Breakdown of PA Delegation’s Votes on LGBT, Confederate Flag Bills
Early in the day, the body voted 265-159 to limit the display of the confederate flag at national cemeteries.
Four Democratic Congressman voted in favor of the bill: Bob Brady, Brendan Boyle, Matt Cartwright and Mike Doyle.
Rep. Chaka Fattah missed the vote.
As for Republicans, five members joined the majority: Ryan Costello, Charlie Dent, Mike Fitzpatrick, Pat Meehan, Tim Murphy.
On the other hand, the eight other GOP Reps. voted against the bill: Lou Barletta, Mike Kelly, Tom Marino, Scott Perry, Joe Pitts, Keith Rothfus, Bill Shuster and Glenn Thompson.
The second major vote concerned an amendment that would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against the LGBT community if they wanted government contracts.
The bill actually had the votes to pass but seven Republicans switched their vote at the last minute to the shouts of “Shame! Shame!” from Democrats (no PA Representatives were among those seven).
The final tally was 212-213 and Rep. Chaka Fattah was once again absent. The other four Dems all supported (Brady, Boyle, Cartwright and Doyle) the amendment.
Four Republicans, Costello, Dent, Fitzpatrick and Meehan, supported the amendment as well.
The other nine GOP Congressman all voted against it: Barletta, Kelly, Marino, Murphy, Perry, Pitts, Rothfus, Shuster and Thompson.