My Votes – Week of December 11th

Dec 15, 2023
Votes

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.

12/12/23

H.R. 357

Ensuring Accountability in Agency Rulemaking Act

Passed  |  218-203
My Vote  |  YES

H.R. 357 helps hold the administration accountable by requiring any agency rule promulgated under notice and comment procedures to be issued and signed by an individual who was appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.


12/13/23

H. Res. 918

Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Joseph Biden, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.

Passed  |  221-212
My Vote  |  YES

The American people have a right to know whether or not President Biden and his family abused the power of his position to profit from foreign adversaries. Opening a formal impeachment inquiry is a necessary step to help get the information needed to fully and fairly assess these serious allegations. While there is no predetermined outcome in this process, no one is above the law, and I intend to follow the facts wherever they lead.


12/13/23

H.R. 1147

Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2023

Passed  |  330-99
My Vote  |  YES

This overwhelmingly bipartisan bill revises requirements for milk provided by the National School Lunch Program of the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Specifically, it ensures that whole and reduced fat varieties of milk are available for kids at school. This legislation also highlights the health benefits and nutrients that milk provides to young people, including better bone health, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, supporting our Eastern Washington farmers and ranchers.


12/14/23

H.R. 2670

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024

Passed  |  310-118
My Vote  |  YES

This bill authorizes FY2024 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, military construction, and the national security programs of the Department of Energy (DOE). This legislation also included: The largest servicemember pay raise in 20 years; investments in security and readiness; increased assistance to military families; bonus increases to boost recruitment and retention; provisions to require an audit of defense funding sent to Ukraine; and my MARITIME Act to help Abraham Accords countries combat threats of Iranian aggression in the Middle East.


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.

12/11/23

H.R. 3315

National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2023

Passed  |  Passed By Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This bill helps look out for the financial well-being of active-duty and reserve National Guard by extending the exemption from the bankruptcy code’s means test for certain members for four more years.


12/11/23

S. 2747

A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend the Administrative Fine Program for certain reporting violations.

Passed  |  Passed By Voice
My Vote  |  YES

I believe that all members of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches should be held to the highest ethical standards to serve the American people with fairness and integrity. This bill extends through December 31, 2033, the statutory authorization for the Federal Election Commission Administration Fine Program. This program provides expedited enforcement for late and nonfiled campaign finance disclosure reports.


12/11/23

H.R. 2839

To amend the Siletz Reservation Act to address the hunting, fishing, trapping, and animal gathering rights of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and for other purposes.

Passed  |  Passed By Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This bill provides a process by which the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Oregon may negotiate to amend or replace the existing agreement defining the tribe’s hunting, fishing, trapping, and animal gathering rights.


12/12/23

S. 788

Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023

Passed  |  403-20
My Vote  |  YES

This bill modifies provisions regarding the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as the duck stamp. Specifically, it would allow an individual to carry an electronic stamp, rather than a paper stamp, at the time of taking waterfowl.


12/12/23

H.R. 5119

Protect Small Business and Prevent Illicit Financial Activity Act

Passed  |  420-1
My Vote  |  YES

This bill protects small businesses by extending a reporting deadline for a vague rule issued by the Department of Treasury.


12/11/23

H.R. 5473

Promoting Resilient Buildings Act of 2023

Passed  |  Passed by Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This bill modifies two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster preparedness and mitigation programs to allow grants to be used to implement the two latest published editions of building codes instead of only the latest edition.


12/11/23

H.R. 6503

Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2023, Part II

Passed  |  376-15
My Vote  |  YES

This bill temporarily extends specific Federal Aviation and Administration (FAA) programs and activities through March 8, 2024.


12/11/23

H.R. 3224

Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Extension Act of 2023

Passed  |  395-0
My Vote  |  YES

This bill helps keep America safe by extending the authorization for the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.


12/11/23

H.R. 1042

Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act

Passed  |  Passed By Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This is my bill. Today, nuclear fuel produced by Russia accounts for more than 20 percent of the fuel used by U.S. reactors. This has given Putin a dangerous amount of leverage over America’s energy security. H.R. 1042 will ban these fuel imports from Russia and help restore America’s nuclear leadership and fuel infrastructure.


12/11/23

H.R. 5378

Lower Costs, More Transparency Act

Passed  |  320-71 (1 Present)
My Vote  |  YES

This is my bill that I was proud to lead on. Right now, more than 90% of Americans support increased price transparency in health care, and by passing this bill, we will be delivering results people are counting on. Patients shouldn’t be in the dark when it comes to their health care bills. Transparency in health care pricing is foundational to restoring the doctor-patient relationship and driving down the cost of care. Because when patients and employers have the cost up front, they can shop around for the best and most affordable care.


12/12/23

H.R. 4531

Support for Patients and Communities Reauthorization Act

Passed  |  386-37
My Vote  |  YES

This bill reauthorizes and modifies various grants, programs, and activities that address substance use and misuse. Specifically, this bill is about offering hope to those in despair—those battling substance use disorder, their families and loved ones, and the health care workers and law enforcement officers who need continued support to help save lives. By reauthorizing the programs that were proving successful before Covid and increasing access to treatment, we can help restore hope and healing to those who need it most.


12/11/23

S. 2787

5G SALE Act

Passed  |  Passed by Voice
My Vote  |  YES

Getting Eastern Washington connected has never been more important. The 5G Spectrum Authority Licensing Enforcement (5G SALE) Act would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to release previously auctioned bands of the electromagnetic spectrum to expand access to 5G broadband to rural communities.


12/11/23

H.R. 3226

PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2023

Passed  |  Passed By Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This bill reauthorizes research and education programs to help prevent premature births.


12/12/23

H.R. 5524

Foreign Affiliates Sharing Pilot Program Extension Act

Passed  |  396-28
My Vote  |  YES

This bill extends a pilot program that allows financial institutions to share suspicious activity reports with foreign affiliates for the purpose of combating illicit financial activity.


12/13/23

H. Res. 927

Condemning antisemitism on University campuses and the testimony of University Presidents in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Passed  |  303-126 (3 Present)
My Vote  |  YES

Antisemitism has reared its ugly head across our country, including on our most prestigious college campuses. Jewish students and faculty are being targeted, cornered and threatened.This bill condemns this unacceptable and dangerous behavior while also sending a strong message that Jewish students must be protected.


12/14/23

H.R. 2365

Dr. Emmanuel Bilirakis National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act

Passed  |  407-9
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to carry out a project to prevent and cure Parkinson’s disease (a progressive brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements) and related conditions.


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