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Robert Brady


Robert Brady is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 1st district of Pennsylvania since 1998. He is the ranking Democrat on the United States House Committee on House Administration since 2007.[1] He has been the Chairman to the Philadelphia Democratic Party since 1986, and is one of the few members of Congress who is also a county chairman (Philadelphia Democratic City Committee).

Early Years

Brady was born April 7, 1945 and raised in Philadelphia, the son of Enez (nee Caterini) and Robert G. Brady, a police officer. and graduated from Thomas More High School. He became a carpenter and was soon part of the leadership of the Carpenters Union. He continues to be a member of both the Carpenters' and Teachers Unions.[2]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

As of February 20 2009 Robert Brady was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[3]

Slavery Memorial/President's House

As a community activist, Michael Coard is a founding member of Avenging The Ancestors Coalition (ATAC). ATAC is the organization that led the successful battle- in connection with the historic President’s House/Slavery Memorial project- to force the federal government to commemorate the nine African descendants enslaved by President George Washington at America’s first “White House,” which was located at the current site of the new Liberty Bell Center.[4]

Avenging The Ancestors Coalition provided substantial documentation to U.S. House Appropriations Committee member Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania who was instrumental in securing an amendment to the Interior Department's 2003 budget requiring the National Park Service to develop plans for the Slavery Memorial/President's House site, including an "appropriate commemoration" of the nine enslaved African descendants there.

In August 2005, primarily through the efforts of Congressman Fattah along with the assistance of Congressman Robert Brady of Pennsylvania, $3.6 million in federal funding was made available for the site and the commemoration.

Voted against cutting funding for ACORN

In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. the vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were democrats, and included Robert Brady. [5]

PARA lobbying

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Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans members Joe Overton and Georgeann Crump of AFSCME and Jeanne Boone and Ben Sears of AFT meeting with several members of Congressman Robert Brady's staff, November 20, 2010.[6]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Robert Brady in 2014, also 2012.[7]

Judicial Controversy

On September 30, 2011 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the city Democratic Party, of which Bob Brady is the party chairman, invited 27 Philadelphia judges to a buffet breakfast and asked them to pay $10,000 each to assure party support when they face yes-or-no retention votes in November, according to judges who attended. Political corruption has been rampant in the city of Philadelphia and the city Democratic Party has largely held political power for the past 60 years. Bob Brady still resides as party chairman.[8]

Sharpton rally

Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network, along with AFSCME and partners in labor, civil rights, and clergy from across the country, held rallies in over 25-cities on December 9th. 2011, to "bring attention to the growing economic disparity in these cities, lack of employment, and equality issues surrounding our current economic state".

The 25-city rallies will call attention to key issues that have not yet been remedied such as the disproportionate layoffs of Blacks, Latinos, and other minority groups, and the growing wealth gap.The rallies will be held in cities that are most impacted by joblessness and attacks on workers’ rights.

Philadelphia speakers were;[9]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Jeannine Missaoui, and Chuck Pennacchio were assigned as contacts for Rep. Brady.[10]

Meyerson connection

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John Meyerson, Robert Brady, Mark Stier 2018

U.S. House of Represnetatives

Proposed Anti-Freedom of Speech Legislation

Immediately following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, Bob Brady was also recognized by many for leading an effort which many believed was to suppress free speech in the USA and empower Congress to determine what is and what is not an appropriate comment or action made to express discontent with Congress. He said he would introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.[11]

Abortion

Bob Brady is pro-choice and in 2001 voted against President G.W. Bush's restrictions on funding to family planning groups. Over the years, he has supported minors’ abortion rights, voting in 2005 for the right for those under 18 to obtain abortions across state lines without parental consent.[12] He voted against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, proposed by fellow Pennsylvanian Republican representative Joseph Pitts, which prohibits health insurance companies from offering abortion coverage in a plan to any citizen. He also opposed the proposal to prohibit federally funded abortion services.[13] Over the past fifteen years, organizations such as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, and Planned Parenthood have rated him one hundred percent on his pro-choice voting record.[14]

Immigration

U.S. Representative Brady supports a liberal stance on immigration as well. He voted against the Secure Fence Act (2006), which authorized the construction of additional fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006.[15] He does continue to support Homeland Security Appropriations for border protection, in addition to the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Technology project.[16] This government program works towards improving the nation's capability to keep track of immigrants and control their entry and exit.[17] Minority rights’ interest groups such as the National Latino Congreso /William C. Velásquez Institute, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform consistently rate Brady from fifty to one hundred percent for his strong stance on immigration.[18]

Committee Assignments

  • United States House Committee on Armed Services
  • United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel
  • United States House Committee on House Administration (Ranking Member)
  • United States House Administration Subcommittee on Elections (Ranking Member)

Power and Influence

When he ran for Congress in a special election in 1998, he was unopposed in the Democratic primary despite the fact that the district was a Democratic stronghold. The Philadelphia Inquirer described him as "the longtime boss of the Democratic City Committee, one of the few old-fashioned big-city political machines left. Running against him could equal career suicide."[19]

In 2001, the political website PoliticsPA described him as a "consummate 'backroom politician' (and we say that with respect!)" and said that he might be the best county party chair in Pennsylvania.[20] In 2003, the Pennsylvania Report said that Brady has "managed effectively to balance his multiracial district and city Democrat party."[21] [22]

Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation

On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States [23]

The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.

Opposing travel ban

Amid a crowd of more than 100 protesters in Terminal A at PHL, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf made an announcement around January 28, 2017 : “I am here to say you are welcome here.” Less than an hour later, word filtered through that a federal judge’s ruling temporarily stayed part of an order from President Donald Trump banning citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

He wasn’t the only prominent politician to make an appearance. Senator Bob Casey left an engagement wearing a tux and tails to show solidarity for Syrian families at PHL who had been denied entry and forced to return to the Middle East and three people from Qatar who were being detained. Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressmen Robert Brady and Dwight Evans, City Councilwoman Helen Gym and state Rep. Brian Sims were also there.[24]

Staff

The following have worked as staff members for Robert Brady:[25]

External links

References

  1. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Brady (Accessed 15 May 2012)
  2. [1] Congressional Bio(Accessed 15 May 2012)
  3. Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
  4. am bio, accessed Dec. 2012
  5. [http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/09/the_75_democrats_who_are_prose.html American Thinker, September 18, 2009 The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders By Ethel C. Fenig]
  6. ARA FLICKR,
  7. PAF
  8. [http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-30/news/30229118_1_retention-votes-judges-democratic-party}
  9. website, National Action Network (NAN), Along With Labor & Civil Rights Leaders To Attack Joblessness & Voter ID Laws That Are Threatening People’s Voter Rights Across the Country on December 9th in 25-City Rally For Jobs & Justice
  10. PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
  11. [2]
  12. [http://www.ontheissues.org/PA/Robert_Brady_Abortion.htm}Accessed 15 May 2012
  13. [http://thatsmycongress.com/house/repBradyPA1111.html}Accessed 15 May 2012
  14. [http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519}Accessed 15 May 2012
  15. [http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519}Accessed 15 May 2012
  16. [http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519}Accessed 15 May 2012
  17. [http://epic.org/privacy/us-visit/} Accessed 15 May 2012
  18. [http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519}Accessed 15 May 2012
  19. [3]
  20. [ http://web.archive.org/web/20030212173818/politicspa.com/FEATURES/Best&Worst.htm]
  21. [4]
  22. [5]
  23. H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States, accessed December 26, 2015
  24. [ https://billypenn.com/2017/01/28/pa-governor-philly-mayor-u-s-senator-join-protests-at-philly-international-airport/]
  25. Legistorm: Robert Brady (Accessed on Aug. 24, 2010)