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Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 20th-24th)

Good morn­ing! Here’s how Cascadia’s Mem­bers of Con­gress vot­ed on major issues dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 24th, 2021.

In the United States House of Representatives

Chamber of the United States House of Representatives

The House cham­ber (U.S. Con­gress photo)

CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN: On Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 21st, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed the Extend­ing Gov­ern­ment Fund­ing and Deliv­er­ing Emer­gency Assis­tance Act (H.R. 5305), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rosa L. DeLau­ro, D‑Connecticut, to fund the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment through Decem­ber 3rd, sus­pend the fed­er­al debt lim­it through 2022, and add emer­gency sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing to deal with the with­draw­al from Afghanistan and recent weath­er events.

DeLau­ro said: “This bill pro­vides tens of bil­lions of dol­lars to sup­port the work­ing mid­dle-class fam­i­lies who live paycheck-to-paycheck.”

A bill oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kay Granger, R‑Texas, crit­i­cized the absence of fund­ing for Israel’s Iron Dome sys­tem for defend­ing against mis­sile attacks and the fail­ure to ade­quate­ly respond to the surge of attempt­ed migra­tion across the bor­der with Mex­i­co. The vote was 220 yeas to 211 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (7): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 11 aye votes, 6 nay votes

FUNDING FOR THE U.S. MILITARY: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the House passed the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350), spon­sored by our own Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adam Smith, D‑Washington, to autho­rize $753 bil­lion of mil­i­tary spend­ing and mil­i­tary con­struc­tion pro­grams for fis­cal 2022, and estab­lish mil­i­tary per­son­nel lev­els for the year.

Smith said the bill would help enhance U.S. nation­al secu­ri­ty, while avoid­ing an exces­sive increase in spend­ing over 2021 levels.

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez, D‑New York, said the con­tin­ued increase in funds for the mil­i­tary “is com­ing at the cost of our domes­tic devel­op­ment here at home.”

The vote was 316 yeas to 113 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Simpson

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Russ Fulcher

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (3): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Earl Blu­me­nauer and Kurt Schrad­er; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

Vot­ing Nay (2): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci and Peter DeFazo

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (9): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Vot­ing Nay (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Prami­la Jayapal

Cas­ca­dia total: 13 aye votes, 4 nay votes

DISABILITY AND STUDENT LOANS: On Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 22nd, the House adopt­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Madeleine Dean, D‑Pennsylvania, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350, above), that would require the can­cel­la­tion of pri­vate stu­dent loans made to bor­row­ers who sub­se­quent­ly become per­ma­nent­ly dis­abled. Dean said the amend­ment “would right a wrong and bring par­i­ty between pro­tec­tions for pri­vate stu­dent loan bor­row­ers and fed­er­al stu­dent loan borrowers.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive War­ren David­son, R‑Ohio, said: “Con­gress should not attempt to leg­is­late the terms of agree­ment to which the par­ties have already agreed.” The vote was 219 yeas to 204 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (7): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 11 aye votes, 6 nay votes

VETERANS’ MEDICAL DEBT: On Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 22nd, the House adopt­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rashi­da Tlaib, D‑Michigan, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350, above).

The amend­ment would keep a mil­i­tary mem­ber’s debts stem­ming from med­ical­ly nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures from appear­ing on a cred­it report, and take oth­er mea­sures to lim­it debt col­lec­tion from vet­er­ans. Tlaib said: “These pro­tec­tions would pro­vide ser­vice­mem­bers much-need­ed clar­i­ty to fig­ure out what they actu­al­ly owe and what the impact will have on their credit.”

An amend­ment oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive War­ren David­son, R‑Ohio, said remov­ing debt from cred­it reports “will under­mine the safe­ty and sound­ness of finan­cial insti­tu­tions and the finan­cial sys­tem more broadly.”

The vote was 222 yeas to 203 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (7): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 11 aye votes, 6 nay votes

EXPANDING WILDERNESS IN THE WEST: On Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 22nd, the House adopt­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Diana DeGette, D‑Colorado, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350, above).

The amend­ment would des­ig­nate close to 1.3 mil­lion acres of fed­er­al land in Wash­ing­ton, Col­orado, and Cal­i­for­nia as wilder­ness or nation­al monuments.

DeGette said: “Pre­serv­ing these untouched pub­lic lands from the threat of future devel­op­ment is more than just pro­tect­ing our envi­ron­ment. It is about pro­tect­ing our econ­o­my and jobs and our west­ern way of life.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Doug Lam­born, R‑Colorado, said the result­ing land use restric­tions “will restrict for­est man­age­ment prac­tices that will ren­der these lands more prone to cat­a­stroph­ic wildfires.”

The vote was 222 yeas to 200 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (7): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 11 aye votes, 6 nay votes

WITHDRAWING U.S. SUPPORT FOR CIVIL WAR IN YEMEN: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the House passed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ro Khan­na, D‑California, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350, above), that would stop fund­ing for the ship­ment of U.S. equip­ment to sup­port Sau­di Ara­bi­an airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Khan­na said: “We are not going to use tax­pay­er dol­lars to give them equip­ment for their planes to bomb Yemeni’s kids.”

An amend­ment oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Joe Wil­son, R‑South Car­oli­na, said: “One-sided ini­tia­tives that restrict U.S. sup­port for Sau­di Ara­bia, in word or deed, only tele­graph more vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty that will lead to fur­ther attacks by the Houthis.”

The vote was 219 yeas to 207 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (7): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 11 aye votes, 6 nay votes

ETHICS IN FEDERAL CONTRACTING: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the House adopt­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jamaal Bow­man, D‑New York, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350), that would bar the pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent, and Cab­i­net offi­cials from con­tract­ing to pro­vide goods or ser­vices to the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment (as Biden’s pre­de­ces­sor did).

Bow­man said that with the ban “we can ensure that every elect­ed offi­cial is free from the con­flict of inter­est asso­ci­at­ed with both decid­ing who gets fed­er­al con­tracts and then ben­e­fit­ing from those contracts.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michelle Fis­chbach, R‑Minnesota, said: “The amend­ment adds broad new lan­guage to the crim­i­nal code and could dis­cour­age peo­ple from enter­ing fed­er­al ser­vice.” The vote was 234 yeas to 183 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (8): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime Her­rera Beutler

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 12 aye votes, 5 nay votes

ELIMINATING PRINT VERSION OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH DIRECTORY: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the House adopt­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Car­olyn B. Mal­oney, D‑New York, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350, above), that would replace a con­gres­sion­al print direc­to­ry of senior offi­cials in the exec­u­tive branch with an online, con­stant­ly updat­ed pub­lic directory.

Mal­oney said that because the print direc­to­ry is pub­lished only once every four years, “cur­rent infor­ma­tion about senior admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials is often out­dat­ed and dif­fi­cult to find,” mak­ing a change desirable.

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pat Fal­lon, R‑Texas, said the direc­to­ry was already post­ed online, and the pro­posed expand­ed direc­to­ry would con­tain per­son­al infor­ma­tion about the exec­u­tive branch offi­cials “that can be read­i­ly exploit­ed by polit­i­cal activists to track down and tar­get polit­i­cal­ly appoint­ed leaders.”

The vote was 223 yeas to 202 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (7): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 11 aye votes, 6 nay votes

NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the House adopt­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tere­sa Leg­er Fer­nan­dez, D‑New Mex­i­co, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350, above), that would pro­vide an apol­o­gy to peo­ple in twelve West­ern states and two U.S. Pacif­ic Ocean ter­ri­to­ries for radi­a­tion expo­sures that result­ed from test­ing nuclear weapons. Leg­er Fer­nan­dez said: “As a result of the expo­sure, tens of thou­sands of down­winders con­tract­ed can­cers and oth­er diseases.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom McClin­tock, R‑California, said: “The sci­ence does not sup­port the asser­tion that atom­ic weapons test­ing caused wide­spread instances of can­cer.” The vote was 240 yeas to 185 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (8): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime Her­rera Beutler

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 12 aye votes, 5 nay votes

FIREARMS EXPORT REQUIREMENTS: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the House adopt­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nor­ma J. Tor­res, D‑California, to the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 4350, above), that would require the Com­merce Depart­ment to noti­fy Con­gress when the agency issues licens­es for the export of firearms.

Tor­res said the noti­fi­ca­tion require­ment would “ensure that for­eign muni­tions sales receive the care­ful scruti­ny they deserve.”

An amend­ment oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Scott Per­ry, R‑Pa., said the House already had over­sight of export licens­es, and a redun­dant require­ment would only make it hard­er “for us to sell our allies things that they want to have from us and we want to sell to them.” The vote was 215 yeas to 213 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (3): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, and Peter DeFazio

Vot­ing Nay (2): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kurt Schrad­er; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (7): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 10 aye votes, 7 nay votes

VETERANS DENTAL AND HEALTH BENEFITS: On Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 20th, the House passed the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs Expir­ing Author­i­ties Act (H.R. 5293), spon­sored by Rep. Frank J. Mrvan, D‑Indiana, to per­ma­nent­ly autho­rize the VA’s den­tal insur­ance pro­gram and extend statu­to­ry author­i­ty for two oth­er VA pro­grams. The vote was unan­i­mous with 423 yeas.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (5): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrad­er; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (10): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 17 aye votes

INFLATION AND DISABILITY BENEFITS: On Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 20th, the House passed the Vet­er­ans Com­pen­sa­tion Cost-of-Liv­ing Adjust­ment Act (S. 189), spon­sored by Sen­a­tor John Thune, R‑South Dakota.

The bill would require the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs to match the lev­el of cost-of-liv­ing Social Secu­ri­ty ben­e­fits increas­es for vet­er­ans’ dis­abil­i­ty and sur­vivors’ ben­e­fits programs.

A sup­port­er, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Takano, D‑California, called the ben­e­fit increas­es “a qual­i­ty-of-life guar­an­tee in the retire­ment years, espe­cial­ly for vet­er­ans suf­fer­ing with ser­vice-con­nect­ed dis­abil­i­ties and ailments.”

The vote was unan­i­mous with 423 yeas.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (5): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrad­er; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (10): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 17 aye votes

ADDRESSING INJURIES CAUSED BY HAVANA SYNDROME: On Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 21st, the House passed the Help­ing Amer­i­can Vic­tims Afflict­ed by Neu­ro­log­i­cal Attacks Act (S. 1828), spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Susan M. Collins, R‑Maine, to pro­vide pay­ments to fed­er­al gov­ern­ment employ­ees as com­pen­sa­tion for brain injuries suf­fered in ser­vice over­seas or domestically.

A sup­port­er, Rep. Devin Nunes, R‑California, said the bill respond­ed to injuries that began in diplo­mat­ic facil­i­ties in Havana in 2016 by tak­ing “impor­tant steps to assist the vic­tims of these attacks and ensure that our peo­ple will be com­pen­sat­ed for their brain injuries.”

The vote was unan­i­mous with 427 yeas.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (5): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrad­er; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (9): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Not Vot­ing (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Prami­la Jayapal

Cas­ca­dia total: 16 aye votes, 1 not voting

ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the House passed the Iron Dome Sup­ple­men­tal Appro­pri­a­tions Act (H.R. 5323), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rosa DeLau­ro, D‑Connecticut, to pro­vide $1 bil­lion in fis­cal 2022 for Israel’s gov­ern­ment to main­tain its Iron Dome sys­tem for coun­ter­ing short-range mis­sile attacks on the coun­try. DeLau­ro said the fund­ing “ful­fills our moral imper­a­tive to pro­tect the lives of inno­cent civil­ians and helps build the foun­da­tions for peace” between Israelis and Palestinians.

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rashi­da Tlaib, D‑Michigan, called the bill “an effort to enable and sup­port war crimes, human rights abus­es, and vio­lence” by Israel’s gov­ern­ment. The vote was 420 yeas to 9 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (5): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrad­er; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Aye (10): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 17 aye votes

In the United States Senate

Chamber of the United States Senate

The Sen­ate cham­ber (U.S. Con­gress photo)

VERONICA ROSSMAN, U.S. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE: On Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 20th, the Sen­ate con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Veron­i­ca S. Ross­man to serve as a judge on the U.S. Tenth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals.

Ross­man has been a pub­lic defend­er for the fed­er­al dis­trict courts of Col­orado and Wyoming since 2010. A sup­port­er, Sen. Michael F. Ben­net, D‑Colorado, said: “We need more judges like Veron­i­ca, who are not only high­ly qual­i­fied, but who know what it means to be on the wrong end of the legal sys­tem that too often fails the most vul­ner­a­ble in our soci­ety.” The vote to con­firm was 50 yeas to 42 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

MARGARET STRICKLAND, U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: On Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 21st, the Sen­ate con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Mar­garet Strick­land to serve as a judge on the U.S. dis­trict court for New Mexico.

Strick­land has been a pri­vate prac­tice lawyer at her own law firm in Las Cruces since 2011; pre­vi­ous­ly, she was a pub­lic defend­er in the state.

A sup­port­er, Sen­a­tor Dick Durbin, D‑Illinois, said of Strick­land: “She has demon­strat­ed an unwa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to equal jus­tice under the law, and as a judge, she will ensure that every voice is heard in the courtroom.”

The vote to con­firm was 52 yeas to 45 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

LILY BATCHELDER, ASSISTANT TREASURY SECRETARY: On Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 22nd, the Sen­ate con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Lily Batchelder to serve as the Trea­sury Depart­men­t’s assis­tant sec­re­tary for tax policy.

Batchelder was chief tax coun­sel for the Demo­c­ra­t­ic major­i­ty on the Sen­ate Finance Com­mit­tee from 2010 to 2014; since then, she has been a law pro­fes­sor at New York Uni­ver­si­ty. In prais­ing Batchelder, a sup­port­er, our own Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden, D‑Oregon, said she under­stood “that if you real­ly want to tack­le big chal­lenges, if you want to come up with big solu­tions and make them sus­tain­able, you have to find com­mon ground.” The vote was 64 yeas to 34 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (1): Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Mike Crapo

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Jim Risch

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: 5 aye votes, 1 nay vote

JAYME WHITE, DEPUTY U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: On Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 22nd, the Sen­ate con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Jayme White to serve as a deputy U.S. trade rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the West­ern Hemi­sphere, Europe, Mid­dle East, Labor, and Envi­ron­ment. White has been a trade pol­i­cy advi­sor on the Sen­ate Finance Com­mit­tee since 2014, and from 2009 to 2014 was a staffer for Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden, D‑Oregon. Wyden cit­ed White’s record of bring­ing leg­is­la­tors togeth­er to help cre­ate durable trade poli­cies that improve trans­paren­cy and account­abil­i­ty in trade mat­ters, and cre­ate more oppor­tu­ni­ties for U.S. exports.

The vote was 80 yeas to 18 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (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: 6 aye votes

FLORENCE PAN, U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the Sen­ate con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Flo­rence Y. Pan to serve as a judge on the U.S. Dis­trict Court for Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Pan has been a judge on the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Supe­ri­or Court since 2009, and was pre­vi­ous­ly a fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tor in the Dis­trict. The vote was 68 yeas to 30 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

SARAH BIANCHI, DEPUTY U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the Sen­ate con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Sarah Bianchi to serve as a deputy U.S. trade rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Asia, Africa, Invest­ment, Ser­vices, Tex­tiles, and Indus­tri­al Com­pet­i­tive­ness. Bianchi was a senior eco­nom­ic and domes­tic pol­i­cy aide to Vice Pres­i­dent Biden from 2011 to 2014, then became a senior advi­sor at the Biden Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware.

A sup­port­er, Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden, D‑Oregon, said Bianchi “has helped build a strong Biden eco­nom­ic agen­da that is focused on mak­ing sure that all Amer­i­cans have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get ahead.” The vote was 85 yeas to 11 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (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: 6 aye votes

DANIEL KRITENBRINK, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE: On Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 23rd, the Sen­ate con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Daniel J. Kriten­brink to serve as an assis­tant sec­re­tary of state for East Asian and Pacif­ic Affairs. Kriten­brink, the U.S. ambas­sador to Viet­nam since 2017, had pre­vi­ous­ly served as a diplo­mat in Chi­na and Japan, begin­ning in 1994.

The vote was 72 yeas to 14 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (1): Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Mike Crapo

Not Vot­ing (1): Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Jim Risch

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: 5 aye votes, 1 not voting

Key votes ahead

The House will be work­ing on infra­struc­ture and Pres­i­dent Biden’s Build Back Bet­ter omnibus pack­age next week, while the Sen­ate will be attempt­ing to raise the debt ceil­ing, a move Repub­li­cans say they will filibuster. 

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