Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report – 03.08.20

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Graphic by Kelly Pollock.

This is a 100% volunteer effort brought to you by a handful of progressive Democrats and Independents who share a vision of an informed electorate.  We want to offer a big thank you to the Demcast and Pennsylvania Statewide Indivisible organizations who host our report and help us share it out to the residents of our Commonwealth!  And apologies for the longer-than-planned hiatus we took. Unexpected illnesses can get in the way of our best intentions.

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)28.8%-0.3%
Senator Pat Toomey (R)87.6%+0.1%
PA-01 Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R)64.0%-0.8%
PA-02 Rep. Brendan Boyle (D)12.8%-0.2%
PA-03 Rep. Dwight Evans (D)11.7%-0.2%
PA-04 Rep. Madeleine Dean (D)2.9%0.0%
PA-05 Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D)5.5%-0.1%
PA-06 Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D)4.3%-0.1%
PA-07 Rep. Susan Wild (D)6.8%-0.2%
PA-08 Rep. Matt Cartwright (D)20.0%-0.3%
PA-09 Rep. Dan Meuser (R)98.5%0.0%
PA-10 Rep. Scott Perry (R)89.6%+0.1%
PA-11 Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R)95.7%+0.1%
PA-12 Rep. Fred Keller (R)95.0%+0.3%
PA-13 Rep. John Joyce (R)98.6%+0.1%
PA-14 Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R)95.6%+0.1%
PA-15 Rep. Glenn W. Thompson (R)98.2%+0.1%
PA-16 Rep. Mike Kelly (R)96.3%0.0%
PA-17 Rep. Conor Lamb (D)23.2%+0.6%
PA-18 Rep. Mike Doyle (D)14.7%-0.2%

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 expressed by the president.  The two votes scored since our last report were both in the House – one related to flavored tobacco products and the other on the rights of Transportation Security Administration employees.

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 

Congress swiftly passes Coronavirus Preparedness Funding 

House Vote AND Senate Vote on H.R. 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

Both houses of Congress moved quickly to approve $8.3 billion in funding to address the COVD-19 outbreak.  This amount is more than 3 times what the Trump Administration requested. The funding will be divided between:

  • the Department of Health and Human Services, at least $3.1 billion – this will go to vaccine development, supporting community health centers, therapeutic process development.  Additional funding was assigned for the purchase of supplied like masks and respirators
  • the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $950 million – this will be dispersed to state and local departments of health to increase staffing for labs, data analysis, and disease vector tracking
  • the State Department and other international-facing offices, $1.25 billion – this will be used for international containment and mitigation efforts

There will also be $1 billion in loan available to businesses who sustain losses due to decreased commerce from the outbreak.  We should expect additional appropriations bills along these lines to be brought up in coming months.

President Trump signed this into law on Friday.

House Vote date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 House Vote Tally: 415-2

Senate Vote date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 Senate Vote Tally: 96-1

Party Breakdown: The three lawmakers to vote against this funding were all Republicans – Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado.

Additional Reading:

Casey voted YES and Toomey voted YES

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

AntiLynching Bill Passes the House after a Century of Attempts 

House Vote on H.R. 35: Emmett Till Antilynching Act

This is a bill designed to classify lynching as a hate crime under our federal laws.  That means additional punishment would be leveled against criminals who are found guilty of lynching someone.  The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) made the following statement upon the bill’s passage:

“Today is a historic day for this U.S. House of Representatives, this Congress, and the American people. Being from Chicago, the death of Emmett Till sent shockwaves through my community and personally affected me and my family. However, his death would not be in vain, for it was the spark that ignited the long arc of the civil rights movement, leading us to this very moment.

“With the passage of this bill we correct a historical injustice, based on a lie, that took the life of this young man. We also bring justice to the over 4000 victims of lynching, most of them African-Americans, who have had their lives tragically, and horrifically cut short at the hands of racist mobs and hate-filled hordes. After 120 years, and 200 failed attempts, the House finally positions itself on the right side of history, outlawing the heinous act of lynching once and for all.”

Vote date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Vote Tally: 410-4

Party Breakdown: The four votes placed against this measure were from three Republicans (Ted Yoho of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Louie Gohmert of Texas) and our lone Independent (Justin Amash of Michigan).

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 Gives TSA Workers full federal workforce rights

House Vote on H.R. 1140: Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act 

This bill would integrate the employees of the TSA into the mainstream of federal government workers.  That would give them all the right to collective bargaining and to appeal discriminatory employment actions in the same manner as any other government employees, as well as put them in track for the seniority based pay raises that are afforded to other federal workers.  Including TSA workers into the mainstream of the federal workforce would also give them whistleblower protections.  

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) noted, “that lack of a due process protection has bred a culture of retribution and arbitrary personnel practices, leading to misbehavior and a reluctance to report security vulnerabilities.”  His bill was designed to correct that issue among the workers who keep our airports secure.

Vote date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 Vote Tally: 230-171

Party Breakdown: All Democrats present voted YES and they were joined by 14 Republicans, including 🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick.

Additional Reading:

AyeRFitzpatrick, BrianPA 1stno voteRPerry, 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 takes on E-Cigarettes and Flavored Tobacco products 

House Vote on H.R. 2339: Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act

In an attempt to halt the rapid spread of tean and young adult tobacco use, the House passed a bill that would ban all flavored tobacco products.  This includes not only popular vaping product and e-cigarettes, but also cigars, menthol cigarettes, and many other artificially flavored tobacco products.

Many of the Democrats who voted NO on this bill are from the African American community. Roll Call explained that  “…a ban on menthol flavors was criticized by many African American lawmakers, who fear that police could use it as an excuse to harass black smokers. Since the bill would carve out more of a regulatory safe space for premium cigars while banning sales of cheaper flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes, some members of the Congressional Black Caucus said there was a double standard.”  In addition to those who voted against the measure, an unusually large number of MoCs – twenty-two – chose to place no vote at all.

President Trump has threatened a veto, and this bill is unlikely to be brought up for a vote in the Senate.

Vote date: Friday, February 28, 2020 Vote Tally: 213-195

Party Breakdown: Most Democrats voted YES and Most Republicans voted NO. Seventeen Democrats and five Republicans crossed party lines. Among Pennsylvania’s MoCs, 🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick voted with Democrats and 🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb voted with the Republicans.

Additional Reading:

AyeRFitzpatrick, 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 8thNoDLamb, ConorPA 17th
NoRMeuser, DanielPA 9thAyeDDoyle, MikePA 18th

Bureaucratic Confirmation 

Senate Confirmation Vote on Katharine MacGregor to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

Katherine MacGregor worked for 4 years as a registered lobbyist at the firm Alcalde & Fay before becoming a congressional staffer for Republican members of Congress for a decade. She then moved to the Interior Department in 2017, working under disgraced former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke as the deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management.  Environment & Energy News reports that the newly confirmed number two at the Interior has advocated for environmental deregulation:

In 2017, MacGregor championed Interior’s effort to rewrite an Obama administration rule controlling methane waste from oil and gas operations, declaring at the time that “its significant regulatory burden … encumbers American energy production, economic growth and job creation”

With her new boss, Secretary of the Interior David Berhardt, being forced to recuse himself from work with dozens of corporations due to his extensive lobbying employment background, MacGregor will have significantly more authority at the Department of the Interior than most deputies.

Vote date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Vote Tally: 58-38

Party Breakdown: Republicans were unanimous in their support of the nominee.  They were joined by 4 Democrats (Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Christopher Murphy of Connecticut, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Joe Manchin of West Virginia) and one Independent (Angus King of Maine).

Additional Reading:

Casey voted NO and Toomey voted YES.

Judicial Confirmations, widely approved

This group of judges were confirmed with supermajorities, a rare occurrence for Trump nominations.

  • Travis Greaves, a Judge of the US Tax Court for a term of fifteen years, was confirmed in a 85-3 vote on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Casey voted YES and Toomey voted YES
  • Silvia Carreno-Coll, a US District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, was confirmed in a 96-0 vote on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Casey voted YES and Toomey voted YES
  • Robert Anthony Molloy, a Judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands for a term of ten years, was confirmed in a 97-0 vote on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Casey voted YES and Toomey voted YES

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.

  • S. 995 – Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act
  • H.R. 561 – Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act
  • H.R. 2227 – Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act
  • H.R. 3749 – Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act
  • H.R. 4613 – VA Reporting Transparency Act
  • H.R. 560 – Northern Mariana Islands Residents Relief Act
  • H.R. 1492 – Yucca House National Monument Expansion Act
  • H.R. 2427 – Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act
  • H.R. 3399 – To amend the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include California in the program
  • H.R. 4852 – GIVE Act (G.I. and Veterans Education Empowerment Act)
  • H.R. 4998 – Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act
  • H.R. 2819 – Gold Star Mothers Families National Monument Extension Act
  • H.R. 4351 – Yes In My Backyard Act
  • H.R. 5003 – Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act (introduced by 🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean)
  • H.R. 5931 – Improving FHA Support for Small Dollar Mortgages Act
  • H.R. 5932 – Ensuring Chinese Debt Transparency Act 
  • H.R. 4334 – Supporting Older Americans Act
  • H.R. 5214 – Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act 
  • H. Res. 230 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States condemns all forms of violence against children globally and recognizes the harmful impacts of violence against children
  • S. 1822 – Broadband DATA Act
  • S. 1869 – Secure Federal LEASEs Act
  • S. 893 – Secure 5G and Beyond Act
  • S. 1678 – Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act
  • H.R. 4803 – Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act
  • S. 2683 – Child Care Protection Improvement Act 
  • S. 3414 – Major Medical Facility Authorization Act 

MoC Twitter Action

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

Twitter Action – Healthcare/ corona virus

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 03/06/20:

Tweet includes link to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 03/04/20:

🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @CongBoyle, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean,03/06/20

🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 03/06/20:

🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 03/05/20:

🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, @RepScottPerry, 03/04/20:

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 03/06/20:

🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 03/07/20:

🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 03/02/20:

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 03/02/20:

🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 03/03/20:

🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, @MikeKellyPA, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 03/04/20:

Twitter Action – Social Safety net/ Healthcare

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @CongBoyle, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 03/05/20:

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 03/05/20:

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 03/05/20

🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 03/02/20:

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 03/04/20:

Twitter Action – MoCs on Legislation

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 03/05/20:

🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 03/02/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @CongBoyle, 03/02/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 03/05/20:

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 02/27/20:

🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 03/02/20:

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 03/04/20:

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 02/29/20:

🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 03/04/20:

🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 02/28/20:

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 03/03/20:

🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 03/02/20:

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 03/04/20:

Tweet of the Week

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 03/03/20:

🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 03/03/20:

🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @CongBoyle, 03/05/20:

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 03/07/20:

🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 03/04/20:

🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 03/02/20:

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 03/05/20:

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 03/03/20:

🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 03/06/20:

🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, @RepScottPerry,03/05/20:

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 03/07/20:

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🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 04/06/20:

🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 03/06/20:

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 03/06/20:

🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 03/04/20:

🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, @MikeKellyPA, 03/06/20:

🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 03/05/20:

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 03/07/20:

Casey in the News 

Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk

Our obligation is really simple here… Every one of us is charged with working constructively to at least do the following: slow the spread of the virus, support state and local preparedness efforts and provide complete and accurate, always, always accurate information to the public to address their concerns about this challenge.

from an article in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star titled “Pa. Sen. Casey calls for ‘accurate information’ on coronavirus as Dems slam Trump response’

Everyone says they are worried about kids, but then kids get pushed to the back of the agenda in Washington.. I announced this Five Freedoms plan in 2020, partly because it’s an election year. Every candidate should be asked whether you support this type of policy, and if you don’t, what is your plan? I would like to see a presidential debate just about kids.

The harder part is getting consensus to move forward. There is a big divide in Washington on a lot of these issues. You have to make some tough calls on the tax code. There are about 13,000 children in this county. The question we have to ask ourselves is 15 years from now, what did we do to move them forward? Some of those 13,000 may not need a lot of help, but a lot of kids do and we have to make that investment. There is a light inside of every child and it’s up to us to make sure that light shines to its full potential.

In this state, 48 out of 67 counties, including Carbon, are considered rural. Poverty in rural areas is very high. The utilization of CHIP and Medicaid is actually higher in rural areas. We have to invest in those communities… We may have to have micro initiatives so if we can’t get a big bill passed, we can pass them in parts.

This will take many years to show the progress we want to show.

from an article in the Times News Online titled “Casey visits Lehighton, promotes education policy

So many individuals who may have symptoms or contract the virus and are told to stay home and that they lose a lot of pay and don’t have support for childcare or other basic needs in their family, we’ve got to figure out a way or remedy for that family..  Which we know will not happen in the next few months, but we hope by the end of the year that we would have a vaccine… So, then any community, that they’re available for folks, so that people can be tested. We need to know the scope of this problem and you can’t do that without testing and diagnosis.

from an article on the 21 News titled “Sen. Bob Casey on coronavirus: ‘Things will get worse before it gets better’”

In my judgment, the administration is not prepared. They shouldn’t be trying to spin this.

The president has to do a much better job in the coming days of providing accurate information all the time. I think it would be better if he did very little talking and let the experts and the scientists and the professionals do the talking.

from an article in the Meadville Tribune titled “Mixed reviews for administration’s handling of coronavirus

Look, I have the benefit of knowing him on a daily basis for 13 years, and never has he done anything like that… But, unlike some people around here, he offered an apology, and I wish someone in the executive branch would do that once in a while.

from an article in the Washington Examiner titled “Sheldon Whitehouse defends Schumer and rebukes Chief Justice John Roberts

The people of Pennsylvania wish a speedy recovery to those who have been impacted by Coronavirus and we stand ready to help those families… Yesterday, Congress passed $8 billion in funding to combat the Coronavirus and I will push to make sure appropriate resources are sent to Pennsylvania quickly.”

from an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette titled “Gov. Wolf confirms 2 presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Pa.” 

Toomey in the News 

Courtesy of contributor Elayne Baker

 Natural gas has been terrific for our economy, for our country. We should continue to use this really, really safe, clean source of energy.  

from an article in Erie News Now titled “Democrats’ proposed fracking ban could be a problem in Pennsylvania, a 2020 swing state

It is so wildly inappropriate for anybody in government, least of all a senior member of the legislative branch to threaten Supreme Court Justices. I certainly hope he will come under pressure to retract that statement.

from an article in Erie News Now titled “Sen. Pat Toomey urges Democrats to condemn Schumer’s comments about Kavanaugh & Gorsuch

Congress is very likely to approve supplemental funding this week to provide states, local governments, and health care professionals the resources needed to respond to the virus. Expanding our capacity to test for the coronavirus on a large scale is my priority right now. 

from an article in the MeadvilleTribune titled “Mixed reviews for administration’s handling of coronavirus” 

Call to Action – The PAYBACK PROJECT!!

This 2020 election season is one where Pennsylvania does NOT have a senatorial election.  Bob Casey just won his re-election bid in 2018, and Senator Pat Toomey is not up again until 2022.

That doesn’t mean we can’t help reshape the Senate this election season!  There is so much at stake. Regular readers of MoCTrack have seen how a GOP-controlled Senate acts as a rubber stamp for the worst judges and Trump appointees, while shoving through young, unqualified judges to lifetime terms.  We can only stop that by returning the Democrats to the majority in the Senate. And you can help that by supporting the Payback Project, an initiative built on Indivisible principles designed to out the worst and most vulnerable to the Trump-enabling GOP senators who are up for re-election in 2020.

The Payback Project is focused on these 10 Republican Senators:

  • Martha McSally, Arizona | Trump Score: 95.3%
  • Cory Gardner, Colorado | Trump Score: 89.3%
  • David Perdue, Georgia | Trump Score: 94.4%
  • Kelly Loeffler, Georgia | Trump Score: 100%
  • Joni Ernst, Iowa | Trump Score: 91.3%
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky | Trump Score: 93.9%
  • Susan Collins, Maine | Trump Score: 67%
  • Thom Tillis, North Carolina | Trump Score: 92.9%
  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina | Trump Score: 86.2%
  • John Cornyn, Texas | Trump Score: 94.8%

THE PLAN – Indivisible has outlined these four steps around which the Payback Plan is based:

  1. Build awareness & accountability. When one of the ten Payback Project senators take bad votes or do something else awful, we’ll be in their states to broadcast it and hold them accountable for refusing to listen to constituents. And we’ll keep reminding voters of their stances on the Affordable Care Act, abortion bans, climate change, and all our other top issues
  2. Boost local political power. We’ll do the work to get as many people involved in the election as possible, educating folks about what’s at stake, growing the size of our local Indivisible groups, funnelling voters in these nine states directly to their local Indivisible group, and increasing logistical support for their election activities and recruitment efforts through trainings, organizer support, and powerful new tools. 
  3. Organize to win. Our nationwide network of organizers will work directly with groups on the ground to leverage their power with voters, the candidates, and the media to build support for strong progressive challengers.
  4. Get out the vote. We’ll run a robust GOTV campaign to turn as many people as possible out to the polls. Remember — these senators thrive on disenfranchisement, so it’s our job to make sure voters show up to kick them out.

Of course an effort like this is taking donations, but the Payback Project has actions that you can take personally, from home, to help their efforts.  You can sign up HERE to participate in their peer-to-peer textbanking outreach campaign to engage voters across nine target states to take action and retake these ten senate seats.

Please consider helping out to retake the Senate in the best way possible for Pennsylvanians, who cannot exercise a vote on the senate this cycle.

This report was brought to you by the Pennsylvania MoCTrack team: 

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

We are seeking additional assistance. Our Congresspeople are always busy and there is always more for us to cover — tasks big and small to fit any level of time commitment or experience. Can you help us out?  Please email KierstynPZ@gmail.com and put “MoCTrack Help” in the subject. Thanks!


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