My Votes – Week of November 16th

Nov 20, 2020
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.

Result and Date Bill #    Bill Title My Vote What it means for you and your family
11/20/2020

PASSED

246-140

H.R. 8294 Apprenticeship Act of 2020 NO This bill doubles down on the one-size-fits-all federal registered apprenticeship system while doing nothing to support Industry Recognized-Apprenticeship Programs. We should empower employers to innovate and develop their own apprenticeship programs, not hamstring them. While the registered apprenticeship system does serve a purpose, it shouldn’t be the only option. Employers need the flexibility to train a new workforce and fill the needs of our economy. 

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.

Result and Date Bill #    Bill Title My Vote What it means for you and your family
11/16/2020

PASSED

401-0

S. 327 Wounded Veterans Recreation Act YES This legislation would make it so that any veteran with a service-connected disability can get a free lifetime National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.  It would also give a free pass to any other US citizen who is permanently disabled.
11/16/2020

PASSED

394-0

S. 3147 Improving Safety and Security for Veterans Act YES This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report on the policies and procedures relating to patient safety and quality of care and the steps the VA has taken to improve such care at VA medical centers. After any investigation or trial concludes, the VA must also report on the events involving deaths that occurred at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and the actions the VA has taken to prevent any similar recurrence.
11/17/2020

PASSED

395-4

H.R. 4611 Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II YES This bill modifies permitting requirements regarding the discharge of any pollutant from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant.
11/16/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 1964 Lumbee Recognition Act YES Extends federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and makes its members eligible for the services and benefits provided to members of federally recognized tribes.
11/16/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6327 PRC for Native Veterans Act YES Specifies that the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense must reimburse the Indian Health Service (IHS), tribes, or tribal organizations for health care services provided to American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, regardless of whether such services are provided directly by the IHS, tribes, or tribal organizations, or through certain contracts for services.
11/16/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 1069 Digital Coast Act YES Reauthorizes through FY2024 and revises the National Sea Grant College Program, through which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supports university-based programs that focus on studying, conserving, and effectively using U.S. coastal resources.
11/16/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 910 National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2020 YES Reauthorizes through FY2024 and revises the National Sea Grant College Program, through which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supports university-based programs that focus on studying, conserving, and effectively using U.S. coastal resources.
11/16/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 3587 Department of Veterans Affairs Website Accessibility Act of 2019 YES Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report to Congress regarding the accessibility of VA websites (including attached files and web-based applications) to individuals with disabilities. 
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4499 NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2020 YES Expands research endowments available through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to include former centers of excellence at certain historically black colleges and universities and at biomedical and behavioral research institutions with a significant number of minority students.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5668 MODERN Labeling Act of 2020 YES Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to modernize the labeling of certain generic drugs
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4712 Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act YES Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to limitations on exclusive approval or licensure of orphan drugs
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2466 State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2020 YES Reauthorizes through FY2024 the State Opioid Response Grants program that is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2281 Easy MAT for Opioid Addiction Act YES Requires the Drug Enforcement Administration to revise regulations to allow a practitioner to administer up to a three-day supply of narcotic drugs to an individual at one time for purposes of relieving acute withdrawal symptoms while the individual awaits arrangements for narcotic treatment.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2117 FASTER Act of 2020 YES Directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand data collection of information related to food allergies and specific allergens and revises the definition of major allergen to specifically include sesame. The Department of Health and Human Services may designate additional food ingredients as major allergens based on the prevalence and severity of allergic reactions through regulation.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5855 Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2020 YES Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a grant program for specified trauma centers and nonprofits to establish or expand intervention or prevention programs related to intentional violent trauma, excluding intimate partner violence.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 3878 Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Act of 2020 YES Creates additional requirements for drug manufacturers and distributors who discover a suspicious order for controlled substances.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4806 DEBAR Act of 2020 YES Prohibit any person from registering to manufacture or dispense a controlled substance if the person has a history of suspended registrations.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4812 Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2020 YES Amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide for the modification, transfer, and termination of a registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances or list I chemicals
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6096 READI Act YES Includes emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a type of alert that mobile subscribers may not block from their devices. (Currently, only alerts from the President may not be blocked.)
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6624 USA Telecommunications Act YES Establishes a program through which the Department of Commerce shall award grants to support the deployment and use of Open RAN 5G Networks throughout the United States.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7310 Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020 YES Require the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information to submit to Congress a plan for the modernization of the information technology systems of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2610 Fraud and Scam Reduction Act YES Establishes a Senior Scams Prevention Advisory Council, which shall create model educational materials to educate employees of retailers, financial-services companies, and wire-transfer companies on how to identify and prevent scams that affect seniors.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6435 Combating Pandemic Scams Act of 2020 YES Requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in consultation with relevant agencies, to inform the public about mail, telemarketing, and internet scams related to COVID-19. The FTC must establish a national database for such information and must also disseminate information on how to report COVID-19-related scams to the appropriate agency.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 8121 Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act YES This bill requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to report, and make available to the public, information about injuries and deaths from consumer products during the coronavirus public health emergency. 
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 8408 Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act YES Addresses certain safety standards relating to the aircraft certification process.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 8266 FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020 YES Modifies the federal cost share of certain emergency assistance relating to COVID-19.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 8326 CED Act YES Requires grant applicants for certain public works and economic development projects to describe in their comprehensive economic development strategy how they will increase the accessibility of affordable, quality child care.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5919 National Children’s Museum Act YES Requires the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into a cooperative agreement with the National Children’s Museum with respect to the museum’s occupancy of a specified space in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Among other things, the agreement must require the GSA to provide the rent so long as it owns or controls the space.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

S. 1869 Secure Federal LEASEs Act YES This bill instructs the General Services Administration (GSA), the Architect of the Capitol, or any federal agency (other than the Department of Defense and the intelligence community) that has independent statutory leasing authority (federal lessee), before entering into a lease agreement or approving a novation agreement with an entity involving a change of ownership under a lease that will be used for high-security leased space, to require the entity to identify the immediate or highest-level owner of the space and disclose whether that owner is a foreign person or entity, including the country associated with the ownership entity.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5953 Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act YES requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive certain debts owed to the United States related to disaster assistance provided to an individual or household.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4358 Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2020 YES directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to (1) submit to Congress a report describing the preliminary damage assessment process, as carried out by FEMA in the five years before this bill’s enactment; and (2) establish damage assessment teams within FEMA to conduct preliminary damage assessments with state and local governments and appropriate relief or disaster assistance organizations.
11/17/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 2914 Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act of 2020 YES Makes certain individuals and households eligible for housing assistance in connection with a major disaster, including Hurricane Maria of 2017. To be eligible, an individual or household must be occupying an otherwise unused or uninhabited property located in the area for which the major disaster was declared but does not have documented ownership rights to and is not renting the property, or residing or have resided in an area for which the major disaster was declared but does not have documentary proof of residence.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 1033 Condemning acts by the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region that violate fundamental rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents as well as acts that undermine Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy. YES This resolution condemns the advancement of China’s national security legislation for Hong Kong. The resolution also advises the United States to coordinate with allies to respond to developments in Hong Kong, including by providing Hong Kong residents who face well-founded fears of persecution an opportunity to emigrate from Hong Kong.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 697 Affirming the significance of the advocacy for genuine autonomy for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China and the work His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has done to promote global peace, harmony, and understanding. YES This resolution recognizes both the cultural and religious significance of an autonomous Tibet. The resolution also presses for the assembly of a bipartisan, bicameral forum between Members of Congress and the Dalai Lama to discuss peaceful solutions to international conflicts.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 6334 Securing America from Epidemics Act YES Authorizes the United States to participate in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), an alliance of countries and private partners whose mission is to finance and coordinate the development of vaccines for high-priority, epidemic-potential threats.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 349 Reaffirming the vital role of the United States-Japan alliance in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific YES This resolution reaffirms the vital role of the U.S.-Japan alliance in promoting peace and stability and calls for further strengthening of ties.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 809 Expressing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Korea and the contributions of Korean Americans in the United States YES This resolution recognizes the importance of the U.S.-Korea alliance in promoting peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and calls for further strengthening ties between the countries.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 1012 Recognizing the historic transformation of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance since the Korean War into a mutually beneficial, global partnership. YES This resolution commemorates the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean war and expresses support for the alliance between the United States and South Korea. The resolution also commends the two countries’ cooperation with respect to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4644 Libya Stabilization Act YES Provides for sanctions and aid related to the conflict in Libya.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 1062 Affirming the Nature of the United States-Iraq bilateral relationship, including security and economic components of the relationship YES This resolution expresses the House of Representatives’ support for a sovereign and democratic Iraq and calls on the United States to provide continued support for Iraq and its citizens through trade and investment, medical assistance, and stabilization efforts coordinated with international partners. It also calls on Iraq to take appropriate action to protect U.S. diplomats and service members and to allow humanitarian and stabilization assistance programs to be implemented without delays or impediments.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7990 FENTANYL Results Act YES Prioritizes efforts of the Department of State to combat international trafficking in covered synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7276 East Africa Locust Eradication Act YES Establishes an interagency working group to assess the scope of the locust outbreaks in the East Africa region and their impacts on food security and political stability, including in the context of restrictions relating to COVID-19); review the effectiveness of regional and multilateral efforts to eradicate locust outbreaks; and develop and implement a plan to eradicate locust outbreaks and address future outbreaks.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5586 Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act YES This bill directs the Department of State to undertake specific initiatives to prioritize and assess (1) the protection and preservation of human rights in Haiti, (2) the promotion of press and assembly freedoms and the protection of journalists in Haiti, (3) efforts to combat corruption in Haiti, and (4) a strategy of post-disaster recovery and development efforts in Haiti.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7703 Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act YES Authorizes appropriations for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, enhancing the United States-Caribbean security partnership, and prioritizing disaster resilience.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 672 Expressing support of the Three Seas Initiative in its efforts to increase energy independence and infrastructure connectivity thereby strengthening the United States and European national security YES This resolution supports the Three Seas Initiative in its efforts to (1) increase energy resilience and infrastructure connectivity across Central and Eastern Europe; and (2) further the process of building a Europe that is undivided, secure, prosperous, and free.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 1145 Condemning the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and calling for a robust United States and international response. YES Condemps the recent poisoning of the Russian opposition leader and calls for investigations into the case from multiple international entities.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 8259 To prohibit Russian participation in the G7, and for other purposes. YES This bill prohibits the use of federal funds to support or facilitate Russia’s participation in a proceeding of the Group of Seven (a group consisting of the seven largest major advanced economies, as determined by the International Monetary Fund) or to reconstitute the Group of Eight to include Russia. (Russia was disinvited from the Group of Eight in 2014 after it occupied parts of Ukraine, including the Crimea region.)
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H. Res. 825 Urging the United States to continue to be a leader in supporting the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the global nonproliferation regime to reap the benefits the NPT and such regime bring to United States and international security. YES This resolution reaffirms support for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The resolution urges the United States to continue to be a leader in promoting nonproliferation through specified measures.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4636 PLASTICS Act YES Authorizes the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to prioritize and advance global efforts to prevent and reduce marine debris and plastic waste. 
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 8405 American Values and Security in International Athletics Act YES Requires the Department of State to distribute specified briefing materials to individuals representing the United States at international athletic competitions. These materials must contain information on human rights concerns and personal privacy and security risks posed by certain host countries (e.g., specified communist countries and countries that do not meet certain minimum standards with respect to human trafficking and are not making significant efforts to do so).
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 8438 Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020 YES Expands the President’s authority to impose sanctions related to Belarus to include activities surrounding the disputed 2020 Belarusian presidential election and subsequent government crackdown. The bill also expands authorized assistance to Belarus.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 5408 Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act YES Directs the President, when determining whether Russia is a country of particular concern for religious freedom under certain federal laws, to consider incidents occurring in the parts of Ukraine controlled by Russia or Russia-affiliated non-state groups. 
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 4802 To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize rewards under the Department of State’s rewards program relating to information regarding individuals or entities engaged in activities in contravention of United States or United Nations sanctions, and for other purposes. YES Expands the Department of State’s rewards program to allow rewards for providing information that leads to the identification or location of an entity or individual that knowingly violates U.S. or United Nations sanctions.
11/18/2020

PASSED

VOICE

H.R. 7954 Tropical Forest and Coral Reef Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2020 YES Extends through FY2025 authority for debt-for-nature swaps and debt buyback programs that reduce or convert debt obligations from eligible countries to the United States into funding for nature conservation and protection efforts in that country.

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