Con­gres­sional roll call

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

Here’s how area mem­bers of Congress voted on ma­jor is­sues in the week ending Sept. 15.


DE­POR­TA­TION OF ALIEN GANG MEM­BERS: Vot­ing 233-175, the House on Sept. 14 passed a bill (HR 3697) that would em­power fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials to de­port aliens who be­long to alien crim­i­nal gangs such as MS 13 or par­tic­i­pate in gang ac­tiv­i­ties. Bur­den of proof would lie with Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment (ICE), and aliens or­dered de­ported would re­tain rights of ap­peal in U.S. courts. The bill goes be­yond present law, which re­quires aliens to be con­victed of a de­portable of­fense be­fore they can be sent back home. The bill de­fines crim­i­nal gangs in a way that crit­ics said is so broad that it would vi­o­late con­sti­tu­tional rights, po­ten­tially en­snar­ing church groups that shel­ter un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

John Faso, R-Kin­der­hook:


Sean Maloney, D-Cold Spring: No EX­EMP­TION FOR RE­LI­GIOUS GROUPS: Vot­ing 184in fa­vor 220 ooposed, the House on Sept. 14 de­feated a bid by Democrats to ex­empt mem­bers of re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions and groups whose pri­mary pur­pose is hu­man­i­tar­ian from crim­i­nal-gang de­por­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings un­der HR 3697 (above). A yes vote backed the ex­emp­tion.

Faso: No

Maloney: Yes $416.3B SPEND­ING PACK­AGE: Vot­ing 211-198, the House on Sept. 14 ap­proved a pack­age in­clud­ing eight of the 12 ap­pro­pri­a­tions bills that would fund fed­eral de­part­ments and agen­cies in fis­cal 2018. The $416.3bil­lion mea­sure (HR 3354) was then merged with the four pre­vi­ously passed ap­pro­pri­a­tions bills for the bud­get year start­ing Oct. 1. The over­all pack­age would pro­vide $1.13 tril­lion in dis­cre­tionary spend­ing for 2018, about half of which would be non­emer­gency mil­i­tary spend­ing. The full House has yet to de­bate a con­gres­sional bud­get res­o­lu­tion for 2018 and later years. But its Bud­get Com­mit­tee projects to­tal fed­eral spend­ing of $4.02 tril­lion for 2018, a fig­ure that in­cludes out­lays for en­ti­tle­ment pro­grams such as Medi­care, So­cial Se­cu­rity, Med­i­caid and veter­ans’ ben­e­fits. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate. Faso: Yes

Maloney: No

HUR­RI­CANE SPEND­ING VS. BOR­DER WALL: Vot­ing 186 in fa­vor and 223 op­posed, the House on Sept. 14 de­feated a Demo­crat­ic­spon­sored bid to in­crease pre­dis­as­ter spend­ing in HR 3354 (above) by $2.4 bil­lion and cut the same amount from ac­counts that would fund Pres­i­dent Trump’s pro­posed wall on the south­ern bor­der and pro­vide Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment (ICE) with 10,000 more de­ten­tion beds. The Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) would al­lo­cate the $2.4 bil­lion to pro­grams aimed at pre­vent­ing and restor­ing power out­ages and mit­i­gat­ing other types of fu­ture hur­ri­cane dam­age. A yes vote was to trans­fer fund­ing from the pro­posed bor­der wall to FEMA storm mit­i­ga­tion ac­counts.

Faso: No

Maloney: Yes


RE­PEAL OF 9-11 WAR RES­O­LU­TION: Vot­ing 6136, the Senate on Sept. 13 tabled (killed) an amend­ment to the 2018 mil­i­tary bud­get (HR 2810) that sought to re­peal the Au­tho­riza­tion for Use of Mil­i­tary Force (AUMF) en­acted in Septem­ber 2001 and the Iraq war res­o­lu­tion en­acted in Oc­to­ber 2002. Those mea­sures have pro­vided the le­gal ba­sis of U.S. mil­i­tary ac­tions in Afghanistan, the Mid­dle East and Africa since 9-11. The amend­ment would give Congress six months to en­act an up­dated author­ity that re­flects the views of law­mak­ers now in of­fice and gives them more re­spon­si­bil­ity for com­bat oper­a­tions. Back­ers said that dur­ing the six-month in­ter­val, the pres­i­dent would have con­sti­tu­tional author­ity to act quickly to pro­tect na­tional se­cu­rity. But op­po­nents said re­peal­ing but not im­me­di­ately re­plac­ing ex­ist­ing war au­thor­i­ties would un­der­cut troops and al­lies and in­crease U.S. ex­po­sure to ter­ror­ist at­tacks. The un­der­ly­ing bill re­mained in de­bate. A yes vote was to kill the amend­ment and re­tain ex­ist­ing war au­thor­i­ties.

Kirsten Gil­li­brand, D-N.Y.: No

Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.: No

KEVIN HAS­SETT CON­FIR­MA­TION: Vot­ing 81-16, the Senate on Sept. 12 con­firmed Kevin Has­sett as chair­man of the Coun­cil of Eco­nomic Ad­vis­ers, which pro­vides pres­i­dents with eco­nomic ad­vice based on em­pir­i­cal re­search. Has­sett had been a res­i­dent scholar since 1997 at the con­ser­va­tive Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute and ad­vised the pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns of Ge­orge W. Bush and John McCain. The nom­i­nee drew Demo­cratic crit­i­cism over his ad­vo­cacy of eco­nomic dereg­u­la­tion. A yes vote was to con­firm Has­sett.

Gil­li­brand: No

Schumer: No


The Senate this week will re­sume work on the 2018 mil­i­tary bud­get, while the House will be in re­cess.

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