9:26 oooooh so tough talking bad words on the internet. How about you say your name so all your friends and family can see what an idiot you are.

Anonymous said...

I agree that we need to support local businesses, but how about passing some relief bills so these local businesses don't have to worry.

Anonymous said...

Marty prove to us that you care... Resign immediately !

Anonymous said...

"Biden wrecked Trump in PA" LOL!! That election was rigged and everyone knows it. They won't admit it, but they know it. If biden had any mind left, he'd look in the mirror and be ashamed. He's a loser and he would know it.

Anonymous said...

I second the motion for marty to resign immediately

Anonymous said...

1:42:00 PM State your articles of proof the election was rigged. Last I heard he was 1-60 in his bogus lawsuits with no evidence of voter fraud. Take your signs down and put your truck flag to half mast. It`s over LOL !!!!

Anonymous said...

5:51, exactly. Even Lou Dobbs had to back off of his Dominion fraud claim. He was warned about a potential law suit and all of a sudden there was "no fraud found with the hardware / software'. Amazing! So, 1:42 and all, please provide court worthy evidence of fraud that would overturn anything.

Also, the current government relief talks are being held up by a PA Senator Toomey proposal that would impose congressional limits on the Federal Reserve. What?

Anonymous said...

Thank God it’s over. Now let’s move on Biden is the President now so take down your Trump signs and put up your Christmas tree. Calm down and try to enjoy the holidays