Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Chaka Fattah Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chaka Fattah Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent, Chaka Fattah, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, defeated Armond James, who also ran unopposed in the Republican primary, in the general election. The race was rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[3]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014 (at least 30 days prior to election).[7]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Chaka Fattah (D), who was first elected in 1994.

Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District is located in the southeast region of Pennsylvania and includes most of the city of Philadelphia.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChaka Fattah Incumbent 87.7% 181,141
     Republican Armond James 12.3% 25,397
Total Votes 206,538
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State

Key votes

Below are important votes that Fattah cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Fattah voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Fattah voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Fattah voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NDAA

Yea3.png Fattah voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Fattah voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Fattah joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Fattah voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Fattah voted for HR 2775.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Fattah voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Fattah voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Fattah voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Campaign contributions

Chaka Fattah

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fattah's reports.[23]

District history

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2012

The 2nd Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Chaka Fattah (D) won re-election in the district.[29]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChaka Fattah Incumbent 89.3% 318,176
     Republican Robert Mansfield 9.4% 33,381
     Independent James Foster 1.4% 4,829
Total Votes 356,386
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Chaka Fattah won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rick Hellberg (R) in the general election.[30]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChaka Fattah incumbent 89.3% 182,800
     Republican Rick Hellberg 10.7% 21,907
Total Votes 204,707

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed September 17, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Votes PA, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Project Vote Smart, "Chaka Fattah Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Chaka Fattah 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, " July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Fattah Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  29. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013