BRADDOCK, PA – Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman wrapped up a busy Senate session in Washington D.C., introducing numerous bills, conducting interviews with local and national media, and grabbing local and national headlines.
In interviews with Time, the New York Times, and the Pennsylvania Capital Star, Fetterman discussed his recovery from depression, his time back in Washington, and the legislation he has introduced throughout the past few months. It was a big session for Sen. Fetterman, as his first piece of legislation passed the Senate, and he introduced numerous other bills over the last three weeks.
Sen. Fetterman’s bipartisan amendment to prohibit the sale of crude oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to adversarial nations passed the Senate, marking his first piece of legislation that has passed the chamber. It was included in the Senate’s FY 2024 National Defense Authorization Act that passed a final vote last week.
- Fetterman defense bill amendment bans strategic oil sales to adversaries (Patrick Cloonan, Indiana Gazette)
- Fetterman amendment to ban Strategic Petroleum Reserve sales to foreign adversaries advances (Bradford Era)
- Fetterman amendment to ban Strategic Petroleum Reserve sales to foreign adversaries advances (Latrobe Bulletin)
In addition, Sen. Fetterman was joined by over a dozen of his Senate colleagues to introduce the Convenient Contraception Act, legislation that would improve access to contraceptive products, including over-the-counter contraceptives.
- Fetterman introduces legislation to make birth control more convenient (Penn Capital-Star)
- Fetterman introduces legislation to expand access to contraception (WTAJ)
- Fetterman endorses contraceptive legislation (Bedford Gazette)
- Fetterman, Casey sponsoring bill to allow 1-year supply of contraception (CBS News Philadelphia)
Fetterman also introduced the Food Secure Strikers Act of 2023, legislation to allow striking workers to qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The bill came as several high-profile strikes are currently taking place in Pennsylvania and across the country. Right now, workers with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 506 & 618 at Wabtec in Erie; workers with Communications Workers of America at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and workers with the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild nationwide are all on strike.
- Op Ed: Fetterman stands with Wabtec workers, backs bill to ensure strikers have access to food (U.S. Senator John Fetterman, Go Erie)
- As Hollywood Strikes, Sen. John Fetterman Introduces Food Stamps Bill For Workers On Picket Line (Daniel Boguslaw, The Intercept)
- Striking Workers Cheer Senator John Fetterman’s SNAP Benefits Bill (Eloise Goldsmith, The Nation)
- Fetterman Bill Would Ensure Striking Workers Can Receive Federal Food Aid (Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams)
- Fetterman proposes bill granting SNAP benefits to striking workers (Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Fetterman introduces bill to allow striking workers to collect SNAP benefits (Kim Lyons, Penn Capital-Star)
- Striking Workers Could Get Federal Food Benefits Under New Bill From John Fetterman (Sean Kitchen, Keystone Newsroom)
- Fetterman introduces bill to allow striking workers to collect SNAP benefits (Stacey Coleman, Keystone Gazette)
- Fetterman introduces food security bill for strikers (Hayden Thompson, WTAJ)
- US Sen. John Fetterman introduces bill to provide SNAP benefits for striking workers (WGAL)
- Fetterman Files Bill to Repeal Law Barring Striking Workers From Food Stamps (Sharon Zhang, TRUTHOUT)
- John Fetterman Wants Striking Workers to Get New Benefit (Katherine Fung, Newsweek)
- Fetterman and Casey draft bill making striking workers eligible for SNAP benefits (Tristate Alert)
- Oh SNAP! Two Improvement Plans Offered By State, Congress (Steve Ulrich, Politics PA)
- New congressional bill addresses food insecurity on the picket line (Chase DiBenedetto, Mashable)
Sen. Fetterman also joined with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-PA), and others to introduce a bipartisan concurrent resolution calling for the immediate release of Marc Fogel. Fogel is a U.S. citizen and career educator who has been imprisoned by Russia since August 2021 for carrying about half an ounce of medical marijuana, which was legally prescribed to him in Pennsylvania to treat severe medical conditions.
- Casey, Fetterman push for release of Pa. man serving 14-year sentence in Russian prison (J.D. Prose, Penn Live)
- Lawmakers Continue Push For Fogel’s Release (Butler Radio)
- Congressional resolution calls for Oakmont teacher Marc Fogel’s release from Russian prison (Trib Live)
Sen. Fetterman also introduced the Name Accuracy in Credit Reporting Act, legislation to help consumers who have legally changed their names, such as survivors of domestic violence or transgender or nonbinary consumers, obtain accurate credit reports and scores.
- Credit hurdles for transgender and nonbinary people could be cleared under proposed bill (Daja E. Henry, 19th New)
- Senate bill would help trans, nonbinary people who have changed their names receive accurate credit scores (Brooke Migdon, The Hill)
- Fetterman introduces bill to assist in credit report name changes (Hayden Thompson, WTAJ)
- Fetterman legislation to help people with name changes get accurate credit scores(The Bradford Era)