Good morning! Here’s how Cascadia’s United States Senators voted on major issues during the legislative week ending Friday, January 7th, 2021.
There were no key votes in the House this week.
This week marked the beginning of the second session of the 117th United States Congress, the current meeting of the county’s bicameral legislative branch. The first session began on January 3rd, 2021 and ended one year later.
The second session is now underway. The 117th Congress is the first Congress since the 111th in which Democrats have had a federal trifecta (control of both legislative chambers plus the executive branch), although their Senate majority is razor thin and their House majority is smaller than in the 116th Congress.
The 117th Congress will end in a year’s time. The 2022 midterm elections will determine the makeup of the 118th Congress, set to convene January 3rd, 2023.
In the United States Senate
ANNE WITKOWSKY, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE: The Senate on January 5th confirmed the nomination of Anne Witkowsky to serve as the State Department’s assistant secretary for conflict and stabilization operations. Witkowsky has been a senior official at the Defense Department and State Department, and most recently was co-director of the private Task Force on U.S. Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism.
The vote was 61 yeas to 26 nays.
Voting Aye (1): Republican Senator Mike Crapo
Not Voting (1): Republican Senator Jim Risch
Voting Aye (2):
Voting Aye (1): Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell
Not Voting (1): Democratic Senator Patty Murray
Cascadia total: 4 aye votes, 2 not voting
Key votes ahead
The House will consider amendments to the Senate’s version of the NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021 as well as H.R. 1836, the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021. The Senate is expected to consider the nominations of Gabriel P. Sanchez and Holly A. Thomas to be Ninth Circuit Court Judges, as well as nominations for executive positions.
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