A huge hat tip goes out to Kierstyn P. Zolfo of #Indivisible on Twitter for compiling this list of the 10 worst votes by our allegedly “independent” PA-01 U.S. House Rep Brian Fitzpatrick (and by the way, the pic is a nod to his behavior towards his Dem challenger Christina Finello for the PA-01 seat during the most recent debate)…
H.R. 6800 – Fitzpatrick voted No on the HEROES Act (here).
For a refresher on the HEROES Act, please click here.
H.R. 7301 – Fitzpatrick voted No on protecting homeowners and renters from pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures (here).
This bill was sponsored by Dem U.S. House Rep Maxine Waters of CA, a frequent Trump critic, which I’m sure had more than a little bit to do with why Bri-Fi voted against it, not that that’s actually a good reason I hasten to add (here).
Oh, and speaking of Waters, apparently this Repug-come-lately named Joe Collins who is running for Waters seat is talking a lot of smack about her (here). And the fact that Collins is a Navy vet doesn’t give him a pass here either.
H.R. 4617 – Fitzpatrick voted No on the SHIELD Act to enhance the security of our elections (here).
This bill was the third attempt by U.S. House Democrats to shore up the security of our elections; of course, all of those bills ended in the U.S. Senate legislative graveyard of Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao.
According to the article from The Hill…
The bill, sponsored by House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), would require campaigns to report any illicit offers of assistance by foreign governments or agents and would take steps to ensure that online political advertisements are subject to the same rules as TV and radio ads.
“The 2020 federal elections are fast approaching. Public confidence and trust in our elections is of the utmost importance,” Lofgren said on the House floor before the vote. “Free and fair elections are at the core of what it means to live in a democracy like ours. … It is our solemn duty to defend them.”
I guess Bri-Fi doesn’t care about the security of our elections. Figures.
H.R. 3239 – Fitzpatrick voted No on a bill to provide humane treatment for detainees at our border, establishing minimum standards such as providing diapers for babies as well as food and toilets for adults also (here).
More on the bill is here (I truly cannot imagine what could be controversial about supporting this bill, except for the fact that it made the head of Bri-Fi’s party look like the unfeeling sociopath that he truly is as shown here).
H.R. 1644 – Fitzpatrick voted No on a bill to restore Net Neutrality (here).
This bill was authored by Dem U.S. House Rep Mike Doyle of PA, and it would have codified a 2015 FCC policy that ensured that internet providers treated all data requests equally and did not throttle traffic to less-favored sites. Of course, Trump’s handpicked Commission chair Ajit Pai pushed through a repeal of the policy in late 2017 (more here).
This probably isn’t surprising given that one of Bri-Fi’s biggest bundlers is Comcast (here).
H.R. 3624 – Fitzpatrick voted No on a bill requiring companies to disclose their outsourcing practices (here).
As noted here…
The law would also require employers to report a percentage change in the number of employees, by state and country. That way, if your employer laid off 1,000 employees in your state, and hired 1,000 employees in India, the issue would be apparent to the American people.
“In order to recognize companies that hire American workers, we need more information on where workers are based,” said Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “It’s not enough to say you’re dedicated to employing American workers – this will hold companies to the promise to keep workers and business here at home.”
More on the bill is here.
H.R. 3621 – Fitzpatrick voted No on a bill to protect consumers from bad credit reporting practices (here).
This bill, introduced by Dem U.S. House Rep Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, is actually pretty broad-based in terms of providing relief to all sorts of credit applicants, as well as strengthening the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (here…see what happens when you elect Dems who look out for you, as opposed to people like Bri-Fi?).
More on the bill is here.
H.R. 1423 – Fitzpatrick voted No on a bill to protect abused employees from forced arbitration (here).
Dem U.S. House Rep Jerrold Nadler said the following about the bill here…
“Nearly a century ago, Congress enacted the Federal Arbitration Act to allow merchants to resolve run-of-the-mill contract disputes in a system of private arbitration that would be legally enforceable. The system that Congress envisioned was to be used voluntarily and only between merchants of equal bargaining power.
“However, the Supreme Court over the past 40 years has issued a series of decisions that have expanded the use of arbitration far beyond Congress’s original intent or a fair reading of the text of the Arbitration Act—creating the unjust system we see today.
“Private arbitration has been transformed from a voluntary forum for companies to resolve commercial disputes into a legal nightmare for millions of consumers, employees, and others who are forced into arbitration and are unable to enforce certain fundamental rights in court
“H.R. 1423, the FAIR Act, reverses this disastrous trend by prohibiting the enforcement of forced arbitration clauses in consumer, labor, antitrust, and civil rights disputes. Importantly, this legislation does not preclude parties from agreeing to arbitrate a claim after the dispute arises, which will ensure that arbitration agreements are truly voluntary and transparent.
“It does, however, prevent unsuspecting consumers and employees from being forced to give up their right to seek justice in court.
More on the bill is here.
Don’t worry; I’ve saved the two absolute worst votes for last:
H Res 755 – Vote to Impeach President Donald Trump for High Crimes and Misdemeanors (here) – Fitzpatrick voted No of course.
And finally (even though it took place in the prior Congressional session)…
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities did a much better job of giving this piece of legislative garbage the treatment it so thoroughly deserves; the best thing to do I think is to block out as much time as you can and read their post here. However, I’d like to put up the following graphic from their post which tells the story as far as I’m concerned.
This should prove beyond any doubt that there is nothing “moderate” about Bri-Fi. And to do something about him which is long overdue as far as I’m concerned, please click here to support Christina Finello (and for PA-31 folks, please click here to support Dem incumbent state rep Perry Warren).
Update 10/13/20: And support from the Proud Boys too, huh (here)? Bri-Fi sure keeps interesting company.
Update 10/27/20: I have a couple of late additions to this post:
H.R. 36 – Fitzpatrick voted YES on a bill to restrict abortion even if the mother’s life is in danger and in most cases of rape or incest, and said he would “absolutely” vote to defund Planned Parenthood (here).
This has to do with some legislative monstrosity called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act sponsored by Bri-Fi’s former fellow House Repug Trent Franks of Arizona, which sought to “(amend) the federal criminal code to make it a crime for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more” (here). As nearly as I can tell, this bill died in the Senate (last action is that it failed to proceed to a vote, fortunately).
In response, 23 different medical organizations wrote in opposition to the bill (here).
And by the way, if the name Trent Franks sounds familiar, it should. As noted here, he resigned from Congress when the House Ethics Committee announced that it would investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him for supposedly asking two female staffers to bear his children as surrogate mothers, with Franks allegedly offering one of them $5 million to carry his child, and retaliating against her when she declined.
Also, as noted here, Scott Wallace, who ran for Bri-Fi’s U.S. House seat and lost in 2018, claimed that Fitzpatrick supported an amendment by Fitzpatrick’s fellow House Repug Fred Upton of Michigan to “decimate funding for pre-existing conditions.” I’m merely presenting what Wallace said here – I have not been able to find a link to a roll call vote on that one (thought it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it turned out to be true).
Update 10/29/20: And let’s not forget Fitzpatrick’s utterly incorrect claim that the World Health Organization basically blew the call on COVID-19 (here).
Update 11/1/20: Oh yeah, I also forgot that Bri-Fi supports nullification, if you will, of PA’s gun laws ,which sounds better from a marketing perspective than “concealed-carry reciprocity,” though it’s the same damn thing (here).