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Child Tax Credit checks will be arriving soon

Child Tax Credit checks will be arriving soon

Hear about that and other topics on Wednesday Telephone Town HallAs we begin to emerge from the global pandemic, some are faring better than others and many questions remain for those who were hit hard over the past 16 months. The Biden Administration has stepped up...

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It’s Been Too Long. It’s Time to Raise the Wage.

It’s Been Too Long. It’s Time to Raise the Wage.

PA hasn’t seen new minimum wage legislation in 15 years. On the 15th anniversary of the signing, state Senator Hughes and Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione marked the enactment of Pennsylvania’s last minimum wage legislation with a reenactment and rally with Gov. Tom Wolf...

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After 156 Years, Juneteenth is a National Holiday

After 156 Years, Juneteenth is a National Holiday

Biden signs bipartisan bill into law, but struggles continueAfter Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, it took more than two years of bloody warfare for its goal of ending slavery in the United States was fully realized. By June...

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No More Excuses. End Toxic Schools Now

No More Excuses. End Toxic Schools Now

The money is there. Is the courage?With a projected state budget surplus of more than $3 billion and more than $7 billion in federal aid idled by inaction, Senate & House Democrats gathered in front of local schools across Pennsylvania Friday to call for immediate...

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Register NOW To Get Your Vaccine This Weekend: May 1 and 2!

Register NOW To Get Your Vaccine This Weekend: May 1 and 2!

Vaccine clinics at 5 locations in the 7th Senatorial DistrictAs you know by now, Sheryl and I have launched our  #StopTheVirus campaign to help beat COVID-19 and begin transitioning to our new normal. A key part of our efforts has been raising awareness and sharing...

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Sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine April 17!

Sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine April 17!

Sen. Hughes, Rep. Cephas and Councilmember Jones want you to help #StopThe VirusCall 215-879-6625 to reserve your spotThose eligible in Phase 1A include: Patient-facing healthcare workers Long-term care facility residents and staff Those eligible in Phase 1B include:...

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In Honor of Dr. King, PA Needs Education Justice Now!

In Honor of Dr. King, PA Needs Education Justice Now!

Pennsylvania’s current school funding formula creates a separate and unequal system that hurts children all across the commonwealth. I stood with a number of elected officials, education advocates, students and teachers April 5 – a day after the 53rd anniversary of...

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Ghost Guns Must Be Stopped and Regulated

Ghost Guns Must Be Stopped and Regulated

On Monday, I stood with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro as he announced a deal with Pennsylvania’s largest firearms show promoter, which will end the sale of untraceable ‘ghost gun’ kits as its shows.Ghost guns are a serious danger to public safety. Eighty...

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Follow along live with 2021-22 Pa. Senate Budget Hearings live

Follow along live with 2021-22 Pa. Senate Budget Hearings live

Get informed, stay up-to-date with the latest informationThe Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee has commenced 2021-22 Budget hearings and we have begun hearing from state agencies about their financial outlook for the next fiscal year., under Gov. Tom Wolf’s...

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Big Win for PA renters and small businesses!

Big Win for PA renters and small businesses!

General Assembly sends COVID-19 relief package to Gov. Wolf for signatureI am pleased to announce the Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed legislation that would provide much-needed aid to our people and communities in the very near future, including $570 million...

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Sen. Hughes, Share Food Program celebrate $1 million grant

Sen. Hughes, Share Food Program celebrate $1 million grant

Funding will help organization get food to more neighbors in the regionShare Food Program helped feed 700,000 neighbors annually prior to the pandemic and now the organization is distributing food to more than 1 million people in the region. On Monday, Share Food...

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The shameful act of Senate GOP leadership is nothing short of voter suppressionI was shocked, appalled, angered and saddened by what happened this week on the Senate floor. My colleague, Senator Jim Brewster, won reelection in Pennsylvania’s 45th Senatorial District...

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We are in this together, please mask up!

We are in this together, please mask up!

Sen. Hughes and Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes want you to help protect public health I hope you and your loved ones had a great holiday, whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, are in the process of celebrating Kwanzaa. As we approach the New Year and a fresh start in...

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Have you filed to get your federal stimulus payment?

Have you filed to get your federal stimulus payment?

Don’t miss out, the deadline to file for economic impact payments electronically is Nov. 21Did you know there is an estimated $77 million in unclaimed coronavirus COVID-19 relief that has yet to be claimed by Philadelphia families? Most Philadelphia households have...

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Pennsylvania is working to make sure we #CountEveryVote

Pennsylvania is working to make sure we #CountEveryVote

Be patient as election officials work to count the remaining legally-cast ballotsIt’s been three days since Election Day and the nation’s eyes are on a handful of states whose final voting tallies have yet to be finalized. Pennsylvania is among those states and our...

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Please be patient as election officials count mail ballots across the commonwealthI want to start off by thanking everyone who voted, no matter which method you chose. I am happy to see so many people exercising their right to vote, in the city of Philadelphia,...

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Election Day is almost here!

Election Day is almost here!

Tuesday, Nov. 3 is your last chance to vote, don’t miss outElection Day is finally here! Today is the day where our great nation puts democracy in action and people get to voice their opinions at the polls. I hope that everyone who had a mail ballot has returned it...

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The clock is ticking, return your mail ballot ASAP

The clock is ticking, return your mail ballot ASAP

Get to the polls during Multi-Faith Souls to the Polls WeekendWe are four days out from the 2020 Election. If you have yet to return your mail ballot, what are you doing? We need everyone to return their ballots as soon as possible to ensure they will count. There are...

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1 week to go, return your ballot today

1 week to go, return your ballot today

Time is running out to get your mail ballot returned on timeI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s voting time! More than 3 million Pennsylvania voters applied for mail ballots and we need every one of those ballots to be returned properly and counted. Mail...

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It’s voting time! Return your ballot ASAP

It’s voting time! Return your ballot ASAP

Make sure your vote counts, submit your ballot todayWe’re 11 days away from Election Day! If you haven’t done so already, please return your ballot ASAP. More than half of the state’s mail ballots have already been returned, which is great news. Let’s get the rest...

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6 p.m. 10/22 Real Young Black Men VOTE returns

6 p.m. 10/22 Real Young Black Men VOTE returns

Join Sen. Hughes and the latest panel for a great dialogue on the issues that matter to young Black men Look, the election is right around the corner and I want to dispel the myth that Black men won’t vote. I believe that Black men will vote and I’m out to prove...

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Don’t miss the deadline to register to vote in PA

Don’t miss the deadline to register to vote in PA

Register before midnight tonight; it only takes a few minutesYou cannot vote if you aren’t registered. I hope that everyone reading this message is registered and if you’re not, today is the last day to do so in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You can register to...

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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


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


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


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