Se­nate

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1. U.S. with­drawal from Ye­men war: Voted, 63-37, to dis­charge from the Com­mit­tee on For­eign Re­la­tions a mea­sure (SJ Res 54) that would end U.S. mil­i­tary sup­port of a Saudi-led coali­tion con­duct­ing war against Iran­backed Houthi forces in Ye­men. That sup­port, which un­til re­cently in­cluded U.S. ae­rial re­fu­el­ing of Saudi war­planes, be­gan about 2015 but has never re­ceived con­gres­sional au­tho­riza­tion or sub­stan­tive de­bate in the Se­nate or House. The pol­icy could re­ceive a full air­ing when this mea­sure reaches the Se­nate floor this month.

Mike Lee, R-Utah, said: “U.S. in­ter­ven­tion in Ye­men is unau­tho­rized, un­con­sti­tu­tional and im­moral. We must not — we can­not — de­lay vot­ing to end our in­volve­ment and our sup­port of Saudi Ara­bia any fur­ther. If we do, we have our­selves to blame for our coun­try’s lost cred­i­bil­ity on the world stage, and, more im­por­tantly, our own con­sciences will bear the blame for the thou­sands of lives that will surely con­tinue to be lost.”

No se­na­tor spoke in de­fense of the mil­i­tary in­volve­ment.

A yes vote was to ad­vance a Ye­men-with­drawal mea­sure to the Se­nate floor.

2. Thomas Farr ju­di­cial nom­i­na­tion: Voted to ad­vance the nom­i­na­tion of Thomas Farr, an at­tor­ney in pri­vate prac­tice, to be­come a fed­eral judge for the East­ern District of North Carolina. The tally was 51-50, with Vice Pres­i­dent Mike

Pence cast­ing the de­cid­ing vote. But Tim Scott, RS.C., said later that he would ul­ti­mately vote against Farr, ef­fec­tively sink­ing the nom­i­na­tion. Farr drew mainly Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion be­cause of his le­gal work de­fend­ing Re­pub­li­can-spon­sored vot­ing re­stric­tions and ger­ry­man­ders in North Carolina that courts found to be dis­crim­i­na­tory to­ward African-Amer­i­cans.

Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Farr’s nom­i­na­tion “an ab­so­lute dis­grace” be­cause he “has been chief cook and bot­tle washer with North Carolina’s in­vid­i­ous and de­spi­ca­ble ef­forts to pre­vent peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly mi­nori­ties, from vot­ing.”

No se­na­tor spoke in sup­port of Farr.

The nom­i­na­tion that was later shelved by the GOP lead­er­ship. global warm­ing, which the GOP-led Congress has de­clined to ad­dress with leg­is­la­tion.

Nearly 5 mil­lion res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties lo­cated in flood plains in 22,000 com­mu­ni­ties are covered by na­tional flood in­sur­ance.

Roger Wil­liams, RTexas, said: “Enough is enough. We can’t con­tinue to pass our prob­lems along to those in the fu­ture. The time to fix this prob­lem is now.”

A yes vote was to send the bill (HR 7187) to the Se­nate, where it was passed and for­warded to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for his sig­na­ture.

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