My Votes – Week of December 6th

Dec 23, 2021
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.

12/7/2021

S. 610

Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

Passed  |  222-212
My Vote  |  No (the Congressional record reflects my opposition to this bill)

Democrats, who control the House, the Senate, and the White House, have failed to do their job once This bill addresses Medicare sequestration in a partisan manner. While most members on both sides of the aisle would agree that a resolution to this problem is necessary, this bill is a missed opportunity for bipartisanship. Instead of a clean bipartisan deal, this bill included a provision addressing the debt-ceiling and PAYGO rules.


12/9/2021

H.R. 5314

Protecting our Democracy Act

Passed  |  220-208
My Vote  |  NO (the Congressional record reflects my opposition to this bill)

This bill is a partisan attempt to change the law to address every single Democratic complaint about the previous administration. While there are some provisions in this bill that have general bipartisan support and could be enacted into law, their inclusion in this partisan package shows that Democrats are not serious about enacting these reforms. If they were, they would allow these provisions to come to the floor separately as part of a standalone bipartisan reform package.

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.

12/7/2021

S. 1605

To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida (NDAA FY2022)

Passed  |  363-70
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill will provide funding for a public and provider awareness campaign to promote maternal and child This bill helps ensure our military is ready and able to protect the United States by authorizing programs in 2022. Notable provisions include a 2.7% pay raise for servicemembers, $1.5 billion to improve military family housing, and discharge characterization protections for servicemembers who choose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5545

REMOTE Act

Passed  |  VOICE
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill protects housing benefits for student veterans. By law, the Department of Veterans Affairs is required to make significant cuts to the housing benefits afforded to student veterans who are taking classes remotely. As student veterans transitioned to online coursework during the pandemic, many remained in campus housing during shelter-in-place orders. Nonetheless, under the existing law, these students lost their housing benefits. This bill prevents cuts to veterans’ benefits as higher education institutions continue remote learning.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5746

NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act

Passed  |  VOICE
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill ensures that NASA has the tools and flexibilities to continue its successes for decades to come, specifically to manage property that may no longer be actively or fully used by NASA by extending Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) authority to NASA. This will allow NASA to effectively lease any underutilized, non-excess property owned by the Federal Government – and under NASA’s jurisdiction – to private sector entities, state and local governments, academic institutions, and other Federal agencies. This bill provides a 10-year extension of NASA EUL authority.


12/8/2021

H.R. 1193

Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy (CAROL) Act

Passed  |  VOICE
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill authorizes a grant program administered by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to support research on valvular heart disease. It also convenes a workshop of subject matter experts to identify research needs and opportunities to develop prescriptive guidelines for treatment of patients with Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP). Finally, the bill instructs the Centers for Disease Control to increase public awareness regarding symptoms of valvular heart disease and effective strategies for preventing sudden cardiac death.


12/8/2021

H.R. 4996

Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021

Passed  |  364-60
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill will ensure a more competitive global ocean shipping industry, protect American businesses and consumers from price gouging, and establish reciprocal trade opportunities to reduce the United States’ longstanding trade imbalance with export-driven countries like mainland China.


12/8/2021

H.R. 4616

Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act

Passed  |  415-9
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill protects an estimated $16 trillion of loans, securities, and other financial instruments from chaos and costly litigation when the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), often called “the world’s most important interest rate,” is discontinued on June 30, 2023. The enactment of this bill will help ensure the discontinuation of LIBOR does not inflict harm on markets, investors, and consumers and avoids significant systemic disruptions to our financial system.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5290

To extend authorization for livestock mandatory reporting

Passed  |  419-9
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill provides the necessary transparency information to our livestock producers by extending livestock mandatory reporting until the end of September 2022.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5609

Cattle Contract Library Act

Passed  |  411-13
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill creates a library for cattle contracts within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service Department. Currently, cattlemen are unaware of contract terms being offered by packers, leading to a decline in leverage for smaller producers during price negotiations.


12/8/2021

HH.R. 4489

National Forest Restoration and Remediation Act

Passed  |  385-42
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill would allow the Forest Service to collect and keep the interest earned on settlement funds in order to supplement restoration efforts.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5608

Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act

Passed  |  393-33
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill will help combat chronic wasting disease (CWD) by funding research into CWD prevention, as well as supporting state and tribal efforts to develop and implement management strategies for the disease.


12/8/2021

H.R. 1155

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Passed  |  428-1
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill prohibits imports from Xinjiang to the U.S. by creating a “rebuttable presumption” that all goods produced in the region are made with forced labor unless U.S. Customs and Border Protection certifies by “clear and convincing evidence” that goods were not produced with forced labor.


12/8/2021

H. Res. 837

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the International Olympic Committee failed to adhere to its own human rights commitments

Passed  |  428-0
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill calls for an immediate guarantee of the freedom and safety of three-time Olympian Peng Shuai, following her disappearance after publishing allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a former senior People’s Republic of China (PRC) government official. The resolution also condemns the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for collaborating with Chinese government officials to cover up Peng’s disappearance and silencing.


12/8/2021

H. Res. 317

Condemning the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity being committed against Uyghurs and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups by the People’s Republic of China

Passed  |  327-1
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This resolution condemns the genocide being committed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party, against the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups. The resolution calls upon President Biden to refer these atrocities to the United Nations for investigation under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, seek multilateral sanctions against the PRC at the U.N. Security Council, and take all possible actions to bring the genocide to an end.


12/8/2021

H.R. 3537

Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act

Passed  |  423-3
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill will help people living with ALS get early access to promising treatments and help researchers gain a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.


12/8/2021

HH.R. 5487

SHINE for Autumn Act

Passed  |  408-18
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill aims to lower the U.S. stillbirth rate by providing critical resources to state and federal health departments, improving data collection, and increasing education and awareness around the issue of stillbirth in the United States.


12/8/2021

HH.R. 5561

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act

Passed  |  410-17
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill reauthorizes the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program, which lapsed in 2015. Since the program’s creation in 1999, the percentage of newborn babies screened annually jumped from 40 percent to 97 percent. This bill ensures that success will continue.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5551

Improving the Health of Children Act

Passed  |  405-20
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This legislation will support management efforts and research to combat chronic wasting disease (This bill would reestablish programs related to birth defects, folic acid, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, child development, newborn screening, autism, fragile X syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, tourette syndrome, pediatric genetic disorders, disability prevention, or other relevant diseases.


12/8/2021

H.R. 1667

Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

Passed  |  392-36
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill will provide resources and support to health care workers who face burnout and mental health crises as a result of their experiences with COVID-19.


12/8/2021

H.R. 4555

Oral Health Literacy and Awareness Act of 2021

Passed  |  369-58
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill works to curb the rise of oral disease and related illnesses by directing the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a five-year oral health literacy campaign specifically reaching underserved communities.


12/8/2021

HH.R. 5119

To amend title VI of the Social Security Act to extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to Tribal Governments

Passed  |  386-41
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill extends the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments allocated under the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to tribal governments from December 30, 2021 to December 30, 2022.


12/8/2021

H.R. 2355

Opioid Prescription Verification Act

Passed  |  410-15
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill supports modernization of state-driven Immunization Information Systems, which public health officials utilize to prevent and address serious disease outbreaks. It also puts important guardrails on This bill incentivizes electronic prescribing of opioids and encourages the full use of states’ existing pThis bill incentivizes electronic prescribing of opioids and encourages the full use of states’ existing prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help facilitate informed and responsible dispensing of controlled substances.


12/8/2021

H.R. 2364

Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act

Passed  |  411-14
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a public education campaign about the dangers of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, as well as the treatment services available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The bill would also direct the CDC to disseminate information on synthetic opioids to health care providers and require the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to publish training materials for first responders and other workers at high risk of exposure on synthetic opioid exposure prevention measures.


12/8/2021

H.R. 3743

Supporting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration Act

Passed  |  374-52
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill will increase the level of funding that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can transfer and allocate to their respective non-profit, independent foundations. This increase will allow the foundations to further support and promote public-private partnerships, as well as advance collaboration and innovation to address cutting-edge regulatory science challenges, such as the current research and development of COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.


12/8/2021

H.R. 3894

CARING for Social Determinants Act

Passed  |  378-48
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This legislation would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide guidance to states to address social determinants of health under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to help put those programs on a path to financial sustainability.


12/8/2021

H.R. 897

Agua Calinete Land Exchange Fee to Trust Confirmation Act

Passed  |  395-30
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill would take more than 2,500 acres of land in the San Jacinto Mountains into trust for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. It would also allow the Tribe to further their conservation efforts and practice consistent forest management.


12/8/2021

H.R. 2074

Indian Buffalo Management Act

Passed  |  373-52
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill establishes a program within the Department of the Interior to assist tribes and tribal organizations with the protection, conservation, and fostering of buffalo herds.


12/8/2021

H.R. 3531

Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act

Passed  |  425-1
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill authorizes a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the 18 million American women who kept the home front running during World War II.


12/8/2021

H.R. 4706

Blackwell School National Historic Site Act

Passed  |  417-8
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill would establish the Blackwell School as a National Historic Site and place it under the supervision of the National Park Service. Blackwell, now a museum, used to serve as a schoolhouse for Latino students during the era of segregated education in Marfa’s public schools. The former schoolhouse is now one of the only buildings directly associated with this time in Texas’ history, as many of the segregated schools were torn down following desegregation in 1964.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5677

To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 2, United States Code, title 50, United States Code, and title 52, United States Code

Passed  |  414-1
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This legislation will support management efforts and research to combat chronic wasting disease This bill makes technical amendments to various titles of the U.S. Code.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5679

To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 7, title 20, and title 43, United States Code

Passed  |  418-2
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill supports modernization of state-driven Immunization Information Systems, which public health This bill makes technical amendments to the U.S. Code to revise references to statutory provisions.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5695

To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions which were formerly classified to chapters 14 and 19 of title 25, United States Code

Passed  |  415-5
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill updates references in the U.S. Code to certain provisions in Title 25 (Indians). In 2016, Congress transferred certain provisions in Chapter 14 (Miscellaneous) and Chapter 19 (Indian Land Claims Settlements) of Title 25 to new chapters at the end of the title as part of an effort to reclassify the code. To reflect the reclassification of the code, this bill updates references to Title 25.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5705

To make technical amendments to update statutory references to provisions reclassified to title 34, United States Code

Passed  |  415-5
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill makes technical amendments to the U.S. Code to revise references to statutory provisions reclassified to Title 34 (Crime Control And Law Enforcement).


12/8/2021

H.R. 5961

To make revisions in title 5, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current, and to make technical amendments to improve the United States Code

Passed  |  413-3
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill supports modernization of state-driven Immunization Information Systems, which public health officials utilize to prevent and address serious disease outbreaks. It also puts important guardrails on tThis bill restates current law concerning federal advisory committees, Offices of Inspector General, and financial disclosure requirements for federal personnel (including the President, Vice President and executive branch officers and employees), as well as limitations on outside earned income and employment.


12/8/2021

H.R. 5982

To make revisions in title 51, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current, and to make technical amendments to improve the United States Code

Passed  |  411-7
My Vote  |  YES (the Congressional record reflects my support to this bill)

This bill restates current law concerning specified U.S. space programs and related activities. Those provisions are consolidated into title 51 of the United States Code (National and Commercial Space Programs).

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