My Votes – Week of February 24th

Feb 28, 2020
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.

Result and Date Bill #           Bill Title My Vote What it means for you and your family
2/28/2020

PASSED

213-195

H.R. 2339 Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 NO This bill would completely ban any flavored tobacco products amongst other heavy handed regulations. There are too many unintended consequences that would result from this bill and I think we can make a better effort to actually reverse the youth tobacco epidemic.

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
2/25/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2227 Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act of 2019 YES Allows spouses of service members killed or injured in war to get out of vehicle or residential leases early with no penalties.
2/25/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3749 Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act YES This bill helps veterans with a lack of access to legal representation to address outstanding warrants or fines, child support matters, license revocations, and other legal matters that contribute to their risk of becoming or remaining homeless.
2/25/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4613 VA Reporting Transparency Act  YES Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a searchable website that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of all reports requested by Congress and prepared by the department. The department would be required to post reports that were completed in the last eight years and to post new reports on an ongoing basis. It also would require VA to submit to the Congress a list of recurring reports VA recommends be discontinued.
2/25/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 561 Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019 YES Requires businesses participating in the Vets First Program to verify that they are doing the required percentage of work, and it directs the VA to refer suspected violators to the Office of the Inspector General for investigation. This is meant to help prevent “pass-throughs” in the Vets First Program, where businesses may profit unfairly from the contract they are awarded. This can result in veteran-owned small businesses that play by the rules being sidelined for contracting opportunities.
2/26/2020

PASSED

410-4

H.R. 35 Emmett Till Antilynching Act YES Makes a Federal crime out of lynching, a horrific practice of racially-motivated mob murder done outside the law and which is the ultimate expression of racism in the United States since Reconstruction.
2/25/2020

PASSED

412-10

H.R. 4852 GIVE Act YES Directs the VA to provide more information about colleges and universities to veterans to better assist them in choosing where to get their education.
2/25/2020

PASSED

402-10

H.R. 2490 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 Honors the great Ponca Chief and Native American civil rights leader’s legacy by taking an important first step towards establishing the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail.
2/28/2020

PASSED

407-0

H.R. 2819 Gold Star Mothers Families National Monument Extension Act YES Extends the amount of time the Gold Star Families Foundation has to create a national monument to Gold Star Families. Previous authorization ran out last month.

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