con­gres­sional roll call

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO / REGION -

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

Vot­ing 243 for and 183 against, 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.

Frank Pal­lone, D-N.J., said the FDA over­sees “food, med­i­cal prod­ucts, cos­met­ics and to­bacco – prod­ucts that ac­count for 20 cents of ev­ery dol­lar spent by U.S. con­sumers. As a re­sult of the Trump gov­ern­ment shut­down, the FDA has had to cease a num­ber of im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties that keep our na­tion’s drugs and food safe for all Amer­i­cans.”

Robert Ader­holt, R-Ala., said: “To para­phrase the pres­i­dent’s re­marks two nights ago, in or­der for us to re­solve this fund­ing dis­pute, we need to in­vest in bor­der se­cu­rity not be­cause we hate the peo­ple on the out­side of our bor­der but be­cause we love the peo­ple within our bor­der.”

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

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing no: Bruce Wester­man, R-4

TEXAS

Vot­ing no: Louie Gohmert, R-1, John Rat­cliffe, R-4

FUND­ING BOOST FOR RU­RAL BROAD­BAND:

Vot­ing 197 for and 229 against, 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.

Robert Ader­holt, R-Ala., said: You might not find a great deal of agree­ment be­tween the par­ties of Pres­i­dent Trump and for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama, but the vi­tal need for ru­ral broad­band is one of those things.

San­ford Bishop, D-Ga., ex­pressed sup­port of ru­ral-broad­band ex­pan­sion, but noted that $125 mil­lion of $600 mil­lion that Congress ap­pro­pri­ated last year for that pur­pose has not yet been spent.

A yes vote was to in­crease the bills ru­ral-broad­band bud­get by nearly 30 per­cent.

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing yes: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing yes: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

BILL TO RE­OPEN TREA­SURY, IRS, OTHER AGEN­CIES:

Vot­ing 240 for and 188 against, 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.

Char­lie Crist, D-Fla., said: The so­lu­tion is sim­ple: Vote `yes on this leg­is­la­tion, put peo­ple above pol­i­tics and re­open our gov­ern­ment to­day.

Tom Graves,, R-Ga., said there is only one rea­son for the shut­down: Democrats are un­will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with a pres­i­dent they just dont like.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate. ARKANSAS

Vot­ing no: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing no: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

ANTI-TER­ROR­ISM FUND­ING BOOST:

By a vote of 200 for and 227 against, the House on Jan. 9 re­jected a GOP ef­fort to boost spend­ing in HR 264 (above) for the Trea­sury De­part­ments 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 of­fices 2019 bud­get by $2 mil­lion to $161 mil­lion.

Tom Graves, R-Ga., said: This im­por­tant of­fice is fight­ing on the front lines to en­force eco­nomic sanc­tions against rogue na­tions like Iran, North Ko­rea and Rus­sia.

In their re­sponse, Democrats op­posed the mo­tion but did not com­ment on its sub­stance.

A yes vote was to in­crease the bills anti-ter­ror­ism fund­ing by about 1 per­cent.

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing yes: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing yes: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

BACK PAY AS­SUR­ANCE FOR FED­ERAL WORK­ERS:

Vot­ing 411 for and seven against, 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.

Eli­jah Cum­mings, D-Md., said it is in­cum­bent upon the House to do ev­ery­thing we can to ad­dress the pain and suf­fer­ing be­ing felt by ded­i­cated fed­eral work­ers who are miss­ing their pay­checks.

An­other sup­porter, Greg Gian­forte, R-Mont., said: When the House Democrats stop us­ing fed­eral em­ploy­ees liveli­hoods as a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball to fund the gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing bor­der se­cu­rity, pay­checks will be is­sued.

A yes vote was to send the bill to Pres­i­dent Trump.

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing yes: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing yes: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

HOUSE DE­FENSE OF 2010 HEALTH LAW:

The House on Jan. 9 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 whoThis in­val­i­dated the 2015 Supreme Court rul­ing that up­held the health law be­cause of its roots in Con­gresss tax­ing power, ac­cord­ing to Judge Reed OCon­nor 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.

Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the mea­sure will al­low this House to legally in­ter­vene to pro­tect pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion cov­er­age in the Af­ford­able Care Act. If you sup­port cov­er­age for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions, then you will sup­port this mea­sure to try and pro­tect it. It is that sim­ple.

Greg Walden, R-Ore., said: Demo­cratic at­tor­neys gen­eral from in­ter­ven­ing states are al­ready de­fend­ing the law in the case, and the judges rul­ing has al­ready been stayed and ap­pealed. So this is an un­nec­es­sary waste of time, paper and ink.

A yes vote backed House in­ter­ven­tion in Texas v. United States.

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing no: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing no: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

$71 BIL­LION FOR HOUS­ING, TRANS­PORTA­TION IN 2019:

Vot­ing 244 for and 180 against, 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 pres­i­dents pro­posed U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der.

Mike Quigley, D-Ill., said: Shut­ter­ing the de­part­ments of Trans­porta­tion and Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment over an un­re­lated fight about a wall is the height of ad­min­is­tra­tive mal­prac­tice.

Mike Simp­son, R-Idaho, said: A ne­go­ti­a­tion ends up when both par­ties can say theyve got­ten some­thing that they want, and yet the Demo­cratic lead­er­scon­tinue to say no to any­thing the pres­i­dent wants.

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

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing no: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing no: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

FUND­ING BOOST FOR DIS­ABLED HOUS­ING:

Vot­ing 193 for and 228 against, 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 pro­grams bud­get in HR 267 (above) to $390 mil­lion.

Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the pro­gram pro­vides a crit­i­cal life­line to fam­i­lies who strug­gle to care for those who are se­verely dis­abled.

In their re­sponse, Democrats op­posed the mo­tion but did not com­ment on its sub­stance.

A yes vote backed an 18 per­cent in­crease in the bill’s bud­get for dis­abil­ity hous­ing vouch­ers.

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing yes: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing yes: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

$35.9 BIL­LION FOR DEPART­MENT OF IN­TE­RIOR, EPA, OTHER AGEN­CIES:

Vot­ing 240 for and 179 against, 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 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 Pres­i­dent Trumps re­quest for bor­der-wall fund­ing.

Ma­jor­ity Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said: Lets have a vote in the Se­nate, which I be­lieve would re­open gov­ern­ment. Leader McCon­nell has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do so, a re­spon­si­bil­ity to the Se­nate, to his oath of of­fice, to the Con­sti­tu­tion and the coun­try. He swore no oath to Pres­i­dent Trump.

Tom Cole, R-Okla., said: The

bills an em­bar­rass­ment, and the out­come is go­ing to be pre­dictable. The Se­nate is not go­ing to pick it up, the pres­i­dent would not sign it.So weve wasted an en­tire week be­cause our (Demo­cratic) friends cant sit down and split the dif­fer­ence with Trump over bor­der-wall fund­ing.

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

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing no: Wester­man Vot­ing no: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

FUND­ING BOOST FOR WILD­FIRE PRE­VEN­TION:

Vot­ing 190 for and 229 against, 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.

Ken Calvert, R-Calif., said: I can­not sup­port a bill that does less to pre­vent cat­a­strophic wild­fires.

Betty McCol­lum, D-Minn., said: The best path for­ward is to re­open the gov­ern­ment so that the U.S. For­est Ser­vice can get back to work on the ac­tiv­i­ties that pre­vent wild­fires.

A yes vote was to in­crease the bill’s wild­fire-pre­ven­tion bud­get by nearly 5 per­cent.

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing yes: Wester­man

TEXAS

Vot­ing yes: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

SE­NATE U.S. SUP­PORT OF IS­RAEL, JOR­DAN:

Vot­ing 56 for and 44 against, 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.

Marco Ru­bio, R-Fla., said the bill would ad­dress gen­eral events in the Mid­dle East as well as Pres­i­dent Trumps de­ci­sion made a few weeks ago that the United States would be leav­ing Syria and our pres­ence there.

Tim Kaine, D-Va., ad­vo­cated de­lay be­cause the first busi­ness of this body should be to re­open gov­ern­ment.

A yes vote was to ad­vance the bill.

ARKANSAS

Vot­ing yes: Tom Cot­ton, R, John Booz­man, R

TEXAS

Vot­ing yes: John Cornyn, R, Ted Cruz, R

KEY VOTES AHEAD

The House will take up a bill fund­ing dis­as­ter re­lief in the week of Jan. 14, while the Se­nates leg­isla­tive sched­ule was to be an­nounced.

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