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Pennsylvania US Representative District 13

Description of office: The US Constitution requires that the House of Representatives be composed of Representatives from each state, elected in proportion to population. There are 435 members of the House of Representatives, with 17 Representatives allotted to Pennsylvania after the 2020 census. A US Representative must be at least 25 years old, have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years, and be a resident of the state they seek to represent at the time of the election (though not necessarily the same district). The House of Representatives is responsible for introducing and voting on bills, resolutions and amendments, and for approving the budget. Representatives also serve on various policy committees. The House may send Articles of Impeachment of elected officials to the Senate and elects the President if there is a tie in the Electoral College.Term: 2 yearsSalary: $174,000Vote for ONE.

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    Beth Farnham

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    John Joyce

Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the country, and how would you address them?

What changes, if any, would you support that would help Congress function more efficiently and effectively?

What legislation would you support to protect voting rights and safeguard access to free and fair elections?

How do you view the role of the US in responding to challenges facing the international community?

County Adams
Occupation Stay-at-home parent, Part-time AI Reviewer
Education Bachelor Degree in Biology, French, and Secondary Education
Qualifications Former school board member, credit analyst, pharmacy technician, administrative assistant for aerial platform manufacturer, faciliator of Medicare B claims.
As a member of Congress, my top priorities are: Our Democracy, Reproductive Freedom, Gun Safety, Universal Healthcare, Immigration Reform, and Public Education.

In a strong Democracy, our right to vote is sacred, we have agency over our own bodies, we use and store guns responsibly, our healthcare is covered, immigrants have clear paths to citizenship, and we have equal access to formal education.

By strengthening these areas of American society, we improve our lives in addition to our stewardship of the Earth. U.S. Representatives must serve the American people in ways that "promote the general welfare," "establish justice," and "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" as the Founders of this country envisioned.
By seating more Democrats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, everyday Americans will be able to experience legislation that benefits them, their families, and their communities. Because of Republican intransigence and bickering, our Congress has been unable to pass the normal number of bills, about 200, they usually do. Instead, our Congress has been held hostage by Republican inability to decide on a strong Speaker of the House, whereas Democrats were consistently united under Hakeem Jeffries, and the amount of time wasted by the Republicans led to only 27 bills being passed in 2023.
I would support legislation like the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act that John Joyce voted against. This Act, which passed the House, but not the Senate in 2021, served to: - make Election Day a public holiday, - allow for same-day voter registration, - establish minimum early voting periods, - allow absentee voting for any reason, - regulate congressional redistricting, - expand campaign finance disclosure rules, - amend the Voting Rights Act before allowing states to implement different election laws. Congress has a duty to protect our votes, but Rep John Joyce attempted to trash PA's valid electoral votes in 2020 (TX Amicus Brief) and refused to certify those same votes on January 7, 2021, based on Trump's lies of election fraud.
It is absolutely the responsibility of the United States of America, THE dominant global power (ranked by Business Insider, 2023), to protect and defend our Allies by honoring the contracts, treaties, and alliances we have made with them. We cannot let authoritarian regimes simply take over fellow Democratic countries, like Russia is trying to do with Ukraine. If Ukraine falls to Russia, Russia becomes that much more powerful and may attack other nations in a bid to remove The United States of America from its number one position. Additionally, by giving aid to other Democracies through climate changes, the stability of those countries is maintained and they are less likely to be vulnerable to violent coups.
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