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Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
April 12, 2022 at 10:40 AM

I'm on the ballot

After submitting over 800 signatures I am happy to share I'm on the primary ballotDear John,  After submitting over 800 signatures I am happy to share I'm on the primary ballot. I can’t thank you, my staff, and volunteers enough what we accomplished during the abbreviated time period was nothing sho…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
April 3, 2022 at 7:03 PM

PA Republicans are Blocking Job Growth

RGGI brings nearly $2 billion in economic growth and creates 30,000 direct jobs but...Dear John,  RGGI brings nearly $2 billion in economic growth and creates 30,000 direct jobs but PA Republicans are blocking the legislation. RGGI is a regional partnership between Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic Stat…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
March 18, 2022 at 9:20 PM

Petition Signing Event this Sunday

Come to the Petition gathering party this Sunday from 11am -3pmDear John,  Can you help me get on the ballot! Pennsylvania Democrats are organizing in Tredyffrin Township this Sunday from 11am-3pm to help get other Democrats and myself get onto the 2022 ballot. The Supreme Court only gave us 10 day…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
March 17, 2022 at 10:04 AM

Melissa needs your help - Deb Melissa's Campaign Manager

I don't usually send emails but the situation is URGENT. Dear John,  I'm Deb, Melissa's Campaign manager. I don't usually send emails, but the situation is urgent. The PA Supreme Court has ruled that the new legislative district maps are lawful. This means the new 157th district will now be compris…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
March 15, 2022 at 10:35 PM

New Investments for Pennsylvania’s Small Businesses

Pennsylvania is on track to continue a strong Covid-19 economic recovery by supporting small businesses across the state.Dear John,  Pennsylvania continues to build our strong economy, led by our Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, who came to visit Phoenixville last week. As I stated in my remarks welco…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
February 16, 2022 at 11:29 AM

Republican Are Fighting Fair Districts

I am personally committed to flipping the PA State House from Republican to Democrat in this election cycle. Dear John,   As the appointed Co-Chair of Pennsylvania's House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) I am personally committed to flipping…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
February 7, 2022 at 1:06 PM

Republican Abortion Ban

Republican's are once again trying to take away reproductive rights Dear John,   Pennsylvania republicans are once again trying to take away reproductive rights. Two bills from senate republicans that passed chamber, would restrict abortions thr…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
January 25, 2022 at 10:44 PM

I am a hard no on HB 2207

Pennsylvania Republicans Gerrymandering Update... Dear John,   This is a really important week in Harrisburg, so I wanted to give you an update before I head to the floor to vote.   House Republicans are expected to advance a Constitutional amend…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
January 11, 2022 at 11:12 PM

PA Republican Trump Card

Pennsylvania Republicans are trying to change to state constitution so that they draw all district maps... and they can do it. Dear John,   This week, Pennsylvania Republicans advanced a constitutional amendment to replace the bi-partisan Legisl…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
December 23, 2021 at 3:03 PM

Wishing you a happy holiday!

Dear John,    I wanted to pass along my best Holiday wishes form me and my family to you and yours! I hope that you take this time in December to enjoy the moments we can now all spend together!    I am thankful every day to serve as your representative, and I hope …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
December 20, 2021 at 11:45 PM

Protecting Animals Across Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a chance to protect animals from abusers Dear John,   Earlier this month as the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Animal Protection Caucus, I introduced legislation to establish an animal abuse registry to prot…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
December 15, 2021 at 12:15 PM

PA Republicans unfairly draw 12 (R) to 5 (D) Congressional Maps

Pennsylvania Republicans are gerrymandering our state once again. Dear John,   Pennsylvania Republicans are gerrymandering our state once again. Last time the State Supreme Court struck down these unfair maps, while this time i'm hopeful they wil…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
December 3, 2021 at 9:43 PM

The Right to Chose is Being Threatened

Roe v Wade, a historic court ruling that reaffirmed that humans have the right to make decisions about their own body and health is at risk. Dear John,   Roe v Wade, a historic court ruling that reaffirmed that humans have the right to make decis…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
December 1, 2021 at 12:36 PM

New Roads are Coming

Over $11 billion is slated to improve Pennsylvania's roads and an additional $1.6 billion for bridge repairs Dear John,   Earlier in 2021, congress passed a major bi-partisan infrastructure package. A result is over $11 billion slated to improve …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 7, 2021 at 11:42 AM

The Pennsylvania GOP is attempting to overrule the people

The Pennsylvania GOP is still trying to recall the election Dear John,   It has been nearly a year since the people of Pennsylvania voted to send President Biden to the White House. Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania GOP is still trying to overturn …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
September 20, 2021 at 3:45 PM

Pennsylvania GOP challenges school Mask Mandate

We cannot put politics before people especially during a pandemic. Dear John,   The pandemic is near over, but it's taken a toll on many's mental health. Since we're returning to Harrisburg earlier than originally planned, I was optimistic about…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
September 8, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Today is Rep. Shusterman's Birthday

Melissa, turns fifty-four today, can you pitch in a birthday surprise! Dear John,   Representative Shusterman, turns fifty-four today and our goal is to raise her $5,400 as a surprise birthday gift. We've almost reached our goal. And somehow, es…
Melissa Shusterman · M[email protected]
September 7, 2021 at 10:10 PM

It's Rep Shusterman's Finance Director I Need Your Help for a B-Day Surprise

Melissa, turns fifty-four tomorrow on September eight, and she doesn't know about this email. Can you pitch in for her birthday surprise! Dear John,   Representative Shusterman, turns fifty-four tomorrow on September eight and our goal is to rai…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
September 6, 2021 at 12:24 AM

Help Surprise Rep. Shusterman With a Happy Birthday

This email is a bit special. Representative Shusterman, turns fifty-four in three days on September eight, and she doesn't know about this email. Dear John,   This email is a bit special. Representative Shusterman, turns fifty-four in three days…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
September 5, 2021 at 1:16 PM

Texas Republicans Took Away The Right To Chose

Texas Republicans took away the right to chose and now Republicans in Pennsylvania are trying to do the same thing. Dear John,   Texas Republicans took away the right to choose, and now Republicans in Pennsylvania are trying to do the same thing…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
August 30, 2021 at 12:10 PM

Pennsylvania Is an RNC Target

Republicans are targeting Pennsylvania and our district this upcoming election, I need your help to beat them Dear John,   Republicans are targeting Pennsylvania and our district this upcoming election, I need your help to beat them. We know that…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
July 17, 2021 at 9:49 PM

Help me take on the NRA

Republicans & the NRA still won't support common sense gun violence reforms Dear John,   In 2020, during a worldwide pandemic over 43,000 Americans were killed by gun violence. In Philadelphia, gun violence has gotten worse, since 2019 there …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
July 10, 2021 at 1:32 PM

Help Me Protect Pennsylvania's Environment

Out of the 300 tons of plastic per year that humans produce only nine percent is being recycled. Dear John,   Out of the 300 tons of plastic per year that humans produce only nine percent is being recycled. Roughly 150 tons of this plastic is for…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
July 4, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Happy Independence Day

If you're still looking for a place to watch fireworks and celebrate the holiday here are some places in Chester and Montgomery counties hosting fireworks today.  Dear John,   Happy Fourth of July! I hope you have an opportunity to relax, refuel…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
July 1, 2021 at 10:22 PM

Your Harrisburg Update

Earlier last week a bill on individualized education plans, I sponsored reached the state senate Dear John,   I'm excited to announce that earlier last week a bill on Individual Education Plans, I sponsored reached the state senate. This bill [HB…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
June 23, 2021 at 9:45 PM

Our 6 Billion Budget

Pennsylvania's annual budget is over six billion dollars, it's time to invest in our citizens Dear John,   We have over six billion to spend this year. It's time for Pennsylvania to revitalize our economy by investing in our local businesses, sc…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
June 19, 2021 at 5:51 PM

Happy Juneteenth

This holiday represents an important part of America's racist history and the institutional struggle our past government has imposed upon many of its citizens. Dear John,   Happy Juneteenth! For this holiday I'm excited to highlight the work of o…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
June 19, 2021 at 2:45 PM

Happy Juneteeth

This holiday represents an important part of America's racist history and the institutional struggle our past government has imposed upon many of its citizens. Dear John,   Happy Juneteeth! For this holiday I'm excited to highlight the work of on…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
June 16, 2021 at 9:43 PM

PA Republicans Restricting Voting Rights

Pennsylvania Republicans are trying to make voting more challenging, because that's the only way they can win Dear John,   This week, house Republicans introduced a dangerous package of bills that make voting more challenging. These bills mandate…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
June 2, 2021 at 12:41 PM

I am appalled by the Harrisburg Republicans

GOP Lawmakers in Harrisburg are attempting to dismantle women's rights Dear John,   Last week house Republicans passed a dangerous package of bills restricting a woman's right to an abortion.  My Democratic colleagues and I stood strong against …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
May 3, 2021 at 10:05 PM

Announcing the Bipartisan Caucus in Harrisburg

Last week I joined fifteen Pennsylvania House Legislators to announce a bipartisan caucus of lawmakers.  Dear John,   Last week I joined fifteen Pennsylvania House Legislators to announce a bipartisan caucus of lawmakers.  As your assemblywoman, …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
April 25, 2021 at 1:15 PM

A Small Step Towards Racial Justice

I know it's been awhile but I needed to break my silence... Hi John,     I know I've haven't emailed in awhile, but I needed to break my silence. This week Derek Chauvin was finally convicted on all accounts. The trial marks an important part in …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
March 27, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Taking a Stand Against Hate

In the wake of the Atlanta shooting that left eight people dead, I joined several colleagues this week in a press conference to voice support for Pennsylvania’s Asian American community and to announce our support for anti-hate legislation.   In a year when loss and grief are al…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
March 19, 2021 at 4:09 PM

Some Much Needed Relief

Hi John,    Together with several of my House colleagues, I pushed for a large-scale recovery program for our restaurants and hospitality venues. That’s why I’m thrilled that earlier this month Governor Wolf announced a $145 million relief grant program for businesses in the hos…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
March 15, 2021 at 11:30 AM

March Legislative Update

    Dear John,    As we celebrate Women’s History Month and mark a year in our fight against the coronavirus, I wanted to share with you some legislation that I am currently working on to serve our community.   Wishing you all patience as we approach Spring and a better …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
February 9, 2021 at 12:01 AM

Standing in the Way of Progress

Hi John,    Last week Governor Wolf proposed an audacious and forward-looking budget plan for 2021—one that will increase school funding, increase the minimum wage, and lower taxes for working families. Not surprisingly, PA House Republican leaders have already come out in oppos…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
January 30, 2021 at 4:07 PM

Help Me Fight Back Against This Dangerous Bill

Hi John,    Earlier this week, a dangerous proposed constitutional amendment to limit disaster emergency declarations passed the House. Once approved by both chambers, it will appear as a ballot question in the upcoming primary.    House Bill 55 would severely restrict the Gover…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
January 26, 2021 at 12:30 AM

How You Can Help Stop Judicial Gerrymandering in PA

Hi John,  In a very close vote, PA House Bill 38 (the judicial gerrymandering bill) passed the judiciary committee, and will soon move to the PA House for a full vote. As a member of the judiciary committee, I voted no and will continue to speak out about the harms that would be…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
November 5, 2020 at 11:14 PM

We did it!

Dear John,  I’m happy to announce that I have been re-elected by my friends and neighbors in the 157th House District with 60% of the vote! We made the purposeful decision in waiting to declare victory until all votes were counted in our district because we believe it’s criti…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
November 3, 2020 at 2:39 AM

Let's Finish the Job

Dear John,  Once again, I'm overcome with gratitude to everyone who has supported my campaign and stood beside me these past 2 years. I simply could not have done it without you. It has been an honor and privilege serving as Representative for the 157th during a first term whic…
Team Melissa · [email protected]
October 30, 2020 at 12:12 AM

Pennsylvania – The Next Bush v. Gore

First, if you still have a mail ballot, DO NOT MAIL IT*. With postal service delays getting worse by the day, it's very possible it will not arrive by Election Day. And although the PA and US Supreme Courts have so far said counties could count ballots received until Nov. 6, as …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 26, 2020 at 11:30 AM

It’s up to Us to Safeguard This Election

Hi John,  We know Pennsylvania Republicans are trying their very best to suppress voters in the state. Their latest attempt to challenge ballots based on “signature comparisons” was just denied by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.   While this is a win, it’s terrifying to think w…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 20, 2020 at 11:39 PM

The threat to our election is far from over

Hi John,  I had hoped that this week in Harrisburg I would have the chance to vote on several desperately-needed pieces of legislation, including a bill that would allow counties to start processing and counting ballots before Election Day.   However, in an email yesterday the …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 16, 2020 at 11:43 PM

Harrisburg’s anti-environment majority

Hi John,  I’m excited to announce that as of this week, I’ve been endorsed by Pennsylvania’s leading political voices for the environment: Conservation Voters of PA, The Sierra Club, and PennFuture. From calling for an immediate halt to the Mariner East II pipeline and a morato…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 13, 2020 at 11:30 AM

We Did It!

Hi John,  We did it!   PA House Republicans announced that they will no longer be seeking a vote on their shameful “Election Integrity Committee” (HR1032) after the substantial public backlash from concerned citizens across the Commonwealth. The proposed Republican-controlled …
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 9, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Meet Tara

Hi John,  I’m writing to you this time on behalf of my friend Tara Zrinski, who needs your help. Tara  is an environmental activist, solar energy consultant, Northampton County Councilwoman, and adjunct professor running to flip a highly competitive PA House seat in the Lehigh…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 6, 2020 at 5:12 PM

Enough is Enough

There is nothing powerful or impressive about not wearing a mask.   The Capitol is now shutdown. This is the second time GOP leadership has failed to protect the workers and members who go to work in the Capitol. This time it has forced me and other colleagues into quarantine, p…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
October 2, 2020 at 3:15 PM

I am currently in quarantine

Hi John,  Yesterday, the PA House canceled session after a GOP member, Rep. Paul Schemel, tested positive for COVID-19. I was present at the Capitol Tuesday for a Judiciary Committee meeting, where I wore my mask the entire time. However, I had prolonged interaction with Rep. S…
Melissa Shusterman · [email protected]
September 27, 2020 at 12:01 AM

Could they Really Overturn PA’s Election Result?

Hi John,  I knew Pennsylvania was going to be important in this election, but I never expected it to look like this.    As we learned recently, “the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where…
Kelson Northeimer · [email protected]
September 22, 2020 at 12:15 PM

----FWD -- Michele Knoll

Hi John,   Just wanted to make sure you saw Melissa's email about her event with Michele Knoll tomorrow evening at 7pm. Melissa and Michele will be discussing how the road to turning PA blue runs through not just southeast PA, but suburban Pittsburgh as well! You can register to attend the event …