Most of my focus and efforts since March has been on safely addressing the COVID-19 crisis through common sense advocacy and legislation.
I was proud to support legislation that would: provide $50 million for PPE for those on the front lines, advocate for our long-term care residents, provide answers as best we could to our unemployed workers, support and assist our small businesses and give schools the funding to allow them to continue to educate all of our children.
Specifically, I introduced multiple pieces of legislation – one measure would help healthcare workers and first responders who may contract COVID (House Bill 2485 and House Bill 2486), another bill allows veterans organizations to keep additional small games of chance proceeds during a disaster (House Bill 777) and additionally other legislation would allow more local input based in medicine and science during a pandemic for closing and reopening plans (House Bill 2541).
I was also pleased, along with some of my House colleagues, to be able to host the Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Committee in Bucks County on September 9th at Pen Ryn Estate in Bensalem.
The hearing allowed local health experts and business owners to testify about COVID-19, the impact locally and share their view of the Commonwealth’s handling of the virus over the past six months.
During the hearing, it was reassuring to hear from Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department, how well Bucks County has been managing spread, but it was also heartbreaking to hear the devastating and lasting impacts on our Bucks County business community from local restaurants, tourists destinations and community staples.
On a personal note, I hope you and your family are doing well during these challenging times.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our essential workers for their tireless work during this unprecedented time.
To those who have lost loved ones, I offer my sincere condolences.
Please keep in mind my office is here to assist with state-related concerns and state programs, so please reach out if you or a neighbor need assistance or has a question.
Langhorne office: 215-752-6750, Lower Southampton office: 215-942-4067.
PHOTO CAP: State Representative Frank Farry has represented the 142nd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2009. Representative Farry also serves as chief of the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company, and has been a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years. Representative Farry, a lifelong resident of the community, resides in Langhorne with his wife Kristen and children, Jacob, 2, and Charlotte, 3 months.