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Roll Call: How N.H.’s federal delegation voted



Friday, October 06, 2017

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

Along with roll call votes this week, the Senate also passed the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act (H.R. 1616), to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute; the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act (S. 692), to provide for integrated water plan permits and promote green infrastructure; and the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (S. 1595), to impose additional sanctions with respect to Hizballah.

The House also passed the Community Reclamation Partnerships Act (H.R. 2937), to authorize partnerships between states and nongovernmental entities for the purpose of reclaiming and restoring land and water resources adversely affected by historical coal mining activity; the Guides and Outfitters Act (H.R. 289), to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for recreation services on lands managed by federal agencies; the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (H.R. 2408), to enhance the transparency, improve the coordination, and intensify the impact of assistance to support access to primary and secondary education for displaced persons, including women and girls; and the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (S. 178), to prevent elder abuse and exploitation and improve the justice system’s response to victims in elder abuse and exploitation cases.

House votes

Penalties for late-term abortions: The House has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. The bill would make it a federal crime to perform abortions on fetuses age 20 weeks or more, with exceptions provided for pregnancies that endanger the woman’s life or result from rape or incest. Franks said such late-term abortions create severe health risks for the woman and subject “their little, pain-capable unborn babies to torture and death without anesthesia or federal protection of any kind.” An opponent, Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., called the bill “a dangerous and far-reaching attack on a woman’s constitutional right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy.” The vote, on Oct. 3, was 237 yeas to 189 nays.

Nays: Annie Kuster, a Democrat, and Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat

Cybercrime against children: The House has passed the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology To Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act (S.782), sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. The bill would reauthorize through fiscal 2022 the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program, which coordinates efforts by law enforcement at various government levels. A supporter, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., called the task forces “absolutely crucial in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of internet crimes against children.” The vote, on Oct. 3, was 417 yeas to 3 nays.

Yeas: Kuster, Shea-Porter

Democratic budget plan: The House has rejected a substitute amendment sponsored by Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Ky., to a bill (H. Con. Res. 71). The amendment would have increased the federal minimum wage, expanded subsidies for education, child care, and family and medical leave, and preserved Obamacare. Yarmuth called it an effort to invest in “programs that grow our economy, create good-paying jobs, and provide real support for working families and real security in retirement.” An opponent, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said that despite raising taxes by $2.7 trillion, the plan would, due to increased spending, increase the deficit by $6.2 trillion, making it “an abdication of our fiscal responsibility as a governing body.” The vote, on Oct. 5, was 156 yeas to 268 nays.

Nays: Kuster

Yeas: Shea-Porter

2018 budget: The House has passed a bill (H. Con. Res. 71), sponsored by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., establishing a federal government budget for fiscal 2018 and outlining budget levels for fiscal 2019 through 2027. The budget would include $621.5 billion of military spending in fiscal 2018, replace the Obamacare health care law, and increase state control of Medicaid. Black said it proposed “a government that spends within its means, a military with the resources to complete the mission, an economy that creates the opportunity for all, and a federal bureaucracy that respects the taxpayers.” An opponent, Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Ky., said the budget would increase the debt by $2.4 trillion over 10 years, cut funding for Medicare and Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, and ignored “the needs and priorities of the American people.” The vote, on Oct. 5, was 219 yeas to 206 nays.

Nays: Kuster, Shea-Porter

Senate votes

FCC chairman: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Ajit Varadaraj Pai to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for a five-year term ending in July 2021. A supporter, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., praised Pai’s support for “rural broadband and the acceleration of next-generation infrastructure deployment,” as well as measures to improve transparency and efficiency at the FCC. An opponent, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said that in his tenure at the FCC thus far, Pai has failed to promote competition and protect consumers, especially by “trying to get rid of net neutrality” and the standard that all Internet content is treated equally by Internet service providers. The vote, on Oct. 2, was 52 yeas to 41 nays.

Nays: Maggie Hassan, a Democrat; Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat

Health and Human Services: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Eric D. Hargan to serve as deputy secretary at the Health and Human Services Department. A supporter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., cited “Hargan’s expertise in disaster response and public health” as assets that will help the Department respond to natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes. An opponent, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Hargan would have an “ideological agenda that included a constant effort to undermine and in my view sabotage the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.” The vote, on Oct. 4, was 57 yeas to 38 nays.

Nays: Hassan, Shaheen

Federal Reserve: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Randal Quarles to serve as a member of the board of governors at the Federal Reserve. A supporter, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Quarles’ long experience in the private sector and in government, including at the Treasury Department and at the Carlyle Group investment firm, showed him to be eminently qualified in financial regulation and oversight of the operations of financial institutions. An opponent, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said that at Treasury in the years before the 2008 financial crisis, Quarles had failed to adequately examine the health of banks that later failed. The vote, on Oct. 5, was 65 yeas to 32 nays.

Nays: Hassan

Yeas: Shaheen

Immigration services

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to serve as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director at the Homeland Security Department. A supporter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Cissna “has a wealth of experience in immigration policy, serving in senior policy positions in both the Bush and Obama administrations” and at the Senate Judiciary Committee. An opponent, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., cited Cissna’s role in shaping President Trump’s “draconian immigration policies” and his lack of adequate management experience for running Citizenship and Immigration Services. The vote, on Oct. 5, was 54 yeas to 43 nays.

Nays: Hassan, Shaheen