Congressional Roll Call: July 14, 2017

Targeted News Service
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Here’s a look at how members of Congress voted over the previous week.


Physicians and Controlled Substances: The House has passed the Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act (H.R. 1492), sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. The bill would state that medical practitioners licensed by the Drug Enforcement Administration are authorized to transport controlled substances as part of their work duties. Sessions said clarifying that doctors, such as physicians for sports teams, can legally carry medical substances for work purposes when traveling was needed to ensure that the doctors can adequately care for athletes and others.

The vote, on Wednesday, was 416 yeas to 2 nays.

Voting yes: Annie Kuster, a Democrat

Not voting: Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat

California Water Management: The House has passed the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act (H.R. 23), sponsored by Rep. David G. Valadao, R-Calif. The bill would adopt various measures aimed at increasing the supply to farmers of water from California’s Central Valley Project. Valadao said Central Valley farmers who have been deprived of water from the Project needed a “good, sound policy” that ensures they have enough water to grow crops that are vital to the country’s food supply.

A bill opponent, Rep. Doris O. Matsui, D-Calif., said it would not give farmers a secure supply of water, but would weaken California’s environment and weaken the state’s ability to manage its own water.

The vote, on Wednesday, was 230 yeas to 190 nays.

Voting no: Kuster, Shea-Porter

Studying Nuclear Weapons: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R.2810). The amendment would authorize the Defense Department to expand the gathering of information on the costs of modernizing the country’s stockpile of nuclear weapons beyond the currently required 10-year window. Rogers called the expansion a sensible middle ground between a 10-year standard and the 30-year standard some in Congress have proposed.

The vote, on Thursday, was 253 yeas to 172 nays.

Voting no: Kuster, Shea-Porter


Regulatory Agencies: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Neomi Rao to serve as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. Rao, currently a law professor at George Mason University and expert on the administrative state, had served as a counsel in the George W. Bush administration, as a Senate committee counsel, and as a clerk to federal judges. An opponent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., claimed that if confirmed, Rao “will head the Trump administration’s efforts to toss out the rules big businesses don’t like” and that protect consumers.

The vote, on Monday, was 54 yeas to 41 nays.

Voting no: Maggie Hassan, a Democrat; Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat

Idaho District Judge: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of David C. Nye to serve as a judge on the U.S. district court for Idaho. A supporter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., cited Nye’s unanimous support in the Senate. However, McConnell also criticized Senate Democrats for forcing procedural hurdles to the Senate’s timely confirmation of Nye and other appointees of President Trump.

The vote, on Wednesday, was unanimous with 100 yeas.

Voting yes: Hassan, Shaheen

Ambassador to Japan: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of William Francis Hagerty IV to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. A supporter, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., cited Hagerty’s many years of business experience working in Japan and helping convince Japanese firms to invest billions of dollars in Tennessee in particular.

The vote, on July 13, was 86 yeas to 12 nays.

Voting yes: Hassan, Shaheen

Along with roll call votes this week, the House also passed the Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act (H.R. 702), to strengthen federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and expand accountability within the federal government; passed the FDA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2430), to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products; and passed the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act (H.R. 2664), to direct the training of certain Labor Department personnel on how to effectively detect and assist law enforcement in preventing human trafficking.