How they voted: debt ceiling, military spending, China, presidential authority, vaccine mandate, appointments | Local news

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WASHINGTON – Here is a look at the vote by members of Congress in Minnesota during the week ending December 10.

HOUSING

Medicare, debt ceiling

On December 7, the House passed the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act (S. 610). The bill’s provisions include an amendment to the rules of procedure to facilitate approval of an increase in the federal government’s debt ceiling, changes to the Medicare conversion factor formula for payments to health care providers, health care and a reduction in the scale of reductions in Medicare payments. The vote was 222 yes against 212 no.

Vote yes: Angie Craig, D-2; Dean Phillips, D-3; Betty McCollum, D-4; Ilhan Omar, J-5.

Vote no: Jim Hagedorn, R-1; Tom Emmer, R-6; Michelle Fischbach, R-7; Pete Stauber, R-8

Do not vote: nothing

Military spending

On December 7, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1605), to authorize spending for fiscal year 2022 for the military, military construction projects and programs related to the army at the Ministry of Energy. The vote was 363 yes to 70 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: Omar

Maritime transport

On December 8, the House passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (HR 4996), to amend the regulation of U.S. and foreign sea shippers by the Federal Maritime Commission. The vote was 364 yes to 60 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

Livestock sales

On December 8, the House passed the Cattle Contract Library Act (HR 5609) to require the Department of Agriculture to develop a catalog of the different types of purchase contracts offered by packers to beef producers. The vote was 411 yes to 13 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

forest management

On December 8, the House passed the National Forest Restoration and Remediation Act (HR 4489), requiring the US Forest Service to place the proceeds of enforcement settlements in interest-bearing accounts. The vote was 385 yes to 42 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

Ban on imports into Xinjiang

On December 8, the House passed the Uyghur Prevention of Forced Labor Act (HR 1155), which banned the importation into the United States of various products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The vote was 428 yes to 1 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

China and the Olympics

The House passed a resolution on December 8 (H. Res. 837), sponsored by Representative Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., Declaring that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has failed to live up to its own human rights commitments. of the man by failing to reprimand China for its mistreatment of tennis player and former Olympian Peng Shuai. The vote was unanimous with 428 yeses.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

Treat ALS

The House passed the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (HR 3537) on December 8. The bill would direct the Food and Drug Administration to provide grants to increase access to clinical trials of drugs for patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The vote was 423 yes to 3 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

Childhood disability

On December 8, the House passed the Children’s Health Improvement Act (HR 5551) to re-authorize the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disorders for five years. The vote was 405 yes to 20 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

Opioid prescription

On December 8, the House passed the Opioid Prescription Verification Act (HR 2355), requiring the Department of Health and Human Services, in its grant program and pharmacist training efforts, to put emphasis on prevention of opioid dependence and overdose. The vote was 410 yes to 15 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

War workers

On December 8, the House passed the Women Who Worked on the Home Front Memorial Act (HR 3531). The bill would authorize the construction on federal government land in Washington, DC, of ​​a memorial to women who worked in war-related industries during World War II. The vote was 425 yes to 1 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: nothing

Federal governance

On December 9, the House passed the Protecting Our Democracy Act (HR 5314). The bill’s provisions include restrictions on presidential pardon powers, limits on presidential declarations of urgency, various measures to increase oversight of the president, and measures to limit foreign interference in political campaigns for a federal post. The vote was 220 yes to 208 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

SENATE

FAC president

On December 7, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Jessica Rosenworcel as chair of the Federal Communications Commission for a five-year term ending in mid-2025. Rosenworcel has chaired the FCC since January on an interim basis and was previously commissioner of the FCC. The vote on December 7 was 68 yes to 31 no.

Vote yes: Amy Klobuchar D; Tina Smith, D

Vote no: nothing

Mediation Commission

On December 7, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Deirdre Hamilton as commissioner to the National Mediation Council for a term ending in mid-2022. The Council resolves employment and other disputes in the railways and air transport sectors. The vote was 52 yes to 48 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: nothing

Customs and border security

On December 7, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Chris Magnus as Commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection Agency of the Department of Homeland Security. Magnus, a longtime law enforcement officer, is currently the Tucson, Arizona police chief. The vote was 50 to 47 against.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: nothing

Military exports to Saudi Arabia

On December 7, the Senate rejected a motion to discharge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of a resolution (SJ Res. 31) disapproving of the potential sale of military weapons to Saudi Arabia. The vote for discharge was 30 to 67 against.

Vote yes: Black-smith

Vote no: Klobuchar

American lawyer from Massachusetts

On December 8, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Rachael Rollins as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Rollins has been a lawyer with various government agencies in Massachusetts since 2007. The vote was 50 to 50 against, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a 51st vote in favor.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: nothing

AmeriCorps

On December 8, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Michael D. Smith as CEO of AmeriCorps. Smith is currently Executive Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Director of Youth Opportunities Programs at the Obama Foundation. The vote was 58 yes against 41 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: nothing

COVID-19 vaccination rule

On December 8, the Senate passed a resolution (SJ Res. 29) that would disapprove and overturn a Department of Labor emergency rule requiring vaccination against Covid-19 for employees of companies with 100 or more workers. The vote was 52 yes to 48 no.

Vote yes: nothing

Vote no: Klobuchar, Smith

Medicare, debt ceiling

On December 9, the Senate approved the House Amendment to the United States Medicare and Farmers’ Protection from Forcible Act (S. 610). The amended bill would change the rules of procedure to facilitate approval of an increase in the federal government’s debt ceiling, make changes to the Medicare conversion factor formula for payments to health care providers, and would reduce the magnitude of upcoming cuts in Medicare payments to providers. The vote was 59 yes against 35 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: nothing

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