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Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD - Voterama in Congress

Here’s how area mem­bers of Congress voted on ma­jor is­sues dur­ing the week end­ing Nov. 18.


AIR­CRAFT SALES TO IRAN: The House on Nov. 17 voted 243-174 to block Boe­ing and Air­bus from sell­ing com­mer­cial air­craft to Iran. The bill (HR 5711) would re­voke Trea­sury De­part­ment li­censes that au­tho­rize U.S. banks to fi­nance the com­pa­nies’ planned sales of more than 100 air­craft to Tehran. Th­ese deals fol­low the lift­ing of in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic sanc­tions on Iran as part of an in­ter­na­tional nu­clear agree­ment. Un­der that ac­cord, Iran agreed to dis­man­tle its nu­clear arms pro­gram for at least 10 years in ex­change for in­cen­tives in­clud­ing the re­moval of sanc­tions.

This is the sixth bill the House has passed this year that would roll back or weaken Iran’s nu­clear pact with the U.S., China, Rus­sia, Great Bri­tain, France and Ger­many. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate, where it was dead on ar­rival.

Chris Gib­son, R-Kin­der­hook: Yes Sean Maloney, D-Cold Spring: Yes RUS­SIAN ROLE IN U.S. ELEC­TIONS: Vot­ing 181 in fa­vor for and 235 op­posed, the House on Nov. 17 re­fused to amend HR 5711 (above) to pro­hibit Amer­i­can com­pa­nies from con­duct­ing busi­ness with Rus­sia or any other coun­try that uses cy­ber at­tacks to seek to in­flu­ence the out­come of U.S. elec­tions. A yes vote was to adopt the Demo­cratic mo­tion. Gib­son: No Maloney: Yes RE­PEAL OF FED­ERAL

RULES: Vot­ing 240-179, the House on Nov. 17 passed a GOP-spon­sored bill (HR 5982) that would en­able Congress, by adopt­ing a sin­gle res­o­lu­tion, to kill all reg­u­la­tions is­sued by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion since May. This would over­ride a Con­gres­sional Review Act re­quire­ment that any re­peal of fed­eral rules must oc­cur on a one-by-one ba­sis rather than en bloc. Back­ers said the bill would pre­vent the ad­min­is­tra­tion from is­su­ing “mid­night reg­u­la­tions” as it leaves town, while crit­ics called it a back­door at­tempt to kill numer­ous reg­u­la­tions that Repub­li­cans find ob­jec­tion­able. This is the 32nd bill the House has passed this year to block or re­peal reg­u­la­tions, mainly tar­get­ing fi­nan­cial rules spawned by the 2008 Wall Street col­lapse and en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions that ad­dress cli­mate change and air and wa­ter pol­lu­tion. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate, where it was dead on ar­rival. Gib­son: Yes Maloney: No JOBS, ECON­OMY: Vot­ing 181 in fa­vor and 239 op­posed, the House on Nov. 17 de­feated a bid by Democrats to ex­empt from HR 5982 (above) any Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion reg­u­la­tions de­signed to cre­ate jobs, en­large pay­checks and make the U.S. econ­omy more com­pet­i­tive in global mar­kets. A yes vote was to ex­empt jobs-re­lated rules from the scope of the bill. Gib­son: No Maloney: Yes CLI­MATE CHANGE: Vot­ing 180 in fa­vor and 237 op­posed, the House on Nov. 17 de­feated a Demo­crat­ic­spon­sored amend­ment that sought to ex­empt fed­eral reg­u­la­tions ad­dress­ing cli­mate change and car­bon emis­sions from the reach of HR 5982 (above). A yes vote was to adopt the amend­ment. Gib­son: No Maloney: Yes


OIL DRILLING: Vot­ing 5147, the Se­nate on Nov. 17 failed se­cure the 60 votes needed to ad­vance a bill (S 3110) that would ex­pand the area of the east­ern Gulf of Mex­ico that is open to oil and gas drilling. Now shelved un­til next year, the bill would re­duce from a min­i­mum of 125 miles to a min­i­mum of 50 miles the buf­fer zones off­shore from Florida and Alabama where drilling is pro­hib­ited. In ad­di­tion, the bill would change the for­mula for dis­burs­ing roy­al­ties that en­ergy com­pa­nies pay U.S. tax­pay­ers on oil and gas ex­tracted from fed­eral wa­ters in the western Gulf of Mex­ico. At present, the Trea­sury De­part­ment di­verts 37.5 per­cent of th­ese roy­al­ties, up to $500 mil­lion an­nu­ally, to Texas, Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama. The bill would qual­ify Alaska, Vir­ginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ge­or­gia to also re­ceive roy­alty shares and raise the cap to $850 mil­lion an­nu­ally. The bill would re­duce Trea­sury re­ceipts, and thus in­crease deficits, by a pro­jected $7 bil­lion over 10 years. A yes vote was to ad­vance a bill open­ing a wider ex­panse of the east­ern Gulf of Mex­ico to oil and gas drilling. Kirsten Gil­li­brand, D-N.Y.: No Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.: No

Congress is in re­cess un­til Nov. 28.

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