Con­gres­sional roll call

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Voterama in Congress

Here’s how area mem­bers of Congress voted on ma­jor is­sues dur­ing the week end­ing Sept. 14.

HOUSE

AP­PRO­PRI­A­TIONS BILL: Vot­ing 377-20, the House on Sept. 13 gave fi­nal con­gres­sional ap­proval to a $147 bil­lion ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill for sev­eral de­part­ments and agen­cies in fis­cal 2019, which starts Oct. 1 In part, the bill (HR 5895) would pro­vide $86.5 bil­lion for vet­er­ans pro­grams in­clud­ing health care for seven mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als; $44.6 bil­lion for en­ergy and water pro­grams; $10.3 bil­lion for con­struc­tion at mil­i­tary bases; $7 bil­lion for Army Corps of En­gi­neers pub­lic works projects; and $4.8 bil­lion for op­er­at­ing the leg­isla­tive branch in­clud­ing a boost in fund­ing to de­fend Capi­tol Hill against cyberattacks. A yes vote was to send the bill to Pres­i­dent Trump.

John Faso, R-Kin­der­hook: Yes Sean Maloney, D-Cold Spring: Did not vote

SE­NATE

IRS COM­MIS­SIONER: Vot­ing 64-33, the Se­nate on Sept. 12 con­firmed Charles P. Ret­tig, 62, a tax at­tor­ney in pri­vate prac­tice in Bev­erly Hills, Calif., for a five-year term as com­mis­sioner of the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, where he will be in charge of ad­min­is­ter­ing and en­forc­ing U.S. tax laws and con­ven­tions. Op­po­si­tion cen­tered on a re­cent ad­min­is­tra­tion rul­ing that tax-ex­empt 501(c)(4) or­ga­ni­za­tions no longer must dis­close their donors to the IRS. Those “dark money” groups can spend un­lim­ited amounts on is­sue ad­vo­cacy not as­so­ci­ated with spe­cific can­di­dates in fed­eral, state and lo­cal elec­tions. But they had been re­quired to iden­tify their donors in con­fi­den­tial Form 990 fil­ings so that the IRS could de­tect il­le­gal con­tri­bu­tions to Amer­i­can elec­tions from in­el­i­gi­ble contributors,

in­clud­ing Rus­sians and other for­eign na­tion­als. A yes vote was to con­firm Ret­tig.

Kirsten Gil­li­brand, D-N.Y.:

No Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.: No AP­PRO­PRI­A­TIONS BILL:

Vot­ing 92-5, the Se­nate on Sept. 12 agreed to the con­fer­ence re­port on HR 5895 (above). The $147 bil­lion mea­sure pro­vides $44.6 bil­lion for en­ergy and water pro­grams, in­clud­ing $4.4 bil­lion for a re­volv­ing loan fund to help com­mu­ni­ties up­grade drink­ing water sys­tems and out­lays to help schools re­place lead-poi­soned drink­ing foun­tains. In ad­di­tion, the bill in­creases bud­gets for men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion pro­grams for vet­er­ans and pro­vides $454 mil­lion for ad­dress­ing vet­er­ans’ opi­oids ad­dic­tion. A yes vote was to ap­prove the con­fer­ence re­port. Gil­li­brand: No Schumer: Yes

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