My Votes – Week of November 1st

Nov 09, 2021
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.

11/04/2021

H.R. 3992

POJA Act of 2021

Passed  |  224-200
My Vote  |  No (the Congressional record reflects my opposition to this bill)

Applicants for employment are already covered by the ADEA, so this effort is at best duplicative. At worst, it could inadvertently make common recruiting tools like internship programs or job fairs at colleges and universities illegal.


11/05/2021

H.R. 3684

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684)

Passed  |  228-206
My Vote  |  No (the Congressional record reflects my opposition to this bill)

We all agree on the need to modernize and invest in our nation’s hard infrastructure. Energy and Commerce Republicans have led on dozens of bills to close the digital divide, increase our energy security and clean energy deployment. We have also worked hard to make investments in safe drinking water and make our roads safer, as well as target federal investments that are paired with comprehensive permitting, regulatory, and licensing reforms to reduce barriers to deployment and spur private investment. Unfortunately, this bill does not lift barriers that make projects expensive and, in many cases, impossible. It will compromise energy reliability and affordability, fails to target funds to unserved areas based on accurate FCC maps, and ignores the most important policy for safer roads – a national framework for autonomous vehicles. This bill prioritizes spending and investment in urban centers at the expense of our more rural areas of the country.


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.

11/01/2021

H.R. 1619

Catawba Indian Nation Lands Act

Passed  |  361-55
My Vote  |  No (the Congressional record reflects my opposition to this bill)

This bill addresses a dispute that is currently in active litigation. I am concerned about setting precedent for Congressional approval for off-reservation casinos.


11/01/2021

H.R. 2758

Lumbee Recognition Act

Passed  |  357-59
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill 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.


11/02/2021

H.R. 1975

Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021

Passed  |  397-25
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill sets aside more than 700 acres of land in San Diego County, California for the benefit of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. This is contingent upon the tribe transferring title to that land to the United States, in which case the land would be made part of the Pala Indian Reservation. This bill prohibits gambling on any of the land taken into trust.


11/02/2021

H.R. 3616

Bear River National Heritage Area Study Act

Passed  |  399-23
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill directs the Department of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating an area in Utah and Idaho near the main drainage area of the Bear River as a National Heritage Area known as the Bear River National Heritage Area.


11/02/2021

H.R. 5221

Urban Indian Health Confer Act

Passed  |  406-17
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

The legislation requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to confer with urban Indian organizations (UIOs) on health care policies and initiatives for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban areas. Currently, only the Indian Health Service (IHS) is required to confer with UIOs, even though most American Indians and Alaska Natives—roughly 70 percent—live and seek health care in urban areas outside of tribal lands.


11/02/2021

S. 108

To authorize the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease or transfer certain land, and for other purposes

Passed  |  425-2
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill allows the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease, sell, convey, warrant, or transfer its real property that is not held in trust by the United States.


11/02/2021

H.R. 4881

Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act

Passed  | 375-45
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill directs the Department of the Interior to take tribally owned lands in Pima County, Arizona into trust for the benefit of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. Lands taken into trust shall be part of the Pascua Yaqui Reservation. The bill allows gaming on the land taken into trust.


11/02/2021

H.R. 2088

Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, as amended

Passed  | 407-16
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill returns 76 acres of sacred land in Monroe County, TN to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee People have a long, rich history on the lands, and they are the place where Cherokees have honored the birth and life of Sequoyah, one of the most influential and important Native Americans in history.


11/02/2021

H.R. 3469

Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2021

Passed  | 418-2
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill reauthorizes the Boots to Business Program for 5 years under the Small Business Act. Boots to Business provides entrepreneurship training to veterans and active members of the Armed Forces.


11/02/2021

H.R. 4256

Investing in Main Street Act of 2021

Passed  | 413-10
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

The bill would increase the percent of capital and surplus a financial institution or federal savings institution may invest in a Small Business Investment Company from 5 to 15 percent, subject to the approval of the appropriate federal banking agency.


11/02/2021

H.R. 3462

SBA Cyber Awareness Act

Passed  | 423-0
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

The bill directs SBA to issue reports that assess its cybersecurity infrastructure and report cyber-threats, breaches, and cyber-attacks.


11/02/2021

H.R. 4481

Small Business 7(a) Loan Agent Transparency Act

Passed  | 407-9
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

The bill would require the Small Business Administration Office of Credit Risk Management (OCRM) to establish a registration system for 7(a) agents that assigns each a unique identifier and collects data to help OCRM track and evaluate loan performance for loans generated through loan agent activity.


11/02/2021

H.R. 4531

7(a) Loan Agent Oversight Act

Passed  | 411-9
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

The bill requires the OCRM to submit an annual report to Congress regarding the performance of and risk associated with loans generated through loan agent activity.


11/02/2021

H.R. 4515

Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2021

Passed  | 409-14
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

The bill would establish a cyber counseling certification program in Small business Development Centers (SBDCs) to provide specific, free-of-charge cyber training for small businesses. The cyber training provided by the nationwide network of SBDCs will offer crucial resources for small businesses to plan and implement cybersecurity protections and combat cyberattacks.


11/03/2021

H.Con.Res.44

Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

Passed  | VOICE
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

To keep Congress and the nation updated on the fiscal health of the nation, this concurrent resolution requires the U.S. Comptroller General to present the Financial Report of the United States annually before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Budget Committees, open to all members of Congress.


11/03/2021

S. 1064

RENACER Act

Passed  | 387-35
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill will forcibly respond to the Ortega regime’s brutal crackdown against the Nicaraguan people and destabilizing behavior in the region by using US diplomatic actions and tools.


11/03/2021

H. Res 760

Expressing solidarity with Cuban citizens demonstrating peacefully for fundamental freedoms, condemning the Cuban regime’s acts of repression, and calling for the immediate release of arbitrarily detained Cuban citizens.

Passed  | 382-40
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This timely resolution expresses strong solidarity with the Cuban people who took to their streets across the country on July 11, 2021, and it supports those who plan to peacefully demonstrate again on November 15, 2021 to once again express their desire to live in a free country with self-determination.


11/04/2021

H.R. 1339

Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act

Passed  | 383-41
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

The legislation would push the federal government to start planning for ways to integrate new and emerging aviation sector technology into existing transportation and infrastructure systems so commutes, jobs, workforce, and current ways of life can adapt with ease. New technologies that will result from this legislation will also support infrastructure safety and security for highways, bridges, and pipelines.


11/04/2021

H.R. 3193

E-BRIDGE Act

Passed  | 410-16
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill removes hurdles for broadband projects under EDA grants, including difficult last-mile efforts that often delay rural broadband deployment. It also ensures that local communities can partner with the private sector in carrying out broadband projects and gives communities more flexibility in complying with their funding match requirements.


11/04/2021

H.R. 3709

Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2021

Passed  | 402-11
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill would establish an advisory panel of emergency management personnel to consider measures that strengthen the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ability to conduct consistent and timely preliminary damage assessments after disasters strike. These measures would seek to expedite recovery efforts for people facing damage from flooding, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.


11/04/2021

H.R. 2220

To amend title 40, United States Code, to modify the treatment of certain bargain-price options to purchase at less than fair market value, and for other purposes.

Passed  | 416-4
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill would allow the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into bargain price purchasing agreements.


11/04/2021

H.R. 390

To redesignate the Federal building located at 167 North Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee as the “Odell Horton Federal Building”.

Passed  | 422-2-1
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill designates the federal building at 167 North Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee (commonly known as the Clifford Davis and Odell Horton Federal Building) as the Odell Horton Federal Building.


11/04/2021

H.R. 4679

To designate the Federal building located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue Southeast in Washington, DC, as the “Norman Yoshio Mineta Federal Building”.

Passed  | 409-14-1
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill designates the federal building located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE in the District of Columbia as the Norman Yoshio Mineta Federal Building.


11/04/2021

H.R. 4660

To designate the Federal Building and United States Courthouse located at 1125 Chapline Street in Wheeling, West Virginia, as the “Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse”.

Passed  | 416-4-1
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill designates the federal building and U.S. courthouse located at 1125 Chapline Street in Wheeling, West Virginia as the Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse.


11/04/2021

H.R. 1917

Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act

Passed  | 409-16
My Vote  |  Yes (the Congressional record reflects my support of this bill)

This bill eliminates unnecessary bureaucratic delays to beginning recovery projects by allowing certain eligible disaster mitigation projects to begin without the risk of losing potential federal funds.

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