ROLL CALL

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WASH­ING­TON — Here's a look at how area mem­bers of Congress voted over the pre­vi­ous week.

HOUSE Defin­ing vi­o­lent crimes:

The House has passed the Com­mu­nity Safety and Se­cu­rity Act (H.R. 6691), spon­sored by Rep. Karen C. Han­del, R-Ga., to es­tab­lish a stan­dard in the United States le­gal code for defin­ing a crime of vi­o­lence. Han­del said the new stan­dard “pro­vides es­sen­tial le­gal clar­ity to en­sure that crimes like hu­man traf­fick­ing and oth­ers in the bill are deemed legally as crimes of vi­o­lence.” A bill op­po­nent, Rep. Sheila Jack­son Lee, D-Texas, said the new “crime of vi­o­lence” def­i­ni­tion was overly broad, with re­sult­ing ex­ces­sive pun­ish­ments for those con­victed un­der it, and had been hastily de­vised by Congress. The vote, on Sept. 7, was 247 yeas to 152 nays.

Rep. Tom Cole (4th), Rep. Frank D. Lu­cas (3rd), Rep. Mark­wayne Mullin (2nd), Rep. Steve Russell (5th)

Yeas: Chil­dren and pub­lic lands:

The House has passed the Ev­ery Kid Out­doors Act (H.R. 3186), spon­sored by Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., to es­tab­lish the Ev­ery Kids Out­doors in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, to pro­vide fourth-graders and their fam­i­lies free ac­cess to na­tional parks and other fed­eral lands and wa­ters that are open for pub­lic ac­cess. Tsongas said the free ac­cess “will en­cour­age a new and more di­verse gen­er­a­tion to learn about our coun­try's na­tional and his­toric trea­sures and fall in love with our pub­lic lands and great out­doors” with no new cost to the gov­ern­ment. The vote, on Sept. 12, was 383 yeas to 2 nays.

Mullin, Russell, Lu­cas, Cole

The House has passed the Spe­cial En­voy to Mon­i­tor and Com­bat Anti-Semitism Act (H.R. 1911), spon­sored by Christo­pher H. Smith, R-N.J., to es­tab­lish a spe­cial en­voy at the State De­part­ment, with am­bas­sador rank, for mon­i­tor­ing and com­bat­ing anti-Semitism in for­eign coun­tries. Smith said grow­ing anti-Is­rael sen­ti­ments in Europe and coun­tries such as Iran with mil­i­tant Is­lamic pop­u­la­tions meant the U.S. needed to el­e­vate the sta­tus of State's anti-Semitism en­voy to the am­bas­sador level, giv­ing the en­voy ad­di­tional grav­i­tas. The vote, on Sept. 13, was 393 yeas to 2 nays.

Mullin, Russell, Lu­cas, Cole

Yeas: Anti-Semitism and diplo­macy: Yeas: VA, En­ergy, and Wa­ter spend­ing:

The House has agreed to the con­fer­ence report with the Se­nate for re­solv­ing dif­fer­ences be­tween the two cham­bers' ver­sions of the En­ergy and Wa­ter, Leg­isla­tive Branch, and Mil­i­tary Con­struc­tion and Veter­ans Af­fairs Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Act (H.R. 5895). The bill pro­vides fis­cal 2019 fund­ing for the En­ergy De­part­ment, fed­eral wa­ter and en­ergy agen­cies, the De­part­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs, mil­i­tary con­struc­tion pro­grams, and the gov­ern­ment's leg­isla­tive branch. The vote, on Sept. 13, was 377 yeas to 20 nays.

Mullin, Russell, Lu­cas, Cole

Yeas: SE­NATE IRS com­mis­sioner:

The Se­nate has con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Charles P. Ret­tig to serve as com­mis­sioner of the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice. Ret­tig has been a tax at­tor­ney at the Hochman, Salkin, Ret­tig, Toscher & Perez law firm in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia for the past 35 years. A sup­porter, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., said Ret­tig would help the IRS im­ple­ment the 2017 tax re­form law, mod­ern­iz­ing the agency and help­ing make sure “all Amer­i­cans get a fair shake from the agency that over­sees the tax code.” An op­po­nent, Sen. Ron Wy­den, D-Ore., said Ret­tig had shown no op­po­si­tion to what Wy­den called the se­ri­ous prob­lem cre­ated by a new Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion IRS rule that ended dis­clo­sure re­quire­ments for so-called dark money donors who con­trib­ute to po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns. The vote, on Sept. 12, was 64 yeas to 33 nays.

Sen. Jim In­hofe, Sen. James Lank­ford

The Se­nate has agreed to the con­fer­ence report with the House for re­solv­ing dif­fer­ences be­tween the two cham­bers' ver­sions of the En­ergy and Wa­ter, Leg­isla­tive Branch, and Mil­i­tary Con­struc­tion and Veter­ans Af­fairs Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Act (H.R. 5895). The bill pro­vides fis­cal 2019 fund­ing for the En­ergy De­part­ment, fed­eral wa­ter and en­ergy agen­cies, the De­part­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs, mil­i­tary con­struc­tion pro­grams, and the gov­ern­ment's leg­isla­tive branch. A sup­porter, Sen. Pa­trick J. Leahy, D-Vt., pointed to the bill's nearly $1.5 bil­lion in­crease in fund­ing for men­tal health care pro­grams and sui­cide pre­ven­tion, and opi­oid treat­ment and pre­ven­tion pro­grams for veter­ans. The vote, on Sept. 12, was 92 yeas to 5 nays.

In­hofe, Lank­ford

Yeas: VA, En­ergy, and Wa­ter spend­ing: Yeas:

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