WASHINGTON — Here is how Oklahoma's members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted on key issues last week.
Debt ceiling, hurricane relief:
The House has agreed to the Senate amendment to the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act (H.R. 601), sponsored by Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., that would provide government funding through December 8, raise the debt ceiling and provide $15 billion to fund Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The vote, on Sept. 8, was 316 yeas to 90 nays.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (1st)
Rep. Tom Cole (4th), Rep. Frank D. Lucas (3rd)
Well methane flaring rule:
The House has approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354). The amendment would block funding for a Bureau of Land Management rule concerning the venting and flaring of natural gas from gas and oil wells on federal land. The vote, on Sept. 8, was 216 yeas to 186 nays.
Not voting: Yeas: Regulating methane emissions:
The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354). The amendment would bar funding for implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's 2016 rule restricting methane emissions from oil and natural gas production and transmission. Mullin said the rule duplicated other federal regulations and was “estimated to cost the U.S. economy $530 million annually.” The vote, on Sept. 13, was 225 yeas to 186 nays.
Not voting: Yeas: 2018 Discretionary budget:
The House has passed the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354), sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif. The bill would provide $1.2 trillion of fiscal 2018 funding for the military and various discretionary government programs, including Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency. The vote, on Sept. 14, was 211 yeas to 198 nays.
Bridenstine Cole, Lucas, Mullin, Russell
Not voting: Yeas: Authorization for Iraq war:
The Senate has tabled an amendment sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810). The amendment would have repealed Congress's 2002 resolution authorizing the war against Iraq and the Saddam Hussein regime. Paul said the repeal was needed to prompt Congress to fulfill its constitutional role of overseeing military actions. An opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said a repeal that did not involve simultaneously passing a new authorization “would be premature, it would be irresponsible.” The vote to table, on Sept. 13, was 61 yeas to 36 nays.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. James Lankford