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Good morn­ing! Here’s how Cascadia’s Unit­ed States Sen­a­tors vot­ed on major issues dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 17th, 2021.

The Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives was in recess.

In the United States Senate

Chamber of the United States Senate
The Sen­ate cham­ber (U.S. Con­gress photo)

JAMES KVAAL, UNDERSECRETARY FOR EDUCATION: The Sen­ate on Sep­tem­ber 14th con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of James Kvaal to serve as the Edu­ca­tion Depart­men­t’s under secretary.

Kvaal, a staffer in both the Clin­ton and Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tions, was pres­i­dent of the Insti­tute for Col­lege Access and Suc­cess start­ing in 2018.

A sup­port­er, our own Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray, D‑Washington, said: “Kvaal’s back­ground reflects a deep com­mit­ment to our nation’s stu­dents and the expe­ri­ence need­ed to hit the ground run­ning on day one.”

The vote was 58 yeas to 37 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2):
Repub­li­can Sen­a­tors Jim Risch and Mike Crapo

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (2):
Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tors Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (2):
Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tors Maria Cantwell and Pat­ty Murray

Cas­ca­dia total: 4 aye votes, 2 nay votes

DAVID ESTUDILLO, U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: The Sen­ate on Sep­tem­ber 14th con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of David Estudil­lo to serve as a judge on the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the West­ern Dis­trict of Washington.

Estudil­lo has been a supe­ri­or court judge in Grant Coun­ty, Wash­ing­ton, since 2015; pre­vi­ous­ly, he was a pri­vate prac­tice lawyer spe­cial­iz­ing in immi­gra­tion law.

A sup­port­er, our own Sen­a­tor Maria Cantwell, D‑Washington, said “his strong char­ac­ter and respect for the rule of law, a sense of jus­tice, fair­ness, humil­i­ty, empa­thy, and capac­i­ty for com­pas­sion and under­stand­ing would be a ben­e­fit to the court and all the par­ties con­cerned.” The vote was 54 yeas to 41 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2):
Repub­li­can Sen­a­tors Jim Risch and Mike Crapo

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (2):
Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tors Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (2):
Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tors Maria Cantwell and Pat­ty Murray

Cas­ca­dia total: 4 aye votes, 2 nay votes

ANGEL KELLEY, U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: The Sen­ate has con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Angel Kel­ley to serve as a judge on the U.S. dis­trict court for Mass­a­chu­setts. Kel­ley has been a judge on the Mass­a­chu­setts dis­trict and then supe­ri­or courts since 2009. A sup­port­er, Sen­a­tor Edward Markey, D‑Massachusetts, said that Kel­ley “has through­out her career demon­strat­ed one thing above all else, and that is an abid­ing com­mit­ment to our nation’s promise of equal jus­tice under the law.” The vote was 52 yeas to 44 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2):
Repub­li­can Sen­a­tors Jim Risch and Mike Crapo

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (2):
Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tors Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (2):
Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tors Maria Cantwell and Pat­ty Murray

Cas­ca­dia total: 4 aye votes, 2 nay votes

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Targeted News Service provides comprehensive public policy coverage of government activities at the federal, congressional and state level, including weekly voting reports for NPI's Last Week In Congress series. TNS' president and editor Myron Struck has been a professional journalist since 1973, working for The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Manassas (Virginia) Journal-Messenger, Prince William (Virginia) Journal, Defense News, Defense Electronics, Roll Call, States News Service, CCH Publications (TaxDay), CD Publications and Campaigns & Elections Magazine.

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