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
Proud to cosponsor and vote yes on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. Though there is much work to be done, this bill could go a long way to keep guns out of the wrong hands and curb our gun violence epidemic. pic.twitter.com/mElKUqrBL8
— Rep. Brendan Boyle (@CongBoyle) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District: Yes
For the first time in DECADES, because of the steadfast work done by my @HouseDemocrats colleagues and me, #HR8, a bipartisan #BackgroundChecksNow bill, will undoubtedly PASS the House of Representatives!
This is just the beginning… https://t.co/wOyNeWcuEO
— Congressman Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) February 27, 2019
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
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District: Yes
I promised my community I would use my voice and vote to support responsible gun ownership and #EndGunViolece. I was proud to cosponsor and help pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 today in the House. We must continue to take action to curb gun violence. #HR8
— Chrissy Houlahan (@RepHoulahan) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District: Yes
I’m proud to have voted for the passage of #HR8. It’s long past time we pass some commonsense measures to #EndGunViolence. Requiring background checks on every gun purchase is a vital step in the fight to protect our communities from this senseless violence. pic.twitter.com/u0T1jKJF7D
— Rep. Susan Wild (@RepSusanWild) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District: Yes
Today the House makes history. We will hold a vote on #HR8, a bipartisan bill to expand background checks & help save lives. Millions of people have raised their voices in support of universal background checks. We vote #ForThePeople and will continue working to #EndGunViolence. pic.twitter.com/dkkgKdgDsv
— Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (@RepDean) February 27, 2019
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
#HR8 is not gun control.
It's an attempt to criminalize law-abiding citizens.
— Rep. Lloyd Smucker (@RepSmucker) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District: No
H.R. 8 will do nothing to curb mass violence in this country and is an unnecessary burden on the Second Amendment rights of the legal gun owners. Read my full statement on today's vote → https://t.co/2BtlNkwFEo
— John Joyce (@RepJohnJoyce) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District: No
Today I voted YES to pass a motion that requires notifying ICE when an illegal immigrant tries to buy a gun through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It's obvious: when someone in the country illegally tells the government they are here, ICE should be told.
— Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (@GReschenthaler) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-15th District: No
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District: No
The Democrat gun bills before us this week wouldn't prevent mass shootings or gun crime generally, but would create obstacles for law-abiding Americans to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights and turn gun owners into criminals. Great Op-Ed by @RepMullin https://t.co/tLFYdxzpiK
— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) February 27, 2019
U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District: Yes
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District: Yes
Proud to have voted in favor of H.R. 8 to close background check loopholes. Nearly 500 Pennsylvanians are murdered with guns each year, and universal background checks could save some of those lives. https://t.co/rUvWrLUu18
— Mike Doyle (@USRepMikeDoyle) February 27, 2019
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