Pennsylvania Obamacare Repeal Nays — A quarter of the House Republicans voting to save Obamacare come from Southeastern Pennsylvania.
You can guess the names of these profiles in hackery but we will list them anyway: Ryan Costello of the Chesco-centered 6th District; Pat Meehan of the Delco-centered 7th District, Brian Fitzpatrick of the Bucks-centered 8th District and Charlie Dent of the Lehigh County-centered 15th District.
What could these men have been thinking? Why of coasting on the easy road, of course. They listened to pressure groups paying for push polls. They bowed before political consultants — you know, the kind that President Trump notably ignores. They figured they’d follow that broad path to the wide gate of wealth and power rather than fight for what’s right.
They lacked the will — or perhaps, more charitably, the imagination — to articulate to those whom they represent why getting rid of these taxes and mandates will make their lives a lot, lot, lot better. They refused to go out and sell this repeal plan to their constituents just as they refused to sell President Trump’s candidacy last November. This is especially ironic as the passage of Obamacare was responsible for sending three of the four to Washington.
Among those found guilty with him was Herbert Vederman, a long-time Democrat man of influence who is still listed at ZoomInfo.com as senior consultant for the Government and Public Affairs Group at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, a Philadelphia law firm.
Think he knew Val DiGiorgio? Val is the Chester County Republican Party chairman who chairs Stradley Ronon’s banking and public finance sections and includes Government and Public Affairs as part of his “focus”.
Shuster Slammed In Open Letter — Bill Shuster, the congressman who has represented Pennsylvania’s 9th District since 2001, is in a Republican primary battle with businessman and retired Coast Guard helicopter pilot Art Halvorson.
There is a good chance that Shuster — who “inherited” the seat from his father, Bud, who had held it since 1973 — will lose.
That would be a good thing.
Monica Morrill of Stoystown, who was formerly a constituent of Shuster, explains why in this open letter she sent to Congressman Charles Dent (R), another Pennsylvanian who represents the state’s 15th District and who chairs the House Committee on Ethics.
Note that it is cc’d to Congressman Pat Meehan, (R-Pa7), who is also a member of the committee and whose district includes most of Delaware County.
Poor Congresspeople — We’ve all seen lists of the richest congresspeople, but there are some for the poorest among them as well.
Can there really be poor people in Congress? The congressional salary, after all, is $174,000 not including benefits.
“The 10 on our list have millions in debt among them — from business loans to credit cards to unpaid attorney fees related to an impeachment,” RollCall.com explains. The site notes, however, that determining “minimum net worth is an inexact science” and that several on the list have multiple homes and other assets not generally associated with the poor.
Roll Calls 10 poorest members of Congress in 2015 are:
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) -$8.7 million
Rep. Alcee L Hastings (D-FL)-$2.2 million
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)- $1.3 million
Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) -$1.3 million
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) -$907,000
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) -$896,000
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-M)-$813,000
Sen. Matin Heinrich (D-NM)-$723,000
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) -$713,000
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) -$700,000
Palmer Gibbs of InsideGov.com has also compiled a list of the poorest albeit with 25 names. Some are the same, some are not and the order and valuations are different. It contains explanations for Valado’s and Hastings’ problems — namely Valado’s family dairy farm debt and Hastings 1988 bribery impeachment as a federal judge — who again hold the the first and second places.
While Fattah is the only Philly area rep that Roll Call lists, InsideGov omits him but includes Chester County’s Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) in 11th place with a worth of -$47,944 and Philadelphia’s Brendan Boyle (D-13) in 17th with a worth of -$24,997.
Halvorson took Shuster on in 2014 Republican race getting 35 percent of the vote to Shuster’s 53 percent. Also running was Travis Schooley who got 13 percent.
Former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith had expressed interest in a primary challenge to Shuster but had to drop out due to health reasons. Halvorson, who was backing Smith this go around, said he would step in for another shot. He is dedicating this race to Smith says PoltiticsPa.
Shuster is embroiled in a scandal, namely he was caught dating an airline lobbyist last April. Shuster chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Shuster replaced his father, Bud, in a special election in May 2001. Bud Shuster has represented the district since 1973.
“Too few have had power for too long,” he says. “I have great friendships and working relationships with many of my colleagues here in D.C. but a common thread among many of them is they have been here too long and not enough has changed for the better; it has gotten worse.”
Marino has introduced this idea twice in the last four years.
USA Today ran a column by Grove City College professor Paul Kengor on Oct. 29 describing how the GOP-congress actually did manage to cut spending — and for two straight years.
Kengor says he was inspired to write it after hearing Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Pa18) make the claim during a stump speech. He was skeptical of it so he checked it and, lo and behold, found it to be true.
Spending dropped from $3.6 trillion in 2011 to $3.54 trillion in 2012 to $3.45 trillion in 2013.
It was the first time spending was cut in consecutive years since 1953-55.
The deficit has been cut to $500 billion which is less than half of what it was when the Democrats controlled everything in 2010, says Kengor.
Marino Vs Pelosi Update: A rant by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi caused her to be removed from the floor of Congress it has been reported
As reported here on Aug. 3 remarks made by Congressman Tom Marino (R-Pa10) on Aug. 1 concerning the border bill being debated in the House sent former Minority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi into a hissy fit.
“You know something that I find quite interesting about the other side?” Marino said. “Under the leadership of the former Speaker [Pelosi], and under the leadership of their former leader [Rep. Steny Hoyer], when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed. They didn’t have the strength to go after it back then. But now are trying to make a political issue out of it now.”
This prompted Pelosi to say something from the floor.
Marino responded by saying “It’s true, madam leader, I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, madam leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”
After Marino sat down, Pelosi then was caught on C-SPAN cameras waddling across the aisle to apparently continue the fight.
Marino tweeted about it. “Rep. Pelosi called me an ‘insignificant person’ on the Floor of the House. I’ll ponder that for a while driving to Williamsport tonight. . . .of course I’ll be driving myself with no staff or security. And I’m just a country lawyer who worked in a bakery until he was 30.”
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick who deserves kudos for getting the Auqa Quest crew freed.
An Aqua Quest crew that had been jailed for two months in Honduras is coming home and a Pennsylvania congressman is instrumental in getting them released.
Aqua Quest is a salvage company based in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Their vessel was in Honduras to remove mahogany logs when police boarded it and found an AK-47, two handguns and two shotguns.
The crew’s captain, Robert Mayne, had encountered bandits on previous trips and felt the weapons were needed for protection.
The crew was arrested on the grounds they did not have a permit to carry weapons and one of the ones they carried was prohibited.
One of the crew members was Devon Butler, whose mother Rosemary Carroll lives in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional district which is represented by Republican Mike Fitzpatrick.
Mrs. Carroll contacted Fitzpatrick and he and his staff went to work.
The work paid off last week. Fitzpatrick spent June 22 through June 24 in that country where he met with Honduran administrative and judicial officials and visited the men in jail.
“I . . . witnessed the deplorable conditions in which they were wrongfully held for nearly two months,” Fitzpatrick said. “The strength and courage of these men in the face of uncertainty and danger in a far-away place is an inspiration to me.”