Pa.’s U.S. House delegation splits along party lines on sweeping voting rights package

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220-210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill.

Pennsylvania’s 18-member Capitol Hill delegation split along party lines on the bill, with all nine Keystone State Democrats voting in favor. The state’s nine Republican U.S. House members voted against it, according to an official House roll call.

“Last night [Wednesday] we returned America’s call to return power to the people by passing,” the bill, U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, wrote on Twitter.

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Ariana Figueroa covers Washington D.C. for States Newsroom, which supports the Capital-Star.
John L. Micek
A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press