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For the week end­ing Feb. 8

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By Voterama In Congress

© 2019 Thomas Re­ports Inc. WASH­ING­TON — Here’s how area mem­bers of Congress voted dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing Feb. 8.

DAY CARE AT VET­ER­ANS CLIN­ICS, HOSPI­TALS: Vot­ing 400 for and nine against, the House on Feb. 8 passed a bill (HR 840) that would es­tab­lish a na­tion­wide sys­tem of day care cen­ters at vet­er­ans hospi­tals, clin­ics and psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial coun­sel­ing fa­cil­i­ties. This would ex­pand and make per­ma­nent a pi­lot pro­gram un­der which full­time care­tak­ers can place their chil­dren for su­per­vi­sion while they re­ceive treat­ment else­where on the premises. The bill is tai­lored for vet­er­ans who need in­ten­sive phys­i­cal or men­tal care and would miss ap­point­ments with­out the avail­abil­ity of on-site care for their chil­dren. Be­cause the bill lacks a pay-for to off­set its pro­jected $120 mil­lion an­nual cost, it likely would shift funds from other vet­er­ans pro­grams to day care.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate.

YES: Deb Haa­land, D-1, Xo­chitl Tor­res Small, D-2, and Ben Ray Lu­ján, D-3

CRIM­I­NAL­ITY ON DAY CARE STAFF: Vot­ing 200 for and 214 against, the House on Feb. 8 de­feated a Repub­li­can mo­tion ad­dress­ing lan­guage in HR 840 (above) that would pro­hibit De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs con­tracts with child care firms that em­ploy in­di­vid­u­als con­victed of se­ri­ous of­fenses in­clud­ing sex crimes, drug felonies and vi­o­lent crimes. The mo­tion sought to ex­pand the pro­hi­bi­tion to cover con­trac­tors with em­ploy­ees who have been charged with but not yet con­victed of the spec­i­fied crimes.

A yes vote was to adopt the mo­tion. NO: Haa­land, Tor­res Small and Lu­ján SUP­PORT OF IS­RAEL, RE­BUKE OVER TROOP WITH­DRAWALS: Vot­ing 77 for and 23 against, the Se­nate on Feb. 5 passed a bill (S 1) that would re­buke Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump over his planned troop with­drawals from Syria and Afghanistan; au­tho­rize $3.3 bil­lion an­nu­ally in U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Is­rael over 10 years; ex­pand eco­nomic sanc­tions on the As­sad regime in Syria; re­quire a probe of money laun­der­ing by the Syr­ian cen­tral bank; au­tho­rize mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Jordan and sup­port Jordan’s ef­forts to se­cure its borders and care for hun­dreds of thou­sands of refugees. In ad­di­tion, the bill would give a fed­eral stamp of ap­proval to so-called anti-BDS laws en­acted by state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments. Those laws deny con­tracts and other ben­e­fits to com­pa­nies or in­di­vid­u­als that sup­port boy­cotts, di­vesti­ture or sanc­tions against Is­rael in re­sponse to its treat­ment of Pales­tini­ans.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the House. NO: Tom Udall, Martin Hein­rich

HOUSE Deb Haa­land (D) Ben Ray Lu­ján (D) Xo­chitl Tor­res Small (D)

SE­NATE Martin Hein­rich (D) Tom Udall (D)

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