Con­gres­sional roll call

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

Here’s how se­na­tors voted on ma­jor is­sues dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing Oct. 12. The House was in re­cess.

SE­NATE HEALTH IN­SUR­ANCE:

Vot­ing 50-50, the Se­nate on Oct. 10 af­firmed a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion rule un­der which states, start­ing this month, can au­tho­rize the sale of “short-term, lim­ited­du­ra­tion” health in­sur­ance in the in­di­vid­ual mar­ket as an al­ter­na­tive to Af­ford­able Care Act cov­er­age. Such poli­cies cost far less be­cause they omit the ACA’s re­quired “es­sen­tial health ben­e­fits,” in­clud­ing cov­er­age of con­sumers with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and a pro­hi­bi­tion on an­nual or life­time cov­er­age lim­its. Crit­ics call this “junk in­sur­ance” that would weaken the 2010 health law by si­phon­ing off younger and health­ier in­di­vid­u­als, while sup­port­ers say it of­fers an af­ford­able choice to per­sons seek­ing re­lief from the ACA’s tan­gle of reg­u­la­tions. The vote oc­curred dur­ing de­bate on SJ Res 63. A yes vote was to nul­lify the Trump rule un­der terms of the Con­gres­sional Re­view Act.

Kirsten Gil­li­brand, D-N.Y.:

Yes Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.: Yes

WA­TER IN­FRAS­TRUC­TURE: Vot­ing 99-1, the Se­nate on Oct. 10 passed a mul­ti­year fund­ing bill (S 3021) that would au­tho­rize $4.4 bil­lion for safe drink­ing wa­ter pro­grams ad­min­is­tered by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, $3.7 bil­lion for Army Corps of En­gi­neers projects to im­prove the nav­i­ga­tion of U.S. wa­ter­ways, and ad­di­tional sums for lo­cal projects to con­trol over­flows dur­ing rain­storms and help coastal com­mu­ni­ties deal with ris­ing sea lev­els caused by cli­mate change. In ad­di­tion, the bill would fund pro­grams to re­store shore­lines and wet­lands, fix ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems, speed ap­proval of hy­dropower projects and pre­vent Asian carp from en­ter­ing the Great Lakes. A yes vote was to send the bill to Pres­i­dent Trump. Gil­li­brand: Yes Schumer: Yes AS­SIS­TANT AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL: Vot­ing 5245, the Se­nate on Oct. 11 con­firmed Jef­frey B. Clark, a part­ner in a Wash­ing­ton law firm, as as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral for the Jus­tice De­part­ment’s En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Di­vi­sion. He was sec­ond-in-com­mand of the di­vi­sion dur­ing part of the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion. A yes vote was to con­firm the nom­i­nee. Gil­li­brand: No Schumer: No AS­SIS­TANT AT­TOR­NEY

GEN­ERAL: Vot­ing 5047t, the Se­nate on Oct. 11 con­firmed Eric S. Dreiband, a part­ner in a Wash­ing­ton law firm, as as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral for the Jus­tice De­part­ment’s Civil Rights Di­vi­sion. He was gen­eral coun­sel of the Equal Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion from 2003 to 2005. A yes vote was to con­firm the nom­i­nee. Gil­li­brand: No Schumer: No

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