On the Issues

Pennsylvanians need the HEROES Act

Pennsylvanians need the HEROES Act

Tell Sen. Toomey to put people first and support the $3 trillion planOur people need help. The U.S. economy has seen its worst drop in its history, unemployment claims are again on the rise, and COVID-19 cases continue to surge. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic...

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Tell Sen. Toomey to support the HEROES Act

Tell Sen. Toomey to support the HEROES Act

Our people need a comprehensive recovery planOur communities are still reeling from the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and are in desperate need of help from the federal government. As a means to help those who are struggling across this nation, the U.S. House of...

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New $50 million hazard pay program now accepting applications

New $50 million hazard pay program now accepting applications

Grants would give $3 per hour pay increase to front-line workersPennsylvania is offering $50 million in grants to provide hazard pay to front-line workers in a number of fields that sustain the commonwealth’s essential services. Employees earning less than $20 per...

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Applications for new small business GRANTS open June 30

Applications for new small business GRANTS open June 30

Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be able to apply for grants to offset losses as a result of business closures. The application process for the grants is set to open Tuesday, June 30. Eligible businesses will receive grants ranging from...

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1 week left to register for Read to Succeed

1 week left to register for Read to Succeed

Senator Hughes’ signature reading program goes virtual to slow COVID learning slope Senator Hughes signature summer reading program is back for its ninth year! This year’s Read to Succeed program will be held virtually using Zoom. There are a limited number of spots...

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Grants for small business affected by COVID-19 coming soon

Grants for small business affected by COVID-19 coming soon

$200 million in grants will be available with $100 million dedicated for Historically Disadvantaged Businesses Alongside my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus, I fought to get $225 million in aid for small businesses affected by the pandemic....

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PA’s primary election is finally here!

PA’s primary election is finally here!

Here’s what you need to know for today’s election It’s Primary Election Day! After delays to Pennsylvania’s primary because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the polls will open in a few minutes at 7 a.m., and remain open until 8 p.m. For those of you who decided...

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Vote by mail application deadline is today!

Vote by mail application deadline is today!

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Pennsylvania has an important deadline coming up soon for its June 2 primary and Senator Hughes wants to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to vote by mail in the upcoming election. It’s simple, safe and secure. Visit...

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Tuesday is the deadline to sign up to vote by mail

Tuesday is the deadline to sign up to vote by mail

Vote by mail applications must be received by election officials by 5 p.m. May 26 Pennsylvania has an important deadline coming up soon for its June 2 primary and Senator Hughes wants to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to vote by mail in the upcoming...

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5 days left to sign up to vote by mail

5 days left to sign up to vote by mail

Fill out the application online today! Pennsylvania has an important deadline coming up soon for its June 2 primary and Senator Hughes wants to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to vote by mail in the upcoming election. It’s simple, safe and secure. Visit...

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Sign up to vote by mail before the May 26 deadline!

Sign up to vote by mail before the May 26 deadline!

Voting by mail is safe, secure and helps protect public healthWe cannot let democracy die during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which is why Senator Hughes is sending the message that people must vote and should cast their ballots by mail in the June 2 primary....

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Voting by mail is safe, secure and protects public health

Voting by mail is safe, secure and protects public health

Don’t miss the May 26 deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot Nearly 1.3 million Pennsylvanians have signed up to vote by mail and we need to increase that number across the commonwealth.  Southeastern Pennsylvania remains in the “RED” phase and a stay-at-home...

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PA suspends evictions, foreclosures through July 10

PA suspends evictions, foreclosures through July 10

Sen. Hughes and PA Senate Dems pushing for additional protections for those impacted by pandemic   Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced that Pennsylvania would suspend evictions and foreclosures through July 10, a move that...

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2 weeks left to register to vote!

2 weeks left to register to vote!

Help protect public health, vote by mail in the June 2 primary Senator Hughes is encouraging everyone to vote by mail in the June 2 primary to help protect public health during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which is why he sending another reminder to...

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How to get answers for your questions about voting by mail

How to get answers for your questions about voting by mail

As we get closer to Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary and deadlines to apply for a mail-in ballot and registration, Senator Hughes is encouraging everyone to vote by mail to help mitigate spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Senator Hughes hosted a Telephone Town...

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The coronavirus should not stop children from learning

The coronavirus should not stop children from learning

There are a number of available resources to keep kids engaged The sad reality of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is that it has been a major hindrance to students learning. Whether the reason is because of the technology gap or otherwise, our students must...

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Register now to vote by mail in the June 2 primary

Register now to vote by mail in the June 2 primary

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced Pennsylvania officials to move the commonwealth’s 2020 primary election June 2. Senator Hughes is encouraging people to vote by mail to avoid risking exposure to the coronavirus going to the polls. The process is pretty...

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PA CARE Package provides relief for consumers

PA CARE Package provides relief for consumers

Senator Hughes and likeminded colleagues in Pennsylvania’s highest offices are continuing to prioritize the needs of the people as we fight to get through the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic together. The latest example comes from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has...

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2017

10.17.2017: ‘Pathways to Pardons’ Event This Thursday at Drexel University

10.5.2017: Join Us at Neighborhood Fall Festival Oct. 14

9.27.2017: Friday Roundtable to Focus on Voter Access

9.26.2017: Today is National Voter Registration Day

9.22.2017: Must Stop No Health Care/TrumpCare Bill

8.30.2017: How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Survivors

8.17.2017: We Must Not Be Silent

8.11.2017: Due to Inclement Weather Forecast, Tomorrow’s Block Party with a Purpose is Postponed

8.7.2017: Honoring Voting Rights Act & Increasing Voter Participation

8.3.2017: You’re Invited: Neighborhood Block Party with a Purpose!

7.25.2017: Shame! Health Care Repeal Effort Moves Forward

6.30.2017: There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Reading Program

6.28.207: Absurd! Senate OKs Guns in Classrooms

6.23.2017: Unequal and Insufficient Education Funding in PA Must Come To An End

6.1.2017: First Time Homebuyer Seminar & Energy Conservation Workshop

5.12.2017: #1 Issue in Education – PA’s Unequal Education Funding! Worst in the Nation!

5.8.2017: Success Story! Jobs, Community Revitalization and Fresh Food Come Back to the Neighborhood

5.2.2017: Signups for Obamacare on the Rise

4.26.2017: Attack on Planned Parenthood Comes to the Pennsylvania Senate

4.5.2017: It’s Tax Return Season; See if You Qualify for Tax Credit

4.4.2017: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

2.27.2017: Join Us at Wednesday’s Community Forum

2.22.2017: Turn Anger Into Action at My Upcoming Forum!

2.21.2017: PA Budget Hearings Viewing Schedule

2.13.2017: Fighting Bad Policies that Hurt Women, Families and Workers

2.7.2017: ALERT: Watch Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address Today

2.7.2017: Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

1.31.2017: Today is the LAST DAY to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act

1.26.2017: You can STILL enroll in Obamacare!

1.19.2017: Just 11 days left to enroll in Obamacare!

1.18.2017: January 31st is the deadline to enroll in Obamacare!

1.4.2017:  Time to Mobilize with Senator Hughes & Rev. Al Sharpton

1.1.2017: Happy New Year from Senator Hughes & Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes

2015

12.29.2015: Gov. Wolf Prevents School Closings with Line-Item Budget Veto

12.19.2015: Check Out the Next Big Project in West Philly’s Revitalization

12.14.2015: Here’s What I’m Doing on the Anniversary of the Mass Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

12.7.2015: PA Senate Votes 43-7 to Send PA Budget with Record Education Increase to House to End Budget Impasse

12.3.2015: Getting Results: New Affordable Housing Coming to West Philly

11.25.2015: Senator Hughes Invites You to Unleash the Power of Age Expo for Adults 50 +

11.9.2015: Check out my latest opinion piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News

11.5.2015: Senator Vincent Hughes Celebrates Veterans Day 2015 by Honoring African American Women Veterans

10.22.2015: Help Me Stop the Next Act of Gun Violence

10.15.2015: Pennsylvania Needs a Budget, So GOP Must Compromise

10.7.2015: Republicans Pick Drillers Over Schools, Again

10.4.2015: The deadline to register to vote in the November 3rd election is October 5th.

9.24.2015: Hitting the Streets for Quality Health Insurance!

9.18.2015: You’ll Never Believe the Latest Republican Budget Stunt

8.27.2015: #BREAKING: You Won’t Believe What This Poll Says About the Republican Position on the State Budget

8.18.2015: Please share this video #TaxShaleFundSchools

8.13.2015: You Won’t Believe What’s Happening to Test Scores in Our Public Schools

7.29.2015: Here’s How to Beat the Heat

7.2.2015: Why Governor Tom Wolf Vetoed the Republican Budget

6.25.2015: Major Announcement: More Summer Jobs for Philly Youth!

6.23.2015: Three Reasons Why We Need More Funds for All Schools – Especially Philadelphia

6.8.2015: Live Telephone Town Hall Meeting – June 9th at 6 p.m.

6.3.2015: Sen. Hughes Presents Save our Skills: Read to Succeed Program

5.18.2015: Sen. Hughes Introduces Historic $3.8 Billion Cut in Property Taxes

4.7.2015: Senator Hughes Welcomes Governor Wolf to 7th Senatorial District in West Philadelphia

4.6.2015:  Help Support Drexel Student Zakiya James

3.27.2015: Confronting Racism in PA: Why I Am Supporting Gov. Wolf’s Nominee for PA State Police

3.24.2015: Senator Hughes to Appear on Pa. Cable Network TONIGHT

3.20.2015: Sen. Hughes Introduces Universal Voter Registration Bill to Honor The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Passage of the Voting Rights Act

3.16.2015: ALERT: Senate Budget Hearings Start Today

3.3.2015: ALERT: Governor Wolf to Deliver Budget Address

2.6.2015: Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources

1.14.2015: Top Hughes Staffer Chosen by Governor-Elect to be Budget Secretary

1.12.2015: Important Deadline to Sign up for High Quality, Very Affordable Health Care is Approaching

1.6.2015: Private Panel Discussion & Screening of the Movie Selma

2014

12.24.2014: A Season for Giving Back

12.8.2014: More Bad News for PA: Gov. Corbett Announces $2 Billion Budget Hole

12.2.2014: Additional resources for World AIDS Day

12.1.2014: A Message from Senator Hughes and Sheryl Lee Ralph on World AIDS Day

 

11.18.2014: Senator Hughes Can Help Get Health Coverage for You and Your Family! 

11.13.2014: Senator Hughes Re-Elected Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman 

11.10.2014: Please Join Me on Veterans Day

11.5.2014: Please Join Me on Veterans Day

11.3.2014: Vote for Our Schools and Our Kids!

10.31.2014: Your Right to Vote is Under Attack!

10.04.2014: Repaving City Line Ave Thanks to Act 89

09.15.2014: Senate Democrats Call for Pennsylvania Department of Education to Investigate Complaints About School Conditions in Philly Schools 

09.05.2014: Update on your Credit Score

08.26.2014: Documenting School Conditions in Philadelphia

07.10.2014: Save our Skills Summer Reading Program

07.07.2014: 5th Annual Community of Giving Blood Drives in Memory of E. Steven Collins

6.18.2014: Solution #2 for PA’s Budget Deficit & Education Funding Crisis: Shale Tax for Schools

6.11.2014: Solution #1 for PA’s Budget Dilemma and Education Funding Crisis: Expand Medicaid and Save PA $400 Million

5.9.2014: #BringBackOurGirls: PA Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Victims of Nigerian Kidnapping

4.25.2014: PHEAA Financial Aid For College Deadline Approaching!

4.14.2014: Time to Tax Natural Gas Drilling to Fund Education

4.3.2014: Tomorrow: Breaking the Silence on Mental Wellness

3.26.2014: Register Now for Breaking the Silence: A Summit on Mental Wellness

3.25.2014: Action Alert: Fund Our Schools / Tax Marcellus Shale Rally

3.18.2014: Time is Running Out to Get Affordable Health Insurance

2.18.2014: Join Senator Hughes THIS Saturday to Get Health Insurance

2.12.2014: Gov. Corbett’s “Healthy PA” vs. Healthcare for All

2.10.2014: Governor Corbett’s “Proposed” 2014-2015 Education Budget

1.28.2014: West Philly, Get Covered Thanks to Obamacare!

1.22.2014: The Affordable Care Act is Working 

1.17.2014: Test Scores Fall Because of Education Funding Cuts

1.16.2014: Mr. President: Don’t Buy Governor Corbett’s Health-care Plan

2013

12.11.2013: PA Senate Honors the Life of Nelson Mandela

11.26.2013: Senate Democrats Offer Plan to Create 80,000 Jobs to Put People Back to Work

11.19.2013: Help Available to Understand Health Insurance Options

10.30.2013: First in A Series: The Crisis in Education Funding!

10.1. 2013: Health Care for All: The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Starts October 1, 2013! Enroll Now!

9.30.2013: Learn How to Get Health Coverage in the Insurance Marketplace

9.24.2013: Why It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

8.14.2013: Tell the Governor to Send $45 million to Philly Schools

8.7.2013: Save Our Skills: Free Reading Program for Students

7.25.2013: Update on Philadelphia School District Funding Crisis: $138 Million response to $180 Million Request

7.11.2013: How We Can Create Jobs in PA

7.1.2013: Huge Victory in Senate on Medicaid Expansion

6.24.2013:  Time for Big Push to Expand Health-Care

6.19.2013: How We Can Solve the Statewide School Funding Crisis

6.13.2013: Medicaid Expansion: Helps Others, Help Yourself

6.11.2013: Hughes Hosts “Welcome Home Hero: You’re Not Alone”

6.62013: PA Senate Passes Attack on Women’s Reproductive Health-Care Services

6.4.2013: 2013-14 State Budget -Stop the Cuts, Put the People First

5.7.2013: Free Dental Clinics in Pennsylvania

5.6.2013: Fresh Food Access Initiative for Urban Food Deserts

4.12.2013: Another Study Comes Out in Support of Medicaid 

3.25.2013: Pennsylvania’s Job Picture: Wrong Direction, Unemployment Up, New Job Creation Down 

3.8.2013: A True Look at Basic Education Funding In Pennsylvania

3.6.2013: Senators Hughes, Ferlo, and Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Hearing on Medicaid Expansion in Pittsburgh 

2.26.2013: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Another Republican Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid, It’s Time for Gov. Corbett to Follow Suit

2.25.2013: Steep Federal Spending Cuts Will Have Serious Impacts on Pennsylvania

2.22.2013:  As Another Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Corbett Continues to Stall

2.19.2013: Getting Philly Covered: The Promise and Opportunity of the New Health Care Law

2.19.2013: Senate Appropriations Committee 2013-14 Budget Hearings Begin Today

2.7.2013: Governor Corbett Must Make the Right Choice for Pennsylvania: Expand the Medicaid Program, Bring Billions of Dollars to PA and Help the Uninsured

1.29.2013: Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee Hosts Health Care Reform Discussion

1.23.2013: Sen. Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Public Discussion on the President’s New Health Care Reform Plan

1.16.2013: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Unveil Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

1.14.2013: Devastating Fire in West Philadelphia Highlights the Need for Fire Safety and Prevention Awareness

1.9.2013: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Releases Action Plan

1.8.2013: Senator Hughes Sworn-In to Fifth Full Term in PA Senate – Jobs to be Top Priority