My Votes – Week of April 4th

Apr 08, 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.

4/6/22

H.R.3807

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act of 2021

Passed  |  223-203
My Vote  |  NO

I voted against this bill because inflation is currently front and center in the minds of millions of Americans who are watching as prices skyrocket and their savings diminish. Congress does not need to make matters worse by adding $60 billion to the nearly $6 trillion already appropriated to combat COVID-19, with no plan for paying the bill. While I opposed this bill, I am a cosponsor of  H.R. 4568, the Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments Act, which would provide $60B for the RRF by rescinding money from unspent Economic Injury Disaster Loans and state and local funds.


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.

4/4/2022

H.R.1218

Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act

Passed  |  409-11
My Vote  |  YES

This bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to include data on certain maternal health outcomes in its broadband health mapping tool. This is an online platform that allows users to visualize, overlay, and analyze broadband and health data at national, state, and county levels.


4/4/2022

H.R. 2501

Spectrum Coordination Act

Passed  |  418-6
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission to update the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Spectrum Coordination to (1) improve the process for resolving frequency allocation disputes in shared or adjacent spectrum bands, (2) ensure the efficient use of spectrum, and (3) establish reasonable timelines for information exchanges between the administration and the commission.


4/4/2022

H.R.5657

Medical Marijuana Research Act

Passed  |  343-75
My Vote  |  YES

This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to establish a new, separate registration process to facilitate biomedical research on marijuana. It will support basic research, which will allow us to better understand potential medicinal uses and it could help facilitate the development of a future field sobriety test. This is a critical step that should be made before any consideration of removing marijuana from the schedule.


4/4/2022

H.R.1916

Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act

Passed  |  310-110
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires private health insurance plans to cover diagnosis and treatment of congenital anomalies and birth defects, such as reconstructive services and items. I voted against this bill because of vague language in the bill that does not make clear which medical procedures or treatments would be required to be covered by insurance.


4/5/2022

H.R.6387

School and Daycare Protection Act

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill establishes in the Department of Homeland Security a council to ensure the coordination of activities, plans, and policies to enhance the security of schools and preschools against acts of terrorism.


4/5/2022

H.R.5633

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Transparency Act

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance transparency regarding reports conducted by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security.


4/5/2022

H.R.1540

REPORT Act

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Department of Justice and the FBI, to submit to Congress an unclassified report whenever an incident of terrorism occurs in the United States. The report must be submitted upon completion of the investigation by the primary U.S. government agency conducting the investigation concerning the incident.


4/5/2022

H.R.4209

HDS Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Defense Act

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill authorizes FY2022 and FY2023 funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to carry out activities related to identifying and remediating illicit cross-border tunnels. CBP must also develop and report to Congress a strategic plan to improve such operations.


4/4/2022

H.R.4476

DHS Trade and Economic Security Council Act of 2021

Passed  |  348-75
My Vote  |  YES

This bill establishes the DHS Trade and Economic Security Council, which must provide trade and economic security advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This includes identifying concentrated risks and setting priorities for protecting the nation’s trade and economic security.


4/5/2022

H.R.5689

Resilient AMERICA Act

Passed  |  383-41
My Vote  |  YES

This bill addresses the issue of U.S. disaster resilience and expands coverage for hazard mitigation.


4/5/2022

H.R.5641

SPEED Recovery Act

Passed  |  414-11
My Vote  |  YES

This bill increases to $1 million the threshold for eligibility for assistance for what qualifies as a small project under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, thereby allowing more recovery projects to proceed under simplified procedures.


4/5/22

H.Res.831

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Passed  |  362-63
My Vote  |  YES

Calling on the United States Government to uphold the founding democratic principles of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and establish a Center for Democratic Resilience within the headquarters of NATO.


4/6/22

H.R.5497

BURMA Act of 2021

Passed  |  Voice Vote
My Vote  |  YES

This bill authorizes humanitarian assistance and civil society support, promotes democracy and human rights, and imposes targeted sanctions with respect to human rights abuses in Burma.


4/6/22

H.R.7276

Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act

Passed  |  418-7
My Vote  |  YES

This bill directs the President to submit to Congress a report on United States Government efforts to collect, analyze, and preserve evidence and information related to war crimes and other atrocities committed during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine since February 24, 2022.


4/7/22

H.R.7108

Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act

Passed  |  420-3
My Vote  |  YES

This bill suspends normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus. It also permanently authorizes the President to impose visa- and property-blocking sanctions based on violations of human rights, and it revises the President’s authority to impose these sanctions.


4/7/22

H.R.7108

Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act

Passed  |  413-9
My Vote  |  YES

This bill prohibits the importation of energy products from Russia. It also permanently authorizes the President to impose visa- and property-blocking sanctions based on violations of human rights, and it revises the President’s authority to impose these sanctions.

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