Congressional roll call
Here’s how area members of Congress voted during the legislative week ending Jan. 11.
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
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
The House this week will take up a bill funding disaster relief, while the Senate’s legislative schedule was to be announced.