Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report – 06.27.21

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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.  Thank you to the Demcast and Pennsylvania Indivisible organizations who host our report and help us share it with Commonwealth residents!

Indivisible Scorecard

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 filibuster of the For the People Act and the House votes on elder discrimination and the reversal of a bad Trump lending rule that disproportionately affected people of color.

LawmakerScoreChange from last score
🔵 Senator Bob Casey100.0%0.0%
🔴 Senator Pat Toomey35.7%-9.8%
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick55.3%-0.5%
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle100.0%0.0%
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans100.0%0.0%
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean100.0%0.0%
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon100.0%0.0%
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan100.0%0.0%
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild100.0%0.0%
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright100.0%0.0%
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser4.4%-0.5%
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry0.0%  0.0%
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker10.6%-1.0%
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller4.3%-0.4%
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce4.3%-0.4%
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler4.3%-0.4%
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson11.1%-1.1%
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly4.3%-0.4%
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb100.0%0.0%
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle100.0%0.0%

Quick Links

Votes of Interest

For The People Act FILIBUSTERED

Modest, Voluntary Climate Change Program for Farmers Passes the Senate

Protections for Older Workers Now Heads to Biden’s Desk

Update 1: Three BAD Trump-era rules are about to be REVOKED!

Ciao, Heinous EEOC rule that unnecessarily overloaded staff to the point of gridlock

Sayonara, Bad EPA rule that allowed way too much methane into our environment

Adios, Awful OCC rule that let banks skirt state laws capping interest rates

Update 2: Last Week’s Failed Suspension Bills Have Now Passed

Zeroing out Contraceptive Co-pays for Veterans

Equal Access to Credit for LGBTQ+ folks

Biden Judicial Confirmation – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Biden Judicial Confirmation – Maryland

Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation – Intelligence

Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation – Office of Personnel Management

Votes under Suspension of the Rules

Unanimously passed legislation

Quotes of Interest

Our Senators discuss the Filibuster of The For the People Act

Senate Tweets

House Tweets

MoC Weekly Round-ups

Casey Quote of the Week

Toomey Quote of the Week

Fitzpatrick in the News

Call to Action – Deadline for Democracy!

Votes of Interest

For The People Act FILIBUSTERED

Senate Cloture Vote on S. 2093: For the People Act of 2021

In a move that surprised precisely no one, the GOP filibustered the For the People Act, not even allowing the debate to begin. What is key here for every single person to focus on is that THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD for voting rights. It is just one more step, and the event that triggers us into action.

In response to the filibuster of voting rights, a coalition of over 80 organizations, including  Indivisible, Voto Latino, the Service Employees International Union, Alliance for Justice and many MANY more are organizing hundreds of events around the country in the next two weeks of Congressional recess.  Head down to this week’s CALL TO ACTION to learn more about what you can do to counter the GOP’s filibuster of this democracy-preserving legislation. 

Vote date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Vote Tally: 50-50 (failed)

Party Breakdown: This needed 60 votes to achieve cloture and move onto debate. The Senate split along its 50-50 party lines, with all Democrats voting YES, to proceed; and all Republicans voting NO, to not allow debate.  Thus the bill was (temporarily) stalled.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO


Additional Reading:

Modest, Voluntary Climate Change Program for Farmers Passes the Senate 

Senate Vote on S. 1251: Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021

This bill deals with agricultural issues that are way outside your MoCTrack editor’s frame of reference, so we’ll turn to the professionals at Farm Progress who have produced agricultural periodicals for 200 years. This is how they described this legislation:

The Growing Climate Solutions Act creates a certification program at USDA to help solve technical entry barriers that prevent farmer and forest landowner participation in carbon credit markets. These issues – including access to reliable information about markets and access to qualified technical assistance providers and credit protocol verifiers – have limited both landowner participation and the adoption of practices that help reduce the costs of developing carbon credits.

This, bill establishes a Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Certification Program through which is a completely voluntary program where USDA will be able to provide transparency, legitimacy, and informal endorsement of third-party verifiers and technical service providers that help private landowners generate carbon credits through a variety of agriculture and forestry related practices.

The USDA certification program will put guardrails on carbon credit markets and will ensure that these assistance providers have agriculture and forestry expertise, which is lacking in the current marketplace. As part of the program, USDA will administer a new website, which will serve as a “one stop shop” of information and resources for producers and foresters who are interested in participating in carbon markets.

Through the program, USDA will help connect landowners to private sector actors who can assist the landowners in implementing the protocols and monetizing the climate value of their sustainable practices. Third party entities, certified under the program, will be able to claim the status of a “USDA Certified” technical assistance provider or verifier.

Vote date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Vote Tally: 92-8

Party Breakdown: This bill had the support of 47 Republicans, 44 Democrats and 1 Independent (Angus King of Maine).  The eight NO votes came from a fascinating split of lawmakers.  One the Republican side, the NO votes came from insurrection-buddy Josh Hawley of Missouri, climate change denialist Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and libertarian Mike Lee of Utah.  One the Democratic side, the NO votes were from Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Rounding out the 8 NOs was Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted YES

Additional Reading:

Protections for Older Workers Now Heads to Biden’s Desk

House Vote on H.R. 2062: Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act of 2021

In 2009, the Supreme Court decision in the case Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc. resulted in the weakening of age discrimination protections for workers.  The majority opinion for this 5-4 decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, found that the current law required a plaintiff to prove that “age was the ‘but-for’ cause of the employer’s adverse decision” as opposed to one amidst several reasons for termination.

In the decade since that decision, discrimination complaints have risen. The Augusta Free Press reports, “According to a 2018 poll conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons, three in five workers over the age of 45 had seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has also seen an increase in complaints of age discrimination. In 2000, there were roughly 16,000 complaints of age discrimination, while in 2017, age discrimination complaints exceeded 20,000.”

This bill addresses the issue of the Supreme Court decision by explicitly defining a new, lower bar for what is considered age discrimination.  It restores the old standard of “mixed motive” actions qualifying as discrimination, instead of Justice Thomas’s “but-for” standard.

Vote date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Vote Tally: 247-178

Party Breakdown: This bill had the support of all Democrats and 29 Republicans, including 🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. The other 178 Republicans voted NO.

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Update 1: Three BAD Trump-era rules are about to be REVOKED!

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.  All three of the following Senate Joint Resolutions (the mechanism to pass CRAs) have already passed the Senate, so this House passage is the last step needed before they go to President Biden’s desk.

Ciao, Heinous EEOC rule that unnecessarily overloaded staff to the point of gridlock

House Vote on S.J.Res. 13: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission relating to “Update of Commission’s Conciliation Procedures”.

This first instance of the House using a CRA in this 117th Congress is to invalidate a Trump-era rule that forces the EEOC to have heavy involvement in the pre-litigation settlement process. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions explained why this Trump era rule was so bad. “That rule was designed to make it easier for employers to delay or deny justice to workers who have experienced discrimination on the job,” she observed in the floor debate on this resolution.  The rule takes limited resources away from the EEOC’s primary mandate of dealing with discrimination and delay cases, and it inserts them into settlement processes earlier than they need to be involved. Employees agree to settlements only 41% of the time, so that means the EEOC would be doubling their workload by bringing them into the process early.

When this came before the Senate in May, it passed along party lines, 50-48, so Senator Bob Casey voted YES and Senator Pat Toomey voted NO.

Vote date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Vote Tally: 219-210

Party Breakdown: This was a party line vote.  All GOP lawmakers voted NO and all Democratic lawmakers voted YES.

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Sayonara, Bad EPA rule that allowed way too much methane into our environment  

House 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”.

This measure will 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 passed the Senate in April, with a 68-26 vote. Senator Casey voted YES and Senator Toomey DID NOT VOTE when this came before the Senate. 

Vote date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Vote Tally: 229-191

Party Breakdown: All of the Democrats present voted for this bill, along with 12 Republicans including 🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. The other 191 Republicans voted NO.


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Adios, Awful OCC rule that let banks skirt state laws capping interest rates

House Vote on S.J.Res. 15: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency relating to “National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders”.

The bureaucratic rule that is about to be overturned in this case is known as the “true lender” rule, and it is one that went into effect just as Trump was leaving office. This excerpt from an article in The Hill about a lawsuit against this Trump-era regulation explains the problems created by the “true lender” rule:

…a Trump appointee finalized a rule in October [2020] meant to clarify who is the “true lender” of a loan issued to a customer through a partnership between a nationally chartered bank and a third party, typically a non-bank lender.

Such partnerships can allow a financial company to offer a customer a loan with a higher interest rate than permitted under their state’s laws by teaming up with a federally chartered bank headquartered in a state with a higher interest rate cap. 

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, laid out the stakes of this CRA action in a hearing about this rule, declaring that “You can stand on the side of online payday lenders that brag about their creativity in avoiding the law and finding new ways to prey on workers and their families or we can stand up for families and small businesses, and the state attorneys general and state legislatures who have said ‘enough.’”

When this came before the Senate in May, it passed 61-37. Senator Bob Casey voted YES and

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO at that time.

Vote date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Vote Tally: 218-208

Party Breakdown: All of the Democrats present voted for this bill along with one Republican, Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin. All of the other 208 Republicans present voted NO.

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Update 2: Last Week’s Failed Suspension Bills Have Now Passed

Last week we brought up some petty, time-wasting shenanigans instigated by the GOP leadership duo of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who had given approval for two bills to be brought up under suspension of the rules, and then withdrew said approval immediately before the voting, when it was too late to withdraw the bills.  It was dumb. And it inspired this measured response from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer:

The House considered the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act and the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act under an expedited process that requires a two-thirds vote because Republicans had indicated they would support both measures. I am deeply disappointed that Republicans withdrew their support at the last minute, causing both bills to fail. Next week, I will bring both of these bills to the Floor under a rule so that they can pass with a simple majority.

As he promised in that statement, this week the two bills were brought up under normal rules, and the bills passed… easily. So all that the GOP accomplished was to make themselves look like either liars or incompetent, and to waste a few hours of Floor time.

Zeroing out Contraceptive Co-pays for Veterans

House Vote on H.R. 239: Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act

Currently, active service members can get contraceptives without a copay, but the Veterans’ Administration does not provide the same benefit to former service-members.  This bill would fix that disparity and zero out the contraceptive copay for anyone using the veterans’ medical centers and services.

Vote date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Vote Tally: 245-181

Party Breakdown: All of the Democrats present voted for this bill, along with 26 Republicans. The NO votes were from 181 Republicans.

Equal Access to Credit for LGBTQ+ folks

House Vote on H.R. 1443: LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act

The bill sponsor, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) shared the following statement about his bill in the aftermath of its passage this past Thursday. It explains the legislation perfectly:

“This bill would make credit more accessible, credit laws more enforceable, and creditors more accountable,” said  Rep. Torres. “It represents a triumph of transparency in the service of economic opportunity for all, regardless of who you are and whom you love. We have a vested interest in sustaining and strengthening these businesses with equal access to credit, which is the beating heart of the American economy. I am proud to lead the effort to deliver results for LGBTQ small business owners as we continue to rebuild our economy.” 

H.R. 1443, the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act would ensure that LGBTQ-owned businesses have equal access to credit opportunities as well as access to the capital they need to grow and create more jobs in their communities. Specifically, the bill would update the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) to ensure that financial institutions collect the self-identified sexual orientation and gender identity of the principal owners of small businesses, in addition to their sex, race, and ethnicity. Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank already requires creditors to collect this data, which helps facilitate enforcement of fair lending laws and enables communities, government agencies, and lenders to identify community development needs. This bill would also add a definition for businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals to the ECOA statute.

Vote date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Vote Tally: 245-181Party Breakdown: All of the Democrats present voted for this bill, along with 33 Republicans. The NO votes were from 176 Republicans.

Biden Judicial Confirmation – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Senate Confirmation Vote on Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit

We’re going to turn to The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, who eloquently laid out all of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi’s accomplishments as well as why they supported her nomination to the second highest level of our nation’s court system:

Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi is highly qualified and has an exemplary record of defending and protecting the rights of all people. She is currently in private practice, though she spent most of her legal career as a public defender. For 10 years, Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi served as a staff attorney for the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, Inc., representing more than 400 clients who could not afford counsel. She has clerked for Judge David Coar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Judge Roger Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University. Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi is also an involved member of her community, as demonstrated by her service on the boards of the Federal Bar Association, the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, and the Just the Beginning Foundation. She has a demonstrated commitment to upholding civil and human rights, and her experience at all levels of the federal court system qualifies her to fill this seat on the Seventh Circuit….

… she has dedicated her career to pursuing equal justice. If confirmed, Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi would be the first Seventh Circuit judge who spent most of their career as a public defender. Federal public defenders play a critical role in our criminal-legal system yet are underrepresented on the federal bench. For every former criminal defense attorney on the federal bench, there are at least four former prosecutors. Overall, just more than 2 percent of all federal appellate judges have experience as a public defender. Our judiciary needs to reflect the diversity of the legal profession, including more judges experienced in ensuring that defendants have counsel and that their rights are recognized in federal court. Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi’s experience would bring significant value to the Seventh Circuit…

…Throughout her career, Ms. Jackson-Akiwumi has proven to be an experienced, dedicated defender of the rights of all people. She has demonstrated a commitment to upholding constitutional and legal rights and protections for defendants that is needed on the federal bench.

Vote date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Vote Tally: 53-40

Party Breakdown: All of the Democrats and Independents voted YES, and they were joined by 3 Republicans – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The 40 NO votes were all from Republicans, and 7 Republicans were not present for the vote.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO
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Biden Judicial Confirmation – Maryland

Senate Confirmation Vote on Deborah L. Boardman to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland

Deborah Boardman has spent the last two years serving as a United States Magistrate Judge (the level below District Judge). This would promote her one level within the federal judiciary.  Before serving as a judge, the Maryland native graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University and went on to clerk for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She went to work in the private sector before spending 11 years as a federal public defender in Maryland. 

Vote date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Vote Tally: 52-48

Party Breakdown: All of the Democrats and Independents voted YES, and they were joined by 2 Republicans – Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO


Additional Reading:

Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation – Intelligence 

Senate Confirmation Vote on Christopher Charles Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Chris Fonzone is an attorney who has served in a variety of roles in our federal government. Under President Obama, he served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President and the Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. And before that he worked for both the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. He specializes in IT and cybersecurity legal issues, a realm where expertise is sorely needed.

The GOP objections to Fonzone’s nomination centered around legal work he had done for Chinese tech giant Huawei during his time in the private sector after the election of President Trump.  The Hill recapped that drama:

“After Mr. Fonzone left President Obama’s National Security Council, he did legal work for Huawei. He knew exactly who Huawei is, and he knew that he didn’t have to take their money,” Sasse added.

Fonzone was associated with the company through his position at the law firm Sidley Austin, doing less than 50 hours of legal work for both Huawei and China’s Ministry of Commerce, according to a questionnaire he submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“The firm asked me to look into a question of how U.S. law works. I did a de minimis amount of work, less than 10 hours, to explain how U.S. administrative law works, I provided it to my partners, and … I’ve had no follow-up since then,” Fonzone told the Senate Intelligence Committee at a May 18 hearing to review his nomination.

Fonzone was doing work for Huawei as recently as 2019, according to National Law Journal.

In the end, Fonzone’s expertise and experience was far more important that the 50 hours of legal work he did while working as a private individual.

Vote date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Vote Tally: 55-45

Party Breakdown:  All of the Democrats and Independents voted YES, and they were joined by 5 Republicans – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina and John Cornyn of Texas.  The other 45 Republicans voted NO.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO

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Biden Bureaucratic Confirmation – Office of Personnel Management  

Senate Confirmation Vote on Kiran Arjandas Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years

Kiran Ahuja is an attorney who worked at the Department of Justice for years before being promoted to President Obama’s director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She served in that role for six years before being moved to the Office of Personnel Management where she served as Chief of Staff for the final two years of Obama’s tenure in office.  After the election of Donald Trump, she moved into the nonprofit sector, where she took the position of CEO at the Seattle-based Philanthropy Northwest.

The fracas over her confirmation is just one skirmish in the GOP’s culture war surrounding diversity education (or as they erroneously call it, “critical race theory.”)  In the immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, while Ahuja was working in Seattle, she issued the following statement:

You can’t be a true ally to Black communities until you take it upon yourself to understand our racialized history in its most intimate and heinous forms.  And learn, as I did, that all forms of discrimination flow from the subjugation of Black and Indigenous people.

This set GOP senators into a tizzy of CRT blather. Thankfully, Vice President Harris was on hand to break the tie vote and confirm Kiran Ahuja.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Vote Tally: 51-50

Party Breakdown: This was a party line vote with All Republicans voting NO and all Democrats and Independents voting YES.  Vice President Kamala Harris had to cast the tie-breaking vote.
Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO

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Votes under Suspension of the Rules 

Some bills are so uncontroversial that the leadership of both parties coordinate to bring the bills up under a suspension of the rules – that means that debate and amendments are limited, but the bill needs a ⅔ supermajority to pass.  These 18 bills were brought up under a suspension of the rules this week.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R. 983: Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2021

According to the Library of Congress summary, “this bill establishes a new criminal offense for knowingly executing, or attempting to execute, a scheme to defraud an individual of veterans’ benefits, or in connection with obtaining veteran’s benefits for an individual. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to five years, or both.”

Vote date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Vote Tally: 416-5

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 18-0 in support of this bill.  The five lawmakers who voted against this were Democrats Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman of New York.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R. 1374: Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2021

This is a bill that, per the Library of Congress, will  authorize the Department of Energy to provide financial assistance to states for the implementation, review, and revision of a state energy security plan that assesses the state’s existing circumstances and proposes methods to strengthen the ability of the state to have a reliable, secure, and resilient energy infrastructure.”

Vote date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Vote Tally: 398-21

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 17-1, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry placing the only NO vote.

As you can see above, in an excerpt of the Congressional Record daily summary, on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the House passed H.Res. 486 by a vote of 325-102. That resolution was a motion to consider a number of uncontroversial bills, and pass them “en bloc” (or all together).  All of the bills listed below are what was included in that stack of legislation, and the links to the vote will all point back to that H.Res. 486, even as the bill number will link you to the individual text of each bill.  The short recap for each bill is taken from its Library of Congress summary, unless otherwise indicated.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.482 – Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2021

“This bill reauthorizes through FY2026 and revises several programs and activities relating to newborn screening for certain conditions and genetic, endocrine, and metabolic diseases… The bill also aligns statutory requirements for research on non-identified newborn blood spots with federal regulations governing research on human subjects. These blood spots are collected as part of newborn screening programs, and some states make them available for biomedical and public health research.“ 

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.704 – ARTS (Artistic Recognition for Talented Students) Act

“This bill directs the Copyright Office to waive various copyright registration-related fees for works that win certain competitions sponsored by the Congressional Institute or established by Congress. To qualify for the fee waiver, the copyright registration application must be filed within a specified time frame, but the Copyright Office may waive fees for a qualifying work even if the application is filed outside the time frame.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.961 – Justice for Juveniles Act
Bill introduced by 🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon

“This bill exempts juvenile prisoners (i.e., inmates who are under 22 years of age) from various requirements of the inmate grievance procedure, including the requirement to exhaust administrative remedies before filing a federal lawsuit regarding the condition of their confinement.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1314 – STURDY (Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth) Act

“This bill requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to revise the safety standards for freestanding clothing storage units such as dressers, bureaus, or chests of drawers. Such standards must include specified testing related to tip overs and new warning requirements for all such products entering the U.S. market.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2571 – AMIGOS (Advancing Mutual Interests and Growing Our Success) Act

“This bill makes Portuguese nationals eligible for E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visas if the government of Portugal provides similar nonimmigrant status to U.S. nationals. The bill also imposes additional requirements on such visas.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2679 – Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2021

This recap is from a House Judiciary Committee statement from Chairman Jerry Nadler, “H.R. 2679, introduced by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), makes changes to the federal charter for the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association to give it the flexibility it needs to operate well into the future, without the need for further congressional amendment.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2694 – Criminal Judicial Administration Act of 2021

This recap is from a House Judiciary Committee statement from Chairman Jerry Nadler, “The Criminal Judicial Administration Act, introduced by Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Chip Roy (R-TX), authorizes courts, in the interest of justice, to order the U.S. Marshals to cover roundtrip travel and subsistence for defendants who must attend court hearings, but who cannot afford to pay this on their own. It also authorizes magistrate judges to hear post-judgment motions in misdemeanor cases in which he or she exercised trial jurisdiction.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2922 – Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021

This recap is from a House Judiciary Committee statement from Chairman Jerry Nadler, “The Elder Abuse Protection Act, introduced by Representatives Sylvia R. Garcia (D-TX) and Victoria Spartz (R-IN), would establish the Elder Justice Initiative as a permanent part of the Department of Justice. It would also require the Elder Justice Initiative to post materials online to help identify elder abuse and report it, and it would charge the Initiative with translating materials it prepares aimed at the public into Spanish.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3182 – Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021

This explanation is from Furniture Today. “This would protect infants from sleep related deaths by prohibiting the manufacture, sale and distribution of padded crib bumpers and infant inclined sleep products. Such products have been linked to dozens of infant deaths and are also inconsistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for safe sleep, officials said.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3239 – To make improvements in the enactment of title 41, United States Code, into a positive law title and to improve the Code

“This bill makes technical and conforming changes to the U.S. Code that are related to the enactment of title 41 (Public Contracts) into positive law.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3241 – To make improvements in the enactment of title 54, United States Code, into a positive law title and to improve the Code.

“This bill makes technical amendments related to title 54 (National Park Service and Related Programs), which was enacted as a new positive law title in December 2014.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3723 – Consumer Safety Technology Act

This explanation of the legislation is from Coin Telegraph. “The bill calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to deploy a pilot AI program to aid consumer safety inspections, such as identifying consumer product hazards and tracking trends related to injuries involving consumer products. Additionally, it calls for the Secretary of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to study and report on the use of blockchain technology and digital tokens.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3752 – Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act

This explanation of the legislation is from the Consumer Federation of America. “The legislation would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to study the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. It would also help improve tourism across the country by directing the Secretary of Commerce to study and report on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3841 – Tribal Health Data Improvement Act of 2021

“This bill expands tribal access to public health care data and public health surveillance programs. It also reauthorizes through FY2026 the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and requires the CDC to take certain actions to address the collection and availability of health data for American Indians and Alaska Natives… Among other requirements, the CDC must (1) develop guidelines for state and local health agencies to improve birth and death record data for American Indians and Alaska Natives; (2) enter into cooperative agreements with tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and tribal epidemiology centers to address certain inaccuracies related to records for American Indians and Alaska Natives; and (3) encourage states to enter into data sharing agreements with tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal epidemiology centers to improve the quality and accuracy of public health data.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on 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

“This bill expands the permissible uses of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Customer Protection Fund to include administrative expenses.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on S.1340 – A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to redefine the eastern and middle judicial districts of North Carolina

“This bill moves portions of four counties encompassing the Fort Bragg Military Reservation and Camp Mackall from the Middle District to the Eastern District of North Carolina.”

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce voting NO.

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.2184 – A bill to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to institute a trading prohibition for certain issuers that retain public accounting firms that have not been subject to inspection by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
  • H.R.2441 – Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act of 2021
  • S.272 – Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2021
  • S.1095 – Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act of 2021
  • S.1662 – Supporting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration Act
  • S.2255 – Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2021

Quotes of Interest

Our Senators discuss the Filibuster of The For the People Act

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 06/22/21:

“Today, Senate Republicans blocked debate on the #ForThePeopleAct. Here’s what they’re opposed to:

✅Online voter registration

✅Same-day voter registration

✅Non-partisan redistricting

✅At least 15 days of early voting

✅Securing our elections from foreign interference

Today’s obstruction is shameful but it’s not the end of the story. Voting is a foundational pillar of our democracy & the Senate has a moral duty to protect it & remove other barriers to voting.

I’m going to keep working with my colleagues to pass voting rights legislation.”

🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, via his official website, 06/22/21:

“This highly flawed, partisan bill is not about ‘voting rights,’ or fighting disenfranchisement –  it is about Democrats’ longstanding efforts to usurp states’ rights in order to tip the scales of future elections in their favor. Among its most egregious provisions, the so-called ‘For the People Act’ would effectively nullify state voter ID laws, mandate public funding of political campaigns, and transform the Federal Election Commission into a partisan body empowered to limit free speech.”

The For the People Act has a number of problematic provisions, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing public financing to political campaigns to the tune of 6:1 matching funds for certain small dollar donations
  • Campaign finance provisions that even the left-leaning ACLU has said would “chill” free speech
  • Turning the FEC into a partisan agency that could limit the free speech of its opponents
  • Effectively nullifying state voter ID laws
  • Lays the groundwork for D.C. statehood

Further, the idea that this legislation is in response to misguided claims about the 2020 election, or recently enacted state laws does not hold water, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a nearly identical bill in March of 2019.

Senate Tweets

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 06/24/21:

“I’m happy to join @RonWyden, @SenSchumer, @PattyMurray, @SenDuckworth, @SenatorHassan, & @SenSherrodBrown to unveil the #BetterCareBetterJobs Act, a long overdue investment in home and community-based service.” tweeted with a link to his statement, that includes this quote:

“For millions of families, and especially for women, home and community-based services are a bridge to work and a bridge to economic security. The Better Care Better Jobs Act would not only enable more older adults and people with disabilities to remain in their homes, stay active in their communities and lead independent lives, it would also create jobs and lead to higher wages for care workers, who are predominantly women and people of color. This legislation is critical to advancing equity, spurring economic recovery and improving quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities,” said Chairman Casey.

🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 06/22/21:

“A nuclear Iran poses a huge threat to the U.S. and our allies. There is bipartisan agreement: we need strong leadership at Treasury that’s willing to push back on the White House or the State Dept. if they try to advance policies that actually undermine our national security.”

House Tweets

🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 06/25/21:

“Evidence increasingly supports the theory that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of a lab escape rather than a natural emergence. There should be significant consequences for the CCP as they are responsible for this deadly outbreak. #NeverAgain”

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @RepBrendanBoyle, 06/24/21:

“The expanded and improved Child Tax Credit is a lifeline to the middle class and cuts child poverty. 

The avg.benefit for 40,400 households will be $3,300.  

If you have filed taxes in a previous you are already registered. If not, you can sign up here: LINK

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 06/25/21:

“Trump gutted protections against dangerous, climate-endangering methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. That changes today as I voted with @HouseDemocrats colleagues to restore robust Obama-era standards. #CutMethane”

🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 06/22/21:

“Every Senate Republican blocked the debate — refusing to discuss solutions to protect the right to vote. 

Stop hiding behind the filibuster, and have the courage of your convictions to *actually* debate voting rights reform. 

Obstruction is no way to lead.”

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 06/23/21:

“My Justice for Juveniles Act w/ @RepArmstrongND passed the House!

This bill will help youth in the criminal or juvenile justice system by exempting them from the Prison Litigation Reform Act, which places burdensome requirements on those who seek legal recourse to address abuse.”

🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 06/21/21:

“Just wrapped up our phone town hall & I’m on my way to DC – don’t worry, Bart’s driving! I recently posted about ‘suspension bills’ or bills that easily pass, but don’t receive much attention. The positive response inspired my new series: Bipartisan Bills You’ve Never Heard Of.”

🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild, @RepSusanWild, 06/25/21:

“Scott Perry’s disgusting rhetoric is a slap in the face to American Jews who are already facing a spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes. Perry should apologize for making such an offensive comparison.”

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 06/24/21:

“Pleased to see that my Veterans #AgentOrange Exposure Equity Act cleared @VetAffairsDems today as part of the Honoring our PACT Act!

Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange get the benefits they deserve, regardless of where they were stationed.

Next stop: House floor!”

🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 06/22/21:

“Democrats’ H.R. 1 imposes “DC Knows Best” mandates, federalizing elections in a clear power grab. This is Democrat’s #1 priority, not COVID recovery, the border crisis, or inflation and the labor shortage. They’re fighting hard to entrench their power.”

🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry has not tweeted his own words since June 8th (he retweeted someone else on June 15th).  Since he is not sharing his thoughts on Twitter, we’ll share reporting about some atrocious public statements he made – because this is getting a lot of traffic on Twitter. This is an excerpt from the Vice News article, “Video Shows GOP Rep. Comparing Democrats to Nazis: ‘They Want to Destroy the Country’”:

“[Democrats] are not the loyal opposition. They are the opposition to everything you love and believe in,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry said of Democrats as he concluded a speech to the conservative Pennsylvania Leadership Conference on June 11. “Go fight them.”

“We can acknowledge that maybe not every one of them is that way, but that doesn’t matter,” he said. “We’ve seen this throughout history, right? Not every not every citizen in Germany in the 1930s and ’40s was in the Nazi Party. They weren’t. But what happened across Germany? That’s what’s important. What were the policies? What was the leadership? That’s what we have to focus on.”

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 06/24/21:

“The VP announced she will finally visit the border. Will it be a photo-op or will the administration realize the error of their ways and reverse course to end their open border policies? Watch my comments from the House Budget Committee.”

🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 06/25/21:

“Today House Dems reversed regulatory reforms on the oil and natural gas industry and returned rigid, overly burdensome regulations put in place by the Obama Admin.

The rollback of the Methane Rule is another example of President Biden’s war on American energy independence.”

🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 06/22/21:

“When Republicans controlled Congress, we used #HR1 to cut taxes for hardworking families & help Americans keep their hard-earned $$. 

With Democrats in control, HR 1 is a radical election takeover that will corrode trust in our democracy.

Can you spot the difference?”

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 06/25/21:

“We cannot have a military force that is taught to hate the country they are defending. 

I can guarantee you China and Russia’s military aren’t worried about being woke – they’re worried about winning wars.”

🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 06/24/21:

“I am proud to protect the sanctity of life. We must continue to defend the #HydeAmendment”

🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, @MikeKellyPA, 06/23/21:

“Democrats bailed out rioters, defunded police, stopped prosecuting crimes, allowed autonomous zones and more, but President Biden thinks the Second Amendment is the reason for the crime surge plaguing America’s cities. 

Nope.”

🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 06/21/21:

“Today @VP & @SecMartyWalsh were in W. PA to highlight the importance of the #ChildTaxCredit & to hear directly from union workers about how important the President’s jobs plan is for workers.

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 06/25/21:

“8 years ago today, the #SupremeCourt gutted protections in the 1965 #VotingRightsAct that prevented states from enacting unnecessary & targeted voting restrictions. The people should choose their leaders, not the other way around. We must #RestoretheVote.”

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

“The Better Care Better Jobs Act would not only enable more older adults and people with disabilities to remain in their homes, stay active in their communities and lead independent lives, it would also create jobs and lead to higher wages for care workers, who are predominantly women and people of color.”

—from an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, titled “Casey’s new bill looks to invest in better care for seniors, people with disabilities

Toomey Quote of the Week 

Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk

“The Biden administration plan is wildly excessive… For example, a bus or a light rail station in San Francisco doesn’t really do a lot for people in Pittsburgh.”

—from an article on KOSU/NPR titled “What Democrats And Republicans Want When They Talk About Infrastructure

Fitzpatrick in the News 

Research courtesy of contributor CC

“As we have seen from COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party has consistently, intentionally, and maliciously misled the rest of the world about its true objectives and intentions. This centenary gives us the somber opportunity to reflect upon the tragedies and human rights abuses that the Chinese Communist Party has inflicted upon the Chinese people and other nations. We must urgently hold the oppressive CCP accountable.”  

— from a press release on Rep. Mike Gallagher’s website titled “Gallagher Leads Bipartisan Effort to Highlight CCP’s 100 Years of Human Rights Abuses

“Anything that’s partisan, no. Because you know what’s going to happen with that.” 

— Rep. Fitzpatrick’s comment “when asked if he likes the idea of a select committee. Fitzpatrick reportedly said he would serve on the committee if asked,” from an article in Forbes titled “House Votes Next Week On Committee To Investigate Jan. 6 Attack

“For too long, our community has been anxiously awaiting a decision on the future of the Rockhill Quarry. This partial extension is a disingenuous move for all the residents within the region, as Hanson has made it explicitly clear they plan on using this opportunity to apply for full quarry operations, which goes well beyond the initial scope of this DEP request. The choice is simple, stop playing games and permanently close the Rockhill Quarry — the public safety and overall welfare of our community depend on it.”  

— from an article in the Bucks County Courier Times titled “Rockhill quarry: DEP grants extension for asbestos tests; residents decry ‘disingenuous’ ‘delay tactic’

“Everybody that’s willing to come to the table and compromise deserves credit.

This is the first time since he started that he came to the cameras and said we have a bipartisan agreement. We’re proud of that. Everybody that had a piece of that should be proud of that. I hope that they, you know, my hope is that, you know, our colleagues here don’t try to hijack that with the reconciliation process.”

— from an article in The Washington Post titled “‘We can find common ground’: Biden’s faith in bipartisanship is rewarded — at least for now” 

“Serving as good stewards of our environment and working to ensure endangered species can be protected and repopulated is something each of us are called to regardless of location, background or political ideology. This bill will help reduce habitat destruction, minimize marine debris, and slow the spread of invasive species. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in support of this bipartisan legislation and urge others to join us in the defense of endangered species.” 

— from an article in the Orange County Breeze titled “Congressmen Lowenthal and Fitzpatrick introduces bipartisan bill to protect imperiled seabirds” 

“Investing in zero-emission energy production is essential to boosting American energy independence while preserving and creating local jobs across the country. This bipartisan legislation will provide nuclear power plants with federal tax credits to promote energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions. ,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “Through the Zero-Emission Nuclear Power Production Credit Act of 2021, we can also assist communities across our nation in diversifying our energy supplies by providing financial incentives to promote the use of cleaner sources of energy.” 

— from a post on Insider NJ (a press release replication site) titled “Pascrell Leads Legislation to Boost Zero-Emission Energy Production

“When government shutdowns take place, the aviation sector immediately suffers from the consequences of Washington’s dysfunction. I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021, which ensures that FAA programs and personnel will be protected from the effects of a future federal government shutdown. We must do our part to ensure that our aviation workers will receive their pay on time and have the certainty they need to carry out their critical work which makes our airspace the safest in the world.” 

— from an article on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website titled “Groups Urge Congress to Protect FAA in Case of Shutdowns

“If we can get a win here, I think it will send a very loud message that if the centrists stick together we can overcome the fringes. The battle is not between Democrats or Republicans; it’s centrism versus extremism.” 

— from an article on WITF (an NPR affiliate) titled “One building, two worlds: Bridging stubborn gap in Congress

“Senior legal hotlines can provide invaluable advice and resources on issues affecting our elderly community like health, housing, and other legal assistance concerns. By expanding the network of senior assistance hotlines, and providing federal funding, we can also protect our seniors from scams and misinformation.”  

— from a Ripon Advance blog post titled “Tillis, Fitzpatrick propose Senior Legal Hotline Act

“There are 195 countries on this planet with 195 flags, but there is one that stands out from all of them. Not only do we have the most aesthetically beautiful flag, which is magical just looking at it, for sure, but it’s what the flag represents.

If you think of every struggle our nation has been involved in throughout history, whether it was the Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, the Global War on Terrorism, every single one of them the theme was the same. Our flag has changed over the years, but the theme was the same. It was freedom vs. oppression, freedom vs. authoritarianism, freedom vs. totalitarianism, communism – all the oppressing forces across the world – the American flag has stood for freedom. And it has succeeded each and every time.

The year was 1907 when the Elks, by National resolution, said it would be the one organization to honor Flag Day. We honor our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. We honor our veterans on Veterans Day. And on Flag Day we celebrate the flag and all that it means. We thank the Elks for spending this one day every year dedicated to honoring the symbol of pride and freedom across the globe.”

— from a Bucks Local News article titled “Fairless Hills Elks Lodge celebrates Old Glory’s birthday with patriotic salute

“We want to thank President Biden and our Republican and Democratic Senate partners for negotiating a bipartisan infrastructure framework, which is closely aligned with the Problem Solvers Caucus’ recently unveiled ‘Building Bridges’ physical infrastructure proposal. We are grateful for their partnership over the last months.

For far too long, the United States has been underinvesting in our physical infrastructure. This bipartisan infrastructure agreement will help put Americans back to work, boost productivity, and build a strong, successful 21st Century infrastructure network that delivers real benefits to every American. Investing in and rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure will grow our small businesses, create jobs, enhance our national security, protect our environment, and improve the quality of life for Americans.

The Problem Solvers Caucus stands at the ready to work with our colleagues in the Senate and House and help get a bipartisan infrastructure deal fully across the finish line. We are nearly there, and today’s deal puts us firmly on the right path forward.”

— from a joint statement issued by Rep. Fitzpatrick and his Problem solvers Caucus co-chair, as reported in the Insider NJ post titled “Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairs Gottheimer and Fitzpatrick Statement on Bipartisan Senate-White House Infrastructure Framework” 

Call to Action – Deadline for Democracy!

You’ve seen me writing about it for the past two weeks, and now it is GO TIME!!

FInd the Deadline for Democracy event most convenient for you HERE


Or register a new event here – don’t be intimidated! If you have some posterboard and some sharpies, a few friends willing to stand at a busy intersection and someone to take pictures and share them on social media – then you have the makings of an event! 

If we are serious about strengthening our democracy for ourselves and future generations, then now is the time to take action.  We must make sure our senators are feeling the pressure of an activated citizenry. And we MUST let reluctant senators in the Democratic caucus know that voters in every corner of our country are demanding the passage of legislation to protect our voting rights – even if it means the end of the filibuster.  Now is the time.

Lastly, we are proud to share this message from Senator Bob Casey with MoCTrack readers. If we haven’t encouraged you to take – peacefully – to the streets in defense of voting rights, perhaps our Commonwealth’s senior senator can get the job done!

Congress is going on a two-week Congressional Recess. So MoCTrack will be taking off until our MoCs are back in DC, after the week of July 12th – 16th. Hopefully we’ll see you at some Deadline for Democracy events in the meantime!

This report is brought to you by the Pennsylvania  MoCTrack team… 

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