Pennsylvania's 6th District
Rep. Costello's constituents voted against this administration's divisive agenda, but he's still acting as a rubber stamp—voting for it 94% of the time.
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Rep. Costello's votes
This representative voted to cut taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations at the expense of the middle class. The final bill changes many deductions that middle-class families depend on, including the state and local tax deduction—an important provision for many suburban residents that used to effectively prevent double taxation. Instead of ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share, this bill cuts the corporate tax rate permanently from 35 percent to 21 percent at a cost of nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years, and lines the pockets of hedge fund CEOs and real estate tycoons. By adding to the deficit, the legislation also puts middle-class priorities such as Medicare, Medicaid, education, and infrastructure at risk. Additionally, 13 million fewer Americans will have health coverage under this bill and premiums will skyrocket.
The bill is a giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans. One analysis shows that by 2027, 83 percent of the tax cuts would funnel to the top 1 percent while 57 percent of households earning less than $200,000 would see their taxes go up—a tax increase on 92 million families.
There were several procedural steps to reach a final bill, and this representative voted to advance or pass this legislation nearly every time.
This representative's vote is especially hypocritical because they are both members of the House's Climate Solutions Caucus, and they signed a statement opposing opening the irreplaceable Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. They chose to rubber-stamp the administration's tax scam, even though it attacks clean energy programs, and jeopardizes our nation's largest wildlife refuge through a dangerous rider added to the bill to buy votes and squander our natural resources.
This representative voted to expand this administration’s deportation force by weakening hiring standards at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The bill eliminates polygraph tests for certain applicants—despite ongoing problems with abuse and corruption at CBP. In the past, these polygraphs have uncovered hundreds of admissions of criminal activity including drug smuggling, violent crime, and sexual abuse.
This representative voted to undo significant parts of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and the Consumer Financial Protection Act, meant to protect American consumers and prevent another financial crisis. This weakens the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) ability to effectively safeguard consumers against greedy banks and corporate misbehavior. The bill repeals a rule meant to prevent banks from taking part in the risky behavior that led to the 2008 financial crisis.
This representative voted for an anti-immigrant bill that punishes cities with community trust policies and boosts the administration’s indiscriminate mass deportation plans. It gives unchecked authority to detain and deport our immigrant neighbors. Stripping resources from local law enforcement endangers public safety and encourages racial profiling. It also deters victims or witnesses of crimes from coming forward and violates the rights of migrants, allowing detention without probable cause or basic due process protections.
This representative voted to repeal a standard designed to prevent companies from dumping mine waste into waterways. These practices destroy mountain streams, increase pollution and pose public health risks for thousands Americans living downstream from mining sites.
This representative voted to repeal a standard designed to keep guns out of the hands of people suffering from mental illness or who might pose a danger to themselves or others. Some social security recipients are incapacitated to the extent that they have someone else designated to receive their benefits on their behalf. This process strengthened our background check system by including these individuals—preventing them from buying guns. This is a step backward that rolls back a common-sense solution to keep communities safe.
This representative voted for a bill that would increase women’s health risks by making it more difficult to access a safe abortion. Taxpayer dollars already cannot fund abortions, but this would make it more likely that abortions would not be covered by Medicaid or private health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, even if recommended by a doctor. This undermines a woman’s ability to make personal health care decisions and threatens her health and safety, particularly for low-income women and women of color.
This representative voted for a bill that would weaken the rights of hard-working Americans to earn overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week. It would allow employers to exchange overtime pay for a later promise of time off, but no guarantee that it could be taken when it’s needed. This gives a new right to employers to dictate compensation, with no new benefit for workers. The bill is disguised as a way to provide more flexibility for workers, when in reality it is an attack on their time, pay, and flexibility.
This representative voted to allow internet providers to invade the privacy of every American and sell their information without consent. This removes privacy protections and allows providers to collect, share, and sell customer information to marketing companies, enabling big internet corporations to profit off of the private lives of Americans. It also removes requirements enforcing providers to ask internet users if they would like to share their browsing history on the web.
This representative voted to repeal common-sense standards requiring U.S. energy companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. These standards deter corrupt business practices and increase transparency for resource extraction companies operating overseas. Rolling back these standards makes it easier for companies to bribe foreign governments and harder to fight fraud, corruption, and abuse. Transparency is a fundamental part of democracy, and this repeal undermines a standard to expose corrupt businesses.
This representative voted to delay implementation of key air pollution standards and permanently weaken the Clean Air Act. Ground-level ozone—commonly known as smog—is a dangerous air pollutant that increases preventable health risks, especially for children, the elderly, and people with heart and lung disease. This will lead to more frequent asthma attacks, increased emergency rooms visits, and premature deaths. The Clean Air Act is responsible for cleaner air and healthier communities, and delaying standards and doubling the time between updating them from five to ten years is irresponsible.
This representative voted to waste more than a billion taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary and ineffective border wall, part of the administration’s anti-immigrant agenda. Funding for the border wall is so unpopular, that the House went around normal processes by slipping the money into a larger, unrelated defense spending package. Building this wall won’t solve anything—it will only create more division in our country and promote fear and intolerance. Allocating more than $1 billion of taxpayer dollars for this project is a waste—those funds would be better put to use on other infrastructure projects or protecting the health and economic security of middle-class Americans.
This representative voted for a bill that undermines womens’ rights to make their own health care decisions, restricts access to safe, legal health services, and is unconstitutional. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and criminalize procedures performed after that benchmark. Nearly 99 percent of abortions occur before 21 weeks, but when they are needed later in pregnancy, it’s often because of very complex circumstances. This bill is a misguided attempt to interfere with a personal and complicated decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor.
This representative voted for an anti-immigrant bill that would make it easier to indiscriminately deport immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence. The bill creates a new sweeping definition of the term “criminal gang” and would allow the administration to classify immigrants as gang members with little or no proof—subjecting them to harsh penalties or deportation and creating due process concerns.
This representative voted to prevent states from setting their own limits on payday-lender interest rates, resulting in more predatory behavior, unaffordable loans, and damaging financial consequences for borrowers. This bill would make it easier for payday lenders and other nonbanks to ignore state interest rate caps and make high-rate loans. These lenders trap borrowers in a cycle of unaffordable loan payments and debt that can take years to pay off with interest rates of 300 percent or higher. The impact is devastating for consumers and disproportionately impacts communities of color.
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In the news
March 22, 2017 / Times Herald
Philadelphia area GOP reps voting to roll back restrictions aiming to keep guns out of hands of mentally ill
"A rule adopted by the Obama administration last year aimed at restricting gun purchases by veterans deemed to be mentally incompetent to manage their benefits took an important step toward being rolled back last week with the help of votes from three area Republican Congressmen. U.S. Representatives Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist.; Pat Meehan, R-7th Dist. and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8th Dist., all voted for the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act in a March 16 vote which won approval by a 240 to 175-vote margin. Critics say the bill would allow at-risk veterans easy access to firearms and increase their risk of suicide, already statistically higher than other citizens."
June 9, 2017 / Mercury News
Region’s 3 Congressmen vote to repeal and replace Dodd-Frank financial regs
"Three area Congressman joined with their Republican colleagues Thursday in a vote repealing many of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank banking regulations enacted in the wake of the economic collapse of 2009 ... Costello, over the course of two elections, has raised $4.3 million and, at $523,600, the financial, insurance and real estate industries are the second highest contributors to his campaigns."
March 31, 2017 / York Daily News
Pa. Republicans help overturn online privacy rules
"Following on the heels of the Senate, Congress voted largely along partisan lines last week to overturn Federal Communication Commission privacy rules that protected broadband internet users' privacy rights ... U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted for the rollback, as did Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, and fellow GOP Pennsylvania congressmen Ryan Costello, 6th District; Bill Shuster, 9th District; Lou Barletta, 11th District; Charles Dent, 15th District and Lloyd Smucker, 16th District."