Joe Pitts

Stupak Shares Insider Look at Obamacare Debate in New Book
In a timely release, Michigan Democrat recalls his amendment that saved bill

Former Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak has a new book on his experiences during the 2010 health care law debate. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Bart Stupak didn’t plan the release of his new book on his crucial vote for the 2010 health care law to coincide with the current debate over repealing it. 

“Timing was fortuitous,” the Michigan Democrat said. “I thought by now, the Republicans would have their bill done and there wouldn’t be a book.”

Word on the Hill: Moose on the Loose
Save the date for softball

Last year, staffers Scott Merrick, left, and Kevin Travaline moved a stuffed bear into position next to a stuffed moose in Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s lobby in the Hart Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is keeping up an annual New Hampshire tradition at the Capitol, along with her fellow Granite State Democrats, Sen. Maggie Hassan, and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster.

This afternoon, food and beverages from New Hampshire’s restaurants and breweries will be shared at the eighth annual Experience New Hampshire Reception. The biggest hits of all, though, are the stuffed moose and bear, which were carted into the Russell Building by Shaheen staffers yesterday for the event.

New Member: Republican Lloyd Smucker Elected in Pennsylvania’s 16th District
Incumbent GOP Rep. Joe Pitts is retiring after 10 terms

Republican state Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker won his Pennsylvania 16th District seat. (Photo courtesy Lloyd Smucker Facebook page)

Democrats Believe Long Shots Can Deliver a House Majority
Unpredictable nature of the election raises party hopes

Candidate for U.S. Congress Christina Hartman, D-Pa., speaks during the Democratic nominee for Vice President Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., campaign rally at the Boys & Girls Club in Lancaster, Pa., on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Let’s Go Dutch! Democrats Target Pennsylvania GOP Country
VP nominee Tim Kaine visited Lancaster on Tuesday night

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine at a rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. The longtime traditionally Republican area is getting increasing attention from Democrats this election season. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LANCASTER, Pa. — If nothing else this election year, the people of Pennsylvania Dutch Country will get to know the two major parties’ vice presidential nominees. And vice versa.

“I am so glad you pronounce ‘Lancaster’ the same way we do in Virginia,” Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, said Tuesday evening at the Boys & Girls Club on Lemon Street. Lancastrians are sensitive about this. It’s LANC-aster.

Presidential Race Frames Battle of Pennsylvania
Democrats see opening in Keystone State to pick up House seats

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, speaks during a campaign rally at the Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Look no further than Pennsylvania Dutch Country for proof of the Keystone State’s battleground status, where Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence rallied here Tuesday, right in the middle of a congressional district national Democrats are eyeing as a prime pick-up opportunity for the House.

“We are the Keystone State,” Joyce Haas, vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, told the crowd here at the Lancaster Host and Conference Center. “Without Pennsylvania, we do not win,” she said, emphasizing how important the state’s 20 electoral votes are to the ticket of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Pence.

How LGBT Job Protection Became the New Confederate Flag
Fight did not start with the Maloney amendment

An amendment preventing federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity has traveled a tumultuous road in the House over the past year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A year ago, debate over the Confederate flag shut down the congressional appropriations process . This year, minutes after the House seemed to put that issue to rest with a vote to lower the flag at federal cemeteries, a new firestorm began.  

An amendment to prevent federal contractors from making hiring decisions based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity roiled debate on the House floor last week and took down an entire spending bill on Thursday.  

In Reversal, House Backs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Measure
More Republican support for same issue that caused chaos last week on House floor

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., reoffered his amendment to ensure federal contractors cannot discriminate against the LBGT community. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An LGBT amendment that threw the House floor into a frenzy last week won approval late Wednesday night, meaning that some Republicans switched positions on the discrimination issue yet again.   

The amendment, offered by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y.,  had failed by a single vote (212-213) last week after a handful of Republicans changed their vote from yes to no at the last minute. Democrats erupted into rage, repeatedly shouting "shame," as the vote was held open after time expired and the number of yes votes slowly dropped.   

Pennsylvania's Joe Pitts Will Not Seek Re-Election

Pitts will retire at the end of this Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:50 p.m. |  Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Pitts announced Friday he will retire at the end of the 114th Congress.  

A Republican from the 16th District, Pitts was first elected in 1996, when he promised to serve only five terms. He's now served 10.