My Votes – Week of May 9th

May 13, 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.

5/10/2022

H.R.6531

Targeting Resources to Communities in Need Act of 2022

Passed  | 258-165
My Vote  |  YES

This bill addresses funding for areas of persistent poverty. Specifically, the bill requires the Bureau of the Census to publish a list of all areas of persistent poverty and annually update the list; the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop and implement guidance and measures to increase the share of federal investments targeted to areas of persistent poverty and other areas with high and persistent poverty, and to report annually to Congress; and the Government Accountability Office to report on the measures implemented by the OMB under this bill, including an assessment regarding the impact of the measures on increasing federal funds spent in the affected areas.


5/11/2022

H.R.2499

Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022

Passed  |  288-131
My Vote  |  NO

I voted against this bill because it would remove accountability provisions from federal workplace injury compensation programs that ensure benefits are preserved for individuals who meet the criteria. 


5/13/2022

H.R.903

Rights for the Transportation Security Administration Workforce Act of 2021

Passed  |  220-201
My Vote  |  NO

This bill modifies the workplace rights, protections, and benefits applicable to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel. I voted against this bill becauseI have concerns about the impact it would have on TSA’s capability to immediately respond to threats that develop.


5/13/2022

H.R.5129

Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2022

Passed  |  246-169
My Vote  |  NO

This bill would reauthorize and modify the Community Services Block Grant program through FY2031. I voted against this legislation because of provisions in the bill that raised religious liberty and pro-life concerns. One provision removes longstanding language applying “Charitable Choice” principles to the CSBG program.


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.

5/10/2022

H.R.847

Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act

Passed  |  401-19
My Vote  |  YES

This bill directs the National Science Foundation to support merit-reviewed and competitively awarded research on privacy enhancing technologies.


5/11/2022

H.R.5324

NWR Modernization Act

Passed  |  397-20
My Vote  |  YES

This bill provides for the expansion of, and upgrades to, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio All Hazards network (NWR).


5/11/2022

S.66

South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2021

Passed  |  412-7
My Vote  |  YES

This bill addresses harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in the South Florida ecosystem. An algal bloom is a rapid growth of algae that may create toxic or hypoxic (severely low-oxygen) conditions that are harmful to humans, animals, aquatic ecosystems, and the economy.


5/11/2022

H.R.7077

Empowering the U.S. Fire Administration Act

Passed  |  379-37
My Vote  |  YES

This bill authorizes the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to conduct on-site investigations of major fires and other fires under other specified circumstances.


5/11/2022

H.R.1437

PRECIP Act

Passed  |  333-81
My Vote  |  YES

This bill directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to take actions regarding precipitation estimation. Specifically, at least every five years, update precipitation frequency estimates for the United States. NOAA must include specified information in the updates and must make publicly available certain precipitation frequency estimate studies.


5/11/2022

S.1872

United States Army Rangers Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act

Passed  |  418-0
My Vote  |  YES

This bill provides for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Army Rangers Veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.


5/11/2022

H.R.5911

Fair Hiring in Banking Act

Passed  |  329-88
My Vote  |  NO

This bill creates exceptions to the restriction on hiring persons convicted of certain criminal offenses involving dishonesty or a breach of trust to a position with an insured depository institution or an insured credit union. Currently, a waiver must be obtained from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the National Credit Union Administration to allow the employment of such a person.


5/11/2022

H.R.5914

Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act

Passed  |  371-48
My Vote  |  YES

This bill reauthorizes through FY2028 and otherwise revises the Senior Investor Protection Grant Program. The bill moves the program from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Securities and Exchange Commission, establishes a task force to oversee the program, and eliminates certain grant eligibility requirements.


5/11/2022

H.R.935

Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2021

Passed  |  419-0
My Vote  |  YES

This bill exempts from securities registration requirements certain merger-and-acquisition brokers that facilitate transfer of ownership in privately held companies with earnings or revenues under a specified threshold. However, this exemption shall not apply to certain brokers, including those that provide financing related to the transfer of ownership, engage on behalf of any party in a transaction involving specified shell companies, or have been barred or suspended from association with a broker or dealer.


5/11/2022

H.R.7066

Russia and Belarus Financial Sanctions Act of 2022

Passed  |  418-2
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires a U.S. financial institution to take all necessary and available actions to ensure any entity or person owned or controlled by such institution complies with financial sanctions applicable to Russia or Belarus to the same extent required of that institution.


5/11/2022

H.R.7081

Ukraine Comprehensive Debt Payment Relief Act of 2022

Passed  |  362-56

My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Department of the Treasury to make efforts to secure debt relief for Ukraine. Specifically, Treasury must order U.S. representatives to international financial institutions to advocate for such institutions to (1) immediately suspend all debt service payments owed by Ukraine to the respective institution, (2) provide concessional financial assistance to Ukraine, and (3) provide economic support for refugees from Ukraine (including refugees of African descent) and the countries receiving such refugees.


5/11/2022

H.R.6891

Isolate Russian Government Officials Act of 2022

Passed  |  416-2
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Department of the Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to take all necessary steps to exclude Russian government officials, to the maximum extent practicable, from certain international meetings, including the activities of the Group of 20, the Basel Committee for Banking Standards, and the Bank for International Settlements.


5/11/2022

H.R.6899

Russia and Belarus SDR Exchange Prohibition Act of 2022

Passed  |  417-2
My Vote  |  YES

This bill prohibits the Department of the Treasury from engaging in any transaction involving the exchange of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) held by Russia or Belarus and requires Treasury to take actions to oppose financial assistance to Russia or Belarus.


5/11/2022

H.R.6015

Benjamin Berell Ferencz Congressional Gold Medal Act

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill provides for the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to Benjamin Berell Ferencz in recognition of his service to the United States and the international community during the post-World War II Nuremberg trials and his lifelong advocacy for international criminal justice and the rule of law.


5/11/2022

S.2201

Supply Chain Security Training Act of 2021

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Federal Acquisition Institute to develop a training program for officials with supply chain risk management responsibilities at federal agencies.


5/11/2022

H.R.224

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston, Texas, as the “Vanessa Guillén Post Office Building”

Passed  |  408-0

My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston, Texas, as the “Vanessa Guillen Post Office Building.”


5/11/2022

H.R.700

Lawrence M. ’Larry’ Walsh Sr. Post Office

Passed  |  380-26
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 303 East Mississippi Avenue in Elwood, Illinois, as the “Lawrence M. ‘Larry’ Walsh Sr. Post Office.”


5/11/2022

H.R.5900

Marine Corps Reserve PVT Jacob Cruz Post Office

Passed  |  401-1
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2016 East 1st Street in Los Angeles, California, as the “Marine Corps Reserve PVT Jacob Cruz Post Office.”


5/11/2022

H.R.6386

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Post Office Building

Passed  |  404-0
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 450 West Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg, Illinois, as the “Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Post Office Building.”


5/11/2022

H.R.6614

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Post Office Building

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4744 Grand River Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, as the “Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Post Office Building.”


5/11/2022

H.R.91

Private First Class Barrett Lyle Austin Post Office Building

Passed  |  412-3
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 810 South Pendleton Street in Easley, South Carolina, as the “Private First Class Barrett Lyle Austin Post Office Building.”


5/11/2022

H.R.92

Specialist Four Charles Johnson Post Office

Passed  |  405-3
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 Johnson Street in Pickens, South Carolina, as the “Specialist Four Charles Johnson Post Office.”


5/11/2022

H.R.207

Command Sergeant Major Lawrence E. ’Rabbit’ Kennedy Post Office Building

Passed  |  408-3
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 215 1st Avenue in Amory, Mississippi, as the “Command Sergeant Major Lawrence E. ‘Rabbit’ Kennedy Post Office Building.”


5/11/2022

H.R.209

Lance Corporal Marc Lucas Tucker Post Office Building

Passed  |  406-4
My Vote  |  YES

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 305 Highway 15 North in Pontotoc, Mississippi, as the “Lance Corporal Marc Lucas Tucker Post Office Building.”


5/12/2022

H.R.3508

CW4 Christian J. Koch Memorial Post Office

Passed  |  408-3
My Vote  |  YES

This bill establishes a rotational cyber workforce program under which certain federal employees may be detailed among rotational cyber workforce positions at other agencies.


5/12/2022

S.4119

RECA Extension Act of 2022

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill extends a program that compensates individuals who were exposed to radiation from atomic weapons testing or uranium mining or processing and who subsequently developed specified cancers or other medical conditions. The bill terminates the program two years after the bill’s enactment.

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