They Work For You: A weekly report on our Senators
You shouldn’t have to be an expert to understand what goes on in Washington, D.C. Your politicians represent you… but what exactly do they do in your name?
The weekly Toomey and Casey MoCTrack monitors the votes, tweets, press releases and news coverage of our Senators, and presents it in a way that’s easy to follow – for everyone. So now you can check, with just a few clicks: are They Working For You?
They Work for You - Week ending June 17, 2018
It's time for another week of legislative action with MoCTrack, your one-stop spot for catching up on all things Casey and Toomey. Click the date above to open the report.
This week, the voting slowed up a bit. The Senate did not have any major votes, but instead debated amendments to the 2019 Defense Appropriations bill. Once they take a final vote on that package, we'll review how the sausage got made. Instead, this week's report reviews some actions the Senate has NOT been voting on (thanks, Senate Majority Leader McConnell!) - we go over the family separation crisis that has been shocking all of us, recap a few bills that could resolve this horror, and read through how our Senators have responded to the crisis. One gets an A+ and the other flunked... no doubt you can guess which is which.
We have the Twitter and traditional media coverage you have come to expect, with Casey offering a vibrant defence of healthcare in the face of the Trump Administration's latest effort to strip coverage from Americans, while Toomey observed to Fox News, "The president and I are on the same page on many things." Really? No one would ever have noticed if you hadn't told us, sir! In Learning about Legislation, we take a closer look at franking privileges, the ability of Congresspeople to send out mail at the taxpayer expense. This came to our attention after PA-08's Representative Fitzpatrick sent out a glossy, campaign style mailer using this right, but it is a topic that every voter in every district should become familiar with - even the Congressional Research Service reports that it grants incumbents an advantage in elections. Lastly, we review a new bill that came out this week that would establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the federal response to the catastrophic storm damage in Puerto Rico.
They are public servants and answer to you, so know what your Senators have been doing on your behalf! Read this week's MoCTrack Report on Senators Casey and Toomey!
They Work for You - Week ending June 10, 2018
Thank you your interest in this week's MoCTrack, your one-stop spot for catching up on all things Casey and Toomey. Senate was back in session this week, and our legislators were busy!
In Votes of Interest we take a look at another Trump Administration bureaucratic pick who has a history and philosophy that is completely at odds with the mission of his new position, this time as Betsy DeVos's Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. We have the Twitter and traditional media coverage you have come to expect. Casey was on fire, and prolific with tweets on topics like blasting the Trump administration for their court case against the ACA's pre-existing condition coverage and a denunciation of the Trump Administration policy of family separation at the border. Toomey spent most of his time complaining about President Trump's trade policy and tariffs, but he did express some surprising thoughts on the topic of presidential obstruction of justice.
In Learning about Legislation we review the concept of "rescission," the process that allows Congress to claw back funding for departments even if they previous voted in favor of those appropriations. It is a process of interest this week, as the House voted to take back about $7 billion they had assigned to the Childrens' Health Insurance Program. And we take a deep dive into a few new bills. The Senate saw the introduction of a bipartisan effort to limit the President's ability to make unilateral trade decisions, under the principle that the Constitution grants the Congress the sole authority over the power of the purse. Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced the "Keep Families Together Act", to address the horrifying stories of border agents tearing families apart, even when they are entering legally and seeking asylum. And Senator Elizabeth Warren has composed an effort to help the survivors of last year's hurricanes as well as the victims of future storms. Her new bill would force inter-agency cooperation to ensure that survivors have housing assistance in the weeks and months after natural disasters.
It was a busy week - be sure to keep up with what your legislators are doing in your name. Read MoCTrack!
They Work for You - Week of June 3, 2018