Tag Archives: Ryan Costello

Congress’ vote on background checks is disappointing

letter from Tom Buglio, Daily Local News, 4/6/17

The country is divided on so many issues, guns being a perfect example. As someone who advocates for gun violence reduction, it has been a real struggle to find any common ground with gun rights advocates. I was hoping that keeping guns out of the hands of those with mental problems could be one of those areas; especially after the tragic and highly publicized shootings such as Aurora, Newtown and Tucson. All three are examples of someone with a mental illness using a firearm with tragic consequences. Surely, we can all agree that people who are mentally unstable, unbalanced, or with a full blown diagnosis of mental illness should not have access to a gun?

US Reps Costello and Meehan apparently do not think so.

President Bush signed a bill after the Virginia Tech tragedy where 32 people were gunned down by a mentally disturbed student in 2007, that required all federal agencies, including the VA, to submit names of people in their care to the National Instant Background Check (NICS) prohibited list when deemed too dangerous to own a gun.

This week’s successful vote on HR1181 – Vet’s 2nd Amendment Protection Act, will effectively cancel this law, and demonstrates once again that our Republican Congress does the bidding of the NRA, to the detriment of the safety of the Veterans and their families. This bill will restore gun rights to 170,000 Vets who may pose a serious danger to themselves and others. Let’s look at the facts:

*20 Vets commit suicide every day
*15,000 Vets who have severe PTSD will get their gun rights restored (DLN 3/23/17)
*19,000 Vets who have schizophrenia will get their gun rights restored (DLN 3/23/17)
*Vets have up to a 61% higher risk of suicide than the general public
*14 retired admirals and generals, including David Petraeus, sent a letter to Congress urging them against this bill Continue reading

More than 100 rally at Costello’s office urging no vote on ACA repeal

By Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 3/23/17

WEST CHESTER >> With chants like “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, we need to see Costello,” and “Keep it, keep it, people really need it,” more than 100 people gathered outside the office of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, Thursday at noon to protest the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“We are asking Ryan Costello to be a stand-up guy and vote no to TrumpCare,” said Paula Terrell of North Coventry Township. “It will affect my (insurance) premiums and the premiums of our senior citizens.”…

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n.b. A Quinnipiac University Poll released yesterday shows that 56% of US voters disapprove of the “TrumpCare” plan with only 17% in favor and 26% undecided. 46% say they would be less likely to vote for a US Senator or representative who votes for the current Republican plan, 19% more likely, and 29% say it wouldn’t matter.

The Power of the Press… or not

Headlines in the Daily Local News:

Protests outside Meehan’s office and at Chester County Courthouse in favor of ACA, 2/11/17

“…About 150 also congregated in front of the Historic Chester County Courthouse Saturday, urging U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen, to support the ACA….”

Calling event a ‘political stunt,’ Costello won’t attend town hall in Phoenixville, 2/24/17

“…According to a flier sent to Digital First Media by the Concerned Constituent Action Group, the event will take place with or without Costello to discuss topics such as health care, the environment, education, immigration and ethics in the new age of government….”

Rep. Costello holds pop-up town hall meeting with protesters, 2/24/17

“Protesters who gathered once again outside U.S. Ryan Costello’s West Chester office were surprised Friday when the congressman appeared in person to talk with them.

“The protest group, called the Costello Constituent Action Group, has been meeting every Friday since President Trump’s election . After greeting the protesters, including a man in a gorilla suit holding a “Not a Paid Gorilla” sign, Costello invited them inside for an impromptu meeting….”

Group criticizes absent Rep. Costello at town hall, 2/25/17

“PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents were fired up Saturday at a scheduled town hall meeting where invited U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, did not attend.

“The Concerned Constituent Action Group hosted a town hall meeting to voice concerns about national issues including health care, the environment, education, immigration and ethics in the new age of government under President Donald Trump….”

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Protests outside Meehan’s office and at Chester County Courthouse in favor of ACA

by Kathleen E. Carey, Daily Local News, 2/11/17

SPRINGFIELD >> A couple hundred people once again lined Sproul Road Saturday, calling upon U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford to support the Affordable Care Act and questioning if Republican leaders’ words can be trusted.

Holding a bullhorn, Springfield nurse practitioner Mackenzie Houser questioned the process.

“The GOP is asking us to trust them as they repeal the ACA and work towards a replacement,” she said. “The president says to trust him, the coverage for pre-existing conditions will not be eliminated. But do we trust them?”

“No!” the crowds responded.

“What have they done to earn our trust?” Houser asked. “Over the past seven years, Republicans have voted to repeal the ACA over 50 times … They are no closer to having a plan to replace it.”…

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