Sep 25, 2020 /

My Votes – Week of September 21st

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
9/24/2020

PASSED

220-185

H.R. 4447 Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act NO Although there are some bipartisan bills included in this package, on the whole, it fails to prioritize affordable and reliable energy for all Americans while costing taxpayers billions of dollars. The bill’s many faults include: Massive authorization of additional taxpayer funds in the amount of $135 billion; No regulatory reforms or other improvements to the permitting and approval process for energy infrastructure projects; An effective moratorium on new pipeline construction and necessary improvements to our electric grid; Programs that favors cities over rural communities; A green energy bank that lays the foundation of the Green New Deal. 

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
9/22/2020

Passed

359-57-1

H.R. 8337 Continuing Appropriations Act  YES This important bill keeps the government funded through December 11, 2020, and extends several key programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and nutritional assistance.
9/22/2020

PASSED

406-3

H.R. 6210  Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act YES This imposes various restrictions related to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, such as prohibiting certain imports from Xinjiang and imposing sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations there. In a white paper released last week, the Chinese Government confirmed that from 2014-2019 up to 9 million Uyghurs were detained. 
9/22/2020

PASSED

414-0

H.R. 5664 Leveraging Information on Foreign Traffickers Act YES Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to ensure adequate preparation of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, the timely provision of information to the Office to Monitor, and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the Department of State regarding the number and location of visa denials based, in whole or in part, on grounds related to human trafficking.
9/21/2020

PASSED

410-5

H.R. 451 Don’t Break up the T-Band Act YES This bill repeals the section of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Some of the communications of our public safety departments have built networks using T-Band. Auctioning the T-Band spectrum for use by the private sector before public safety departments are ready to transition would endanger public safety in 11 metropolitan markets across the country. 
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 209 PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act YES Replaces the Tribal Self-Governance Demonstration Project with the Tribal Self-Governance Program. Under the program, Native American tribes or organizations may receive grants to plan for participation in self-governance and to negotiate the terms of participation.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3160 Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act YES Directs the Department of the Interior to take the 55.3 acres of the Blackwater Trading Post in Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the community after it (1) conveys to Interior all of its interest in such land, and (2) submits a request for Interior to take such land into trust for it.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3349 Republic of Texas Legation Memorial Act YES Authorizes the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to establish the Republic of Texas Legation Memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to commemorate and honor those individuals who, as representatives of the Republic of Texas, served in the District of Columbia as diplomats to the United States and made possible the annexation of Texas as the 28th state of the United States.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3465 Fallen Journalists Memorial Act YES Authorizes the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land in commemoration of America’s commitment to a free press as represented by journalists who sacrificed their lives in their line of work.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4957 Native American Child Protection Act YES Amends the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to clarify language and better protect children.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 294 Native American Business Incubators Program Act YES This bill requires the Department of the Interior to establish a grant program in the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development for establishing and operating business incubators that serve Native American communities. A business incubator is an organization that (1) provides physical workspace and facilities resources to startups, and (2) is designed to accelerate the growth and success of businesses through a variety of business support resources and services.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 382 A bill to nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865. YES Nullifies the supplemental treaty between the United States and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon signed in 1865. The treaty restricted the rights of tribal members to leave the reservation and imposed other conditions. The Department of the Interior has stated that the treaty has never been enforced by the federal government or Oregon.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 139 Springfield Race Riot Study Act YES Directs the Department of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the areas identified in the Springfield Race Riot Reconnaissance Survey conducted by the National Park Service, dated August 2019. Interior shall (1) evaluate the national significance of the areas, and (2) determine the suitability and feasibility of designating them as a unit of the National Park System.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1702 Free Veterans from Fees Act YES Waives the application fee for any special use permit for a veterans demonstration or special event at war memorials on land administered by the National Park Service in the District of Columbia and its environs.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 490 B-47 Ridge Designation Act YES Designates the mountain ridge that runs south and west of Emigrant Peak in the Absaroka Range in Montana, where an Air Force B-47 strategic bomber crashed while on a training mission in 1962, as the “B-47 Ridge” and permits the installation of a plaque in memory of the crash.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 895 Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act YES Allows schools that receive grants under the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 to participate in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5053 Justice for Juveniles Act YES Exempts juveniles from the requirements for suits by prisoners
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1418 Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2019 YES Declares that the McCarran-Ferguson Act does not modify, impair, or supersede the operation of antitrust law with respect to the business of health insurance, including the business of dental insurance. This bill also creates prohibitions against unfair methods of competition to the business of health insurance without regard to whether the business is for profit.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 227 Savanna’s Act YES Directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols to address missing or murdered Native Americans.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5546 Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act YES I was a cosponsor of this legislation, which regulates the monitoring of electronic communications between an incarcerated person in a Bureau of Prisons facility and that person’s attorney or other legal representative to ensure prisoners are given their Constitutional rights
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 982 Not Invisible Act of 2019 YES Increases the coordination of efforts to reduce violent crime within Indian lands and against Indians.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 1321 Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act YES Broadens the definition of “protected computer,” for purposes of computer fraud and abuse offenses, to include a computer that is part of a voting system.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 1380 Due Process Protections Act YES Requires a federal judge in criminal proceedings to issue an order confirming the obligation of the prosecutor to disclose exculpatory evidence.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5602 Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act YES Authorizes dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6100 Stop FGM Act of 2020 YES
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5309 CROWN Act of 2019 YES
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6934 Uniform Treatment of NRSROs Act YES This allows entities, securities, and other instruments with a credit rating from a nationally recognized statistical rating organizations to use the rating to qualify for COVID-19 aid programs.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7592 Stifle Act of 2020 YES Requires the Comptroller General of the United States to carry out a study on trafficking.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6735 COVID-19 Fraud Prevention Act YES Establishes the Consumer and Investor Fraud Working Group to prevent fraud during the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. The working group must report monthly regarding resources available to consumers, public enforcement actions, and related consumer complaints.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5698 Promoting Secure 5G Act of 2020 YES Requires the Department of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Director of international financial institutions to only support assistance in advanced wireless technologies if they provide appropriate security for users, facilitate the use of secure advanced wireless technologies, and cooperate member states to strengthen international support for such technologies.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6294 Improving Emergency Disease Response via Housing Act of 2020 YES Requires the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to share with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) information regarding populations particularly vulnerable to or at risk of contracting COVID-19. Specifically, HUD must identify projects for supportive housing for the elderly and the location of Continuums of Care with a high concentration of unsheltered homelessness.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 2661 National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 YES Requires the Federal Communications Commission to designate 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. 
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5918 To direct the Federal Communications Commission to issue reports after activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System and to make improvements to network outage reporting. YES Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take certain actions following an activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5567 MEDIA Diversity Act of 2020 YES Requires the Federal Communications Commission to consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in its biennial communications marketplace report.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4866 National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Act of 2020 YES Amends the 21st Century Cures Act to provide for designation of institutions of higher education that provide research, data, and leadership on continuous manufacturing as National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7574 Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act of 2020 YES Amends the Public Health Service Act with respect to the Strategic National Stockpile, and for other purposes.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2271 Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Expected Death Act YES Establishes various programs for the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to award grants to states, local agencies, and nonprofit organizations to address sudden unexpected infant and childhood deaths.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4995 Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2020 YES Expands initiatives to address maternal health in rural areas and promote innovation in the field.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3935 Protecting Patients Transportation to Care Act YES Requires state Medicaid programs cover nonemergency transportation to medically necessary services. The bill also requires states to comply with certain utilization management requirements. States must also establish mechanisms to ensure transportation providers and drivers meet quality and safety standards.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1646 HERO Act YES Establishes a series of programs relating to the behavioral health of public-safety officers. 
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4564 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act of 2019 YES Expands the requirements for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Program. Specifically, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration must develop a plan for the provision of high quality service, strengthen data-sharing agreements of epidemiological data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and implement a pilot program focused on using other communications platforms for suicide prevention.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4585 Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act YES Requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to develop, implement, and evaluate a national media campaign focused on suicide prevention. In addition, the national suicide prevention hotline must be a three-digit, toll-free number.
9/21/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5619 Suicide Prevention Act YES Establishes grant programs to prevent self-harm and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must award grants to state, local, and tribal health departments to expand surveillance of self-harm, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration must award grants to hospital emergency departments to prevent suicide attempts among patients after discharge.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 661 Extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act YES Extends preferential duty treatment related to certain apparel items through FY2030.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2166 Global Health Security Act of 2019 YES Directs the President to create the Global Health Security Agenda Interagency Review Council to implement the Global Health Security Agenda, an initiative launched by nearly 30 nations to address global infectious disease threats.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4864 Global Child Thrive Act of 2019 YES Reauthorizes programs to provide assistance to orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries. The bill requires the U.S. Agency for International Development to direct relevant executive branch agencies to incorporate early childhood development into current programs and promote inclusive early childhood development in partner countries.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3010 Honoring All Veterans Act YES Amends the mission statement for the Department of Veterans Affairs by adding: “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those ‘who shall have borne the battle’ and for their families, caregivers, and survivors.”
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4908 Native American PACT Act YES Prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs from collecting copayments from American Indian or Alaska Native veterans for hospital care or medical services.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6589 CFO Authority and Collaboration Act of 2020 YES Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a plan to address the material weakness of the VA and other recommendations of the auditor related to entity level controls.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3228 VA Mission Telehealth Clarification Act YES Authorizes health professional trainees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide treatment to veterans via telemedicine. To provide such treatment, a trainee must be under the supervision of a VA health care professional who is authorized to provide health care via telemedicine.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6092 Veteran’s Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act YES Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement programs and resources related to the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
9/22/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7795 Veterans Benefits Fairness and Transparency Act of 2020 YES This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to publish on its website the disability benefit questionnaire forms for non-VA medical providers submitting evidence regarding a disability of a claimant for purposes of VA benefits.

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