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President Lincoln began his proclamation establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday by writing: “The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”
It was October 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, but Lincoln pointed Americans toward developments for which the nation should be thankful.
Today, we can be thankful that, despite often heated divisions and the remnants of the COVID situation, we live in peace and, compared to other nations, relative abundance in 2021. I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude.
Pennsylvania Hunters Provide Food for Neighbors
As families across the commonwealth give thanks, Pennsylvania deer hunters have a way to brighten the holidays for those in need.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest allows hunters to donate their extra venison to food pantries and community assistance centers across Pennsylvania via a statewide network of butchers. Over the last 30 years, the program has distributed nearly 2 million pounds of donated meat.
An average-sized deer will provide enough high-protein, low-fat meat for 200 meals. Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity funded by public and private sources. Hunters can find the nearest participating meat processor here.
Reducing the Hazards and Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel
Travel experts say all types of Thanksgiving travel are projected to rebound to near pre-COVID levels this week.
One way to get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel is the 511PA app. 511PA provides real-time, hands-free traffic advisories for every state roadway in Pennsylvania, and for major roadways in neighboring states of New Jersey and West Virginia.
Quick Tip: AAA says that if you’re hitting the road Wednesday, traffic will be lighter after 9 p.m. If heading out on Thanksgiving, it’s best to depart before 11 a.m.
Envoy Sage Selected as Vendor to Conduct Election Investigation
Last week, in consultation with Senate Republican leadership and members of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, I announced the selection of Envoy Sage as the vendor to conduct a thorough investigation of Pennsylvania’s elections. As a service-disabled veteran-owned small business specializing in research, investigation, program management, and communications, Envoy Sage is uniquely qualified to complete this investigation in a way that will help to restore Pennsylvanians’ faith in our election system.
The process of selecting this vendor was rigorous and comprehensive as we meticulously vetted the merits and ability of this firm. After months of extensive research and interviews with Steve Lahr, Envoy Sage’s President, we are confident in their team of experienced forensic analysts and investigators to swiftly conduct a thorough review of our elections and to do so impartially and responsibly.
A significant portion of the selection process was devoted to ensuring that any vendor would be able to appropriately safeguard the personal information of Pennsylvania voters. Envoy Sage is well-suited to do so, as they not only have handled sensitive information for government agencies, but also have kept classified information safe for the Department of Defense. Much of their team either previously or currently maintains high-level clearances to complete investigations for the most senior levels of government.
Senator Dush and the Intergovernmental Operations Committee specifically sought a firm without political associations, which includes refraining from actively supporting both current candidates and candidates who were on the 2020 or 2021 ballots in Pennsylvania to ensure this investigation can be completed in a professional, non-partisan manner.
Read my full statement on the selection of Envoy Sage here.
Visit the PA Election Investigation website to stay up to date with every step of the process.
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