Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report – 07.25.21

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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

No votes were scored this week.

LawmakerScoreChange from last score
🔵 Senator Bob Casey100.0%No change
🔴 Senator Pat Toomey35.7%No change
🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick54.9%No change
🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle100.0%No change
🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans100.0%No change
🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean100.0%No change
🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon100.0%No change
🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan100.0%No change
🔵 PA-07’s Rep. Susan Wild100.0%No change
🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright100.0%No change
🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser4.1%No change
🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry0.0%No change
🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker9.8%No change
🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller3.9%No change
🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce3.9%No change
🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler3.9%No change
🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson10.2%No change
🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly3.9%No change
🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb100.0%No change
🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle100.0%No change

Votes of Interest

Crime Victims Fund Act Unanimously Replenished

House Vote on H.R. 1652: VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act

Alex Otte, the National President of the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, provided this explainer about the Crime Victims Fund and VOCA, in a recent opinion piece published in The Hill:

The Crime Victims Fund is like a bank account with deposits and withdrawals. Traditionally, when deposits were high, Congress was able to withdraw money to fund victim service grants while leaving some in its “savings account” as a backstop for lean years. But in recent years, deposits to the fund are the lowest they’ve been since the early 2000s. This is in large part due to the Department of Justice’s prosecutorial decisions, particularly white-collar criminal cases. Instead of prosecuting, they are entering into deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements. Monetary penalties from these agreements go into the General Treasury instead of the Crime Victims Fund. With a dwindling Crime Victims Fund balance, Congress has pulled from the savings and cut victim services grants to avoid emptying it entirely…

The VOCA Fix Act offers a simple solution and doesn’t cost taxpayers a thing. The bill would change the law so that the monetary penalties associated with deferred and non-prosecution agreements go into the Crime Victims Fund — instead of the General Treasury. This is a common-sense solution that has broad bipartisan support. And it can’t wait. Every day that goes by without deposits is a day that crime victims and the programs that serve them are denied critical funding.

The VOCA Fix bill had already passed the House in March under suspension of the rules (meaning both parties agreed it was widely supported and agreed to forgo extensive debate or amendments), with the support of nearly all Pennsylvania lawmakers.  🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry was the only NO vote and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller did not place a vote on this bill.  With the unanimous passage in the Senate, the bill was swiftly moved to the desk of President Biden, where he signed it into law!

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 100-0

Party Breakdown: It was unanimous! But since an actual roll call vote was held, we’re covering it here instead of in the unanimous bills portion.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted YES


Additional Reading:

House Bill to Expedite and Expand Afghan Translators Relocation Program Passes

House Vote on H.R. 3985: Allies (Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs) Act of 2021

If you watch The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, you will be familiar with this bill and the situation it addresses. For over a month she has been covering the plight of translators and other Afghani nationals who worked with American armed forces in the last two decades. On Thursday night’s TRMS she had on Senator Tammy Duckworth to talk about the importance of making sure that these people who helped us are kept safe, as they are all in great danger from the Taliban now that American troops are withdrawing from their country. After a great deal of pressure from veterans’ groups, including extensive video advertisements, lobbying and the Twitter campaign #TakeThemToo, this issue has been addressed.

We’ll turn to the website of Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) for information on what this bill includes.

The ALLIES Act would:

  • Increase the SIV allotment by an additional 8,000 visas to cover all potentially eligible applicants currently in the pipeline;
  • Amend the credible threat requirement, removing the necessity for applicants to provide additional paperwork to establish a credible threat we know exists for applicants with verified U.S. government ties; 
  • Strengthen protections for surviving spouses and children, allowing them to retain eligibility if the primary SIV applicant dies before visa approval;
  • Clarify eligibility for certain Afghans who worked for Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) under cooperative agreements and grants with the U.S. government, including those performing critical democracy, human rights, and governance work; 
  • Remove the requirement for International Security Assistance Force or Resolute Support employment to be “sensitive and trusted”, expanding the field of qualified applicants; and 
  • Eliminate redundant paperwork by giving the Departments of Homeland Security the flexibility not to require a I-360 petition in cases where the State Department has already determined an applicant’s eligibility through the Chief of Mission process. 

Vote date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 Vote Tally: 407-16

Party Breakdown: All Democrats and 192 Republicans supported this bill.  The only 16 NO votes came from GOP lawmakers associated with the Freedom Caucus and pro-insurrectionist crew (like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mo Brooks and Lauren Boebert). 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry is the only PA lawmaker to vote NO.

Additional Reading:

The House Takes on False Advertising and Consumer Fraud 

House Vote on H.R. 2668: Consumer Protection and Recovery Act

The wonderful folks at Consumer Reports explain this bill in a recent article, and we will defer to them for this recap:

Consumer Reports praised the House of Representatives today for approving H.R. 2668, a bill that restores the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to prevent companies from profiting off of illegal actions and provide refunds for consumers who are victimized. The Consumer Protection and Recovery Act was introduced earlier this year in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that compromised the FTC’s ability to recover monetary relief for fraud victims.

“Consumers are being targeted by a whole host of pandemic-related fraudulent schemes at the same time that the FTC’s ability to protect them has been seriously hamstrung,” said Anna Laitin, director of financial fairness and legislative strategy for Consumer Reports. “This bill restores the FTC’s ability to go after unscrupulous companies, prevent them from profiting off of their actions, and recover timely refunds for consumers who are ripped off by fraud. We applaud the House for passing this legislation and urge the Senate to follow suit. We need to ensure the FTC has the tools it needs to vigorously enforce the law and provide victims of fraud the relief they deserve.”

Over the years, the FTC has recovered billions of dollars in relief for fraud victims using its authority under Section 13 (b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act. In AMG Capital Management, LLC, et al v. Federal Trade Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that the FTC does not have the authority to obtain “equitable remedies,” which include disgorgement of ill-gotten gains and monetary relief for victims under this section of the law. Instead, the Court held that the FTC must use another administrative procedure that can take longer and make it more difficult to obtain refunds for consumers.

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 221-205

Party Breakdown: Democrats unanimously supported this bill, and they were joined by two Republicans – the New Jersey lawmaker who left the Democratic party to support Donald Trump, Jeff Van Drew, and Florida’s Matt Gaetz.  The other 205 republicans present voted NO.

Additional Reading:

House Supports Regulation of Forever Chemicals in Our Water

House Vote on H.R. 2467: PFAS Action Act of 2021

“PFAS” is short for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, a chemical class of thousands of substances including well-known brands Teflon and Scotchgard. These chemicals are used in products as diverse as food packaging, mascara, stain-repellent carpet and shaving cream. PFAS has also been used extensively in fire-fighting foams on military bases and at commercial airports.  The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry states that many studies have been performed that show harmful health effects of PFAS exposure on humans, but “not all of these studies involved the same groups of people, the same type of exposure, or the same PFAS. These different studies therefore reported a variety of health outcomes.”  They do show that there is an “increased risk of kidney or testicular cancer” among many other potential adverse health outcomes.

This map from the Environmental Working Group shows that while PFAS contamination is much more prevalent in New Jersey, many areas of Pennsylvania are experiencing PFAS water contamination.

A number of Pennsylvania lawmakers have been involved in the fight to have PFAS regulated and contamination sites remediated.  The bill that passed this week will, according to The Hill:

The bill would give the EPA five years both to determine whether all PFAS — of which there are thousands — should be designated as hazardous and to submit a review of the agency’s PFAS cleanup efforts. The EPA would also have 180 days to add PFOA and PFOS to the Clean Air Act’s hazardous pollutants list and would need to develop effluent limits for PFAS under the Clean Water Act. 

The EPA administrator would need to mandate “comprehensive toxicity testing” on all PFAS by sorting compounds into tiered categories and adjusting testing accordingly. A final rule on testing would occur within two years.

The bill would limit industrial discharges of PFAS and allocate $200 million annually from 2022 to 2026 for wastewater treatment, as well as restrict incineration of PFAS wastes. The agency would make PFAS-free labels available for relevant products, while establishing a household well water testing website that clearly communicates public health risks. 

Vote date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Vote Tally: 241-183

Party Breakdown: All Democrats present voted YES on this bill.  The Republicans had a small split on this measure, with 23 voting YES and 183 voting NO. 🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was the only Republican from PA to vote YES.


Additional Reading:

Judicial Confirmation – U.S. Court of Appeals in the Federal Circuit

Senate Confirmation Vote on Tiffany P. Cunningham to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit

Tiffany Cunningham is a Harvard Law School graduate who clerked for a judge on this very court after law school. After that she worked for nearly two decades in the private sector as a patent litigator. The judicial analysts at the Vetting Room observed, prior to her confirmation:

The Federal Circuit is the only federal appellate court that has never had an African American judge serving on it.  President Biden’s nomination of Chicago litigator Tiffany Cunningham, however, fixes this aberration while adding a seasoned patent litigator to the court… Perhaps because of the court’s specialized docket, nominees to the Federal Circuit don’t usually attract the same degree of controversy as nominees to the other courts of appeals.  Cunningham, who has extensive experience in the court’s IP-heavy docket, is unlikely to break this pattern, and will likely be confirmed with broad support.

Vote date: Monday, July 19, 2021 Vote Tally: 63-33

Party Breakdown: All Democrats and Independents voted YES on this confirmation, as did 15 Republicans. All 33 NO votes were from the GOP.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO

Additional Reading:

Bureaucratic Confirmations

Editor’s note: now that we are over a half-year into the Biden Administration, almost all of the major bureaucratic positions have been filled – certainly there are no more cabinet level seats and few deputy and major agency leadership positions open.  Many of the positions filled are getting down well past the deputy level, MoCTrack is going to provide slightly less information about these confirmations. Any hgh level replacement confirmations will still get full coverage, as will judicial confirmations, but these lower level bureaucrats are not often covered in traditional media, so we are left with only press releases and less reliable sources for information. MoCTrack would prefer to provide less but firmly reliable information than repeat unverifiable or unreliable outlets.

Justice Department

Senate Confirmation Vote on Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. to be an Assistant Attorney General

Kenneth Polite will be heading up the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, where they develop, enforce, and supervise the application of federal criminal laws. He was a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana during the Obama Administration. Kenneth Polite also worked in the private sector as the vice president and chief compliance officer at the power company Entergy, before serving as the corporate compliance at the law firm Morgan Lewis. 

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 56-44

Party Breakdown: All Democrats and Independents voted YES along with 6 GOP senators – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.  The 44 NO votes came from all the other Republicans senators.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO

National Labor Relations Board

Senate Confirmation Vote on Jennifer Ann Abruzzo to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years

Last week, MoCTrack provided information about how this nominee was the latest in a handful of stalled confirmations that needed a full Senate vote on a motion to discharge to get the nomination out of a deadlocked committee. This week it required the Vice President to break the tie in the full Senate confirmation vote.  GOP objections to this nominee are centered on her past work as an attorney for organizer labor. She worked as the special counsel to the Communication Workers of America in the years of the Trump Administration, after having worked in the NLRB for most of her career.   Reuters notes that “the NLRB general counsel acts as a prosecutor in unfair labor practice cases and is the agency’s chief administrative official. Abruzzo served as the deputy general counsel during the Obama administration.”

Vote Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Vote Tally: 51-50

Party Breakdown: This was a pure party line vote, with all Democrats and Independents voting YES and all republicans voting NO.  Vice President Harris was brought in to break the tie.

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO

State Department

Senate Confirmation Vote on Bonnie D. Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

Bonnie Jenkins is an arms control expert who has worked in both the military and State Department on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She served in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and during the Obama Administration she was selected as the U.S. State Department’s Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. Her expertise is not limited to the nuclear sphere, as she worked with the Global Health Security Agenda on handling infectious disease threats. In her time at the State Department she served on the Diversity Governance Board.

Vote Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Vote Tally: 52-48

Party Breakdown: Only two Republicans – Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine – joined all the Democrats and Independents in voting YES.  The remaining 48 Republicans voted NO. 

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted NO

Energy Department

Senate Confirmation Vote on Jill Hruby to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, Department of Energy

Jill Hruby is a mechanical engineer who has focused on nuclear security for most of her career. She worked for over 30 years at the Sandia National Laboratories. In her last decade she served as vice president of the Energy, Nonproliferation, and High-Consequence Security Division, and leader of Sandia’s International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit (PMU) before being promoted to President of the Sandia Corporation. After that, she worked for a year at the Nuclear Threat Institute as a Distinguished Fellow.

Vote date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 Vote Tally: 79-16

Party Breakdown: This non-controversial nominee was supported by 29 Republicans as well as all of the Independents and Democrats.  Only 16 Republicans voted NO. 

Senator Bob Casey voted YES

Senator Pat Toomey voted YES

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 bills were brought up under a suspension of the rules this week.

As has become the norm in previous weeks, the House voted to pass a number of bills “en bloc” or all together. This is a procedural tactic used to move more quickly and take less floor time on legislation that both the majority and minority parties agree will pass with wide margins.  It is key to note that these are bills that have been introduced by members of both political parties. In this case, the following 23 bills were all passed in a 319-105 vote on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, per the Congressional Record Daily Digest text (which you can read excerpted above).  The bill numbers below will link you to the bill text, but the “house vote” text will each link to that single, en bloc roll call vote. All bill recaps below are quoting from the Library of Congress summary text unless otherwise indicated. 

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.678 – PHONE (Preserving Home and Office Numbers in Emergencies) Act

“This bill restricts the reassignment of a telephone number assigned to a subscriber for the provision of fixed wireline voice service. Specifically, for up to one year after a major disaster has been declared, a number may not be reassigned except at the request of the subscriber. At the request of a subscriber, this prohibition must be extended for an additional year.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1036 – Bassam Barabandi Rewards for Justice Act

“This bill expands the Department of State’s rewards program to allow rewards for providing information that leads to the identification or location of an entity or individual that knowingly violates U.S. or United Nations sanctions.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1079 – Desert Locust Control Act

“This bill requires the President to establish an interagency working group to (1) coordinate the U.S. response to the ongoing desert locust outbreak in the East Africa region and its impact on food security and political stability, including in the context of restrictions relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019); (2) review the effectiveness of regional and multilateral efforts to eradicate the desert locust outbreak; and (3) develop and implement a plan to control the desert locust outbreak.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1158 – Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act 

“This bill directs the Department of State, when providing overseas assistance for refugees, to ensure the provision of safe and secure access to sanitation facilities, with a special emphasis on women, girls, and vulnerable populations.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1250 – Emergency Reporting Act

“This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to report on certain activations of the Disaster Information Reporting System (the system through which communications providers report their operational status during times of crisis) and to adopt specified rules related to network outage reporting. If the system was activated for at least seven days, the FCC must issue a preliminary a report that includes (1) the number and duration of any service outages, (2) the approximate number of users or the amount of infrastructure potentially affected by a service outage, and (3) the number and duration of any outages at public safety answering points (PSAPs) that prevent the PSAPs from receiving and routing emergency calls to emergency service personnel.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1754 – MEDIA (Measuring the Economics Driving Investments and Access) Diversity Act of 2021

“This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission to consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in its biennial communications marketplace report.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1833 – DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act

“This bill requires the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to maintain certain capabilities to identify and address threats to industrial control systems. Specifically, the bill requires CISA’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to ensure that its activities address the security of both information and operational technology, including industrial control systems.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1850 – Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act

“This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to designate the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory as a science and technology laboratory responsible for testing and evaluating emerging technologies and conducting research and development to assist emergency response providers in preparing for, and protecting against, threats of terrorism.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1871 – Transportation Security Transparency Improvement Act

“This bill addresses policies of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) related to sensitive security information and international aviation security.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1877 – Security Screening During COVID-19 Act

“This bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement a plan to enhance security operations at airports during the COVID-19 national emergency in order to reduce risk of the spread of the coronavirus at passenger screening checkpoints and among the TSA workforce.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1893 – Transportation Security Preparedness Act 

“This bill directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to survey its workforce regarding the TSA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It must also develop and biennially review a transportation security preparedness plan for addressing future outbreaks of communicable diseases.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.1895 – Transportation Security Public Health Threat Preparedness Act 

“This bill directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to analyze the preparedness of the U.S. transportation security system for public health threats. Additionally, the TSA may provide its personnel to other components of the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to improve coordination with such components and agencies to prepare for, protect against, and respond to public health threats to the transportation security system.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2118 – Securing America From Epidemics Act

“This bill authorizes the United States to participate in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, an alliance of countries and private partners whose mission is to finance and coordinate the development of vaccines for high-priority, epidemic-potential threats. The President must report on certain matters concerning U.S. participation in coalition activities, including how this participation supports health security and biodefense priorities.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2795 – DHS Blue Campaign Enhancement Act

“This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expand its Blue Campaign, which coordinates DHS actions to identify and prevent human trafficking. The bill requires DHS to (1) provide web-based training for law enforcement and corrections personnel, and (2) establish an advisory board for the campaign.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2928 – Cyber Sense Act of 2021

“This bill requires the Department of Energy to establish a voluntary Cyber Sense program to test the cybersecurity of products and technologies intended for use in the bulk-power system. The bulk-power system includes facilities and control systems necessary for operating an interconnected electric energy transmission network.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.2980 – Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act

“This bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take certain actions with the goal of countering cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center of DHS may disseminate protocols to counter cybersecurity vulnerabilities, including in circumstances in which such vulnerabilities exist because software or hardware is no longer supported by a vendor.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3003 – Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act

“This bill requires the Department of Commerce to assist trusted companies (i.e., companies determined to pose no national security threat) and relevant stakeholders with participation in organizations that set standards for telecommunications, wireless devices, and related equipment.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3138 – State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act

“This bill requires the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to establish the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program to address cybersecurity risks and threats to the information systems of state, local, or tribal organizations… CISA must establish a State and Local Cybersecurity Resilience Committee to provide state, local, and tribal stakeholder expertise, situational awareness, and recommendations to CISA on how to address cybersecurity risks and threats… CISA must develop and maintain a resource guide for state, local, tribal, and territorial government officials to assist with identifying, preparing for, detecting, protecting against, responding to, and recovering from cybersecurity risks, threats, and incidents.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3223 – CISA Cyber Exercise Act

“This bill establishes the National Cyber Exercise Program to evaluate the National Cyber Incident Response Plan and related plans and strategies… Based on current risk assessments, the exercise program shall be designed to (1) simulate partial or complete incapacitation of a government or critical infrastructure network resulting from a cyber incident, (2) provide for the systematic evaluation of cyber readiness and enhance operational understanding of the cyber incident response system and relevant information sharing agreements, and (3) develop after-action reports and plans that can incorporate lessons learned into future operations.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3263 – DHS Medical Countermeasures Act

“This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a medical countermeasures program to facilitate personnel readiness and protection for DHS employees and working animals in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives attack, naturally occurring disease outbreak, or pandemic, and to support DHS mission continuity.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.R.3264 – Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act

“This bill authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct research and development to identify U.S. critical domains for economic and homeland security and evaluate the extent to which disruption, corruption, exploitation, or dysfunction of any such domain poses a substantial threat to homeland security. The bill defines United States critical domains for economic security as the critical infrastructure and other associated industries, technologies, and intellectual property, or any combination thereof, that are essential to U.S. economic security.”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.Res.277 – Reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller voting NO.

🗳️ House Vote on H.Res.294 – Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families

“This resolution calls on the United States and North Korea to begin the process of reuniting Korean Americans with their immediate relatives in North Korea. (Many families were divided after the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, which divided the Korean Peninsula into North and South Korea.)”

Vote date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Vote Tally: 319-105

Pennsylvania breakdown: Our delegation voted 16-2, with 🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry and 🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller 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.

  • H.R. 826: Divided Families Reunification Act
  • H.R.2931 – Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act
  • H.R.3119 – Energy Emergency Leadership Act
  • H.R.1870 – Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2021
  • S.89 – Ensuring Survivor Benefits during COVID-19 Act of 2021
  • S.189 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2021
  • S.894 – Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021
  • S.1910 – Major Medical Facility Authorization Act of 2021
  • S.2382 – A bill to authorize the National Cyber Director to accept details from other elements of the Federal Government on non-reimbursable basis

Quotes of Interest

Senate Tweets

🔵 Senator Bob Casey, @SenBobCasey, 07/23/21:

“Jacob & Desiree Hanchar, owners of @KlavonsIceCream in Pittsburgh, recently increased their minimum wage to $15 an hour. The result? They were flooded with employment applications & business has picked up. Their story is a great example of why we need to #RaiseTheWage”

🔴 Senator Pat Toomey, @SenToomey, 07/22/21:

“I commend @AlinejadMasih for her extraordinary courage in the face of Tehran’s determination to silence her. The Iranian regime fears her because she gives a voice to Iran’s voiceless.

The outrageous plot to kidnap Masih—an American citizen—on U.S. soil illustrates the tangible threat Tehran poses to its own citizens and others around the world. It’s appalling that the Biden administration has had almost nothing to say in response to the plot against Masih.

I’m calling on the administration to vocally condemn Tehran’s attempted abduction and likely execution of Masih, and to hold the regime accountable for its brazen terror plot against an American citizen on U.S. soil.”

House Tweets

🔴 PA-01’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, @RepBrianFitz, 07/22/21:

🔵 PA-02’s Rep. Brendan Boyle, @CongBoyle, 07/21/21:

“When we turn on the faucet to drink water in our homes, places of employment, or elsewhere, we should not have to worry about the safety of the water that is going into our bodies.

My bill to implement enforceable regulations on PFAS, is long overdue. I now urge the Senate to quickly vote on this bill. Without these enforceable regulations, the EPA and other enforcement agencies are essentially unable to take on this crisis.” shared with a link to his official statement

🔵 PA-03’s Rep. Dwight Evans, @RepDwightEvans, 07/23/21:

“Today, I sent two letters to @POTUS Biden & @PhillyMayor Kenney urging the @WhiteHouse & #Philly to take urgent action on the deadly #GunViolence epidemic.

I have voted for 2 House-passed gun reform bills (universal background checks for gun buyers & closing the Charleston loophole) that would save lives. The Senate needs to vote on both!”

🔵 PA-04’s Rep. Madeleine Dean, @RepDean, 07/21/21:

“The 1/6 commission is a serious fact finding mission to prevent this from ever repeating.

@SpeakerPelosi made the right decision to protect the Capitol, Capitol Police, Staffers, and our Democracy.

This will not be turned into a clown show because of two Trump stooges.”

🔵 PA-05’s Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, @RepMGS, 07/24/21:

“The United States is the only industrialized nation without a federal paid family and medical leave policy. Our workers deserve better.”

🔵 PA-06’s Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, @RepHoulahan, 07/22/21:

“Afghan interpreters risked their lives to help us and now it’s time we help them. #TakeThemToo 

Proud to have just voted YES to pass @RepJasonCrow’s bipartisan ALLIES Act. 

As a veteran, I will always stand by those who help serve this country.”

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

“Too often, Americans face an impossible decision: buy life-saving medication or put food on the table for their family.

Congress has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to slash drug prices for millions of Americans by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.

We must act now.”

🔵 PA-08’s Rep. Matt Cartwright, @RepCartwright, 07/22/21:

“I fought to secure this funding in the #AmericanRescuePlan because it’s a smart investment in ourselves that will pay huge dividends.

Pleased to see @CommerceGov is using it to help communities across the US — including former mining communities like NEPA — recover & prosper.”

🔴 PA-09’s Rep. Dan Meuser, @RepMeuser, 07/21/21:

“The Biden Admin and Dem Leadership are putting a bipartisan T&I bill in jeopardy because they insist on passing a massive $3.5 trillion government expansion bill.

Say NO to massive government expansion, say YES to a responsible, bipartisan transportation and infrastructure bill.”

🔴 PA-10’s Rep. Scott Perry, @RepScottPerry, 07/22/21:

“David Chipman’s confirmation as head of ATF would be a direct attack on law-abiding American gun owners, which is why I’ve signed onto an impeachment resolution in the House. #2A #SecondAmendment”

🔴 PA-11’s Rep. Lloyd Smucker, @RepSmucker, 07/22/21:

“Groceries are more expensive because of Biden’s middle-class inflation tax.”

🔴 PA-12’s Rep. Fred Keller, @RepFredKeller, 07/23/21:

This is the MoC’s response to a reporter’s tweet that “On Wednesday, July 28, the President will travel to Macungie, Pennsylvania, where he will emphasize the importance of American manufacturing, buying products made in America, and supporting good-paying jobs for American workers.”

“Interesting angle for President Biden to take, considering the fact that his administration is threatening job-killing tax increases on businesses and workers.”

🔴 PA-13’s Rep. John Joyce, @RepJohnJoyce, 07/19/21:

“Liberals in Congress are pushing a $3.5 trillion socialist spending spree.  Unfortunately, with rising inflation, it is American families, not liberal politicians, who will bear the burden of their reckless spending with higher prices at the gas pump and the grocery store.”

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, @GReschenthaler, 07/21/21:

“If Pelosi really wants to get to the truth, why fear @Jim_Jordan and @RepJimBanks? 

Clearly those two members will undercut her anti-Trump, anti-conservative efforts.”

🔴 PA-15’s Rep. Glenn W. Thompson, @CongressmanGT, 07/22/21:

“The United States is a beacon of freedom to so many around the world. The people of Cuba know the United States supports their calls for freedom, democracy, and human rights! #SOSCuba #CubaLibre”

🔴 PA-16’s Rep. Mike Kelly, @MikeKellyPA, 07/22/21:

“The IRS should be a resource, not an adversary. But how can an agency that fails to process returns, leaks private records, and punishes groups for their religious beliefs, be anything other than an adversary?

We must ensure the IRS serves Americans, not the other way around.”

🔵 PA-17’s Rep. Conor Lamb, @RepConorLamb, 07/22/21:

“The House just overwhelmingly passed the ALLIES Act with bipartisan support to ensure that the lives of those who served side by side with American troops in Afghanistan are protected. The Senate should move quickly to get this bill to the President’s desk. #TakeThemToo #PA17”

🔵 PA-18’s Rep. Mike Doyle, @USRepMikeDoyle, 07/22/21:

“Remember that Republicans had an opportunity for an independent commission but turned it down. These appointments were not a serious attempt at truth-seeking or bipartisanship, but a way to sabotage a process that House GOP leadership has been trying to sabotage from the start.”

MoC Weekly Round-ups

The following lawmakers offer short video, audio or graphics 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 reviewing! 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-07’s Rep. Susan Wild – Twitter link with meme

🔴 PA-14’s Rep. Guy Reschenthaler – Twitter link with podcast 

Casey Quote of the Week 

Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk

On the Civilian Conservation Corps

“As communities in Pennsylvania and across the country continue to face devastating economic conditions along with the effects of the climate crisis, a revitalized Civilian Conservation Corps would enable us to invest in our workforce, our environment and the next generation of conservationists, farmers, foresters and leaders committed to taking on the climate crisis and preserving our shared natural resource” … “My legislation would renew vital efforts to bring conservation jobs to our communities, invest in our local economies and ensure farmers continue to play a critical role in climate change mitigation. It is past time for us to take action to address the climate crisis and create jobs while we do it.”

—from an article in the Bradford Era, titled “Casey introduces bill to revive CCC

Toomey Quote of the Week 

Courtesy of contributor Linda Houk

On denying the climate crisis

“Proposals for massive new federal infrastructure spending [are] based in part on misleading claims regarding climate-related risks and on misrepresentations or misunderstandings of the actual science.”

—from an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, titled “Pa. Sen. Toomey dismisses sweeping federal investment into infrastructure to guard against extreme weather events

Fitzpatrick in the News 

Research courtesy of contributor CC

“These manufacturers that make tens of billions of dollars selling this chemical, they ought to be the ones paying for cleanup. It should not be borne by the taxpayer, anybody else.” 

— from an article in the Kansas Reflector titled “U.S. House to vote on next week on expanding PFAS regulation, backers say” 

“We have seen firsthand the widespread, devastating effects of a global pandemic on our health, economy, and national security this past year. Unfortunately, this will not be the last contagious and deadly virus our world will battle and confront, which is why it is of the utmost importance our country continues to be a leader in global health.”

— from and article in Homeland Preparedness News titled “House advances SAFE Act, supporting participation in CEPI” 

“As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, the time is now to support the PFAS Action Act so that we can better protect Americans from the harmful effects of these dangerous chemicals.” 

— from a Pennsylvania Capital-Star article  titled “U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water” that quotes the Representative’s Twitter presence, 

“We believe that HHS and CMS should expeditiously take steps to add the device identifier portion of UDIs in Medicare claims, and we ask you to commit to finalizing this change as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you and your staff on a bipartisan basis to ensure that the device identifier portions of UDIs are included in Medicare claims forms.” 

— an excerpt of a letter sent from five bipartisan lawmakers including Rep. Fitzpatrick to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, as cited in the Insider NJ article titled “Pascrell, Sen. Warren Lead Call to Improve Medical Device Safety” 

Call to Action – DEFEND VOTING RIGHTS

“Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.” – the late Representative John Lewis

The window to defend voting rights against the GOP voter suppression state level assaults is closing.  More than ever we need allies to take action to push our lawmakers to end the filibuster and pass the For the People Act (HR1/S1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act (HR4).

We encourage you to take a look at what the Poor People’s Campaign have planned for this week.


In addition to this in-person event, their website also provides opportunities for folks to:

  1. Sign onto an open letter to our senators, calling for an end to the filibuster, passage of bills to defend voting rights and raise the minimum wage
  2. Upload your selfie and join thousands of other people who have joined the Poor People’s Campaign in an effort to end the injustice of poverty in America.
  3. Use prepared sample tweets and images to help promote their messaging

Please take whatever steps you can to join our voices together and call for a defense of our voting rights!

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

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