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In the wake of yesterday’s coup attempt it is critical to know how your lawmaker’s voted and what they have said. We cannot sit back and wait to see what happens next, but must tell our lawmakers what we want to happen. And to make an educated choice on that issue, we must have a full accounting of what our lawmakers have said and done in this past day.
Senate Objections to the certification of the electors from Arizona
Senate Vote On the Objection (Shall the Objection Submitted by the Gentleman from Arizona, Mr. Gosar, and the Senator from Texas, Mr. Cruz, and Others Be Sustained?)
Vote date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – 9:58 PM Vote Tally: 6-93
Coup Sympathizers: Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Roger Marshall of Kansas, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Joshua Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas.
Links to Video for Pennsylvania Senate Speeches:
- Senator Toomey’s first speech (before the storming of the Capitol) – start at 31:06
- Senator Casey’s speech
- Senator Toomey’s second speech (after the chamber was cleared and debate resumed)
Senator Casey voted NO and Senator Toomey voted NO.
House Objections to the certification of the electors from Arizona
House Vote On Agreeing to the Objection
Vote date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – 11:08 PM Vote Tally: 121-303
Coup Sympathizers: The 121 Republicans who supported this coup and continued to promulgate lies about the results of the presidential election included four Pennsylvania Republicans – PA-10’s Scott Perry, PA-13’s John Joyce, PA-14’s Guy Reschenthaler and PA-16’s Mike Kelly.
No Pennsylvania MoCs gave speeches on the House floor for the Arizona Objection.
Senate Objections to the certification of the electors from Pennsylvania
Senate Vote On the Objection (Shall the Objection Submitted by the Gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr. Perry, and the Senator from Missouri, Mr. Hawley, Be Sustained?)
Vote date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 – 12:30 AM Vote Tally: 6-93
Coup Sympathizers: Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Rick Scott of Florida, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Joshua Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming.
There were no speeches from Pennsylvania’s Senators given as a part of this objection, and the vote was quickly taken. Link to 13 minute video of the handling of the Pennsylvania objection in the Senate.
Senator Casey voted NO and Senator Toomey voted NO.
House Objections to the certification of the electors from Pennsylvania
House Vote On Agreeing to the Objection
Vote date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 – 3:08 AM Vote Tally: 138-282
Coup Sympathizers: The 121 Republicans who supported this coup included eight of our nine Pennsylvania Republican MoCs – PA-09’s Dan Meuser, PA-10’s Scott Perry (who introduced this objection), PA-11’s Llyoud Smucker, PA-12’s Fred Keller, PA_13’s John Joyce, PA-14’s GUy Reschenthaler, PA-15’s Glenn Thompson and PA-16’s Mike Kelly.
Prior to watching any video from the floor speeches on the Pennsylvania objection, please consider reviewing this Philadelphia Inquirer article titled “Fact-checking Trump’s false claims about Pennsylvania’s election before his supporters attacked the Capitol.” If you are blocked by a paywall, please note these conclusions made in the fact-check:
- There is no discrepancy between the number of voters and the number of votes counted.
- Mail ballots received after Election Day weren’t actually counted.
- No ballots were received by elections officials before they had been mailed out.
- Dead people didn’t vote.
Links to Video for Pennsylvania House Speeches:
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick – no floor speech given
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle – speech available on the MoC’s twitter feed, opposing the objection
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans – C-SPAN video available, start at 48:04 for his speech opposing the objection
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean – C-SPAN video available, start at 1:07:47 for her speech opposing the objection
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon – C-SPAN video available, start at 1:29:05 for her speech opposing the objection
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan – C-SPAN video available, start at 57:15 for her speech opposing the objection
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild – C-SPAN video available, start at 37:25 for her speech opposing the objection
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright – speech available on the MoC’s twitter feed, opposing the objection
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser – speech available on the MoC’s twitter feed, supporting the objection
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry – C-SPAN video available, start at 1:50 for his primary objection
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker – C-SPAN video available, start at 42:49 for his speech supporting the objection
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller – C-SPAN video available, start at 45:52 for his speech supporting the objection
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce – C-SPAN video available, start at 15:30 for his speech supporting the objection
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler – no floor speech given
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson – C-SPAN video available, start at 22:58 for his speech supporting the objection
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly – C-SPAN video available, start at 1:57:35 for his speech supporting the objection
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb – C-SPAN video available, start at 1:16:44 for his speech opposing the objection (his speech is disputed when a GOP lawmaker from Texas gets angry at Rep. Lamb for looking at him while stating that the GOP was lying and objections ensue – that part is especially worth watching, starting around 1:20:30 and continuing through 1:23:30)
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle – C-SPAN video available, start at 17:30 for his speech opposing the objection
Selected Pennsylvania lawmaker quotes on yesterday’s coup attempt
Many of our lawmakers had a lot to say yesterday outside of their floor speeches. The quotes included here were the most direct, but you are encouraged to visit their Twitter feeds for a full review of your lawmakers’ content.
A handful MoCs had official public statements available on their websites yet – those received priority over tweets. But be certain to review votes, speeches and comments, as many of the lawmakers expressing their condemnation of violence were the same people who headed to the floor of the House hours later to tell the same iles that fed into the violent attack on our Capitol.
🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 01/06/21:
“I rise tonight to defend the people of Pennsylvania against a lie — the same lie that sowed the seed of today’s violence. Watch my full remarks” with a link to his speech on YouTube.
🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 01/06/21:
“This is an absolute disgrace. I appreciate the work of the United States Capitol Police under difficult circumstances. I am currently safe as are the few members of my staff that are currently at the Capitol complex.”
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 01/06/21:
“What happened today was nothing short of a coup attempt. The President of the United States has been lying to his supporters with false information and false expectations. He lit the flame of incitement and owns responsibility for this.
The rioters who stormed the Capitol today are criminals and thugs who should all be in jail. Our Country is better than this. The election is over. We must allow for the peaceful transition of power to now take place and come together to rebuild confidence in our democracy.
Thank you to all of the hero law enforcement officers who acted quickly with such heroism today.”
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 01/06/21:
“Sitting on the House floor waiting for session to resume. Couldn’t enter through the Speaker’s Gallery in the back as it’s still considered a crime scene.
Don’t care how long it takes tonight or through the middle of the night. We will get this done and certify our election.”
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 01/06/21:
“The House & Senate are expected to resume the people’s business tonight following the outrageous violent attack on the People’s House, the Capitol.
We need to finish counting the electoral votes to respect the will of the voters.
I would support:
✅Trump resigning ASAP
✅25th Amendment removal of Trump
✅Impeachment if it comes up for a vote, consistent with my longtime support of impeaching Trump”
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 01/06/21:
“Tonight, I am requesting VP Pence invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of assuming the duties from President Trump who has shown his incapacity to serve.
The president incited an assault on the seat of government because he cannot accept the reality of his election loss. He is clearly unfit for office and must be removed from command.”
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 01/06/21:
“I am calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment.
This president must be removed from office.
This president has failed our country.
He must resign or be removed.”
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, from her official website statement, 01/07/21:
“The attack on our Capitol yesterday was unconscionable, but it was not inevitable,” said Houlahan. “It was a direct product of four years of division and dissent that has emanated from the very highest office in this country and a horrifying culmination of months-long baseless and unsubstantiated attacks on the very heart of our democracy. Those who carried out this attack and those who inspired it, implicitly and explicitly, must be held accountable.
“My colleagues and I owe a debt of gratitude to those who worked to secure the Capitol, allowing the business of the people to continue. I was unequivocal last night and remain steadfast today that the work of this body, the work of the American people, cannot nor will not be halted, no matter the attacks levied against it.
“We gathered yesterday in the tradition of the joint session of Congress to count the results of the Electoral College and to certify the victory of President elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris. And despite the efforts of insurrectionists, we carried out our oath-bound duty.
“I’ve heard many references recently to the War of 1812 and the attack on the U.S. Capitol but, as a Pennsylvanian, I am reminded of a particular different piece of our community’s history.
“Many Americans have visited Philadelphia and the historic sites that are the cradle of our nation. Fewer people make it out to my community, which is home to Valley Forge. Here, General George Washington led the Continental Army to winter quarters. The Revolutionary War had not been going well for our young soldiers, and the winter of 1777-1778 was harder still. It was bitterly cold, there were food shortages and a smallpox outbreak. Many brave patriots died.
“We remember what happened there because it was a test of endurance, a demonstration of devotion to mission and to country over self. Coming out of that awful winter and experience, our troops emerged better trained, united and ultimately victorious. In harsh, dark times, they found their common ground and their fortitude. The success was not by chance, General Washington led by putting service above self.
“Just like then, it is in these trying moments where we learn who our leaders are. They are the ones who don’t just ‘represent’ or give orders, or ready us for a fight. They are the ones who also educate. Who speak the truth. They inspire confidence and unity rather than sowing division and strife.
“There is a striking parallel between what our nascent country endured then in Valley Forge and what we are enduring now. A hard winter of division, with illness running rampant. And an uncertain future after yesterday’s attack.
“Our country’s resolve is being tested. I believe we will pass this test together and we will be made stronger.
“We owe it to the people of this country to move forward from this election with a focus on healing the divisions that have been created and on ensuring our communities build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. We must be a government that works for all people, a body politic that stands on the side of truth and justice.
“We must move forward with a servant heart and a common resolve to preserve this great experiment that is the United States of America.”
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 01/06/21:
“Harrowing day, but I’m still here.
We will certify this election.
We will fulfill our duty to this country.
We will not be intimidated by the actions of these terrorists.”
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 01/07/21:
“If it seems like we get a little prickly in PA about assaulting democracy, you’re right. We do.
As representatives from the cradle of American democracy, my colleagues and I defended the choice the people of our Commonwealth made in this election and ensured it was honored.
After Congress’s confirmation of the electoral college votes from all 50 states, I look forward to working with Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.
@RepDwightEvans @CongBoyle @USRepMikeDoyle @RepSusanWild @RepMGS @RepHoulahan @RepDean @RepConorLamb”
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 01/07/21:
“Last night, I spoke on the House Floor to address yesterday’s events at the Capitol and why I objected to the certification of electors from Pennsylvania. Please see below for the full speech.”
To read those reasons, please see the MoC’s website, where he issued a 12/31/20 statement explaining his objections to the certification of Pennsylvania’s electors.
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, via Facebook, 01/06/21:
“The violence in our Capitol today was heartbreaking, unacceptable, unhelpful, and un-American. As legislators, we must remain undeterred in our efforts to settle our disagreements the American way — through public debate and voting through our Constitutional mandates to determine the way forward for America. Despite the vile efforts of those who wish to divide and destroy us, we will persevere peacefully, which is exactly what I intend to do tonight while representing the concerns over election integrity sent to me by thousands of my constituents, Members of our duly elected state delegation, and citizens around the Nation. #GodBlessAmerica”
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 01/06/21:
“I am horrified by the violence and destruction at the Capitol. This is not who we are as a country. Please go home now.
In response to the many inquiries- I am thankful to the Capitol Police for maintaining order and security at our location. My staff and I are safe.”
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, from his official website statement, 01/06/21:
“The violence happening at the U.S. Capitol is shameful, completely unacceptable, and un-American. This is not how our Republic should operate and the rioters must be fully prosecuted. My staff and I are safe and sheltered in place at a secure location. God bless our Capitol police and first responders.”
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 01/06/21:
“Our nation was founded on the principles of freedom of speech & peaceful demonstration. Violent protest is always unacceptable.
Like so many Americans, I am deeply saddened by the unlawful attacks on the Capitol. This must end.
God bless U.S. Capitol Police & law enforcement.”
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 01/06/21:
“The violence happening at the Capitol is unacceptable. Today’s reckless events do not advance conservative values.
Thank you to the Capitol Police and all law enforcement for your bravery. Please pray for these heroes.”
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, from his official website statement, 01/06/21:
“I unequivocally support the right to peacefully assemble, but what occurred today at the U.S. Capitol was senseless, violent and destructive—and counter to American values.
My staff and I are safe, thanks to the efforts of the Capitol Police, who have been working tirelessly to reinstate the peace. This was a sad day for our nation and totally unacceptable.”
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, from his official website statement, 01/07/21:
“What happened at the United States Capitol yesterday was wrong and does not reflect who we are as Americans. In this country we resolve our disputes peacefully in legislative bodies and courts under the rule of law. Thank you to the Capitol Police and all other law enforcement officers who bravely secured the Capitol and kept us safe.
“Notwithstanding these events, I still objected to Pennsylvania’s slate of electors. The tragic attack on the U.S. Capitol does not change the fact that Act 77’s no excuse mail-in ballot system violates the Pennsylvania Constitution and Governor Wolf and Secretary Boockvar disregarded the law in multiple ways leading up to the election.”
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb had no social media updates on Twitter or Facebook and no website update since January 1, 2021. He did, however, give a moving speech last night on the House floor.
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, <date>:
“The assault on the US Capitol today and the accompanying criminal violence, property destruction, and disruption of the People’s business was unacceptable and tragic. It’s contrary to all of our proud political traditions.
I place the lion’s share of the blame for it on Donald Trump who incited a mob of supporters to carry it out.
Political violence must not stop Congress from fulfilling its obligations. We will resume counting Electoral College votes as soon as possible.”
Call to Action
The following text is from the Indivisible petition in support of the immediate initiation of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. You can sign onto the petition HERE.
Indivisible also makes it easy for you to record a video to tell your Member of Congress to support the impeachment of Donald Trump. https://indivisible.soapboxx.us/prompt-single/impeachtrumpYou can get to the Indivisible platform to record a video HERE.
DEMAND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE SUPPORT THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP
Donald Trump has spent the last four years doing everything in his power to destroy our democracy and its institutions. He has used the office of the presidency for his own personal gain and profit. He has not once, in his four years in office, shown an interest in running this country, except to the point that it might benefit himself, his businesses, or his own corrupt family.
When white supremacist forces supported Trump’s racist rhetoric and actions, he not only refused to condemn them, he called them “very fine people.” When he decisively lost his re-election bid in November 2020, he refused to concede. Instead, he called up state officials in Georgia to demand that they overturn Joe Biden’s legitimate victory in that state. His enablers in the Republican party allowed him to live in denial, all while whipping up their base to believe the fiction that the election was “rigged” and had been “stolen” from Trump. And on January 6, 2021, when the 117th Congress met to certify the election of Joe Biden to the presidency, the consequences of Donald Trump’s racism, corruption, and unhinged denial broke down the doors.
Thousands of Trump supporters, some of them apparently armed, overtook the Capitol and put the Vice President, U.S. Senators, and Representatives in the House in mortal danger. Trump stood by and said nothing for hours, before finally posting a video proclaiming to the insurrectionists who were occupying the Capitol that “I love you and you are all very special.”
This treasonous behavior cannot go unpunished. Donald Trump must be impeached, again. The House of Representatives must draw up articles of impeachment immediately and move quickly to vote on them and send them to the Senate for a speedy trial, where he must be convicted and disqualified from ever holding federal office again.
Please join your voices with the Indivisible movement to demand Trump’s impeachment. We cannot let the fact that his term is nearly over stop us from demanding that there be consequences for the coup attempt that he encouraged and then refused to control.
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