May 18, 2021 /

My Votes – Week of May 10th

RULE BILLS
**A rule bill is a bill passed through a full House vote under a rule that has been voted and agreed upon by the Rules Committee. Rule bills require a simple majority of the House to pass (218 votes) through a recorded vote.

Result and Date Bill #    Bill Title My Vote What it means for you and your family
5/11/2021

PASSED

250-168

H.R. 1629 Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act NO While I have supported this legislation in the past, I oppose the process by which it was brought to the floor for expedited consideration during the 117th Congress. I am committed to driving down drug prices for individuals and families in Eastern Washington without limiting access to cures.
5/13/2021

PASSED

215-207

H.R. 2547 Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act NO This bill will hurt small businesses, increase risk to the financial system, and drive up the cost of credit by limiting the ability of businesses and individuals to collect payment for goods and services that have already been rendered. Consumers are already protected by existing law from harassment and abuse by debt collection companies.
5/14/2021

PASSED

315-101

H.R. 1065  Pregnant Workers Fairness Act I support this legislation. This bill will help ensure that pregnant employees are granted reasonable accommodations by their employers to ensure their health and safety, as well a  the health and safety of their babies. 

SUSPENSION BILLS

**A suspension bill is a bill passed by the House through suspending the rules to move quickly, circumventing the House Rules Committee. Suspension bills are typically less controversial pieces of legislation, and as the rules are being suspended, they require a higher threshold, two-thirds of those voting in the House, to pass. Additionally, these bills are often passed by a voice vote, without a formal roll call vote.

Result and Date Bill #    Bill Title My Vote What it means for you and your family
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 958 Protecting Moms Who Served Act YES This bill helps women veterans by better supporting VA maternity care coordination programs, and conducting a study into the unique health risks facing pregnant and postpartum veterans.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 49 To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806 YES Redesignates the Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida, as the “National Pulse Memorial” to memorialize the Americans who died in one of our worst terrorist attacks since 9/11.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1688 Native American Child Protection Act YES This bill reauthorizes through FY2027 and revises programs related to the prevention, investigation, treatment, and prosecution of family violence, child abuse, and child neglect involving Native American children and families.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2208 Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Act YES This bill allows the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta tribes in Texas to conduct gaming activities on their land in Texas if certain conditions are met.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 433 Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2021 YES This bill directs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to award grants to nonprofits to develop or expand services for individuals with substance use disorders and their families. Addiction is an increasing problem in America, and this bill helps give families the resources they need to fight back.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1475 Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act YES This bill helps address mental issues in youth, especially youth of color.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 586 STANDUP Act of 2021 YES This bill requires state, local, and tribal governments to establish and implement suicide awareness and prevention training.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 721 Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2021 YES This bill authorizes the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Educational Agency Grant Program that is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
5/12/2021

PASSED

323-93-2

H.R. 2877 Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act of 2021 YES This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to develop best practices for the establishment and use of behavioral intervention teams at schools. This bill will help schools solve conflicts and behavioral issues in the most effective way.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1260 Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2021 YES This bill establishes a grant program for trauma centers and nonprofits to establish or expand intervention or prevention programs to reduce and stop intentional violent trauma, excluding intimate partner violence.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1205 Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2021 YES This bill authorizes a grant program for emergency departments to increase access to follow-up psychiatric services for individuals who present for care of acute mental-health episodes so that we can better help mentally ill patients in crisis.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1324 Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2021 YES This bill would award grants to hospitals to improve their capacity to identify patients in emergency departments who are at risk of suicide and connect those patients with mental health treatments and services, better helping patients in crisis.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1480 HERO Act YES This bill improves the detection, prevention, and treatment of mental health problems in our law enforcement officers, helping protect those who protect and serve us.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2862 Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act YES This bill creates a national media campaign to address suicide prevention, directed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2981 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act of 2021 YES This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to ensure high-quality assistance to those experiencing depression and mental illness through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2955 Suicide Prevention Act YES This bill helps individuals with mental illness by creating a pilot program to expand and intensify monitoring for self-harm and establishes a grant program to provide self-harm and suicide prevention services to hospital emergency departments.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 768 Block, Report, And Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act of 2021 YES This bill establishes stricter requirements for manufacturers who find suspicious orders for controlled substances like opioids.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1448 PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act YES I am a cosponsor of this important bill that creates a five year pilot program to explore the effectiveness of treating post-deployment veteran mental health issues by having veterans train service dogs for other veterans with disabilities. The bill would also expand the service dog program to provide service dogs to veterans with mental illnesses regardless of if they have a physical disability.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 297 To require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on the establishment of, and the potential land that could be included in, a unit of the National Forest System in the State of Hawaii, and for other purposes. YES This bill directs the Forest Service to conduct a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing a unit of the National Forest System in the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai in the state of Hawaii, and identify available land within the study area that could be included in such unit.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 478 Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act YES Directs the Department of the Interior to take the approximately 55.3 acres of land of the Blackwater Trading Post in Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the Gila River Indian Community, if the community conveys to Interior all of its interest in the land. The land would be made part of the community’s reservation. Further, the bill prohibits gaming on the land taken into trust.
5/12/2021

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 810 To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail YES Directs the Department of the Interior to conduct a study on feasibility of designating as a national historic trail the Chief Standing Bear Trail extending 550 miles from Niobrara, Nebraska, to Ponca City, Oklahoma, which follows the route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people during federal Indian removal, and 550 miles from Ponca City through Omaha to Niobrara, Nebraska, which follows the return route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people.

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