My Votes – Week of March 6th

Mar 17, 2023


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.


S. 619

COVID-19 Origins Act of 2023

Passed  |  419-0
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to declassify all information relating to potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origin of COVID-19.


H.J.Res 27

Providing for congressional disapproval of the Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States”

Passed  |  227-198
My Vote  |  YES

This bill blocks President Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s overreaching and unclear Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which specifies which bodies of water fall under the scope of the Clean Water Act and are thereby under federal jurisdiction. In today’s struggling economy, the agriculture community in Eastern Washington can’t afford any more uncertainty. They need relief, and this resolution will help provide it.


H.R. 140

Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act

Passed  |  219-206
My Vote  |  YES

The bill prohibits Biden administration officials and federal bureaucrats from using their authority or influence to promote censorship of speech or pressure social media companies to censor speech.


H.Con.Res 21

Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Syria

Failed  |  103-321
My Vote  |  NO

This resolution directs the president to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Syria within 180 days of the adoption of this concurrent resolution.


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. 1123

Understanding Cybersecurity for Mobile Networks Act

Passed  | 393-22
My Vote  |  YES

Requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to examine and report on the cybersecurity of mobile service networks and how they might be vulnerable to cyberattacks and surveillance conducted by adversaries.


H.R. 502

To amend title 38, to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs repays members of the Armed Forces for certain contributions made by such members towards Post-9/11 Educational Assistance

Passed  |  VOICE
My Vote  |  YES

This bill modifies the process for repaying service members and veterans who paid to keep benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, but later chose to utilize post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.


H.R. 815


Passed  |  VOICE
My Vote  |  YES

This bill expands eligibility for the VA reimbursement of emergency treatment for veterans who are treated in a non-VA facility. Specifically, the bill waives the requirement that a veteran must have received VA care within the 24-month period preceding the furnishing of emergency treatment if the veteran receives such emergency treatment within the 60-day period following their enrollment in the VA health care system.


H.R. 753

VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act

Passed  |  426-0
My Vote  |  YES

Requires the VA to install and operate an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system at each VA facility that would benefit from such a system’s cost savings.


H.R. 1226

Wounded Warrior Access Act

Passed  |  422-0
My Vote  |  YES

Requires the VA to establish and maintain a secure online tool or website to enable a claimant or their representative to make records requests related to VA claims and benefits.

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