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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.