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The Indivisible movement is focused on four key principles – equality, justice, compassion and inclusion. Accordingly, we score legislation that reflects those values:
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Only the Senate was in session and there were no scored votes this week.
|Lawmaker||Score||Change from last score|
|🔵 Senator Bob Casey||100.0%||0|
|🔴 Senator Pat Toomey||55.6%||0|
|🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick||47.2%||0|
|🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle||100.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans||100.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean||100.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon||100.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan||100.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild||100.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright||100.0%||0|
|🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser||0.0%||0|
|🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry||0.0%||0|
|🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker||8.30%||0|
|🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller||0.0%||0|
|🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce||0.0%||0|
|🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler||0.0%||0|
|🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson||8.30%||0|
|🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly||0.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb||100.0%||0|
|🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle||100.0%||0|
Votes of Interest
The Senate Takes on their first Infrastructure effort
This is a bill that reauthorizes a number of water management programs, and creates several new ones as well. The fine folks of WaterWorld break down this exceedingly technocratic legislative effort into easily digestible bullet points.
The Senate bill both reauthorizes and amends many existing programs and creates new ones. According to the bill, the reauthorizations and changes include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) would get $14.65 billion over the next five years and allow a greater percentage of loans to be forgiven or other favorable loan terms.
- The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act would get $250 million over the next five years and require only one ratings agency opinion letter instead of two.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sewer Overflow & Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant Program would get $1.4 billion over the next five years.
- The Alternative Source Water Pilot Program would get $125 million over the next five years.
The bill also lays out details for several new programs, including:
- The Rural and Low-Income Water Assistance Pilot Program would establish a new EPA program to provide 40 grants per year to utilities to assist low-income ratepayers.
- The Wastewater Energy Efficiency Grant Pilot Program would get $100 million over the next five years.
- The Clean Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Grant Program would get $125 million over the next five years.
- The Small Publicly Owned Treatment Works Efficiency Grant Program would be established with funding levels to be determined.
- The Connection to Publicly Owned Treatment Works Grant Program would get $200 million over the next five years.
- The Water Infrastructure and Workforce Investment Grant Program would get $25 million over the next five years.
- The Stormwater Infrastructure Technology Program would get $25 million to create five Stormwater Centers of Excellence and $50 million for stormwater infrastructure planning/development and implementation grants.
The bill also includes a drinking water section that reauthorizes the Drinking Water SRF at levels equal to the Clean Water SRF, reauthorizes a drinking water resilience grant program, lead service line and lead in schools grants, PFAS treatment grants, and several other drinking water sustainability grant programs.
Considering how key water management programs are to the health of… everyone… it is great to see that the Senate was willing to work in a bipartisan fashion to reauthorize existing programs and create new ones.
Vote date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 Vote Tally: 89-2
Party Breakdown: All Democrats and Independents voted YES. Nearly all Republicans also voted YES – the hold-outs were Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.
- “Senate passes $35 billion clean water infrastructure bill in bipartisan fashion,” from NY1
- “Senate passes water infrastructure package,” from WaterWorld
- “Senate votes to open floodgates, passes bipartisan $35 billion water infrastructure bill,” from NBCNews
Senator Casey voted YES and Senator Toomey voted YES.
The Senate Nullifies Trump-era EPA Rules on Methane
Senate Vote on S.J.Res. 14: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review”.
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is a mechanism that can be used to overturn the rules of bureaucratic agencies. Vox explains that the CRA, which was introduced in the 1990s, “gives Congress extensive power to invalidate rules established by federal agencies and, in doing so, making it more difficult for any future administrations to resurrect the policies that lawmakers have struck down.” The CRA was used extensively by the GOP-controlled House and Senate in the 115th Congress to overturn Obama era regulations – remember the talk of overturning restrictions on slaughtering hibernating bears in Alaska, and stopping the CFPB from looking at discriminatory car loan practices? That was how the GOP used the CRA when given the chance.
Now that the Democrats have control of both legislative houses, they can use that same CRA to overturn the worst of the Trump era’s awful rules. In this case, the Senate voted to overturn a Trump-era EPA regulation related to methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Trump’s EPA eliminated an earlier rule that put strict limits on methane emissions. NPR explains, “the oil and gas industry is the largest source of human-caused methane emissions. A recent study by the Environmental Defense Fund found that cutting methane emissions now could slow the rate of global warming by as much as 30%.”
This measure now goes to the House for a vote, where it is likely to pass. This is GREAT NEWS for climate crisis activists!
Vote date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Vote Tally: 52-42
Party Breakdown: All Democrats and Independents voted YES on this joint resolution. They were joined by three Republicans – Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The remaining 42 Republicans present voted NO.
- “Senate Votes To Restore Regulations On Climate-Warming Methane Emissions,” from NPR
- “Senate votes to restore Obama-era regulation of methane, a climate-warming gas,” from CNBC
- “Senate votes to restore EPA methane regulations,” from the Albuquerque Journal
Senator Casey voted YES and Senator Toomey DID NOT VOTE.
Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation #1 – USAID
Senate Confirmation Vote on Samantha Power to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
Samantha Power is a former activist, a journalist, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, and a close advisor to former-President Obama. Axios provided the following resume for Powers: “Power served on the National Security Council as former President Obama’s special assistant from 2009 to 2013 while working as his senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights. She later served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017.” She will now be using her extensive experience to lead the agency that directs foreign aid on behalf of the US government.
Vote date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Vote Tally: 68-26
Party Breakdown: All Democrats and Independents voted YES.. They were joined by 19 Republicans, with the remaining 26 Republicans present voting NO.
- “Samantha Power confirmed as next USAID administrator,” from The Los Angeles Blade
- “Senate confirms Samantha Power to be U.S.A.I.D. administrator,” from The New York Times
- “Ex-UN ambassador Samantha Power confirmed to lead USAID,” from Axios
Senator Casey voted YES and Senator Toomey DID NOT VOTE.
Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation #2 – Defense
Senate Confirmation Vote on Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Last week we introduced you to then-nominee Colin Kahl because of the overly sensitive GOP senators who were holding up his confirmation because of some sharp tweets, requiring Vice President Harris to come into the chamber to break a tie on the motion to discharge his nomination. This week we have the actual vote on his confirmation.
Defense News explains that Kahl will fill the role as the third ranking position at the Department of Defense. “The undersecretary of defense for policy is the No. 3 civilian job at the Department of Defense, overseeing strategy, nuclear deterrence, missile defense, international cooperation, and plans and policies.” Kahl is a longtime member of President Biden’s team, having served as a national security advisor to Biden when he was Vice President.
Vote date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Vote Tally: 49-45
Party Breakdown: This was a party line vote, with all Republicans present voting NO and all Democrats and Independents present voting YES.
- “Senate confirms Biden pick for Pentagon’s undersecretary for policy,” from CNN Politics
- “US Senate confirms Pentagon nominee Kahl despite pro-Israel groups’ lobbying,” from i24 News
- “Biden’s Pentagon policy chief Colin Kahl confirmed with GOP senators absent,” from Defense News
Senator Casey voted YES and Senator Toomey voted NO.
Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation #3 – EPA
Senate Confirmation Vote on Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Janet McCabe has served in environmental protection roles for her entire career and will now take over the #2 role at the EPA. In the late 1990s she began public work as air director of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management before moving into federal government work. Her first EPA role was in the Office of Air and Radiation, and she eventually moved up the ranks to work there for four years in the Obama Administration as acting assistant administrator of that office.
During the Trump Administration, McCabe left public service and moved to academia. She worked as the director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University and also was a professor at that university’s Law School.
Vote date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Vote Tally: 52-42Party Breakdown: This is the first vote for a BIden nominee that did not get the full support of the Democratic caucus. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the one opposing Democratic NO vote,
alongside 41 Republican senators. Three Republicans voted YES – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Susan Collins of Maine.
- “Senate confirms Janet McCabe as deputy EPA chief,” from The Hill
- “U.S. Senate confirms Hoosier Janet McCabe to be Deputy Administrator in Biden’s EPA,” from The Indy Star
- “Indiana University’s Janet McCabe Confirmed As EPA Deputy Administrator,” from the Indianapolis National Public Radio affiliate, WFYI
Senator Casey voted YES and Senator Toomey voted NO.
Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation #4 – Office of Management and Budget
Senate Confirmation Vote on Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget
Government Executive provided this short bit of background information about the newest member of the Office of Management and Budget team: “Miller is a former Obama administration economic adviser and most recently a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership, a nonprofit civic alliance.”
In addition to filling a position in the management tier just below the still-vacant OMB Director, the Deputy Director also serves as the executive chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
Vote date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Vote Tally: 81-13
Party Breakdown: All 13 NO votes came from Republicans – some from the presidential candidate hopefuls like Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Tim Scott of South Carolina; others from the pro-insurrection wing like Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri; and others from the Libertarian leaning crew, like Mike Lee of Utah.
- “Senate Confirms OMB Deputy Director for Management,” from Government Executive
Senator Casey voted YES and Senator 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.848 – Consider Teachers Act of 2021
- H.R.2630 – Extending Temporary Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act
- S.Res.199 – A resolution condemning the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021, and reaffirming the commitment of the Senate to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community
- S.Res.200 – A resolution condemning recent hate crimes committed against Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Quotes of Interest
Our MoCs on President Biden’s Speech to the Joint Meeting of Congress
🔵 Senator Bob Casey, via his official website, 04/28/21:
“Over nearly 100 days, President Biden and Vice President Harris have worked to get the COVID-19 public health emergency under control, pass historic rescue legislation to provide relief for working families and lay out a vision for what ‘building back better’ is all about. During his address to a joint session of Congress, President Biden demonstrated that he and Democrats in Congress aren’t done making progress for working families and children. In addition to continuing our work to defeat COVID-19, Congress has an obligation pass the American Jobs Plan in order to rebuild our roads and bridges, invest in high-speed broadband for all Americans and ensure that seniors, individuals with disabilities and workers benefit from a historic investment in home and community-based services, especially to help the more than 16,000 Pennsylvanians on waiting lists. We must also pass the American Families Plan in order to provide economic security and opportunity to all working families. It includes a priority that I have worked on since I began serving in the U.S. Senate- investments in early learning and universal Pre-K. Early learning investments are essential to giving children a strong, smart start to their lives. When a child learns more earlier in life, they earn more later in our workforce. Together, these plans are what will allow our country to build back better. In just 100 days, the Biden-Harris Administration and Democrats in Congress have laid a foundation for change that will transform the lives of our families and children. It’s time to keep going.”
🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, via his official website, 04/28/21:
“At his Inauguration, President Biden called for national unity while stressing that he would be a president for all Americans – not just those who supported him. To date, these words have rung hollow. The Biden White House has focused most of its energy on forcing through aspects of the left-wing wish list, either by executive order or partisan legislation, while stonewalling most Republican ideas and input. Tonight’s announcement of a new, dramatic, and costly expansion of the welfare state – paid for by massive tax increases – is yet another example of this hyper-partisan approach that the Biden administration has deployed since January.
“I do not expect to agree with President Biden on most policy issues. But there are areas we can work together, including rebuilding our roads and bridges, expanding firearm background checks, and forging new free trade agreements. I have made this clear to the president and his team and I hope he will take me and other Republicans who have done the same up on our offers.”
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, via his official website, 04/28/21:
Rep. Fitzpatrick did not directly address the president’s comments, but did share this thoughts on his website in advance of the speech – “I look forward to attending tonight’s joint session of Congress. It is my hope that President Biden will address critical issues concerning border security, bipartisan infrastructure, combatting Russian aggression, and containing the influence of the Chinese Communist Party. As the Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, I believe Republicans and Democrats alike should take this opportunity to begin to meaningfully work across the aisle and put politics aside for the good of our Nation. To do this, the President must strike a unifying, bipartisan tone and demonstrate a genuine willingness, both in words and in actions, to come to the center and support genuine, bipartisan solutions.”
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @CongBoyle, 04/28/21:
“It’s never been a good bet to bet against America.
And it still isn’t.
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 04/28/21:
“I applaud @POTUS Biden’s #AmericanFamiliesPlan, including:
✅Free community college for 2 years per student
✅$225 billion in child-care funding
✅$225 billion for paid family and medical leave;
✅$200 billion to extend enhanced #AmericanRescuePlan subsidies that are already making Obamacare health coverage much more affordable in #Philly & across PA – visit http://pennie.com to see how much you can save!
I’m glad @POTUS wants to extend the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit. As a @WaysMeansCmte member, I support making both expansions permanent! #JointAddress”
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 04/29/21:
“The American Families Plan is an ambitious, once-in-a-generation investment in our future.
✅$225 billion for child care
✅$109 billion for two years of community college
Education and caregiving are core elements of a strong economy and a prosperous future.
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, via her official website, 04/28/21:
“Tonight, President Biden delivered a Joint Address to Congress, but he was clearly speaking to the American people. He did not shy away from the challenges our nation faces or the tensions that exist in our society. Rather, he offered solutions that give us a shared path forward.
“The speech was a welcome return to tradition as President Biden used the opportunity to address the entire nation, to lay out his vision for the country, and to start a conversation with the country and Congress about how we can best work together for the American people. We came together this evening for a powerful moment of reflection and ambition. When President Biden took the oath of office 100 days ago, he pledged that help was on the way. Now, thanks to our work together to enact the American Rescue Plan, help is here. But we know it’s not enough to only meet the needs of today; we must empower our communities with the growth and innovation of tomorrow.
“In his first address to a joint session of Congress, we heard President Biden’s plan to do just that. The American Families Plan is a once-in-a-generation investment in the foundations of middle-class prosperity: education, health care, and child care. This is a plan to invest in our kids, our families, and our economic future, because when American families do well, our nation thrives.
“This ambitious and historic plan is another promise kept by the President — it’s time to Build Back Better.
“On a personal note, I was so moved by the historic image with which we started the night: For the first time ever, two women were flanking the President of the United States as he delivered the address. While I was personally moved to see the first woman Vice President and the first woman Speaker of the House sitting on the dais, I was even more thrilled that our children would see that image and internalize the possibilities for their own lives and futures.
“I was also glad to welcome Dr. Ala Stanford, Founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, as my virtual guest tonight. I’ve worked with Dr. Stanford since the early days of the pandemic, and no one in our region has done more to address the needs of our underserved communities in Philadelphia and Delaware County during the pandemic. People like Dr. Stanford are the true heroes of America’s recovery, and tonight was the perfect opportunity to honor those who have worked so hard to help America get back on track.
“I am ending this evening feeling hopeful and ready to get to work. It’s time to deliver results for American families, restore their faith in government, and demonstrate that government can in fact work for the people.”
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, via her official website, 04/28/21:
“Tonight, President Joe Biden addressed the nation at a historic time as we continue to battle this pandemic. Great progress has been made in our fight – all adult Americans are eligible for a vaccine, businesses and schools are opening safely and our economy is rebounding. These gains are in large
parts thanks to both the provisions in the American Rescue Plan and you, the people of this country who have sacrificed so much for the greater good. Of course, our work is far from done. As we look to rebuild, we must deliberately address the gaps in our economy – grow our middle class, strengthen the Affordable Care Act, build a more equitable and inclusive society, and make it so that every working family has the opportunity to thrive in Pennsylvania and beyond. What I heard from President Biden tonight is a commitment to that vision.
“President Biden also took time to lay out his American Families Plan, a vision for a historic investment in working families. Among other things it will help increase access to quality education for our students, provide more equitable economic opportunities and invest in economic infrastructure like paid leave and childcare to ensure that working parents don’t have to choose between building a family and a career. I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues – both Democrats and Republicans – to help perfect and deliver these wins to the people of Pennsylvania.”
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 04/28/21:
“Yes Mr. President. #PROActNow”
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, via his official website, 04/28/21:
“Democrats in Congress have worked with this administration to deliver on the key promise we made to the American people 100 days ago – that we would do more to beat this pandemic and ensure everyone’s economic well-being. And since we passed the American Rescue Plan, we are seeing real progress on getting shots in arms, money in pockets, kids back in school and people back in jobs. Now that help is here, we are on a path to recovery, but our work in Congress is only just beginning.
“President Biden this evening presented a vision for our nation where we don’t just return to pre-pandemic normal, but usher in a new era where the United States truly is the land of opportunity for all. Millions of American working families have struggled for years with economic, child care and education challenges, and the pandemic has only made them worse. We now have an opportunity to create good paying jobs, support families and give children a strong foundation for success in life in every part of the country. Together, the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan frameworks will guide us as we continue our mission to Build Back Better as one nation.”
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, via his official website, 04/29/21:
“Tonight, President Biden laid out an extreme, left-wing policy wish list that will raise taxes, stifle economic growth, and increase Americans dependence on the government.
“Although I was not invited to President Biden’s Joint Address tonight, I did attend his Inauguration where he promised his Administration would govern with unity and bipartisanship. However, in its first 100 days the Biden Administration has done everything but that, instead choosing a go-it-alone, my way or the highway approach to everything from the so-called ‘Rescue Plan’ which was not focused on defeating the virus or economic recovery, to the crisis at our southern border, to his recent multi-trillion-dollar spending proposals.
“From his first day in office, President Biden issued dozens of executive orders that have raised energy prices, encouraged our adversaries, and created a catastrophe at the Mexican border. Further, the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats passed a partisan $1.9 trillion ‘Covid relief’ bill, less than 10% of which was focused on actual Covid Relief.
“Combined with his $2.25 trillion Green New Deal ‘Infrastructure’ plan, the $1.8 trillion ‘American Families Plan’ introduced tonight would implement a nanny state that will cost taxpayers over $4 trillion. President Biden plans to pay for these progressive giveaways by raising taxes on millions of hard-working families and businesses large and small, many of whom have suffered tremendously over the last year.
“At a time when our nation and economy is in recovery, the idea of significant tax increases to pay for left-wing fantasies is an upside-down policy that will certainly not attract businesses, but only export American jobs. We should unite to revitalize our communities, expand broadband, fix our roads, bridges, highways, airports, and other gateways to growth and innovation, not exploit this opportunity to pass a $4 trillion one party wish list that will raise taxes, impose Green New Deal mandates, and add trillions to our national debt.
“I was encouraged to hear the inspiring, thoughtful, and constructive response delivered by Senator Tim Scott, who highlighted the immense potential of our nation if we work together on a bipartisan basis to deliver targeted, commonsense solutions, on infrastructure and other priorities, for the hardworking men and women across America.”
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, via his Facebook page, 04/28/21:
Rep. Perry did not directly address the president’s comments, but did share this thought in advance of the speech – “REALITY CHECKS — Tonight, you’re going to hear about expanding government intrusion into your life from cradle to the grave, as President Biden will pitch another $1.8 TRILLION of “free” stuff like universal pre-K and two years of “free” community college. Apparently, free things cost $1.8T. #BIDENSAMERICA”
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, via his official website, 04/29/21:
“In his inauguration speech, President Biden promised to work with both Republicans and Democrats to help the American people and vowed to unify our nation. Instead, President Biden’s actions have been solely motivated to appease the far-left flank of the Democrat party, to grow the size of the government, and consolidate its power. Republicans don’t believe in big government, we believe in the American people.
His first 100 days have been marred by bitter partisanship driving our nation closer to a socialist’s dream. He has broken his promise of governing from the middle and instead allows the socialists and far-left led by Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez to re-write his agenda. The results are summed up as nearly $6 trillion in government spending and a looming tax hike on hardworking American families, all in the midst of a pandemic. The Democrats’ plan to consolidate power to the government is clear, they want to make the American people dependent on big government. The American people, not Washington, should be in charge of their own lives.
Biden has masked his progressive proposals under the guise of COVID-19 relief or infrastructure spending, and only gives lip service to the concept of bipartisanship. If this is what President Biden considers working across the aisle, the American people do not have much hope for the next three and a half years.
Biden’s lack of seriousness on immigration policy has been disastrous and his immediate repeal of President Trump’s secure border policies has caused a humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border. His administration may not like to face the facts, but the numbers of illegal encounters at the border do not lie. Last night, the President remarked that America is ‘on the move again’. Unfortunately, we are headed in the wrong direction. I encourage the president to reverse course and work with Republicans in earnest before he makes any more damaging decisions, especially as our fragile nation hopes to begin its recovery from the pandemic.”
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, via his official website, 04/28/21:
“In his first 100 days as president, Joe Biden has demonstrated he cares more about appeasing the far left than working to benefit and unite our country. With the slimmest majority in modern political history, President Biden and the Democrats have spent trillions of taxpayer dollars, eliminated good-paying energy jobs, and created a crisis at our southern border—opening it to human traffickers and illegal drugs. His latest multi-trillion-dollar spending plan, announced tonight, would bankrupt our kids, our families, and our nation’s economic future.
“The Republican vision for America is predicated on the idea that Americans should keep more of their own money and make more of their own choices. What our nation needs now more than ever is a government willing to get out of the way and allow its people to reclaim control of their lives.”
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, via his official website, 04/28/21:
“At his inauguration, President Joe Biden promised unity – but for nearly 100 days, he has governed as a radical liberal. Tonight, we heard more of the same as President Biden outlined his socialist plans to raise taxes, burden families, unravel our Constitutional rights, and hinder America’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, we should be focused on eradicating the virus, creating jobs, defending the American people from foreign threats, and equipping Americans for success in the 21st century. Instead, President Biden is intent on killing family-sustaining jobs, ignoring his own border crisis, expanding big-government programs, and propelling the liberals’ radical agenda. It is deeds – not words – that define our leaders. If President Biden truly values unity and progress, then he should dispense with delusional wish lists and work alongside Republicans to deliver meaningful results for the American people.”
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 04/28/21:
“Biden thinks if he says jobs enough times, they’ll magically appear. #JointSession #JointAddress”
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 04/28/21:
Rep. Thompson did not directly address the president’s comments, but did share this thought on Twitter in advance of the speech – “Tonight, the American people will hear two visions for the United States. I am looking forward to @SenatorTimScott message of hope and opportunity in our great nation!
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, via his official website, 04/28/21:
“Joe Biden ran on unifying the American people, but his actions have spoken far louder than his words. The first 100 days of his presidency can only be characterized by a failure to secure our southern border, attacks on America’s energy industry, disrespect for law enforcement, calls for massive new taxes, and record spending on the left’s socialist priorities.”
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb had no comments about President Biden’s speech onTwitter, Facebook or his official website.
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, chose to live tweet the speech, via @USRepMikeDoyle:
- First tweet: “.@JoeBiden’s proposal to address the #climatecrisis is aggressive but achievable. It’s in line with what experts like the @IPCC_CH say the world needs to – and can – do to avoid devastating damage from #climatechange.”
- Second tweet: “.@JoeBiden’s proposals on pre-K #education and community colleges has bipartisan support. So why is it that “congressional Republicans have walked away from substantive legislative talks, in education and several other major policy areas”?
- Third tweet: “.@JoeBiden: ‘There’s no reason the blades for wind turbines can’t be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing.’
🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 04/30/21:
“It’s not just that the filibuster is not in the Constitution – it’s that it has evolved into one of the biggest roadblocks to progress in the Senate.
This isn’t the Senate of the 1960s, ‘70s or even ‘80s. We must change with the times if we hope to accomplish lasting change.” Senator Casey shared this tweet with video excerpted from his Indivisible event on April 6th!
🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 04/29/21:
Senator Toomey retweeted a tweet from the GOP Senate Banking Committee account that shows a video of him and cites a quote he made in a committee hearing – “.@SenToomey: At its core, free enterprise recognizes that the essence of human happiness is not just making money, but creating value—value in one’s own life and value in the lives of others.”
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 04/27/21:
“Communist China should not dictate participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). The ROC (Taiwan) has meaningfully participated and contributed in the past. Taiwan’s continued exclusion for purely political reasons undermines the global pandemic response. #LetTaiwanHelp”
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 04/30/21:
“Great to be part of the @Amtrak 50th anniversary celebration with
@JoeBiden @RepDwightEvans @RepLBR @RepDonaldPayne”
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 04/30/21:
“With the expanded and improved #ChildTaxCredit, the #AmericanRescuePlan transformed the way our nation treats children in poverty.
And this new law means MOST Americans will get a tax cut: LINK”
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 04/30/21:
“.@POTUS’ first 100 days showed us what government can do for the people:
- 200M+ Shots in arms
- 160M+ Cash in pockets
- Majority of schools reopened
Delivering results for families —restoring faith & trust in government every day.
To the next 100 days of #BuildBackBetter“
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 05/01/21:
“This week, @RepRaskin and I introduced the Accessible Voting Act — the House companion to a bill introduced by @SenBobCasey and @SenAmyKlobuchar.
Learn more about how our bill would remove barriers to voting for seniors and people with disabilities. LINK”
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 04/30/21:
“#Fab4 ready to greet our President!”
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 04/29/21:
“When we invest in job training, we invest in:
✅Growing local economies
✅Job security for working families
That’s why I’m proud to work with my colleagues from both chambers on the bipartisan Investing in American Workers Act of 2021.”
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 04/29/21:
“Violence & hate have no place in our society – we need to root it out wherever we find it. That’s why this week, we held a hearing on @AppropsDems with @TheJusticeDept to ensure they get the resources they need to counter the rise of violent extremism and domestic terrorism.”
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 04/29/21:
“In the hours since Sen. Tim Scott shared a vision for America of prosperity and opportunity for all, he has been attacked with hateful rhetoric and racial slurs.
We can disagree on policy, but the personal and race-based attacks must be fully condemned.”
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, @RepScottPerry, 04/27/21:
This is Rep. Perry’s first and only tweet since 4/10. “More than ever, world health means embracing the world. But the Chinese Communist Party thinks otherwise and has wrongly forced Taiwan on the sidelines for the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA). Embrace goodwill and good health — #LetTaiwanHelp.”
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 04/27/21:
“The first 100 days of President Biden’s presidency has been marked by out of control spending, bitter partisanship and a total lack of unity.”
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 04/29/21:
“More government means less freedom.”
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 04/28/21:
“God bless our law enforcement.
We will NEVER defund the police.”
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 04/28/21:
“Tonight, Biden will talk about the latest items on his socialist agenda.
Here’s what he won’t mention:
-The blue-collar jobs he’s killed
-Record illegal immigration due to his policies
-Rising gas prices due to his war on energy
-His tax hikes that’ll hurt the lower/middle class”
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 04/27/21:
“As an advocate of the U.S. – Taiwan relationship, I encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to not exclude Taiwan from the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting. Taiwan has been a reliable partner on global health and the COVID-19 pandemic response.
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, @MikeKellyPA, 04/30/21:
“President Biden came to Pennsylvania to talk infrastructure today, but he’s on the wrong track. Only 6% of his multi-trillion dollar plan is for roads, bridges, rails & runways. His proposal is mostly left-wing policies & tax increases that will hurt workers & small businesses.”
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 04/29/21:
“The #AmericanRescuePlan provides funding to K-12 schools to help students overcome learning loss from the pandemic. Read my letter to #PA17 schools urging them to use the funding to ensure summer learning programs are free & accessible to all students: LINK”
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 04/27/21:
“Thanks to the #AmericanRescuePlan, @USDA will continue its program that replaces school meals during the #pandemic through this summer. Children shouldn’t go hungry because their classes have gone online or have stopped for the summer!”
Casey Quote of the Week
Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk
“The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) recognize that investing in clean energy will create jobs and grow incomes for workers,” … “I’m committed to working alongside the UMWA to pass the American Jobs Plan and ensure that workers are protected.”
—from an article in the Pittsburgh City Paper, titled “United Mine Workers union comes out in support of transition to clean energy”
Toomey Quote of the Week
Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk
“The solution is not to double down on the old ways… we need to scale back the role of government and leverage the power of free enterprise to promote housing for all Americans.”
—from an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, titled “Housing proposals aim to boost HUD budget for building affordable units”
Fitzpatrick Quote of the Week
Research courtesy of contributor CC
“I got one or two left in me anyway and then I’m done anyway. On my own accord.”
— Rep. Fitzpatrick discusses his future political plans, from a Levittown Now article titled “In Hot Mic Comments, Congressman Says He Might Run One Or Two More Times”
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