Mitch McConnell’s Graveyard, Part 3

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The Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called himself the “Grim Reaper” and vowed to put a stop to bills coming out of the House of Representatives.  He is currently denying 307 bills that passed the House the opportunity to be considered in the Senate.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the legislation that he is thwarting.

H.R. 1: For the People Act of 2019 

TL;DR – This is a bill that would improve voting rights, fix campaign finance regulations, and mandate ethics and accountability reforms.

  •  💯 over 100 co-sponsors (240)

The bill’s sponsor says:

“This historic bill is a major moment for our country,” said Rep. John Sarbanes. “It’s a signal that Democrats stand with the people – of all political stripes – who are fed up with the status quo in Washington, where wealthy donors and corporate special interests write the checks and call the shots. H.R. 1 will completely rebalance power in our nation’s capital, putting everyday Americans back in charge. The For the People Act will fight back against corruption in Washington, establish clean and fair elections, end the dominance of big money in our politics and ensure the right to vote.. Every single page of this bill was designed to respect and empower the American people, and to make Washington more responsive to the needs and priorities of the public. This bill is truly of, by and for the people.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

NoRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
NoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
NoRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd


vacantPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
NoRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
NoRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
NoRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
NoRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on March 8, 2019, and it passed 234-193.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would help clean up our election system and return power to the people.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 769: Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act 

TL;DR – This is a bill that would establish a new government group inside the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate intelligence, activities, and policy related to preventing terrorism.

  • 🤝 bipartisan co-sponsors                
  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes
  • 🌟 passed with over 400 votes

The bill’s sponsor says:

“As the United States continues to face threats from terrorist organizations and extremists, it is imperative our country is well-prepared to respond. This legislation will establish a coordinated strategy in order to stop attacks before they occur,” said Rep. John Katko. “Americans deserve to feel secure at home and abroad. It is essential that government agencies are all on the same page when it comes to protecting Americans from terror threats.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
AyeRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
AyeRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd


vacantPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
AyeRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
AyeRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
AyeRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
AyeRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
AyeRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on January 29, 2019, and it passed 414-12.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would improve coordination in preventing terrorism.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 777: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act

TL;DR – This is a bill that would authorizes up to $151 million in funding each each year to handle untested rape kits.

  • 🤝 bipartisan co-sponsors                  
  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes
  • 🌟 passed with over 400 votes 

The bill’s sponsor says:

“Across the country, DNA evidence sits in a backlog because forensic labs don’t have the resources they need to process it, denying justice to victims of violent crime. So, I wrote and passed the Debbie Smith Act – which at the time was called the ‘the most important anti-rape legislation ever signed into law,’” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “The results of the grant speak for themselves. This funding keeps rapists and other criminals off the streets. And perhaps more importantly, the program can deliver some measure of justice to survivors of violence. I urge the Senate to pass and send this bill to the President’s desk immediately.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
AyeRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
no voteRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd
no voteRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
no voteRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
no voteRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
no voteRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
no voteRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
no voteRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on February 27, 2019, and it passed 402-1.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would bring rapists to justice.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 986: Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019

TL;DR – This is a bill that would reverse a new Trump Administration rule that allows states to permit the sale of “junk insurance” health plans that do not provide protections to people with pre-existing conditions.

  •  🗳  received bipartisan votes

The bill’s sponsor says:

“The Trump Administration has done its very best to undermine the Affordable Care Act and access to quality healthcare for millions of Americans,” said Rep. Ann Kuster. “The ACA was a watershed piece of legislation that ensured protections for those who had been denied access to health insurance in the past because of pre-existing conditions. Our legislation would help to ensure that those protections do not fall victim to partisan attacks. I’m committed to working with my colleagues to strengthen and improve access to quality, affordable health insurance for all Americans.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
NoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
NoRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd
NoRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
NoRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
NoRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
NoRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
NoRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on May 9, 2019, and it passed 230-183.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would keep insurance companies from offering junk plans.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 1420: Energy Efficient Government Technology Act

TL;DR – This is a bill that would require federal agencies to use energy-efficient and energy-saving information technologies at data centers

  • 🤝 bipartisan co-sponsors
  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes
  • ⭐️ passed with over 300 votes

The bill’s sponsor says:

“This legislation brings the federal government’s IT and data centers into the 21st century,” Rep. Anna Eshoo said. “The government operates over 2,000 data centers to store everything from Social Security tax records to e-books at the Library of Congress, and the Department of Energy estimates that their energy usage could be slashed in half simply by implementing best practices and existing technologies.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
NoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
AyeRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd
AyeRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
AyeRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
AyeRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
AyeRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
AyeRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
AyeRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on September 9, and it passed 384-23.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would stop needless energy waste at federal data centers.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 1582: Electronic Message Preservation Act

TL;DR – This is a bill that would require that would update the Federal and Presidential Records Acts so that emails and other electronic communications are saved in the same manner that paper records are preserved.

  • 🤝 bipartisan co-sponsors               
  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes
  • 🎇 passed unanimously

The bill’s sponsor says:

“I introduced this bill with the goal of modernizing the Federal and Presidential Records Acts and to help ensure that email records from federal agencies and the White House are preserved,” the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform said.  “This legislation would provide accountability to encourage every president to have the controls in place that are necessary to preserve emails and other electronic records.  This bill has passed the House with bipartisan support several times before, including last Congress. I urge my colleagues to support the bill again today, and I hope the Senate will act on the bill and send it to the President’s desk before the end of the year.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

This was a voice vote, so no tally of individual votes is kept.  Voice votes are presumed unanimous, as any member can call for a recorded vote if they wish to object to legislation.

The House vote on this bill was taken on March 12, 2019, and it passed unanimously.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would keep Donald Trump from (reportedly) eating and (100% verified) tearing up records he is required to keep.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 1585: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

TL;DR – This is a bill that would direct funding to programs that prevent violence against women, and stiffens criminal penalties for gender based violence.

  • 💯 over 100 co-sponsors (167)                     
  • 🤝 bipartisan co-sponsors
  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes

The bill’s sponsor says:

“This is our opportunity to respond to the needs of victims and survivors everywhere, absent discrimination based on their race, sex, religion, or nationality. That is why this law has been reauthorized three times—in 2000, 2005, and 2013, since enactment—with strong bipartisan approval and overwhelming support from Congress, states, and local communities,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “H.R. 1585 is inclusive, sensible, and responsive.  This bill is about preventing and responding to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. This is why I urge my colleagues to exert courage and stand with victims by supporting this bill.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
NoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
NoRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd
NoRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
NoRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
NoRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
NoRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
NoRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on April 4, 2019, and it passed 263-158.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 2513: Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 

TL;DR – This is a bill that would eliminate the ability of business owners to protect themselves from claims of criminality, wrongdoing and liability by setting up companies with anonymous shell corporations as owners.

  • 🤝 bipartisan co-sponsors                 
  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes

The bill’s sponsor says:

“The illicit use of anonymous shell companies is one of the most pressing national security problems we currently face,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “They are being used by money launderers, criminals, and terrorists – but we can stop that. We’re the only advanced country in the world that doesn’t already require disclosure of this information — and frankly, it’s an embarrassment. We owe this to law enforcement. Beyond the impacts for law enforcement, this bill will also help to crack down on New York’s real estate being used to park illicit money, driving up housing costs and limiting availability. It seems that more than ever before, there are too many dark windows in apartments in NYC at night – but with this bill, it is my hope that this practice will be put to an end. Too many anonymous LLCs instead of families own NYC apartments. The Senate needs to act to pass this bill without delay.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
NoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
NoRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd
NoRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
NoRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
NoRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
NoRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
NoRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on October 22, 2019, and it passed 249-173.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would limit the ability of corporations to shield themselves by creating impenetrable mazes of corporate ownership.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 2515: Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019

TL;DR – This is a bill that would expand the definition of a whistleblower and extends the anti-retaliation protections given to whistleblowers.

  • 🤝 bipartisan co-sponsors                             
  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes
  • 🌟 passed with over 400 votes

The bill’s sponsor says:

“The Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act (DFA)… insured protections against employer retaliation for whistleblowers who report suspected misconduct by their employers. Unfortunately, in 2018, the Supreme Court restricted these whistleblower protections solely to those employees who report wrongdoing directly to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),” explained Rep. Al Green. “This controversial ruling not only undermined the efficacy of corporate compliance reporting systems, but it also excluded internal whistleblowers from any legal protections provided by the DFA, leaving those whistleblowers subject to retaliation, reprisals, and termination by their employers… The Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019 will ensure that all whistleblowers enjoy the protections originally intended by the DFA nine years ago.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
AyeRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
AyeRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd
AyeRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
AyeRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
AyeRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
AyeRThompson, GlennPA 15th
no voteDWild, SusanPA 7th
AyeRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
AyeRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on July 9, 2019, and it passed 410-12.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would protect employees who reveal wrongdoing.

Additional Reading:


H.R. 3624: Outsourcing Accountability Act of 2019

TL;DR – This is a bill that would require public companies to track and report on the number of jobs they outsource to other countries.

  • 🗳 received bipartisan votes

The bill’s sponsor says:

“Across the country, corporations are leaving American workers high and dry by discreetly shipping jobs overseas to benefit their bottom line. By holding companies accountable for outsourcing, this bill will help disincentivize the practice and give employees, consumers and investors the information they need to make informed decisions about supporting companies that support American jobs,” Rep. Cindy Axne said. “The Outsourcing Accountability Act, would simply require publicly-traded companies to disclose information they already have about which state and country their employees are located in. Having spent a career in human resources and organizational development, I know that if a corporation does not already keep track of where their employees are located, they have bigger problems than my legislation.”

Pennsylvania lawmaker votes:

NoRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1st
NoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2nd
NoRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rd
NoRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4th
NoRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5th
NoRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6th
NoRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7th
NoRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8th
AyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9th
AyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House vote on this bill was taken on October 18, 2019, and it passed 226-184.  

It is stalled in the Senate.

R.I.P. to the bill that would create transparency, and let investors see how many jobs businesses are sending out of the country.

Additional Reading:


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