San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Nation -

1. Arms to Bahrain, war in Ye­men: Voted, 77-21, to ta­ble a mea­sure (SJ Res 65) that would block the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s planned sale of $300 mil­lion in U.S. arms to Bahrain.

The pack­age con­sists mainly of sur­face-to­sur­face mis­siles and mo­bile rocket launch­ing units along with Amer­i­can tech­ni­cal sup­port. Bahrain, part of a Saudiled coali­tion wag­ing war in Ye­men, is host to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

A yes vote was to sup­port a planned arms sale to Bahrain.

2. In­va­sive species, Coast Guard bud­get: Passed, 94-6, a bill (S 140) that would com­bat the prob­lem of ves­sels dis­charg­ing bal­last wa­ter that in­tro­duces in­va­sive aquatic species into the Great Lakes and At­lantic and Pa­cific ports. The bill au­tho­rizes the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency to reg­u­late such dis­charges un­der the Clean Wa­ter Act while giv­ing the

Coast Guard power to en­force com­pli­ance and al­low­ing Great Lakes states to set stronger re­gional stan­dards.

In ad­di­tion, the bill re­quires the Coast Guard to as­sess its mis­sion in the Arc­tic, where cli­mate change is melt­ing ice for­ma­tions and open­ing nav­i­ga­ble wa­ter­ways. The bill au­tho­rizes $20.7 bil­lion for the Coast Guard in fis­cal 2018-19, up 14 per­cent from 2016-17.

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

3. Michelle Bow­man, Fed­eral Re­serve gov­er­nor: Con­firmed, 64-34, Michelle Bow­man, the top bank­ing reg­u­la­tor in Kansas and a for­mer com­mu­nity bank ex­ec­u­tive, to the board of gov­er­nors of the Fed­eral Re­serve Sys­tem.

Bow­man also was em­ployed at the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity in the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion. The term for her seat ex­pires in 2020. Five of the Fed’s seven board seats are now filled.

A yes vote was to con­firm the nom­i­nee. itary op­er­a­tions in Ye­men to re­ceive con­gres­sional au­tho­riza­tion un­der the 1976 War Pow­ers Act.

The res­o­lu­tion (H Con Res 138) ad­dressed the Pen­tagon’s sup­port of Saudi-led air at­tacks on Iran-backed Houthi forces in Ye­men.

That sup­port, which un­til re­cently in­cluded aerial re­fu­el­ing of Saudi war­planes, be­gan about 2015 but has never re­ceived con­gres­sional au­tho­riza­tion or more than fleet­ing de­bate in the House and Se­nate cham­bers.

A yes vote backed a rule that pro­hib­ited de­bate on a mea­sure spot­light­ing U.S. mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in Ye­men.


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