My Votes – Week of June 20

Jun 29, 2022


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.


H.R. 4176

LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act

Passed  |  220-201
My Vote  |  NO

This bill requires any federal agencies which collect information through a survey that includes demographic data to review existing data sets to determine in which data sets information about sexual orientation and gender identity is not included, and to assess needed changes in survey methods related to asking questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. I voted against this bill because it adds bureaucracy to the federal government and could have unintended consequences on survey collection.


S. 2938

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

Passed  |  234-193
My Vote  |  NO

I opposed this bill due to the expedited nature in which it was brought to the House floor for consideration. Legislation that has the potential to infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens must be given more than 72 hours consideration. I remain committed to preventing senseless acts of violence in our communities. That’s why I have led on the STOP School Violence Act and the Safe to Tell Act to keep children safe in schools, the Fix NICS Act to enhance the federal background check system, the Active Shooter Alert Act to save lives in the community, and the comprehensive Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act to provide mental health resources to those who need it most. These are real solutions that address the root cause of this crisis, and I will continue working to deliver them.


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.


H.R. 7777

Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training Act

Passed  |  368-47
My Vote  |  YES

This bill establishes within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency an initiative to provide the cybersecurity workforce with no-cost training related to securing industrial control systems. These are information systems used to control industrial processes, such as manufacturing, product handling, production, and distribution.


H.R. 7072

NDO Fairness Act

Passed  |  Passed Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This bill makes various changes to the procedures and requirements with respect to delayed notification orders. Current law authorizes the government to compel providers of electronic communication services or remote computing services to disclose certain records and information pertaining to subscribers and customers. Further, a provider may notify subscribers or customers of the government’s request for records and information unless the government obtains a delayed notification order.


H.R. 3285

21st Century President Act

Passed  |  Passed Voice
My Vote  |  YES

This bill revises the definition of immediate family for purposes of a criminal offense involving a threat to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm on a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President. Specifically, it replaces gender-specific references to a former President’s wife and widow with the gender-neutral terms spouse and surviving spouse.


H.R. 6538

Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022

Failed  |  259-162
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. I voted in support of this bill to help give state and local law enforcement the tools needed to react quickly to active shooter situations. 


H.R. 7666

Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022

Passed  |  402-20
My Vote  |  YES

The Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022 is the most comprehensive effort to date designed to support communities providing care to people in need of hope and healing amid a worsening mental health crisis in America. I led this legislation to reauthorize key Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs to address the national mental health and substance use disorder crises. It also includes my bipartisan provision to reauthorize important programs established under the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Memorial Act, which support community-based youth and young adult suicide prevention efforts. This bill is a big win towards our goal to build stronger families, stronger communities, and a brighter future for all.


H.R. 5585


Passed  |  336-85

My Vote  |  YES

This bill authorizes the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) with a clearly defined targeted mission. It fosters the development of transformative health technologies by supporting high-risk, high-reward biomedical projects not being met by existing Federal programs or the private sector. It places strong transparency and accountability safeguards on the agency to make sure its top and only priority is high-risk breakthrough innovations in health and medicine. It prohibits federal funding from going to adversarial nations such as China and Russia.


H.R. 5407

Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act

Passed  |  405-16

My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Department of Education to encourage institutions of higher education to develop and implement comprehensive campus mental health and suicide prevention plans.


H.R. 6493

Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act of 2022

Passed  |  371-49

My Vote  |  YES

This bill reauthorizes through FY2028 and revises the illicit drug and alcohol abuse prevention program, including by expanding the program to include efforts to prevent substance misuse on campuses.


H.R. 6411

STRONG Veterans Act of 2022

Passed  |  Passed Voice

My Vote  |  YES

This bill addresses mental health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including by requiring the VA to update training for the VA workforce and Veterans Crisis Line staff, implement pilot programs, expand access to mental health care, conduct studies and research, and provide outreach to veterans regarding mental health resources.

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