January 25, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week. (The House was in recess.): Senate Screening refugees. Voting 55-43 against, the Senate on Wednesday failed to reach 60 votes for advancing a bill (HR 4038) to impose additional security screening on refugee applicants from Iraq and Syria. The bill would require the homeland security secretary, FBI director, and director of national intelligence to clear each applicant from the two countries before they entry to the U.S. could be permitted.
January 21, 2016 |
Gov. Christie acted Tuesday on more than 100 pieces of legislation, vetoing bills that would ban firearms for certain criminals, raise the smoking age, and preserve nonprofit hospitals' property-tax exemption. Christie, a Republican running for president, had until Tuesday to take action on bills the Legislature passed during the lame-duck session between November's election and the start of the new legislative session last week. He "pocket vetoed" dozens of bills, meaning he did not sign them into law or officially reject them.
December 31, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday vetoed pieces of what he called the "ridiculous" and "unconscionable" budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, slamming lawmakers as shortchanging schools and pressing for new talks on a final spending plan. Acknowledging the impact of the nearly six-month stalemate, the governor agreed to release six months' worth of emergency funds for schools and more than $9 billion for human services. "I don't want to hold the children of Pennsylvania hostage for the inability of folks here in Harrisburg to get the job done," he said.
December 5, 2015 |
TRENTON - Assembly Democrats failed Thursday to override Gov. Christie's veto of gun-control legislation, despite previous Republican support and a successful vote in the Senate less than two months ago. After about 90 minutes of debate, the Democrats were three votes short of the 54 needed to override the veto. Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) did not record an official vote and said he would try "again and again" to defeat the veto. Christie, a Republican running for president, preserved his record of sustaining each of the 50 or so vetoes Democrats have tried to override.
November 17, 2015 |
In apparent desperation after winding up at the kids' table in the last Republican presidential debate, Gov. Christie doubled down on his campaign to shamelessly pander to the radical right by adding to New Jersey voters' frustration. In a rare visit to Trenton, Christie vetoed a bill that would expand early voting and allow online and automatic registration, saying it would upend the current early-voting system and cost the state $25 million. Maybe his presidential campaign's troubles inspired Christie to kick up his misleading rhetoric.
November 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Monday vetoed legislation that would have brought sweeping changes to the state's voting laws, panning the bill as "thinly veiled political gamesmanship. " Christie, a Republican running for president, previously criticized the legislation as an effort by the Democratic National Committee to increase voter fraud. "Ultimately, New Jersey taxpayers deserve better than to have their hard-earned tax dollars spent on thinly veiled political gamesmanship, and the state must ensure that every eligible citizen's vote counts and is not stolen by fraud," Christie wrote in his veto message.
October 1, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday vetoed the interim spending plan sent to him by Republicans who control the legislature, all but ensuring the state will enter a fourth month without a budget. The veto was expected, but it means the two sides have no backup plan during the impasse to fund schools, counties, and social-services providers that rely on state aid. It came less than a day after a negotiating session that Republican leaders said had ended with signs of progress. Instead, both sides were back to public bickering Tuesday, with no talks scheduled.
September 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday agreed to send Gov. Wolf a temporary budget to offset the impact of their nearly three-month-long impasse on a spending plan. Voting 117-83, the House gave final approval along partisan lines to the stopgap budget, which would let money begin flowing again to schools, counties, and providers of social services that get state aid. The Senate passed the measure last week. It now heads to Wolf, where it is likely to die. The Democratic governor has pledged to veto it, calling it a "very cynical, hypocritical" attempt to solve the problems the sides are having in reaching a deal.
September 18, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - An angry Gov. Wolf said Wednesday he would veto the temporary budget Republicans are proposing, calling it "a very cynical, hypocritical attempt" to solve the problems the two sides are having in reaching a deal. Wolf, who met with leaders of the GOP-controlled legislature earlier in the day, said he offered Republicans two proposals for issues important to them - reforming the public liquor and pension systems - and "got nothing" in return. The Democratic governor also said it was "ridiculous" for Republicans to say they want a stopgap, or interim, budget because they are worried about state funding drying up for social service nonprofit organizations.
August 12, 2015 |
Gov. Christie took action Monday on 40 bills and resolutions, ranging from a law he says will help drug addicts to measures addressing dogfighting, gun rights, and the underfunded pension system for public workers. Among the 27 bills and resolutions Christie signed into law is a measure that allows the state to issue apprentice hunting licenses to applicants 11 to 15 years old who have not completed safety training, provided that they are accompanied by someone who is 21 or older and has a hunting license.