My Votes – Week of July 11

Jul 22, 2022
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.

7/13/2022

H.R. 6538

Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022

Passed  |  260-169
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires a designated officer of the Department of Justice to act as the national coordinator of an Active Shooter Alert Communications Network regarding an emergency involving an active shooter. It sets forth duties of the coordinator, including to work with state, tribal, and local governments to encourage coordination of various elements of the network. The coordinator must also encourage government agencies to establish procedures for responding to active shooters. Furthermore, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office to study and report on state and local responses to active shooters and situations requiring the issuance of a public alert or warning.


7/14/2022

H.R. 7900

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023

Passed  |  329-101
My Vote  |  YES

This bill authorizes Department of Defense (DOD) activities for FY2023 and addresses related issues. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act provides many of the resources needed to strengthen America’s military and bolster our national defense at a time when foreign adversaries are threatening our global security. The NDAA will ensure our military is equipped with the tools it needs to keep us safe and free, while also providing our servicemembers with a much-deserved pay raise. I’m also proud to have three pieces of my legislation passed as part of this year’s defense bill – the RELIEVE Act, the DEFEND Act, and the Bobby Moran Soldier’s Medal Retirement Act. The passage of these bills is a huge bipartisan achievement that will go a long way towards improving the lives of veterans in Eastern Washington and strengthening our position on the world stage.


7/15/2022

H.R. 8297

Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022

Passed  |  223-205
My Vote  |  NO

This bill prohibits anyone acting under state law from interfering with a person’s ability to access out-of-state abortion services. I voted against this bill because it is part of an extreme agenda to provide for abortion on-demand all nine months of pregnancy. It is already unconstitutional to prevent anyone from traveling between states under the commerce clause of the Constitution. The bill’s vague language undermines parent consent for minors, opens loopholes for abuse, and eliminates medical supervision for chemical abortions. This bill does nothing to explicitly prevent an unrelated adult or a sexual abuser from taking a minor out-of-state for an abortion, without parent consent.


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.

7/12/2022

H.Res 1168

H.Res 1168

Passed  |  351-63
My Vote  |  YES

This Resolution reaffirms the economic partnership between the United States and the Caribbean nations and recognizes the need to strengthen trade and investment between the United States and the Caribbean nations, our Third Border.


7/14/2022

H.R. 7337

Access for Veterans to Records Act

Passed  |  406-21
My Vote  |  YES

This bill directs the Office of the Archivist of the United States to submit to Congress a plan for reducing the backlog of requests for records from the National Personnel Records Center. This plan must include (1) target time frames to reduce the backlog, (2) a detailed plan for improving the information technology infrastructure to prevent future backlogs, and (3) actions to improve customer service for requesters.


7/12/2022

H.R. 7535

Quantum Computing Cyberse

Passed  |  Passed Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This bill addresses the migration of executive agency information technology systems to post-quantum cryptography. Post-quantum cryptography is encryption strong enough to resist attacks from quantum computers developed in the future.


7/12/2022

H.R. 521

First Responder Fair RETIRE Act

Passed  |  417-0
My Vote  |  YES

This bill allows disabled federal first responders to continue receiving federal retirement benefits in the same manner as though they had not been disabled. Under current law, federal first responders are subject to a mandatory retirement age of 57. To facilitate this earlier retirement, federal first responders are required to pay a greater percentage of their salary towards retirement. Additionally, their annuity amount is calculated at a higher rate than other federal employees.


7/14/2022

H.R. 203

The Benny C. Martinez Post Office Building

Passed  |  386-35

My Vote  |  YES

This bill would designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4020 Broadway Street in Houston, Texas, as “the Benny C. Martinez Post Office Building.”


7/12/2022

H.R. 3544

COVS Act

Passed  |  PASSED VOICE

My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the General Services Administration (GSA) transfer surplus computers and related technology to nonprofit refurbishers for eventual distribution to (1) schools, veterans, seniors, and other specified populations in need; and (2) state and local agencies for donation to nonprofit and public entities.


7/12/2022

H.R. 5794

First Sergeant Leonard A. Funk, Jr. Post Office Building

Passed  |  PASSED VOICE

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 850 Walnut Street in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, as the “First Sergeant Leonard A. Funk, Jr. Post Office Building.”


7/12/2022

H.R. 1095

PFC James Anderson, Jr., Post Office Building

Passed  |  PASSED VOICE

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 101 South Willowbrook Avenue in Compton, California, as the “PFC James Anderson, Jr., Post Office Building.”


7/14/2022

H.R. 5659

John R. Hatcher III Post Office Building

Passed  |  348-63

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1961 North C Street in Oxnard, California, as the “John R. Hatcher III Post Office Building.”


7/12/2022

H.R. 5271

Thelma Harper Post Office Building

Passed  |  330-81

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2245 Rosa L Parks Boulevard in Nashville, Tennessee, as the “Thelma Harper Post Office Building.”


7/12/2022

H.R. 5809

Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui Memorial Post Office Building

Passed  |  PASSED VOICE

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1801 Town and Country Drive in Norco, California, as the “Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui Memorial Post Office Building.”


7/12/2022

H.R. 4622

Ronald E. Rosser Post Office

Passed  |  PASSED VOICE

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 226 North Main Street in Roseville, Ohio, as the “Ronald E. Rosser Post Office.”


7/12/2022

H.R. 5659

John Armor Bingham Post Office

Passed  |  PASSED VOICE

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 82422 Cadiz Jewett Road in Cadiz, Ohio, as the “John Armor Bingham Post Office.”


7/12/2022

H.R. 1095

Norma Comnick Post Office Building

Passed  |  PASSED VOICE

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2141 Ferry Street in Anderson, California, as the “Norma Comnick Post Office Building.”

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