While most of the attention this week was on the Impeachment hearings, where State Department officials revealed the criminal network disguised as a presidential administration, Congress actually did cast a few votes this week.
Since there is a reasonable possibility that Michael Richard Pence will be the next President of the United States, it seems sensible to take a look at what he has being doing as Vice President. During the last three years, Pence has broken 13 ties in his duty as President of the Senate. That ranks Pence seventh on the list of VPs who cast tie-breaking votes, the most since Schuyler Colfax (with 18), Ulysses Grant’s Vice President from 1869 to 1873. Like Pence, Colfax was from Indiana.
It was a fairly slow week for Congress. Only fifteen votes, and five of those on noncontroversial bills.
Obviously the big news of the week is that the House made the impeachment of Donald Trump official, setting up the rules for further proceedings. It was a party line vote, 232 to 196, with only two Democrats (Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Dan Drew of New Jersey) voting against. Steil and every other Republican voted against the investigation. (RC 603 and 604, H Res 660, October 31). Rep. Steil always answered at his party's call this week, going 21 for 21 on party-line votes.
This Wednesday, while the rest of Congressional Republicans were busy voting when they weren’t obstructing justice, Rep. Steil had a photo opportunity with Vice President Mike Pence. As a result, Steil missed votes on a bill to protect the 2020 elections against interference by foreign governments.
Congress is back in session after a two week break, so time once again to look at our Representative in Washington has been up to. A fairly slow week, with only nine votes.