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Voterama in Con­gress WASH­ING­TON

Here’s how mem­bers of Con­gress from the area voted last week. This week, the House will take up fis­cal 2019 ap­pro­pri­a­tions bills and a mea­sure to fund dis­as­ter re­lief, while the Se­nate’s sched­ule was to be an­nounced.

$23.2 BIL­LION FOR FARM, FOOD, DRUG SAFETY PRO­GRAMS:

Vot­ing 243 for and 183 against, the House on Thurs­day passed a bill (HR 265) that would ap­pro­pri­ate $23.2 bil­lion in fis­cal 2019 for the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion and other agen­cies. The House sent this mea­sure and three other ap­pro­pri­a­tions bills to the Se­nate in an ef­fort to re­open some of the de­part­ments and agen­cies that have been largely shut down since Dec. 22 due to ex­pired fund­ing. The move was also in­tended to put pres­sure on the Se­nate and the White House to end the par­tial shut­down or re­duce its scope. But Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., said his cham­ber will not con­sider spend­ing bills un­til Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and House Democrats set­tle their dis­pute over bor­der wall fund­ing.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate. Reps. Glenn Thomp­son ,RHoward Town­ship, and Tom Marino, R-Ly­coming Town­ship, voted no. FUND­ING BOOST FOR RU­RAL BROAD­BAND: Vot­ing 197 for and 229 against, the House on Thurs­day de­feated a Re­pub­li­can mo­tion that sought to in­crease fund­ing in HR 265 (above) for ru­ral broad­band pro­grams by $125 mil­lion, to a to­tal of $565 mil­lion. The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture pro­gram pro­vides com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als in ru­ral ar­eas with grants and low­cost loans for ob­tain­ing high-speed in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity.

A yes vote was to in­crease the bill’s ru­ral broad­band bud­get by nearly 30 per­cent. Thomp­son and Marino voted yes. BILL TO RE­OPEN TREA­SURY, IRS, OTHER AGEN­CIES: Vot­ing 240 for and 188 against, the House on Wed­nes­day passed a bill (HR 264) that would ap­pro­pri­ate $23.7 bil­lion in fis­cal 2019 for the De­part­ment of the Trea­sury, IRS, Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion and other agen­cies par­tially closed since Dec. 22. The bill would fund a 1.9 per­cent pay raise for civil ser­vants in 2019 while pro­hibit­ing sched­uled raises for Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and se­nior po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees in the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate. Thomp­son and Marino voted no.

ANTI-TER­ROR­ISM FUND­ING BOOST: By a vote of 200 for and 227 against, the House on Wed­nes­day re­jected a GOP ef­fort to boost spend­ing in HR 264 (above) for the Trea­sury De­part­ment’s Of­fice of Ter­ror­ism and Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence, which com­bats ter­ror­ist fi­nanc­ing in U.S. and in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial sys­tems, en­forces eco­nomic sanc­tions and po­lices global money laun­der­ing. Repub­li­cans sought to in­crease the of­fice’s 2019 bud­get by $2 mil­lion to $161 mil­lion.

A yes vote was to in­crease the bill’s anti-ter­ror­ism fund­ing by about 1 per­cent. Thomp­son and Marino voted yes. BACK PAY AS­SUR­ANCE FOR FED­ERAL EM­PLOY­EES: Vot­ing 411 for and seven against, the House on Fri­day joined the Se­nate in pass­ing a bill (S 24) stip­u­lat­ing that more than 800,000 fed­eral work­ers fur­loughed or work­ing with­out pay in the cur­rent gov­ern­ment shut­down will re­ceive back pay when de­part­ments and agen­cies are fully re­opened. In per­ma­nent lan­guage, the bill also guar­an­tees back pay for civil ser­vants af­ter any fu­ture shut­downs of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

A yes vote was to send the bill to Trump. Thomp­son voted yes; Marino did not vote.

HOUSE DE­FENSE OF 2010 HEALTH LAW: The House on Wed­nes­day voted, 235 for and 192 against, to in­ter­vene in the de­fense of the Af­ford­able Care Act in Texas v. United States. In that case, a fed­eral judge held that the law be­came un­con­sti­tu­tional when Con­gress, in De­cem­ber 2017, re­pealed its in­di­vid­ual man­date tax penalty on those who fail to ob­tain health in­surance. This in­val­i­dated the 2015 Supreme Court rul­ing that up­held the health law be­cause of its roots in Con­gress’ tax­ing power, ac­cord­ing to Judge Reed O’Con­nor, of the North­ern Dis­trict of Texas. He stayed his de­ci­sion while the case works its way through an ap­peals process ex­pected to end at the Supreme Court. The vote adopted H Res 6.

A yes vote backed House in­ter­ven­tion in Texas v. United States. Thomp­son and Marino voted no.

$71 BIL­LION FOR TRANS­PORTA­TION, HOUS­ING IN 2019: Vot­ing 244 for and 180 against, the House on Thurs­day passed a bill (HR 267) that would ap­pro­pri­ate $26.6 bil­lion for the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and $44.5 bil­lion for the De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment in fis­cal 2019. This was one of four spend­ing bills passed by the Demo­cratic-led House dur­ing the week in an ef­fort to re­open de­part­ments and agen­cies par­tially closed since Dec. 22. But the GOP-led Se­nate has re­fused to con­sider the bills un­til Democrats and Trump re­solve their dis­pute over fund­ing the pres­i­dent’s pro­posed bor­der wall.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate. Thomp­son and Marino voted no.

FUND­ING BOOST FOR DIS­ABLED HOUS­ING: Vot­ing 193 for and 228 against, the House on Thurs­day de­feated a Re­pub­li­can bid to add $71 mil­lion to a pro­gram that is­sues vouch­ers to help the se­verely dis­abled ob­tain hous­ing in the pri­vate mar­ket. The mea­sure sought to in­crease the pro­gram’s bud­get in HR 267 (above) to $390 mil­lion.

A yes vote backed an 18 per­cent in­crease in the bill’s bud­get for dis­abil­ity hous­ing vouch­ers. Thomp­son and Marino voted yes. $35.9 BIL­LION FOR DE­PART­MENT OF THE IN­TE­RIOR, EPA, OTHER AGEN­CIES: Vot­ing 240 for and 179 against, the House on Fri­day passed a bill (HR 266) that would ap­pro­pri­ate $35.9 bil­lion in fis­cal 2019 for the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior, En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, Na­tional Park Ser­vice and other agen­cies. This was the fourth in­di­vid­ual 2019 spend­ing bill passed by the Demo­cratic-led House in the third week of a par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down. The bills have been shelved by the GOP-led Se­nate pend­ing a res­o­lu­tion of Trump’s re­quest for bor­der wall fund­ing.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate. Thomp­son voted no; Marino did not vote. FUND­ING BOOST FOR WILD­FIRE PREVEN­TION: Vot­ing 190 for and 229 against, the House on Fri­day de­feated a Re­pub­li­can bid to in­crease fund­ing in HR 266 (above) for U.S. For­est Ser­vice wild­fire preven­tion pro­grams by $30 mil­lion, to a to­tal of $644 mil­lion. These ef­forts use meth­ods such as thin­ning of un­healthy trees, pre­scribed burns and un­der­brush re­moval to re­duce in­cen­di­ary con­di­tions in forests.

A yes vote was to in­crease the bill’s wild­fire preven­tion bud­get by nearly 5 per­cent. Thomp­son voted yes; Marino did not vote.

SE­NATE

U.S. SUP­PORT OF IS­RAEL, JOR­DAN: Vot­ing 56 for and 44 against, the Se­nate on Tues­day failed to reach 60 votes needed to end a Demo­cratic fil­i­buster against a bill (S 1) that would au­tho­rize $3.3 bil­lion an­nu­ally in U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Is­rael over 10 years, im­pose Amer­i­can fi­nan­cial sanc­tions on in­di­vid­u­als and en­ti­ties do­ing busi­ness with the As­sad regime in Syria, au­tho­rize un­spec­i­fied mil­i­tary aid to Jor­dan, and vow to help Jor­dan se­cure its bor­ders with Syria and Iraq. Democrats said they would de­lay the bill un­til the gov­ern­ment has been fully re­opened.

A yes vote was to ad­vance the bill. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., voted no; Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted yes.

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