HOW TEXAS VOTED

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NATION -

WASH­ING­TON — Here’s how U.S. sen­a­tors from Texas voted on ma­jor is­sues last week. The House was in re­cess.

1. Con­firm­ing Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh:

Con­firmed, 50-48, Judge Brett M. Ka­vanaugh, 53, of the United States Court of Ap­peals for the Dis­trict of Columbia, as an as­so­ciate jus­tice of the Supreme Court. Joe Manchin of West Vir­ginia was the only Demo­crat vot­ing for Ka­vanaugh and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Re­pub­li­can present in the cham­ber who did not vote for him. Murkowski voted no when the roll was called, then with­drew that vote as a cour­tesy to Mon­tana Re­pub­li­can Steve Daines, a Ka­vanaugh backer who was ab­sent from Wash­ing­ton due to his daugh­ter’s wed­ding. The “pair­ing” be­tween Murkowski and Daines had no ef­fect on the out­come of the con­fir­ma­tion vote. Murkowski was of­fi­cially recorded as “present” for the roll call.

A yes vote was to con­firm Ka­vanaugh.

2. Ad­vanc­ing Ka­vanaugh nom­i­na­tion:

Agreed, 51-49, to a mo­tion that would in­voke clo­ture, or limit de­bate, on the nom­i­na­tion of Judge Brett M. Ka­vanaugh, 53, of the United States Court of Ap­peals for the Dis­trict of Columbia, as an as­so­ciate jus­tice on the Supreme Court. This ad­vanced the nom­i­na­tion to Sat­ur­day’s fi­nal vote fol­low­ing up to 30 hours of ad­di­tional de­bate. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Re­pub­li­can vot­ing no and Joe Manchin of West Vir­ginia was the only Demo­crat vot­ing yes.

A yes vote was to ad­vance the Ka­vanaugh nom­i­na­tion.

3. Pro­grams to com­bat opi­oids ad­dic­tion:

Voted, 98-1, to give fi­nal con­gres­sional ap­proval to a pack­age of 70 bills that would au­tho­rize $500 mil­lion over three years for state and lo­cal pro­grams to fight the grow­ing na­tional ad­dic­tion to il­licit drugs in­clud­ing opi­oids.

The bill would re­quire the postal ser­vice to de­velop tech­nol­ogy for de­tect­ing sub­stances in­clud­ing fen­tanyl in pack­ages from abroad just as pri­vate car­ri­ers must do. In ad­di­tion, the bill would in­crease the num­ber of re­cov­ery fa­cil­i­ties for drug ad­dicts; al­low up to 30 days’ Med­i­caid cov­er­age of opi­oids ad­dicts age 21 to 64 who are in­pa­tients in men­tal in­sti­tu­tions; ex­pand govern­ment and pri­vate re­search into non-ad­dic­tive pain ther­a­pies; al­low Med­i­caid re­im­burse­ment for treat­ing in­fants born with ad­dic­tions and ex­pand telemedicine ac­cess in ru­ral ar­eas.

A yes vote was to send HR 6 to Pres­i­dent Trump.

4. Avi­a­tion pro­grams, dis­as­ter aid, FEMA:

Voted, 93-6, to give fi­nal con­gres­sional ap­proval to a bill (HR 302) that would bud­get $90 bil­lion for avi­a­tion pro­grams in­clud­ing air­port im­prove­ments over five years while reau­tho­riz­ing the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency through Septem­ber 2023 and re­quir­ing it to al­lo­cate a larger share of its re­sources to mit­i­gat­ing dam­age from dis­as­ters. In ad­di­tion, the bill em­pow­ers se­cu­rity agen­cies in­clud­ing the FBI to shoot down drones deemed a “cred­i­ble threat” to in­di­vid­u­als or fed­eral fa­cil­i­ties; re­quires air­lines to grant at­ten­dants 10 hours’ rest be­tween flights, up from eight at present; sets min­i­mum di­men­sions for pas­sen­ger seats; pro­hibits the bump­ing of pas­sen­gers al­ready on board; and bars the use of cell­phones for in-flight calls.

A yes vote was to send the bill to Pres­i­dent Trump.

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