Our most recent report - December 5, 2021
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report for the week ending December 5, 2021. Both the House and Senate were in session this week, after their Thanksgiving break, and they have begun to tackle their lengthy December to-do list.
This week’s votes:
- The House and Senate voted to pass a continuing resolution and averted a government shutdown, funding the government (at Trump-era levels) through mid-February. This was made possible by allowing a GOP amendment vote forbidding vaccine mandates, which failed
- A cloture vote on the 2022 Defense Authorization failed, prolonging the process to get through this must-pass legislation
- Two Biden bureaucratic nominees received votes - the new Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes was confirmed to the Treasury Department, while the nomination for a Justice Department role in Massachusetts needed a motion to discharge vote on the Senate floor to get around Ted Cruz’s obstruction in committee
- Eight non-controversial bills were passed via suspension of the rules, on topics like cybersecurity, tribal lands, and immunization infrastructure modernization
- Four non-ceremonial bills and resolutions passed unanimously, including committee assignments for the two new Ohio MoCs who won special elections this November
- A check in with how our lawmakers are doing with items on the December 2021 Congressional to-do list we shared in our pre-Thanksgiving report
This week’s quotes:
- Tweets of the week from our senators and House members
- Traditional media quotes from Senator Bob Casey and Senator Pat Toomey
- This week’s media presence of PA-01’s Brian Fitzpatrick.
And don’t forget to check out the Pennsylvania Indivisible Legislative Scorecard. MoCTrack is here to help you stay on top of what our lawmakers are up to, because they work for YOU!
Recent MoCTrack Reports
Week ending December 21, 2021 - The House passed the Build Back Better Act, the legislative package that contains most of the agenda that President Biden campaigned on; Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who shared animated images of himself murdering a colleague and attacking the president, was censured; Treasury, Ag and Justice Department nominees were confirmed; we collected statements from all House members about the Build Back Better Act; and we provided December 2021 Legislative To-Do list for Congress.
Week ending November 7, 2021 - The House voted on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, delayed the Build Back Better Act and the GOP attempted to detail both packages before voting began; the Senate GOP filibustered voting rights again; an anti-discrimination bill to help older Americans passed; two judicial vacancies and five bureaucratic positions were filled; 21 bills passed under suspension of the rules; we collected statements from all House members about their infrastructure bill votes.