Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report – 02.02.20

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Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump

The lower the number, the more the legislator votes in opposition to the Trump agenda.

Member of CongressThis week’s scoreChange from last report
Senator Bob Casey (D)29.6%0.0%
Senator Pat Toomey (R)87.3%0.0%
PA-01 Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R)65.6%+0.2%
PA-02 Rep. Brendan Boyle (D)13.1%-0.1%
PA-03 Rep. Dwight Evans (D)12.0%-0.1%
PA-04 Rep. Madeleine Dean (D)3.0%-0.1%
PA-05 Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D)5.8%-0.1%
PA-06 Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D)4.5%-0.1%
PA-07 Rep. Susan Wild (D)7.2%-0.2%
PA-08 Rep. Matt Cartwright (D)20.5%-0.1%
PA-09 Rep. Dan Meuser (R)98.4%0.0%
PA-10 Rep. Scott Perry (R)89.4%+0.1%
PA-11 Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R)95.5%0.0%
PA-12 Rep. Fred Keller (R)94.4%+0.1%
PA-13 Rep. John Joyce (R)98.5%+0.1%
PA-14 Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R)95.3%+0.1%
PA-15 Rep. Glenn W. Thompson (R)98.1%0.0%
PA-16 Rep. Mike Kelly (R)96.3%+0.1%
PA-17 Rep. Conor Lamb (D)23.1%-0.2%
PA-18 Rep. Mike Doyle (D)15.1%-0.1%

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website assesses the voting records of our MoCs to provide this index, by comparing any bills where President Trump has stated a position, and comparing the vote of the legislator to that opinion. Only one vote was scored this week, a House bill that changes rules for credit reporting.

Want to see exactly what votes went into giving your MoC the numbers above?  Click on the name of any legislator and you will be brought to their 538 webpage, where all of the positions that went into the index are listed in an easy-to-read format.

Votes of Interest 

The Senate forgets what it means to be a co-equal branch of government

Senate Impeachment Votes

While the media was mostly focused on the vote related to witnesses (understandably so), there were actually six separate votes that took place on Friday night.  Below, please find the details on all six votes. The roll call votes themselves are nested within the Congressional Record, in the details of the impeachment trial..

🗳️ Vote on the Motion (Shall It Be In Order To Consider And Debate Any Motion To Subpoena Witnesses Or Documents)
Part of the Impeachment Trial rules that passed last week set up the opportunity to debate on whether there should be a debate of witnesses (yes, that does sound circuitous – it’s from the mind of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.).  In fact, that was one of the issues that House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff took issue with last week. Schiff had argued for an amendment that would have automatically made it acceptable to debate specific witnesses.  Since that did not pass, there was four hours of debate in the Senate if they should consider bringing in any witnesses at all.

A portion of the explanation from House Impeachment Manager Val Demings:

“At the onset of this trial, we moved for Leader McConnell’s resolution to be amended to subpoena documents and witnesses from the outset. This body decided to hold the question over. You have now heard opening arguments from both sides. You have seen the evidence that the House was able to collect. You have heard about the documents and witnesses President Trump blocked from the House’s  impeachment inquiry. We have vigorously questioned both sides.

The President’s counsel has urged you to decide this case and render your verdict upon the record assembled by the House. The evidence in the record is sufficient. It is sufficient to convict the President on both Articles of Impeachment–more than sufficient.

But that is simply not how trials work. As any prosecutor or defense lawyer would tell you, when a case goes to trial, both sides call witnesses and subpoena documents to bring before the jury. That happens  every day in courtrooms all across America. There is no reason why this impeachment trial should be any different. The commonsense practice is borne out of precedence. There has never been–never before been–a full Senate impeachment trial without a single witness. In fact, you can see in the slide that in every one of the 15 prior impeachment trials the Senate has called multiple witnesses. Today we ask you to follow this body’s uniform precedence and your common sense. We urge you to vote in favor of subpoenaing witnesses and documents.”

Vote Date: January 31, 2020, 05:35 PM Final Vote: 49-51 (failed)
Casey voted YES and Toomey voted NO; Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine were the two GOP Senators to vote with the Democrats.

On the next four amendments, there was no debate at all.  As soon as Minority Leader Schumer offered the amendment, Majority Leader McConnell moved to table it.  That went straight into a roll call vote, and each matter was quickly closed

🗳️Vote on Amendment No. 1295, to subpoena certain relevant witnesses and documents

This is a request to subpoena ad extensive list of witnesses and documents, including John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Michael Duffey, Robert Blair, and materials from the National Security Council, the White House, the Treasury Department and a vast array of other bureaucratic agencies

Vote Date: January 31, 2020 Final Vote: 53-47 (motion tabled)
Casey voted NO (in support of the amendment) and Toomey voted YES (against the amendment)

🗳️ Vote on Amendment No. 1296, to subpoena John Robert Bolton

This was an amendment directing the Chief Justice to issue a subpoena for John Bolton.

Vote Date: January 31, 2020 Final Vote: 51-49 (motion tabled)
Casey voted NO (in support of the amendment) and Toomey voted YES (against the amendment); Mitt Romney and Susan Collins were the two GOP Senators to vote with the Democrats.

🗳️ Vote on Amendment No. 1297, to subpoena John Robert Bolton

This was an amendment asking for one day of deposition and one day of live testimony from John Bolton.

Vote Date: January 31, 2020 Final Vote: 51-49 (motion tabled)
Casey voted NO (in support of the amendment) and Toomey voted YES (against the amendment); Mitt Romney and Susan Collins were the two GOP Senators to vote with the Democrats.

🗳️ Vote on Amendment No. 1298, to help ensure impartial justice by requiring the Chief Justice to rule on motions to subpoena witnesses and documents and issues of privilege

This was an amendment allowing Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts to subpoena witnesses if he felt they could provide information relevant to the impeachment trial.

Vote Date: January 31, 2020, Final Vote: 53-47 (motion tabled)
Casey voted NO (in support of the amendment) and Toomey voted YES (against the amendment)

🗳️ Vote on S.Res. 488: A resolution to provide for related procedures concerning the articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States 

With those four amendments out of the way, the Senate moved to vote on a resolution that says:

  • The record is closed, and no new evidence will be added
  • Final arguments will be held on Monday, with each side getting 2 hours
  • The final vote will be held on Wednesday at 4PM.

Vote Date: January 31, 2020 Final Vote: 53-47
Casey voted YES and Toomey voted NO

The House moves to overhaul the credit reporting process 

🗳️ House Vote on H.R. 3621: Comprehensive CREDIT Act of 2020

This is a bill that would rework the manner in which credit reports are compiled, and includes banning of mortgage delinquencies from the report  if the mortgage provider participated in abusive or fraudulent practices. That same model, excluding a debt if a lender engaged in fraudulent practices, would apply to student debt as well.  It also would exclude medical debts for procedures that were deemed medically necessary, and it would lessen the time that late bill payments would affect the report. The bill also empowers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to test new models for scoring credit reporting.

Vote date: Wednesday, January 31, 2020 Vote Tally: 221-189

Party Breakdown: This vote was nearly on party lines.  All Republicans and the lone Independent voted NO.  They were joined by two Democrats – Hawaii’s Ed Case and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson.
Additional Reading:

NoRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1stNoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2ndNoRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rdNoRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4thNoRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5thNoRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6thNoRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7thNoRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8thAyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9thAyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

The House Passes two efforts to block war with Iran

Editor’s note – the procedural details on this are convoluted. This is one of those situations where the Rules Committee provided new text and inserted it into an old bill number.  So while it looks like there are two votes on the exact same bill, that is not the case.

🗳️ FIRST House Vote on H.R. 550: No War Against Iran Act

On Concurring in the Senate Amdt with Amdt Specified in Section 4(a) of H. Res. 811 in the House

This is a measure to block funding for any use of offensive military action against Iran without congressional approval. The text was taken from a bill introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna earlier this year.

Vote date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 Vote Tally: 228-175

Party Breakdown: All but three of the NO votes came from Republicans. One of the three Democrats who voted NO was PA-17’s Conor Lamb. Most of the YES votes were Democrats, and they were joined by four Republicans and Independent Justin Amash.

🗳️ SECOND House Vote on H.R. 550: No War Against Iran Act

On Concurring in the Senate Amdt with Amdt Specified in Section 4(b) of H. Res. 811 in the House
The text of this measure would repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), and was taken from a measure introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee.

Vote date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 Vote Tally: 236-166

Party Breakdown: Most of the YES votes came from Democrats, who were joined by 11 Republicans and Independent Amash.  The NO votes were mostly placed by Republicans, along with a pair of Democrats (one of whom was PA-17’s Conor Lamb).

Additional Reading:

This vote breakdown for Pennsylvania lawmakers applies to both Iran bills noted above.

NoRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1stNoRPerry, ScottPA 10th
no voteDBoyle, BrendanPA 2ndNoRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rdNoRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4thNoRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5thNoRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6thNoRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7thNoRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8thNoDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9thAyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

Congress looks to reauthorize laws about deadly Fentanyl and its lookalikes

🗳️ House Vote on S. 3201: Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act

The way that narcotics laws are built in this country, lawmakers have always been very specific about the chemical make-up of the drug they are dealing with.  But in recent years, illegal drug makers have been tweaking their formulas slightly, and then the new version isn’t illegal, even if it has the same damaging effects.  This has been the case with a class of drugs that is nearly but not exactly identical to Fentanyl. So this bill could temporarily apply a class-wide ban on Fentanyl-like drugs, just before a previous temporary authorization was about to run out.  The Justice Department wanted to make this ban permanent, but, according to the New York Times, “…opposition by criminal justice reform groups and researchers led the Senate to put off a permanent solution by passing legislation that would temporarily extend the DEA’s class-wide ban on fentanyl analogues for another 15 months in order to buy the Government Accountability Office time to study how the policy will affect scientific research.”

Vote date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Vote Tally: 320-88

Party Breakdown: All but two of the NO votes came from Democrats. They were joined by Independent Justin Amash and Republicans Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

Additional Reading:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1stAyeRPerry, ScottPA 10th
NoDBoyle, BrendanPA 2ndAyeRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
NoDEvans, DwightPA 3rdAyeRKeller, FredPA 12th
NoDDean, MadeleinePA 4thAyeRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
NoDScanlon, MaryPA 5thAyeRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6thAyeRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7thAyeRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8thAyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
AyeRMeuser, DanielPA 9thNoDDoyle, MikePA 18th

This House promotes Suicide Research 

🗳️ House Vote on H.R. 4704: Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act

This is a bill that directs the National Science Foundation to create and fund competitive research grants related to suicide. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ben McAdams, observed that “…how we understand human behavior, our social ties, and the environment in which we live can nexus into understanding to what puts people at risk of suicide and how we can support those in crisis.”

Vote date: Monday, January 27, 2020 Vote Tally: 385-8 

Party Breakdown: Independent Justin Amash and seven Republicans voted NO. The dissenting Republicans are all members of the House Freedom Caucus.

Additional Reading:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1stAyeRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2ndAyeRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rdAyeRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4thAyeRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5thAyeRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6thAyeRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7thAyeRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8thAyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
AyeRMeuser, DanielPA 9thAyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

House Advances Holocaust education bill 

🗳️ House Vote on H.R. 943: Never Again Education Act

This bill, passed on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, would provide additional funding to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s education programming.  This would eable the museum to create and distribute new resources to raise awareness of the Holocaust, it’s causes, and the lessons we should take from it today.

Vote date: Monday, January 27, 2020 Vote Tally: 393-5 

Party Breakdown:  The five NO votes came from four Republicans (members of the House Freedom Caucus) and Independent Justin Amash. 

Additional Reading:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1stAyeRPerry, ScottPA 10th
AyeDBoyle, BrendanPA 2ndAyeRSmucker, LloydPA 11th
AyeDEvans, DwightPA 3rdAyeRKeller, FredPA 12th
AyeDDean, MadeleinePA 4thAyeRJoyce, JohnPA 13th
AyeDScanlon, MaryPA 5thAyeRReschenthaler, GuyPA 14th
AyeDHoulahan, ChrissyPA 6thAyeRThompson, GlennPA 15th
AyeDWild, SusanPA 7thAyeRKelly, MikePA 16th
AyeDCartwright, MatthewPA 8thAyeDLamb, ConorPA 17th
AyeRMeuser, DanielPA 9thAyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

Unanimously passed legislation

The following bills were passed through unanimous consent or voice vote (which presumes unanimity, as any member can object to the voice vote and ask for a roll call). This list excludes bills related to post offices, stamps, memorials, awareness weeks and other ceremonial activities. This list included votes from this week, as well as the week of January 13th – 17th.

  • S.153 – Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act
  • H.R. 2153 – Keeping Girls in School Act
  • H.R. 5338 – Global Hope Act of 2019
  • H.Res. 752 – Supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests
  • H.R. 886 – Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act
  • S. 3084 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • S.Res. 371 – A resolution reaffirming the support of the United States for the people of the Republic of South Sudan and calling on all parties to uphold their commitments to peace and dialogue as outlined in the 2018 revitalized peace agreement
  • S.Res. 471 – A resolution authorizing the taking of a photograph in the Chamber of the United States Senate
  • S. 2547 – Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act of 2019
  • S.Res. 260 – A resolution recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting the commitment of the United States Agency for International Development to reducing global malnutrition through the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy
  • H.R. 4302 – Homeless Assistance Act
  • H.R. 4458 – Cybersecurity and Financial System Resilience Act
  • H.R. 4841 – Prudential Regulator Oversight Act
  • H.R. 5315 – Expanding Opportunity for MDIs Act

Our Senators speak out about the Impeachment Witness Vote:

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 01/31/20:

“Americans know that a fair trial requires relevant witnesses and testimony. In fact, 75% of Americans support calling witnesses. Yet, Republicans have blocked them at every turn. It seems that the president is calling the shots, dictating the Republican approach to this trial. Senate Democrats will continue to push for fairness. Trials have documents and evidence. Cover-ups don’t. This is the third presidential impeachment trial in our country’s history, and it would be the only one to be conducted without calling a single witness. In fact, every completed impeachment trial in history, for both judges and presidents, have actually included new witnesses that were not originally interviewed in the House. … Americans deserve a fair trial, anything less is a cover-up.” This is an excerpt from the four minute long Weekly Democratic Address made by Senator Casey, a video clip of which is available in the tweet linked above.

🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, from his official website, 01/31/20:

“The purpose of a witness is to shed light on an important fact that could resolve a disputed issue and help determine the final outcome of the case. In my view, the House has brought forward articles of impeachment that do not justify removing President Trump from office, nullifying the results of the 2016 election, and denying Americans the right to vote for him in the next election. As a result, additional witnesses beyond the 17 who testified in the House proceedings, are not necessary.”

MoC Twitter Action

Courtesy of contributor Helen, a.k.a. @ElastigirlVotes

Twitter Action – Witnesses and Documents

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 1/31/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 1/31/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 1/31/20:

🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 1/31/20:

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 1/31/20:

🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, @RepScottPerry, 1/28/20:

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 1/28/20:

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 1/28/20:

Twitter Action – Healthcare/ safety net

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 1/30/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 1/28/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 1/30/20:

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 1/29/20:

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 1/30/20:

🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 2/1/20:

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 1/30/20:

Twitter Action – MoCs on Legislation

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 01/30/20:

🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 02/01/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrndanBoyle, 01/28/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 01/31/20:

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 01/29/20:

🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 01/27/20:

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 01/31/20:

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 01/29/20:

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 01/30/20:

🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 01/29/20:

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 01/27/20:

🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 01/29/20:

🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 01/28/20:

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 01/31/20:

Tweet of the Week

Where you’ll find the best and worst content from Pennsylvania’s MoCs

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 1/28/20:

🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 1/27/20:

🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 01/28/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 01/31/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 01/31/20:

🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 01/27/20:

“Incredible news!”

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 01/31/20:

🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 02/01/20:

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 01/31/20:

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 01/29/20:

🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 1/27/20:

🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, @RepScottPerry, 01/31/20:

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 01/28/20:

🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 01/29/20:

🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 1/30/20:

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 1/27/20:

🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 01/28/20:

🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, @MikeKellyPA:

The MoC didn’t tweet any original content this week, only retweeting content from his party leaders and the White House.

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 01/30/20:

Casey in the News 

Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk

When I think about Dr. King and his legacy, I think of two words. One word is justice and the other word is service. If we’re living up to his legacy, we will continue to fight the battles that we should fight against injustice to advance the cause of justice, and we must continue that fight today. His fight for justice must continue to be our fight here in the United States.

from an article in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun titled “The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. holds 38th Annual Awards and Benefit Luncheon

It’s one of the things we’re wrestling with here: What is a public trust? Has that been violated? If it has been violated, what does that mean? What should happen?

from an article in the Morning Call titled “What Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey will ask when Q-and-A portion of Trump impeachment trial begins Wednesday

This is wrong; it’s a mistake… It’s certainly not in the interest of justice, and it’s certainly adverse to the interests of people with disabilities.

from an article in the Erie News Now titled “Democrats, activists oppose proposed cuts to Social Security disability programs

The Social Security Administration scam is an impostor scam, plain and simple… Anyone, anyone, could be a victim of this kind of a crime.

No one from our government will ever make these types of threats.

from an article in the Times Online titled “Casey: ‘Anyone’ can fall victim to Social Security phone scam

These are grave charges in a serious determination we have to make. The best way to get to that is [to] put people under oath… I don’t know why Republicans seem to be afraid of having people put their hand in the air, testify under oath, and then be cross-examined. The president’s lawyers could have as much time as they need to cross-examine John Bolton or any other witness. But, what are they afraid of? They don’t seem to want to put anyone under oath who’s making the case for the president.

I would hope that to have a full and fair trial that they would be voting affirmatively for relevant witnesses and relevant documents…  think the trial could proceed from there. I think it would be the right approach for the Senate to take, but, they have to make that decision.

from an article on Fox News titled “Sen. Bob Casey: Why is GOP ‘afraid’ of impeachment witness testimony?

As we prepare to celebrate the start of Black History Month, I am proud to cosponsor this bill to rename the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters after the late William Thaddeus Coleman Jr., a Philadelphia native who was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of Transportation.

From arguing 19 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and coauthoring the legal brief in Brown v. Board of Education, to his time at the helm of the Department of Transportation, Secretary Coleman exemplified the virtues of public service and I look forward to honoring his legacy.

from an article in the Skanner titled “Bill introduced to Name US Department of Transportation Headquarters After Its First African American Secretary

Toomey in the News 

Courtesy of contributor Elayne Baker

Editor’s note – many articles covering the impeachment votes simple cited Senator Toomey’s official website itatement.  Since that is cited above in its own section, we are not including those articles here.

I think most of it was all very relevant and very persuasive. Brevity is generally a virtue.

the senator’s comments on the presentation by the White House attorneys, from a New York Post article titled “Trump lawyers attack Schiff, Dems for allegedly hiding evidence” 

It has changed, and it’s changed to the point where I am absolutely certain that we don’t need witnesses. We don’t need to drag this out any longer. We should move as quickly as we can to get this thing over with, get this behind us. Even if someone believes that everything John Bolton says is going to confirm what’s charged in these articles, it’s not impeachable.

from an article in TribLive titled “Sen. Pat Toomey to vote ‘no’ on impeachment witnesses

Medicaid is growing at a rate that far outpaces our economy. The program consumes nearly 30 percent of state budgets. The Trump administration’s proposal to give states more flexibility is a step in the right direction, but significant work remains to make this safety net program fiscally sustainable.

from a MyChesCo article titled “Toomey Statement on CMS’s New Optional Medicaid Block Grant Proposal

Impeachment Trial Excerpt of Note

This portion of the impeachment trial, taken from the Congressional Record dated January 31, 2020, show just why courts matter, and why progressives need to be just as activated about judicial confirmations as conservatives and evangelicals. Chief Justice Roberts chose to do absolutely nothing as the very concept of fair trial was under assault. It did not have to be handled that way.

Call to Action – Reject the Cover-up!

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, the Senate will be placing its final vote in the Impeachment Trial.  At this point, it is a foregone conclusion that the GOP-led Senate will acquit President Trump.

In response, a collective a progressive organizations are hosting “Reject the Coverup” events around the country.  You can find an event near you HERE. More events are being scheduled as you read this.

Even if you can’t attend one of these events, do take the opportunity on Wednesday to contact the offices of both Senator Casey and Senator Toomey.  There are six ways you can do so:

  1. Phone for Senate Casey for Senator Toomey
  2. Snailmail for Senate Casey for Senator Toomey
  3. Website contact form for Senate Casey for Senator Toomey
  4. Tweet @SenBobCasey @SenToomey
  5. Resistbot Text RESIST to 50409 or via Direct Message on Twitter
  6. Fax, using faxzero https://faxzero.com/fax_senate/T000461

Please do thank Senator Casey for his clever question and consistent presence calling for accountability for the president.  And when you call Senator Toomey… you know what to say.

The following organizations are sponsoring the Reject the Coverup events.

Turn out for this critical event if your schedule and abilities permit it!


This report brought to you by the Pennsylvania MoCTrack team… 

  • Elayne Baker 
  • Gary Garb
  • Helen aka @ElastigirlVotes
  • Linda Houk
  • Kierstyn Piotrowski Zolfo

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