Monday, March 05, 2007

Legislation Introduced by Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation

While I was rooting around in Thomas, the online legislative database ( last week, I also checked to see what bills the Pennsylvania congressional delegation had introduced. Thomas doesn't let you search for consponsors, only sponsors, and I only searched the current congress, 2007 bills. For Philly area representatives and a few others, the bills themselves are listed, for those outside the region the number is listed. You will have to check those yourself. Just to see what sort of cross-pollination there is I also looked to see how many Pennsylvania cosponsors there are for bills. Information is current through the end of February.

Jason Altmire

H.R.372: To direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise the regulations regarding the Do-not-call registry to prohibit politically-oriented recorded message telephone calls to telephone numbers listed on that registry. 7 cosponsors (0 PA), in committee

Bob Brady

H.R.513 : To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to enhance the protection of credit ratings of active duty military personnel who are activated for military service.

H.R.557 : To amend the Small Business Act to direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a vocational and technical entrepreneurship development program.

Co sponsors none, in committee

Chris Carney

H.RES.134 : Recognizing and honoring the employees of the Department of Homeland Security for their efforts and contributions to protect and secure the Nation. 21 (0 PA) cosponsors, passed.

H.R.803 : To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance the procurement-related activities of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. 19 cosponsors (1 PA), in committee

Charlie Dent

H.AMDT.6 (A005)
Amends: H.R.547
An amendment to add provisions which allow fuel distributors and retailers to transform their businesses by dispensing hydrogen, reformed on site from various feedstocks, or delivered by pipeline or tube trucks, resulting in new storage, handling, and equipment challenges necessary beyond that carried out under the Energy Policy Act of 2. Passed 226-201

Mike Doyle – 4 bills, one with no cosponors, one with 1 (0 PA), one with 4 (0 PA), one with 18 (0 PA)

Phil English – 12 bills. One concerns Pennsylvania and all 18 other reps have signed on. One bill has no cosponsors. Another has one – Tim Holden. One has 11 cosponsors, 2 from PA. The rest all have some cosponsors but none from PA.

Chaka Fattah – 0

Jim Gerlach

H.R.1152: To reserve a small percentage of the amounts made available to the Secretary of Agriculture for the farmland protection program to fund challenge grants to encourage the purchase of conservation easements and other interests in land to be held by a State agency, county, or other eligible entity, and for other purposes. 8 cosponsors, 5 of them from PA (Carney, P Murphy, T Murphy, Pitts, Platts), in committee

H.R.1207 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on any tax-exempt organization which accepts any contribution which may be used to relocate property held by the organization if the relocation is contrary to the intent of the donor of the property. No cosponsors, in committee

Tim Holden – 3 bills, one with 15 sponsors (3 of them from PA)

Paul Kanjorski – 2 bills, one with no cosponsors, the other with 158 (2 from PA)

Patrick Murphy

H.RES.97: Providing for Operation Iraqi Freedom cost accountability. 51 cosponsors (4 from PA), in committee

Tim Murphy – 1 bill, 3 cosponsors, in committee

John Murtha – 4 bills, 3 with no cosponsors, the other with 102, 5 from PA

John Peterson – no bills

Joseph Pitts – 3 bills 1 with no cosponsors41 (0 PA) cosponsors, 22 (4 PA) cosponsors

Todd Platts -- 7 bills, 1 of which has 1 cosponsors, but check it out:

H.R.953: To repeal the provision of law that provides automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress.

Allyson Schwartz – 3 bills

H.R.539 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and extend the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction. 133 cosponsors (12 from PA), in committee.

H.R.898 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to claim a work opportunity credit for hiring military service personnel returning from service in Iraq or Afghanistan. 57 cosponsors (5 from PA), in committee

H.R.1099 : To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to protect disaster assistance employee reservists when activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for work at a specific disaster site from termination or demotion in their places of employment. 4 cosponsors (2 from PA), in committee

Joe Sestak

H.R.960: To enhance the national security interests of the United States both at home and abroad by setting a deliberate timetable for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq by December 31, 2007, and for other purposes. 5 cosponsors (2 from PA) in committee

Bill Shuster

1 bill, 1 cosponsor, from PA


phillydem said...

Absolutely no bills for Fattah, that
is kind of amazing. I'd think that after years of being in the minority, given his seniority and high profile committee assignments, Fattah and his staff would have had loads of legislation ready to go. It makes me wonder how effective he'd be as mayor. Even Brady, who a lot of people think is do-less, has sponsored three bills which don't appear to be fluff.

I wonder what Gerlach's bill 1207 is about, too. Would it have to do
with the cemetary dispute?

AboveAvgJane said...

Not sure about 1207. It is hard to tell from the description and I didn't read the entire text of the bill.