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Gov. Tom Wolf signs order increasing indoor dining capacity to 50%

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order allowing restaurants to increase indoor occupancy to 50% beginning Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The order requires on-site alcohol consumption end at 11 p.m. and a provision that all alcoholic beverages must be removed from patrons by midnight also will start Monday. This applies to both restaurants that do not self-certify to increase to 50 percent and those that choose to stay at 25 percent.

Fitzpatrick Announces SAFER Grant for Warminster Township

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, September 15th, 2020, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced that Warminster Township has received $1,767,963.15 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with the hiring of firefighters. The grant will allow Warminster Township to hire the firefighters necessary to provide coverage at both the Hartsville Fire Company and the Warminster Fire Company. 

Bristol Twp. Fire Company Receives $357,400 Federal Grant

A Bristol Township fire company has received a large federal grant to fund a four-year firefighter retention and recruitment program.

The Third District Fire Company recently learned they received the $357,480 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

According to the fire company and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office, the grant will help the company keep up services to its core coverage area and surrounding fire company coverage areas.

Pennsylvania representatives urge extension of relief funds

A group of five Pennsylvania lawmakers recently urged House leadership to extend the deadline for Coronavirus Relief Funds for an additional year.

The federal CARES Act appropriated $150 billion to states and localities, but some states have a balance. Funding is for expenditures not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency, and costs incurred between March 1 and Dec. 30.

Want to Save Independent Restaurants? Contact Your Elected Officials.

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that our restaurants are struggling, and independent eateries have been hit the hardest. The Independent Restaurant Coalition, a pandemic-formed group advocating for small local restaurants, estimates that 85 percent of independent restaurants could close within six months. Let that sink in—of your go-to Thai, hole-in-the-wall taqueria, local pizza parlor, and special occasion spot, only one may survive.

Pennsylvania representatives urge extension of relief funds

A group of five Pennsylvania lawmakers recently urged House leadership to extend the deadline for Coronavirus Relief Funds for an additional year.

The federal CARES Act appropriated $150 billion to states and localities, but some states have a balance. Funding is for expenditures not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency, and costs incurred between March 1 and Dec. 30.

Joyce’s bipartisan bill extends student loan forgiveness period for public service workers

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) on July 23 unveiled bipartisan legislation that would forgive the student loans for public service workers whose employment may have been affected by the COVID–19 pandemic.

“Now more than ever, we need to support those who pursue careers that contribute to the health and well-being of the American people,” said Rep. Joyce, co-chair of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Caucus. “While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of our public servants to battle this virus on the front lines, others have been temporarily furloughed or laid-off.”

Congressman, River Coalition Cheer Passage Of Great American Outdoors Act

A bill that aims to fund critical infrastructure work at National Parks, refuges, forest, recreation areas, and fund conservation efforts is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.

House Bill 1957, known as the Great American Outdoors Act, passed the House of Representatives by 310 to 103 on Wednesday. Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, of Middletown Township, voted for the bill.

Fitzpatrick, Dean, Houlahan, Wild Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Local Communities in Need

WASHINGTON, D.C—Last week, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), and Susan Wild (PA-07) introduced the bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Fund Local Government Flexibility Act. Communities across the country are doing their best to protect their residents and support businesses while continuing to provide basic services.

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