Con­gres­sional roll call

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Here’s how area mem­bers of Congress voted dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing Jan. 11.

House

FED­ERAL FUND­ING: Vot­ing 243-183, the House on Jan. 10 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 Trump and House Democrats set­tle their dis­pute over bor­der wall fund­ing. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Sen­ate.

An­to­nio Del­gado, D-Rhinebeck: Yes Sean Maloney, D-Cold Spring: Yes

RU­RAL BROAD­BAND: Vot­ing 197 in fa­vor and 229 op­posed, the House on Jan. 10 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 low-cost loans for ob­tain­ing high-speed In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity. A yes vote was to in­crease the bill’s ru­ral broad­band bud­get by nearly 30 per­cent. Del­gado: Yes Maloney: No

TREA­SURY, IRS: Vot­ing 240-188, the House on Jan. 9 passed a bill (HR 264) that would ap­pro­pri­ate $23.7 bil­lion in fis­cal 2019 for the De­part­ment of the Trea­sury, In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, 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 Pence and se­nior po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees in the ad­min­is­tra­tion. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Sen­ate. Del­gado: Yes Maloney: Yes

ANTI-TER­ROR­ISM FUND­ING: Vot­ing 200 in fa­vor to 228 op­posed, the House on Jan. 9 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. Del­gado: No Maloney: No

BACK PAY AS­SUR­ANCE: Vot­ing 411-7, the House on Jan. 11 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. Del­gado: Yes Maloney: Yes

HEALTH LAW: The House on Jan. 9 voted 235-192 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. A yes vote backed House intervention in Texas v. United States.

Del­gado: Yes Maloney: Yes

TRANS­PORTA­TION, HOUS­ING: Vot­ing 244-180, the House on Jan. 10 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 Pres­i­dent Trump re­solve their dis­pute over fund­ing the pres­i­dent’s pro­posed U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der wall. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Sen­ate. Del­gado: Yes Maloney: Yes

DIS­ABLED HOUS­ING: Vot­ing 193 in fa­vor and 228 op­posed, the House on Jan. 10 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. Del­gado: Yes Maloney: No

IN­TE­RIOR, EPA, OTHER AGEN­CIES: Vot­ing 240179, the House on Jan. 11 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 Demo­crat­i­cled House in the third week of a par­tial gov­ern­ment shutdown. The bills have been shelved by the GOP-led Sen­ate pend­ing a res­o­lu­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump’s re­quest for bor­der wall fund­ing. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Sen­ate. Del­gado: Yes Maloney: Yes

WILD­FIRE PREVEN­TION: Vot­ing 190 in fa­vor 229 op­posed, the House on Jan. 11 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. Del­gado: No Maloney: No

Sen­ate

IS­RAEL, JORDAN: Vot­ing 56-44, the Sen­ate on Jan. 8 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.

Kirsten Gil­li­brand, D-N.Y.:

No Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.: No

Com­ing up

The House this week will take up a bill fund­ing dis­as­ter re­lief, while the Sen­ate’s leg­isla­tive sched­ule was to be an­nounced.

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