WASHINGTON – Here’s how congressional districts voted last week.
House Vote 1: West Salt Lake City: The House of Representatives passed the Great Basin State Salt Lake Ecosystem Plan Act (S. 1466), sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), to require the US Geological Survey to study the salt lake ecosystems in the Great Basin region of the western United States. Supporters of California Rep. Jay Obernolte said, “This bill will inform and support coordinated federal, state and local management and conservation efforts to keep these ecosystems, migratory birds and others Wildlife benefits.” The Dec. 12 vote was 356 in favor to 56 against. yes: Cawthorn R-NC (No. 11).
House Vote 2: Quantum Computing Security: The House of Representatives has approved a Senate amendment to the Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Readiness Act (HR 7535), sponsored by California Rep. Ro Khanna, requiring federal agencies to prepare encryption capabilities for information technology systems to withstand future quantum computing technologies . The December 13 vote was 420 in favor to 3 against. yes: Cawthorne R-NC (No. 11)
House Vote 3: Pass Legislation: The House passed a motion sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to pass the 13 bills en masse without a separate roll-call vote on each bill. Issues covered by the bill include: the safety of taxi passengers; the naming of several post office facilities; severe weather forecasts and warnings; and fire investigation procedures. The December 14 vote was 349 in favor to 80 against. be opposed to: Cawthorn R-NC (No. 11).
House Vote 4: Short-Term Government Funding: The House has approved a Senate amendment to the Further Continuing Appropriations and Extension Act (HR 1437), sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., to extend funding to the federal government through December 23. Rosa L. DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, called the extension “a simple date change to allow the government to meet the needs of hard-working Americans while we negotiate the details of the final spending bill and complete the administration.” Keep the work running while planning to fund it,” Opponent Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, said: “We should pass a resolution that lasts into next year, not buy more time to rush through a massive Spending plan.” The Dec. 14 vote was 224 in favor to 201 against. be opposed to: Cawthorn R-NC (No. 11).
House Vote 5: Government Procurement: The House of Representatives passed the Prevention of Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisitions Act (S. 3905), sponsored by Senator Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan. The bill would require the federal government to revise procurement regulations regarding institutional and personal conflicts of interest with potential government contractors. Supporters of Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., said of the need for change: “If we don’t take steps to prevent conflicts of interest and preserve the integrity of government decision-making and operations, then we Opponents of the bill said Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pennsylvania) said adding to existing conflict-of-interest rules “would give businesses Creates a burden and shrinks the pool of qualified contractors rather than reducing conflicts of interest.” The Dec. 14 vote was 219 in favor to 205 against. be opposed to: Cawthorn R-NC (No. 11).
House Vote 6: Law Enforcement Training: The House of Representatives passed the Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Act (S. 4003), sponsored by Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas. The bill would require the Justice Department to develop training and funding programs for law enforcement to use alternative responses for individuals in mental, behavioral health or suicidal crisis. Supporters of Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., called it “a way to empower our communities by not only improving policing practices by increasing training, but by ensuring that individuals in crisis get the help they need.” Safer” efforts. Opponents, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said it would waste $133 million on duplicative programs and “advance a soft crime-fighting approach” to boost crime rates. The December 14 vote was 264 in favor to 162 against. be opposed to: Cawthorn R-NC (No. 11).
House Vote 7: Puerto Rico: The House of Representatives has passed the Puerto Rico Status Act (HR 8393), sponsored by Arizona Rep. Raul M. Ask to choose between independence, independence, and independence. Puerto Rico’s statehood, or free association with the United States. Free association would be limited independence, including the loss of guaranteed U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans. Puerto Rico’s “territorial status is no longer viable and does not provide sufficient political or economic benefits to Puerto Ricans,” Grijalva said. Opponents, Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, said it would be wrong to call for a referendum without first allowing Congress and its committees to hold hearings to assess the impact of changing Puerto Rico’s status. The December 15 vote was 233 in favor to 191 against. be opposed to: Cawthorn R-NC (No. 11).
House Vote 8: VA Collective Bargaining: The House of Representatives has passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Fairness Act (HR 1948), sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., to change the VA’s work by including professional competence and compensation issues as eligible for negotiation collective bargaining standards for personnel. Takano said the changes are needed to help the Department of Veterans Affairs “recruit and retain the best and brightest medical professionals our country has to offer.” Opponents of the bill, Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, said, Allowing VA medical staff to bargain and patient care measures could result in delayed care, undiagnosed critical illnesses, and higher costs for patients. The December 15 vote was 219 in favor to 201 against. be opposed to: Cawthorn R-NC (No. 11).
Senate Vote 1: Court of Appeals Judges: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Montgomery-Reeves has served as a Delaware judge since 2016, including on the state Supreme Court since 2019. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice in Wilmington. Supporter, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. “Judge Montgomery-Reeves is the highest caliber judge in our state and our country and has my strongest support,” said the judge. The Dec. 12 vote was 53-35. yes: Glitch R-NC. be opposed to: Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 2: Second appeals court judges: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Dana M. Douglas to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Douglas has been a federal district judge in Louisiana since 2019; prior to that, she was a commercial attorney in private practice in New Orleans. “Judge Douglas’ experience, seniority and temperament will be an asset to the Fifth Circuit,” said supporters of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. The Dec. 13 vote was 65 to 31. vote against. yes: Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 3: International Finance: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Jay Curtis Shambaugh as Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. Shambaugh was an official on the White House Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, and before and after that he was a professor of economics at Georgetown University and Dartmouth University. The December 13 vote was 70 in favor to 27 against. yes: Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 4: Charter School Rules: The Senate rejected a resolution sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott, RS.C. (SJ Res. 60) that opposed and repealed Department of Education rules issued in July that govern funding for charter schools. Scott said the rule would reduce the ability of low-income families to receive a quality education by giving their children alternatives to standard public schools. Opponents of the resolution, Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), said repealing the rule “would create unnecessary confusion and undermine simple accountability measures to ensure our federal dollars are being spent where they are and Delay funding for new, high-quality charter schools and the students they will serve.” The Dec. 14 vote was 49-49. yes: Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 5: Latin American Diplomats: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Francisco O. Mora as the US permanent representative to the Organization of American States, an international cooperative of 35 countries, mostly in Latin America. Mora has been a multi-university professor focused on U.S.-Latin American relations, and was a Defense Department official in the Western Hemisphere during the first half of the Obama administration. The December 14 vote was 51 in favor to 45 against. do not vote: Glitch R-NC. be opposed to: Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 6: Court of Military Appeals: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Musetta Tia Johnson to serve a 15-year term on the Court of Appeals for various branches of the US military. Johnson is a retired colonel in the Army Advocate General (JAG) Corps and is currently a national security attorney at Georgetown University. The December 15 vote was 76 in favor to 20 against. yes: Glitch R-NC. do not vote: Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 7: Military Spending: The Senate has approved House amendments to the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (HR 7776), sponsored by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, R-Oregon, authorizing Army Corps of Engineers water resources programs and approximately $858 billion in military spending for FY 2023 . The military portion of the bill would authorize funding for new planes and ships, boost military pay by 4.6% and increase their benefits, and repeal the military’s Covid vaccination requirement. Supporters of Senator Joe Manchin of Virginia say support for the military is necessary “to protect our country, to be able to defend ourselves and to be able to maintain the superpower status that America enjoys.” The December 15 vote was 83 in favor to 11 against. do not vote: Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 8: Short-Term Government Funding: The Senate has approved the House amendment to the Further Continuing Appropriations and Extension Act (HR 1437), sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., to extend funding to the federal government through December 23. Rep. Patrick J. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said the extension would allow the time necessary to hammer out a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation for fiscal year 2023 before the end of the current Congress. Opponents of Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee said: “The Senate should be able to soberly review omnibus without imminent threat of pressure over Christmas.” The Dec. 15 vote was 71 to 19 votes against. do not vote: Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.