How Pa.’s House delegation voted on that gun background check bill

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    The majority-Democrat U.S. House voted 240-190 Wednesday to approve the first, major piece of standalone gun-control legislation to come before the chamber in two decades. The bill, which requires universal background checks on all firearms purchases, now goes to the Senate for consideration. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the legislation.

    Here’s how every member of Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation voted on the bill, and their public statements on it, if applicable.

    U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District: Yes.

    “When 40,000 Americans are killed by firearms each year and another 80,000 are wounded in the crossfire, we have an epidemic on our hands,” Dean said in a statement. “No other industrialized country in the world treats gun violence so casually, and neither should we. Thanks to activists across America and an emboldened Congress, today we say: no more.”

    U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District: No

    U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District: No

    U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District: No

    U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District: No

    U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District: No

    U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-15th District: No

    U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District: No

    U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District: Yes

    U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District: Yes

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.


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