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Born in 1978 in Allentown to John and Georgette Schweyer, Peter grew up as a working class kid in Center City.

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I have worked tirelessly to represent you, the citizens of Allentown, in Harrisburg. I have been a strong voice for our city and our school district. And I have never forgotten that at the end of the day, I am still that working class kid from Center City.

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An Important Message From Peter Schweyer

Statement: Inappropriate Sexual Behavior and the General Assembly’s Responsibility
I read with great disgust the recent media reports detailing inappropriate sexual behavior by members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The victims deserve our support for their bravery in approaching this incredibly difficult subject head on. They, along with every resident of Pennsylvania, have my commitment that we as elected Representatives will dramatically change the culture and rules in Harrisburg. We can no longer enable legislators who prey on others and we can no longer use taxpayer dollars to conceal their actions.

As a member of the House Ethics Committee, I cannot comment on any specific member or incident.
However, I will unequivocally state three specific points:

  1. We must establish clear guidelines for victims to report incidents that protect their privacy and prevent workplace retaliation;
  2. Taxpayer dollars should never be used to pay for the appalling personal behavior of individual members, and I strongly support legislation being drafted that would end this practice;
  3. The Bi-Partisan House Ethics Committee must be empowered to review each and every claim brought forward against a member of the House and be allowed the authority to recommend appropriate action.

Americans are no longer staying silent about hostile work environments and abhorrent behaviors in the workplace. The Pennsylvania Legislature has a moral responsibility to not only make these necessary changes but to take a leadership role in creating an environment welcoming to our employees and the public at large.

It is well past the time that we lawmakers take a stand on behalf of the victims, employees, taxpayers and public at large and declare that those in power can never use their position to abuse.

Rep. Schweyer calls President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program cruel and irresponsible.

DACA was authorized in 2012 by then President Obama as a compromise between his administration and Congress after the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed. DACA provides temporary deportation deferral to individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” who pass vetting so they may live, study and work legally in the only country they know as home.

“My neighbors of all diverse backgrounds and nationalities contribute to the fabric of Allentown, Pennsylvania and America. When we go to each other’s barbecues on our block, I don’t ask them their status. Why? Because we’re one community. We should be embracing our diversity. It’s high time for the federal government to take a stand on behalf of basic human decency,” said Schweyer.

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Rep. Schweyer congratulates Yorman De La Rosa on his mission to help others in the world. Yorman heads to Morocco via the PeaceCorps where he will live and work in cooperation with partnering organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects to improve the lives of the people in Morocco and as a way to develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills.  Read More.

Statement: Allentown Mayor Should Resign

August 2017

“As someone born and raised in the city of Allentown, someone who has dedicated my entire adult life serving the people of my city and is proud to follow in the footsteps of my father and his 33 years serving the city of Allentown, I am truly dismayed and saddened. Ed Pawlowski should tender his resignation as mayor immediately if he truly values Allentown and its people.

City Hall needs to be a place government works to move Allentown forward so it can remain an amazing place to live, work and raise a family.”

Statement Regarding August 12 th Domestic Terror Attack and Neo-Nazi Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 19, 2017 

“Like so many people on August 12th and in the days that followed, I took to Twitter. There I expressed my outrage at the Neo-Nazis and those leaders who encourage them, offered my sincere sympathy for those who died and restated my commitment to be part of the solution to America’s racial divide. But honestly, I had more to say.

First and foremost, the unspeakable hate, racism and violence expressed in Charlottesville by Neo-Nazis, the KKK, White Supremacist and other members of the ‘alt-right’ are disgusting and reprehensible. Those people and organizations that espouse those beliefs are un-American and must be defeated if we are ever able to move forward as one nation.

Further, Americans who are on the right side of unity, compassion, love and respect must soundly rebuke President Donald J. Trump, those in his Administration, members of Congress and others in positions of power who give quarter to the forces of racism, hatred and bigotry. As Elie Wiesel once said, we must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.

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For the rest of the summer, the City of Allentown is offering residents half-priced admission to pools on days when there's a heat advisory or an excessive heat warning. A heat advisory will be in effect as of 11:00 am today. ... See MoreSee Less

For the rest of the summer, the City of Allentown is offering residents half-priced admission to pools on days when theres a heat advisory or an excessive heat warning. A heat advisory will be in effect as of 11:00 am today.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently posted this on his twitter feed saying:

This is a headline... in America... in 2019.

Don’t forget this when you go to the ballot box.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently posted this on his twitter feed saying:

This is a headline... in America... in 2019.

Don’t forget this when you go to the ballot box.

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Again, if you can do a better job why are you not President? You are only office due to no opponent which is a fact. Plus, your posts attacking our president show how low class you really are. How much you should not be in any political office.

He urged the perpetually aggrieved nut caucus to find another home if they hate America so much.

This is yet another American nightmare with this president.

Where is Pat Toomey? Hello, Pat ... Pat ...? Pat .......? (Crickets)

This is disgusting. 😡

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2 weeks ago

Peter Schweyer

Earlier today, I was proud to stand side by side with Congresswoman Susan Wild and U.S. Senator Bob Casey as we spoke about our continual fight to make sure folks in our region have affordable healthcare they deserve. As we know, the GOP in Washington is trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

We heard from Olivia who is working 2 jobs, neither offers health insurance. She is relying on healthcare provided by the Affordable Care Act. We also heard Becky’s story. She suffers from a chronic illnesses and spoke about how she has relied on Medicaid.

I’m also proud to have been the author of House Bill 1013 that would protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from losing their health insurance. Congresswoman Wild spoke eloquently about her legislation to protect pre-existing conditions on the federal level (my bill only covers Pennsylvanians).

In the end, people’s lives are at stake. That’s the reality. I thank Congresswoman Wild and Senator Casey for their leadership and will continue to stand by them in the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act and provide even more affordable healthcare coverage for ALL our citizens in the future.
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Earlier today, I was proud to stand side by side with Congresswoman Susan Wild and U.S. Senator Bob Casey as we spoke about our continual fight to make sure folks in our region have affordable healthcare they deserve. As we know, the GOP in Washington is trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. 

We heard from Olivia who is working 2 jobs, neither offers health insurance. She is relying on healthcare provided by the Affordable Care Act. We also heard Becky’s story. She suffers from a chronic illnesses and spoke about how she has relied on Medicaid.

I’m also proud to have been the author of House Bill 1013 that would protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from losing their health insurance. Congresswoman Wild spoke eloquently about her legislation to protect pre-existing conditions on the federal level (my bill only covers Pennsylvanians).

In the end, people’s lives are at stake. That’s the reality. I thank Congresswoman Wild and Senator Casey for their leadership and will continue to stand by them in the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act and provide even more affordable healthcare coverage for ALL our citizens in the future.

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The Heritage Institution’s ACA (National RomneyCare) is performing precisely as designed - a profit center NOT a care center. It IS the Republican plan and no amount of revisionist swill changes the facts.

Glad you were there, Peter!

I wanted to be there but with a toddler and the rain I just couldn’t get there.

3 people who have proven not to care about legal U.S. Citizens. 1 who is only in office because of no opponent. Ms. Wild should be in prison for her role in the Pawlowski investigation. She was only elected due to being a woman. Peter, why did you fear my post that tagged you? 3 peop,e who fear facts and the truth.

Peter fearing your post as much as he fears mine Thx 4 the laugh!!😂😂😂

Wait what? First of all Obama said himself that there will have to be some changes to the bill, second of all a lot of insurance companies bailed out of the plan after the first year and the ones that remained raised their premiums so high it was cheaper to pay the penalty for not having insurance then to pay the Premiums People were being penalized because they could not afford to pay for the insurance.yes the affordable care act was a good idea, but like I said ,Obama knew it was not perfect and there would have to Be Changes made to it down the line. As a matter of it was not for the republicans that Bill would have never passed in the first place. People need insurance and penalizing them because they can not afford it is not the way to go.I had neighbors who were in that position Who told me it was cheaper to pay the penalty for not having it because they honestly could not afford it. So instead of pointing fingers at each other and by that I mean, the Dems blame the republicans and they blame the Dems. Both parties need to sit down and come up with a affordable health care plan everyone can ford and stop blaming each other. Stop trying to scare people into believing that the republicans want to dismantle the plan, when that is far from the truth. I know Trump said when he was running that he was going to dismantle it, but he later stated that he was going to be making changes starting with getting rid of the the penalties. What you should be addressing is the high cost of medications that a lot of senior citizens can not afford and have to choose between eating and buying their medications.

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