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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:
- Ballot access, voting rights, campaign finance and ethics
- Civil rights, equality under the law and addressing systemic inequities
- Reinforcing and strengthening democratic norms, processes, and oversight
- Addressing economic inequality
This week we scored the Senate cloture vote on the January 6th Commission.
|Lawmaker||Score||Change from last score|
|🔵 Senator Bob Casey||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔴 Senator Pat Toomey||55.6%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick||55.8%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser||4.9%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry||0.0%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker||11.6%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller||4.7%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce||4.7%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler||4.7%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson||12.2%||0.0%|
|🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly||4.7%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb||100.0%||0.0%|
|🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle||100.0%||0.0%|
Votes of Interest
35 GOP Senators Nix Bipartisan January 6th Commission
Jim Gardner is the host of the evening news on Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate. His tweet pretty much covers everything you need to know about the cloture vote that the GOP filibustered, killing the chance of a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th attack on our nation’s Capitol.
Vote date: Friday, May 28, 2021 Vote Tally: 54-35 (failed)
Party Breakdown: As a cloture vote, ending debate and proceeding to a full vote on the legislation requires 60 YES votes. The forty-six Democrats and 2 Independents present voted YES, alongside six Republicans – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah. The other thirty-five Republicans present in the chamber voted NO. Elevent senators were not present for the vote, including our own Senator pat Toomey, and two Democrats – Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Patty Murray of Washington.
Senator Bob Casey voted YES
Senator Pat Toomey DID NOT VOTE
- “Senate Republicans block bill to create commission to probe pro-Trump Capitol insurrection,” from CNBC
- “‘Pretty damn scary’: Failure of Jan. 6 commission exposes Senate wounds,” from Politico
- “These 11 Senators didn’t vote on the January 6 commission,” from CNN Politics
Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation #1 – Justice, Civil Rights Division
Senate Confirmation Vote on Kristen M. Clarke to be an Assistant Attorney General
The following is an excerpt from an open letter drafted by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Right Under Law, encouraging senators to vote for the now-confirmed Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke:
Kristen began her career in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice—the same office she has now been nominated to lead. She had subsequent roles as chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the New York State Attorney General’s office, and leadership roles at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and most recently as president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Right Under Law, one of the nation’s leading civil rights legal organizations.
With her vast experience, Kristen Clarke is among the most qualified candidates ever nominated to lead civil rights enforcement for the nation. She has expertise on a wide range of key civil rights issues, including voting rights, hate crimes, human trafficking, disability rights, fair housing, education, employment, and police-community relations.
Kristen has earned a reputation for being pragmatic, a strong leader, and a consensus builder with a track record of achieving results. She has a history of securing landmark agreements, working collaboratively with law enforcement to promote transparency and improved community relations, and engaging corporate leaders on issues of diversity and accountability. Her work has helped to strengthen these important American institutions while also serving communities deeply impacted by racial discrimination.
Clarke’s nomination was held up in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but after last week’s Motion to Discharge passed the full Sante, Clarke was confirmed on a nearly party line vote.
Vote date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Vote Tally: 51-48
Party Breakdown: This was nearly a party line vote. All Independents and Democrats voted YES, alongside one Republican, Maine’s Susan Collins. All Republicans voted NO.
Senator Bob Casey voted YES
Senator Pat Toomey voted NO
- “U.S. Senate confirms Kristen Clarke as top Justice Dept. civil rights lawyer,” from Reuters
- “Senate confirms Kristen Clarke as first Black woman to lead DOJ civil rights division,” from CNN
- “Kristen Clarke: Senate confirms Biden’s civil rights nominee despite GOP ‘smear campaign’,” from The Independent
Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation #2 – Medicare and Medicaid Services
Senate Confirmation Vote on Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Below you will find a statement made by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, made when Chiquita Brooks-LaSure was sworn in as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s historic appointment and confirmation as the first Black woman to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services further demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to bringing diverse perspectives and seasoned leaders to drive and improve the U.S. health care system. Chiquita, an expert in health care policy and a veteran of CMS, will be a trusted steward of our nation’s health insurance programs and a critical partner as we tackle the nation’s health care challenges,
I worked closely with Chiquita when I was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and I know she will reach across the aisle to find common ground in our efforts to bring down health care costs for American families. As we navigate the pandemic and its aftermath, it’s critical to have experienced, steady leadership at CMS. Chiquita is that leader. I look forward to working with Chiquita to strengthen Medicaid, better serve our seniors, expand health coverage, and address the glaring health inequities in communities across the country.
Vote date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Vote Tally: 55-44
Party Breakdown: All Democrats and Independents voted YES, and they were joined by 5 Republicans – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Susan Collins of Maine, Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Richard Burr of North Carolina. The other 44 Republicans voted NO.
Senator Bob Casey voted YES
Senator Pat Toomey voted NO
- “Senate confirms Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as head of CMS,” from Healthcare Dive
- “Chiquita Brooks-LaSure confirmed to lead Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” from Healthcare Finance
- “Senate Narrowly Confirms Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as Next CMS Administrator,” from Home health Care News
Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation #3 – Defense
Senate Confirmation via unanimous consent on Christine Wormuth as Secretary of the Army
Christine Wormuth, the first woman ever confirmed as Secretary of the Army, had her unanimous consent confirmation marred by a Senator doing constituent service. Army Times explained the story:
By all accounts, the new secretary of the Army, Christine Wormuth, was supposed to have a smooth, eventless confirmation.
That was until late Wednesday evening, when the Senate unanimously confirmed her and then, two hours later, reversed her confirmation. The body then unanimously confirmed her again on Thursday morning.
The snag? Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., held true to his promise to hold up Wormuth’s nomination until an Army major’s pay issues were fixed.
“I have a soldier I know who has been over in Africa for 10 months and not receiving his appropriate pay for active duty,” Cramer told reporters Thursday afternoon.
The affected soldier, who is in a family of four, has been underpaid by more than $50,000, according to Cramer.
“It was never about [Wormuth],” he added. “It’s about the Army and this very archaic [human resources] system that doesn’t pay people.”
“When a problem has to be solved by a congressional inquiry that has to go all the way to the senator…threatening to hold a nominee’s confirmation up, that’s bad,” Cramer said during the May 13 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “I’m trying to help a major whose pay has been incorrect for over ten months now.”
Vote date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 Vote Tally: unanimous
Party Breakdown: No one objected to the second unanimous consent motion.
Senator Bob Casey voted YES (presumed)
Senator Pat Toomey voted YES (presumed)
- “Soldier’s missing pay triggered Army secretary double confirmation snafu,” from Army Times
- “Second time’s a charm? Senate confirms Wormuth, again, as Army secretary,” from Roll Call
- “Senate confirms Wormuth as first female Army secretary — for real this time,” from Politico
- “After rare reversal, Wormuth confirmed once again as first woman Army secretary,” from Army Times
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.Res.234 – A resolution recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
- S.108 – A bill to authorize the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease or transfer certain land
- S.144 – Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center Access Improvement Act
- S.314 – Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act
- S.325 – A bill to amend the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act to extend the deadline for a report
- S.548 – Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act
- S.549 – A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska
- S.550 – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act
- S.559 – A bill to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act
- S.1867 – COVID–19 Origin Act
- S.789 – RESPECT (Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes) Act
- H.R.711 – West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act
- H.R.2523 – THRIVE (Training in High-demand Roles to Improve Veteran Employment) Act
- S.409 – A bill to provide for the availability of amounts for customer education initiatives and non-awards expenses of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program
- S.921 – Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act
- S.Res.256 – A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the need to conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine the origins of COVID-19
Quotes of Interest
Lawmakers discuss the January 6th Commission and the Senate Filibuster
See if you can sense a pattern in the comments or lack thereof.
🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 05/28/21:
“An entire political party in Washington is still genuflecting to Donald Trump instead of the rule of law.
Today’s rejection of the commission is about not offending him.
It’s an insult to the country, our democracy, and national security.”
🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, via a spokesperson, in the Allentown Morning Call, 05/28/21:
“Had he been in Washington, Sen. Toomey would have voted in favor of the motion to proceed to the January 6th commission legislation with the expectation that the Senate would consider, and Sen. Toomey would have supported, an amendment that addresses Republican concerns about partisan staffing and the duration of the commission.”
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 05/29/21:
Original tweet from local newscaster Jim Gardner: “So let’s get this straight. The Jan. 6th Commission vote in the Senate was 54 in favor and 35 against. The 35’s won. Are you sure that’s what the Founders had in mind? #Filibuster #democracy”
Quote Reply From Rep. Boyle: “We know it isn’t, @Jim_Gardner, thanks to the Federalist Papers. The super majority requirement was a key failing of the Articles of Confederation, which the Founders eliminated at the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia 1787. Or thought they had.”
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 05/27/21:
Rep. Evans did not issue his own statement, but he retweeted those of many democratic lawmakers. One of those statements was this content from House Majority Whip James Clyburn – “When you allow things to fester and don’t get to the bottom of it, chances are the end result is going to be bad.
The fact is, the country is deserving of knowing exactly what led up to January 6th, who was involved, and what we need to do to make sure this never happens again.”
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 05/28/21:
“35 Republican Senators *filibustered* a bipartisan 1/6 commission to learn the truth.
Now, the filibuster is standing in the way of the truth.
We cannot continue to govern this way.”
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 05/28/21:
“I cannot fathom how one could be so unpatriotic as to block the creation of an independent commission to investigate the attack on our Capitol.
We cannot look away. We will not forget. There will be accountability.” LINK to NY TIMES
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @HoulahanForPA, 05/28/21:
“It doesn’t get more anti-American than elected leaders voting against an investigation into a literal terrorist attack on American soil.
We have a solemn oath to defend this country.
This dereliction of duty is a fireable offense. VOTE!”
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 05/29/21:
“The American people – and the brave Capitol Police who keep us safe – deserve answers about January 6 and its aftermath.
This is not a time to be silent.”
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright does not have any new content on Facebook, Twitter or his website about the January 6th Commission. His last statement dates back to 05/19/21:
“Both Republicans and Democrats agree: we need a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the January 6 domestic terrorism attack on the Capitol. Today, I’m voting in the House for a bill to do just that.”
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly has made no statement about the January 6th Commission on Twitter, his Facebook presence, or on his official website.
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @ConorLambPA, 05/29/21:
“Yesterday made things really clear.
I believe the filibuster has to go. Short thread explaining why:
The police who fought for their lives & ours on 1/6 deserved better than this.
5 months & the public STILL doesn’t know why police & military leadership mounted such a poor response to the insurrection, & left those officers fending for themselves.
A commission would get the truth. Americans are still capable of that, but our system proved incapable of it yet again — just as it has proven incapable of protecting people who simply want their votes to be counted & the winner to be certified.
We have to want this government to succeed more than the GOP wants it to fail.
Yesterday it failed. That can’t continue.
They’ve made us choose between protecting our Capitol & our democracy, or a procedural tool that isn’t in the Constitution.
I practice bipartisanship because it’s supposed to get results. But I respect our institutions because they reflect the dignity of every person in our community.
That won’t be true anymore if these attacks on voting go undefended, & those with the least will lose out the most.
I will also do everything in my power to create strong minority party rights, if that encourages real debate, not gridlock. I have nothing but praise for the Senators on both sides who are working on this now.
But I personally have seen enough. This democracy cannot wait.”
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 05/28/21:
“Shameful: Republican Senators placed party over patriotism. A bipartisan bill, creating an evenly divided commission with both parties’ agreement required to issue subpoenas. Officers Sicknick & Liebengood and democracy itself deserve an investigation.”
🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 05/25/21:
“As we mark the tragic anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, as we pray for his family and loved ones, let us also resolve to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in order to enact lasting reform.”
🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 05/25/21:
“From the Sr. Policy Director at @BudgetHawks:
‘State and local govts, by and large, are swimming in revenue…we spent a lot of money on states that we didn’t need to.’
Exactly right. These should be repurposed to pay for infrastructure upgrades.”
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 05/24/21:
“Covid Worldwide lives lost: 3.5M
Covid Global cost: $30T
Covid psychological and emotional damage: Permanent
US National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease (NIAID) sent millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to EcoHealth Alliance.
EcoAlliance sent millions of dollars to Dr. Shi Zhengli (“Bat Woman”) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to conduct “Gain of Function” research on bat coronaviruses designed to analyze & strengthen protein spikes to increase & strengthen virus pathology (impact on humans).
Preponderance of the evidence increasingly indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of a lab escape & not natural emergence (species jump). Researchers from the WIV were hospitalized in November 2019 with COVID-19 symptoms.
The host species for COVID-19 still has not been identified, corroborating that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted from a lab escape due to lax lab safety protocols (BSL-2) of gain of function modified coronavirus research (should have been BSL-4).
US NIAID Dir. says he’s no longer confident in his original natural emergence theory. Evidence strongly indicates that the CCP controls the World Health Organization & there’s a strong possibility of a cover-up & false reporting re: the true origins of the coronavirus.
The WHO on 1/14/2020, months after the lab escape, was publicly parroting the CCP talking point that there was no human-to-human spread of COVID-19.
Our Nation, and the world, have been through hell over the past year. The American people, and the world, deserve answers. Come hell or high water, I will not stop until we get them.”
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 05/28/21:
“Shameful that a House Republican honors a TERRORIST and rips the brave officer who saved our lives. This is today’s @HouseGOP.”
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @DwightEvansPA, 05/28/21:
“I 100% agree. Tackling climate change and poverty go hand in hand. By creating good-paying jobs with union eligibility, we’ll build our nation back stronger. LINK to INQUIRER
That’s why I’m proud to be a cosponsor and supporter of the Thrive Act. You can learn more about the legislation here. LINK to THRIVE AGENDA website.”
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 05/27/21:
“We must take action on gun violence in this country.
No one is coming to take your guns — we just want to end the slaughter of gun violence in this nation.
We have a choice — and it’s time we make the right choice to save lives.
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 05/29/21:
“The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the worst acts of racial violence in U.S. history. Yet, many Americans never learn about this horror.
As the 100th anniversary of the massacre approaches, we must vow to never let what happened in Greenwood be forgotten.” LINK to NPR article
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 05/25/21:
“ICYMI: This morning we had the honor of having two astronauts, @Astro_Megan & @Thom_astro, answer questions from PA-06’s very own bright-minded and curious students. I have to admit – this was the coolest part of my day! Watch the YouTube recording”
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 05/27/21:
“Solving the climate crisis must be rooted in creating sustainable, clean jobs for our working families.
That’s why I’m joining @RepTimRyan’s CATCH Act. We’re capitalizing on carbon capture tech & reducing our carbon footprint, all while protecting #PA07 jobs & workers”
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 05/27/21:
“Democrats want to invest in infrastructure with the #AmericanJobsPlan by finally making millionaires and big corporations pay their fair share.
Republicans want YOU to pay for it with higher tolls and fees on the roads you use to get to work.
Which plan do you like better?
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 05/26/21:
“President Biden’s tax plan is an assault on small businesses. We have to avoid all of this taxation that is being talked about if we want our economy to recover. @TeamCavuto”
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry did not tweet this week.
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 05/27/21:
“Pres. Biden is putting Russians first and Americans second.”
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 05/25/21:
“Border patrol agent: ‘The current administration has laid out a welcome mat for people to come.’
As illegal crossings at the southern border reach a 20-year high, VP Harris is nowhere in sight.”
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 05/28/21:
“As I said at @HouseCommerce, safe vaccines key to eradicating the pandemic & restoring our freedoms. As a physician, I believe that every American who wants a vaccine should be able to get one — and this choice must remain between an individual and their health care provider.”
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 05/30/21:
“Fauci has been wrong consistently wrong.
Fauci and weathermen are the only people in America who can be wrong this much and still have a job. #FireFauci”
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 05/24/21:
“Discussions on infrastructure are too often limited to our roads, bridges, & waterways.
But in a 21st-century economy, broadband infrastructure must be at the Red heart of our efforts.
The Broadband for Rural America Act ensures rural connectivity no longer falls through the cracks”
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly did not tweet this week.
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 05/27/21:
“We make the best steel because we have the best steelworkers. Today I invited @ENERGY @SecGranholm to Pittsburgh to meet w/ steelworkers & local leaders to help develop a plan to invest in new technologies to ensure steel manufacturing continues to thrive in our region. #PA17”
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 05/28/21:
“100 years ago the #TulsaRaceMassacre destroyed #Greenwood, a prosperous black neighborhood nicknamed the #BlackWallStreet – erasing years of success. It’s past time we recognize this terrible event & how the victims’ descendants are still affected today.”
MoC Weekly Round-ups!
The following lawmakers offer short video round-ups of their week’s activities. Take this content with a grain of salt, as they are produced as self-marketing materials. But they do give us insight into what actions our MoCs feel are the most important to their constituents, and definitely make for worthwhile watching! I would not be surprised if we see more lawmakers join this trend.
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick – Twitter Link with video
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan – Twitter Link with video
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler – Podcast Link to audio
Casey Quote of the Week
Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk
“I have long believed that we need a strategy for our children… We also need a way to articulate it in a fashion that people will understand the goals of the strategy.
I know a lot of these numbers are big… But so have been the tax breaks for the super wealthy and major corporations over the last 40 years. These numbers all of a sudden become very much affordable if we have our priorities right.
We have had outrageous giveaways to powerful interests and it didn’t happen by accident… The tax code got rigged because the powerful had a lot of lobbyists who had an impact on Congress.
And if we don’t make the freedom of children a priority then shame on us as a country… The federal government has to get into the game of helping families.”
—from an article in the Reading Eagle, titled “Sen. Bob Casey outlines ambitious plan to invest in America’s children”
Toomey Quote of the Week
Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk
“One of the things I’m hoping for, and I will urge these guys to do, is stand up and defend capitalism… I hope they will defend the system that has created more opportunity and prosperity than any other system.
[Banks need to] avoid the sort of appeasement of this whole movement that I see, in some cases, where I think political agendas are starting to creep into banking policy.
The energy space is an interesting case. If these banks want to provide financing to relatively inefficient producers of energy, but they are green producers and therefore they want to provide subsidies for it, I think that’s between the executives and their shareholders.
If they cross the line into saying, ‘By the way, we will not make credit available to oil and gas development,’ …then you’re making a judgment.
Let’s be honest: A very substantial share of elected Democrats either openly consider themselves socialist, or they espouse socialist policies.”
—from an article on CNBC, titled “Top Republican says he wants to hear bank CEOs ‘defend capitalism’ during testimony”
Fitzpatrick in the News
Research courtesy of contributor CC
“A preponderance of evidence increasingly supports the theory that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of a lab escape rather than a natural emergence, or species jump.”
— from a Newtown Patch article titled “Fitzpatrick Demands Answers On COVID-19’s Origin”
“We simply cannot outsource our public safety and national security to foreign nations. We must reconstitute our health care and public safety supply chain back to the United States. Medical products, protective equipment, pharmaceuticals, emergency response equipment and all other critical items and materials needed to respond to a national emergency must be produced domestically for domestic consumption, especially during a critical, time-sensitive crisis.”
— from an article in FoxNews titled “House bills targeting China would launch coronavirus ‘origins’ probe, allow victims’ families to sue Beijing”
“The accelerated development of COVID-19 vaccines over the past year has proved that significant investment in medical research and development can speed the development of cures and treatments. Millions of Americans suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other terrible diseases cannot afford to wait for vital treatments and cures while clinical trials are disrupted.
We must use every federal avenue to restart US biomedical research and ensure that the clinical trials necessary to take basic research to the bedside receive the funding they urgently need. More funding is needed for critical research, treatment, and cures for deadly diseases.
We must do whatever we can to fight for patients, survivors, and those adversely affected by halted clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide a unique funding mechanism going forward to restart stalled biomedical research in the USA.”
— from an article in The Pharma Letter titled “US legislation proposes funding trials amid COVID-19 delays”
“As a lifelong federal law enforcement agent and federal prosecutor, watching the horrific events of that day unfold, I was especially troubled by the explicitly clear breakdown in security coordination, anticipation, and communication that allowed such a breach of the People’s House to occur.”
— from a Bucks County Courier Times article titled ”Feasterville man, 19, charged in insurrection: ‘Just pray … that I don’t get arrested by the fbi.’”
“Nothing can get done without bipartisan cooperation from witnesses to interviews to subpoenas. So as long as that’s the situation, that anything that happens has to be bipartisan and the focus is on security and the security breaches, which is what it is, that’s where our caucus decided to endorse it.”
— from a Levittown Now article titled “Congressman Votes For Investigation Into U.S. Capitol Attack”
“One of the keys to preventing school violence is equipping students, teachers, and administrators with the skills they need to properly react to potential threats before a tragedy occurs. I am proud to support this bipartisan bill to research the impacts of active school shooter drills on the mental health of our young and vulnerable student populations.”
— from an article in the Orlando Political observer titled “Murphy, Perlmutter, and Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Study Effects of Active Shooter Drills in Schools”
“Setting our country’s kids up for success requires investment in career development and education at a young age. I am proud to work with Congressman Harder and partner with the Boys & Girls Club of America, a truly remarkable organization, to find bipartisan solutions like the Youth Workforce Readiness Act that give American kids the tools to accomplish great things.”
— from a Ripon Advance blog post titled “Youth Workforce Readiness Act offered by Fitzpatrick”
Both the House and the Senate are taking the week after Memorial Day as home district work weeks. There will be no voting. MoCTrack will be off next weekend and back with our next report on the weekend of June 14th.
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