The Morning Call (Sunday)




Voting 121 for and 303 against, the House on Wednesday defeated a bid to reject Arizona’s 11 electoral votes won by President-elect Joe Biden. Opponents of accepting, or certifying, the votes said Congress should appoint a commission to audit the 2020 presidenti­al balloting in Arizona and five other states Biden narrowly carried. The objection was sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Nearly 60% of Republican­s who voted supported the objection, while Democrats voted unanimousl­y against it. The vote occurred about nine hours after a violent, armed mob of Trump supporters streamed through the Capitol, destroying property, defiling historical spaces and forcing lawmakers to shelter in place for extended periods, many behind barricaded doors. A yes vote was to reject Arizona’s electoral votes.

No: Brian Fitzpatric­k, R-1st (Bucks, parts of Montgomery and Philadelph­ia); Madeleine Dean, D-4th (Montgomery, parts of Berks); Susan Wild, D-7th (Lehigh, Northampto­n, parts of Monroe); Matt Cartwright, D-8th, (most of Monroe) Dan Meuser, R-9th, (Schuylkill, parts of Carbon and Berks)


Voting 138 for and 282 against, the House on Thursday defeated a bid to deny certificat­ion of Pennsylvan­ia’s 20 electoral votes won by Biden. About 68% of Republican­s who voted backed the move. All Democrats who voted opposed it. Lodged by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., the

objection was part of an effort by congressio­nal allies of President Trump to nullify Biden’s victory based on unsubstant­iated claims of irregulari­ties that state and federal courts have universall­y rejected. A yes vote was to reject Pennsylvan­ia’s electoral votes. Yes: Meuser

No: Fitzpatric­k, Dean, Wild, Cartwright


Voting 217 for and 206 against, the House on Monday adopted rules to govern its operations during the 117th Congress.

The package was added to a body of standing rules that has controlled House proceeding­s since the 1st Congress in 1789. The new rules would require committees to disclose “truth in testimony” informatio­n in real time about witnesses at hearings. This would inform members and the public — before and during the sessions — about any financial or fiduciary interest witnesses have in the topic under discussion. In addition, the rules would:

Allow investigat­ive committees to immediatel­y issue or

reissue subpoenas to former presidents, vice presidents and White House staff in their personal or profession­al capacities.

Establish a select committee on economic disparity, reauthoriz­e select committees on climate, COVID-19 and the modernizat­ion of Congress and make permanent an office protecting whistleblo­wers against retaliatio­n by their congressio­nal superiors.

Require an ethics rule to prohibit members from circulatin­g by electronic means any

“deep fake” video, audio file or image “that has been distorted or manipulate­d with the intent to mislead the public.”

Allow members to vote remotely, by proxy, on the House floor and permit committees to conduct business by video links.

Promote transparen­cy in government by broadening the availabili­ty of House documents in machine-readable formats and expanding public digital access to committee witness disclosure forms and voting records on amendments and markups.

Give permanent status a diversity office and require committees to state plans for addressing inequities in areas including gender, race and sexual orientatio­n.

Weaken the role of the “motion to recommit” in enabling the minority party to force votes and shape legislatio­n at the close of floor debates and prohibit debate on such motions.

Require the House’s official terminolog­y to be gender-neutral.

Deny access to the House floor to former members convicted of crimes related to their congressio­nal service or election and grant floor privileges to the District of Columbia mayor.

Bar access by registered lobbyists and foreign agents to recreation­al areas where members work out.

Exempt bills combating the climate crisis or the spread of COVID-19 from “pay as you go” budget rules.

Require members to personally cover the cost of settlement­s paid to resolve staff members’ charges of misconduct including sexual harassment and discrimina­tion.

Make permanent a requiremen­t that bills considered by the Rules Committee for floor considerat­ion must first receive a committee hearing and markup.

Allow the majority party to “deem” that a congressio­nal budget resolution has been adopted, rather than adopt one.

A yes vote was to adopt the rules package.

Yes: Dean, Wild, Cartwright, No: Fitzpatric­k, Meuser

 ??  ?? Josh Hawley, R- Mo., speaks during a Senate debate session to ratify the 2020 presidenti­al election at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Josh Hawley, R- Mo., speaks during a Senate debate session to ratify the 2020 presidenti­al election at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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