Our most recent report - August 29, 2021
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking Report for the week ending August 29, 2021. Even though we are deep into August Recess, the House came back into session to take a few important votes and we have all the details in this week’s MoCTrack Report!
- The House passed the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, taking up the Supreme Court’s 2013 invitation to reconfigure what would require Department of Justice pre-clearance for state level voting law changes
- The House also passed a resolution that provides a deadline for bringing up both the bipartisan infrastructure package and the (likely) Democrats only reconciliation infrastructure package up for votes
- A pair of bills passed via suspension of the rules, and Rep. Scott Perry continues to vote NO on even the most widely supported bills
- One lonely bill to provide emergency funding for people returning from abroad passed unanimously
- Both the voting rights and infrastructure bills were scored on our Pennsylvania Indivisible Legislative Scorecard, and there was a lot of shifting in the numbers - be sure to see if your lawmaker makes the grade!
- Nearly all of our MoCs have made official statements or tweets on the situation in Afghanistan and we have put them all in one place for your ease of review
- Some of our Members of Congress have shared their thoughts on voting rights this week, and we’ve gathered them all up for you
- The passage of the resolution moving forward President Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure plan has spurred many lawmakers to comment via both official statements and tweets, and we’ve brought them all together in one place.
Our 20 Pennsylvania Members of Congress WORK FOR US and it is our responsibility to keep track of how they are voting and what they are saying. MoCTrack is here to help! We’ll be going back into recess mode until Sunday, September 19th, following Congress’s return to Washington for the autumn action.
Recent MoCTrack Reports
Week ending August 15, 2021 - It was finally Infrastructure Week! We went through both the bipartisan Infrastructure plan as well as the (likely) Democrats-only reconciliation package... but more importantly than that, we recapped every single amendment that made it to roll call votes in the vote-o-ramas that accompanied through two packages.... and we had statements from both senators on each of those infrastructure actions.
Week ending August 1, 2021 - includes emergency funding for the Capitol Police, several of the annual appropriations package votes (cover about 3/4 of the budget), a GOP revolt over new masking rules in the wake of the variant-fueled COVID spikes, five Biden bureaucratic confirmations, all of our normal quotes and tweets and a call to action on voting rights.
Week ending July 25, 2021 - the Senate unanimously passed a bill to fix the funding mechanism for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA); the House took on a trio of big topics this week: regulating “forever chemicals” (PFAS) in our water, streamlining the process to save the Afghan translators, and re-empowering the Federal Trade Commission to help consumers after some of their powers were stripped in a conservative Supreme Court decision; five Biden nominees were confirmed.
Week ending July 18, 2021 - only the Senate took votes this week, confirming a half dozen new bureaucratic nominees; we collected MoC statements about President Biden's Philadelphia speech on voting rights; we have an extensive Community (and Caucus) Corner, focused on the non-legislative activities of our 18 House members; our call to action is focused on voting rights and the For the People Act.