Daniel Faulkner Scholarship bill advances

    Politicians usually go to Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia for a “wiz-wit” or even “freedom fries.” Today Representative Patrick Murphy of Bucks County, several police officers, and the shop’s owner Joey Vento were on hand to announce the U-S House’s passage of a bill that would give college tuition assistance to children of first responders killed in the line of duty.

    Politicians usually go to Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia for a “wiz-wit”  or even “freedom fries.”  Today Representative Patrick Murphy of Bucks County, several police officers, and the shop’s owner Joey Vento were on hand to announce the U-S House’s passage of a bill that would give college tuition assistance to children of first responders killed in the line of duty.

    The gaudy steak shop on Passyunk Avenue is decorated with flames, lights and a gigantic sandwich, but it was owner Joey Vento’s decision to display a sign reading “This Is America.  When ordering speak English'” that generated national attention.

    “The Officer Daniel Faulkner Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act”  brings up another high-profile dispute.  Mumia Abu Jamal is on death row for the murder of Officer Faulkner.

    Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento in the black shirt, Congressman Bob Brady and Congressman Patrick Murphy at Friday's announcement that the Daniel Faulkner Scholarship bill cleared the U.S. House
    Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento in the black shirt, Congressman Bob Brady and Congressman Patrick Murphy at Friday's announcement that the Daniel Faulkner Scholarship bill cleared the U.S. House

    Representative Patrick Murphy says Geno’s was the right place. “There’s no controversy in the fact that Danny Faulkner served the city of Philadelphia, that he was a community hero, and that he was killed in the line of duty…This location I think is perfect because Joey Vento has a memorial for Danny Faulkner.”

    Murphy says the bill gives peace of mind to first responders because if they are killed, their kids will get help furthering their education.

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