My Votes – Week of May 8th

May 26, 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.


H.R. 1163

Protecting Taxpayers and Victims of Unemployment Fraud

Passed  |  230–200
My Vote  |  YES

This bill allows states to retain 25% of any recovered fraudulent overpayments of pandemic unemployment insurance benefits. These retained funds may be used for modernizing unemployment compensation systems and information technology, reimbursing administrative costs, hiring fraud investigators and prosecutors, and for other program integrity activities.


H.R. 2

Secure the Border Act of 2023

Passed  |  219-213
My Vote  |  YES

There is an unprecedented crisis at our southern border, and President Biden’s failed border policies have caused it. This bill empowers the DHS to protect our southern border and renews the construction of a wall along our border.


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. 676

Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2023

Passed  |  351-58
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Ocean Acidification Advisory Board to collaborate with various entities affected by ocean acidification and coastal acidification.


H.R. 1715

Advanced Weather Model Computing Development Act

Passed  |  356-50
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to carry out research on advancing weather and climate modeling and prediction. This keeps us better protected from severe weather.


H.R. 1734

TRANQ Research Act

Passed  |  425-0
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support research and other activities related to identifying xylazine.

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