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Sunday, July 31st, 2022

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 25th-29th)

Good morn­ing! Here’s how Cascadia’s Mem­bers of Con­gress vot­ed on major issues dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing Fri­day, July 29th, 2022.

In the United States House of Representatives

Chamber of the United States House of Representatives

The House cham­ber (U.S. Con­gress photo)

ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN: The House on July 29th passed leg­is­la­tion (H.R. 1808) enact­ing a ban on mil­i­tary-grade assault weapons. Spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive David Cicilline, D‑Rhode Island, the bill revives a ban orig­i­nal­ly passed in the 1990s that expired dur­ing the Bush years. It would make it a crime “to know­ing­ly import, sell, man­u­fac­ture, trans­fer, or pos­sess a semi­au­to­mat­ic assault weapon (SAW) or large capac­i­ty ammu­ni­tion feed­ing device (LCAFD).”

“House Democ­rats are for Peo­ple Over Pol­i­tics,” said Speak­er Nan­cy Pelosi. “And [we] say to our friends in this body, and down the hall, and wher­ev­er they are, your polit­i­cal sur­vival is insignif­i­cant com­pared to the sur­vival of chil­dren who are at the mer­cy of these guns. We believe that every Amer­i­can deserves to live in a safe com­mu­ni­ty, where they and their fam­i­lies can thrive.”

Five Democ­rats vot­ed against the bill, while two Repub­li­cans vot­ed for it.

The vote was 217 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): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz and Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kurt Schrader

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

CHIPS AND SCIENCE ACT: The House on July 28th con­curred in the Sen­ate amend­ments to the CHIPS and Sci­ence Act (H.R. 4346).

The leg­is­la­tion would pro­vide about $76 bil­lion of var­i­ous types of sub­si­dies for domes­tic pro­duc­tion of microchips, and anoth­er $204 bil­lion of spend­ing on sci­en­tif­ic research and devel­op­ment pro­grams. A sup­port­er, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Eddie Ber­nice John­son, D‑Texas, called the bill “vital to ensur­ing a bold and pros­per­ous future for Amer­i­can sci­ence and inno­va­tion, main­tain­ing our inter­na­tion­al com­pet­i­tive­ness, and bol­ster­ing our eco­nom­ic and nation­al security.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Frank Lucas, R‑Okla., cit­ed moves to tie the bill to “a mas­sive tax hike and spend­ing spree,” amount­ing to hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars, in the bud­get rec­on­cil­i­a­tion bill cur­rent­ly being negotiated.

The vote was 243 yeas to 187 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

COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The House on July 26th passed the Fred­er­ick Dou­glass Traf­fick­ing Vic­tims Pre­ven­tion and Pro­tec­tion Reau­tho­riza­tion Act (H.R. 6552), spon­sored by Rep. Christo­pher H. Smith, R‑New Jersey.

The bill would reau­tho­rize, through fis­cal 2026, a set of pro­grams address­ing human traf­fick­ing, and change some aspects of the programs.

Smith said of the need for the bill: “Every human life is of infi­nite val­ue. We as law­mak­ers have a duty to pro­tect the weak­est and most vul­ner­a­ble from harm.”

The vote was 401 yeas to 20 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

STUDYING PFAS CHEMICALS: The House on July 26th passed the Fed­er­al PFAS Research Eval­u­a­tion Act (H.R. 7289), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lizzie Fletch­er, D‑Texas. The bill would direct the Nation­al Acad­e­mies to report to Con­gress on how to devel­op a fed­er­al gov­ern­ment plan for research­ing impacts of per­flu­o­roalkyl and poly­flu­o­roalkyl sub­stances (PFAS). PFAS are unreg­u­lat­ed chem­i­cals used in a vari­ety of prod­ucts and thought to pos­si­bly cause seri­ous health effects. The vote was 359 yeas to 62 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, and Peter DeFazio; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

Vot­ing Nay (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kurt Schrader

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: 16 aye votes, 1 nay vote

MODELING IN MATH EDUCATION: The House on July 26th passed the Math­e­mat­i­cal and Sta­tis­ti­cal Mod­el­ing Edu­ca­tion Act (H.R. 3588), spon­sored by Rep. Chris­sy Houla­han, D‑Pennsylvania, to pro­vide $10 mil­lion of annu­al fund­ing, through 2027, to the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion for coor­di­nat­ing efforts to improve math edu­ca­tion by using math­e­mat­i­cal and sta­tis­ti­cal modeling.

Houla­han said the fund­ing would “pro­vide tan­gi­ble crit­i­cal think­ing skills to the next gen­er­a­tion that will enable them to suc­ceed in the work­place and beyond.”

The vote was 323 yeas to 92 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

FUNDING RESEARCH TO STUDY THE LINK BETWEEN COVID AND BRAIN DAMAGE: The House on July 26th passed the Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID-19 Cog­ni­tive Research Act (H.R. 7180), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Antho­ny Gon­za­lez, R‑Ohio, to autho­rize $10 mil­lion of Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grants for research into the pos­si­bil­i­ty that Covid impairs brain processes.

Gon­za­lez said: “Despite the sig­nif­i­cant progress made by researchers to improve our under­stand­ing of COVID-19, it remains unclear how the virus alters brain func­tion, who is most at risk, and what can be done to quick­ly diag­nose and treat impact­ed patients.” The vote, on July 26, was 350 yeas to 69 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (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: 15 aye votes, 2 nay votes

MEDICAL MARIJUANA RESEARCH: The House on July 26th passed the Med­ical Mar­i­jua­na and Cannabid­i­ol Research Expan­sion Act (H.R. 8454), spon­sored by Rep. Earl Blu­me­nauer, D‑Oregon, to estab­lish a new process at the Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion for over­see­ing research into med­ical mar­i­jua­na and cannabid­i­ol sub­stances. Blu­me­nauer said the process “would remove bar­ri­ers for research into cannabis and facil­i­tate access to an increased sup­ply of cannabis for research pur­pos­es.” The vote was 325 yeas to 95 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (5): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader

Vot­ing Nay (1): 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: 14 aye votes, 3 nay votes

BANK ACTIVITY REPORTS: The House on July 26th passed the Time­ly Deliv­ery of Bank Secre­cy Act Reports Act (H.R. 7734), spon­sored by Rep. Max­ine Waters, D‑Calif., to require the Trea­sury Depart­ment to deliv­er to Con­gres­sion­al staff, with­in 30 days, sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty reports that relate to banks.

Waters called the require­ment a need­ed response to Trea­sury’s recent refusal to allow staffers to copy the reports, which she said has left staff unable “to effec­tive­ly cap­ture and ana­lyze need­ed infor­ma­tion in such com­plex documents.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Rose, R‑Tenn., cit­ed the haz­ard of the require­ment increas­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who can access hard copies of the reports, and there­fore increas­ing leaks of a bank’s sen­si­tive information.

The vote, on July 26, was 349 yeas to 70 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

AUTOWORKER PENSION BENEFITS: The House on July 27th passed the Susan Muf­fley Act (H.R. 6929), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Daniel T. Kildee, D‑Michigan, to ful­ly restore pen­sion ben­e­fits for retired work­ers at the Del­phi auto parts com­pa­ny who lost their ben­e­fits fol­low­ing the 2009 GM bankruptcy.

Kildee said the rough­ly 20,000 retirees were wrong­ly treat­ed in the after­math of the bank­rupt­cy, and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, through Con­gress, had “the respon­si­bil­i­ty to fix the mess that itself cre­at­ed” when it slashed ben­e­fits in 2009. An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vir­ginia Foxx, R‑North Car­oli­na, said Del­phi’s pen­sion plans were already bad­ly under­fund­ed before the bank­rupt­cy, and grant­i­ng pay­ments to the Del­phi retirees could pres­sure Con­gress to act sim­i­lar­ly to bail out oth­er under­fund­ed pri­vate pen­sion plans.

The vote was 254 yeas to 175 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): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz and Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kurt Schrader

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

HEART HEALTH GRANTS: The House on July 27th passed the South Asian Heart Health Aware­ness and Research Act (H.R. 3771), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Prami­la Jaya­pal, D‑Washington, to direct the Health and Human Ser­vices Depart­ment to cre­ate grant pro­grams for fund­ing work to resolve dia­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar health prob­lems in the South Asian population.

Jaya­pal said the grants would not only “pre­vent deaths with­in the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty, but we will also increase aware­ness and under­stand­ing of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease that will ben­e­fit the health and well-being of every American.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bud­dy Carter, R‑Georgia, said: “The ever-expand­ing port­fo­lio of pub­lic health issues is sim­ply not sus­tain­able. We don’t need anoth­er duplica­tive pub­lic health pre­ven­tion ini­tia­tive that fur­ther erodes the CDC’s focus.”

The vote was 237 yeas to 192 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

TELEHEALTH AND MEDICARE: The House on July 27th passed the Advanc­ing Tele­health Beyond COVID-19 Act (H.R. 4040), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Liz Cheney, R‑Wyoming, to extend through 2024 autho­riza­tion for the expand­ed use of tele­health remote tech­nolo­gies under Medicare by patients and health care providers. Cheney said the exten­sion “will expand free­dom for patients by giv­ing them more flex­i­bil­i­ty and more capa­bil­i­ty to use tele­health services.”

The vote was 416 yeas to 12 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

TWELVE-BILL PACKAGE: The House on July 27th passed a motion spon­sored by Rep. Daniel T. Kildee, D‑Michigan, to pass twelve dif­fer­ent bills at once, en bloc. Issues addressed by the bills includ­ed pedi­atric can­cer research, safe­ty stan­dards for small bat­ter­ies, and weath­er alert mes­sag­ing systems.

The vote was 336 yeas to 90 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 (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: 16 aye votes, 1 nay vote

In the United States Senate

Chamber of the United States Senate

The Sen­ate cham­ber (U.S. Con­gress photo)

CHIPS AND SCIENCE ACT: The Sen­ate on July 27th passed an amend­ment spon­sored by Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer, D‑New York, to the CHIPS and Sci­ence Act (H.R. 4346, above).

The amend­ment would pro­vide about $76 bil­lion of var­i­ous types of sub­si­dies for domes­tic pro­duc­tion of microchips, and anoth­er $204 bil­lion of spend­ing on sci­en­tif­ic research and devel­op­ment programs.

Schumer said the amend­ment “is going to cre­ate good-pay­ing jobs. It will alle­vi­ate sup­ply chains; it will help low­er costs; and it will pro­tect Amer­i­ca’s nation­al secu­ri­ty interests.”

An oppo­nent, Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders, I‑Vermont, ques­tioned whether microchip man­u­fac­tur­ers need­ed the sub­si­dies giv­en that they “are mak­ing tens of bil­lions of dol­lars in prof­it right now and pay­ing the head of Intel some $170 mil­lion a year in com­pen­sa­tion.” The vote was 64 yeas to 33 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

WATER IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS: The Sen­ate on July 28th passed the Water Resources Devel­op­ment Act (H.R. 7776), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Peter A. DeFazio, D‑Oregon, to autho­rize an array of U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers water man­age­ment projects over the next two years.

A sup­port­er, Sen­a­tor Ben­jamin Cardin, D‑Maryland, said it “pro­vides cru­cial author­i­ty for projects and guid­ance for the Army Corps of Engi­neers to engi­neer bet­ter solu­tions to our nation’s tough­est water infra­struc­ture sup­ply and qual­i­ty chal­lenges.” The vote was 93 yeas to 1 nay.

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

DAVID PRESSMAN, AMBASSADOR TO HUNGARY: The Sen­ate on July 28th con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of David Press­man to be the U.S. ambas­sador to Hun­gary. Press­man, cur­rent­ly a part­ner at the Jen­ner & Block law firm, has been a nation­al secu­ri­ty and human rights offi­cial in var­i­ous fed­er­al gov­ern­ment agen­cies, includ­ing as ambas­sador to the Unit­ed Nations for spe­cial polit­i­cal affairs. The vote was 61 yeas to 30 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

Key votes ahead

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is sched­uled to be in recess next week.

The Sen­ate is sched­uled to vote on the nom­i­na­tion of Eliz­a­beth Wil­son Hanes to be Unit­ed States Dis­trict Judge for the East­ern Dis­trict of Vir­ginia. The Sen­ate could also vote on the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act of 2022, depend­ing on whether Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer can secure com­mit­ments from the entire­ty of his cau­cus to sup­port the bill he nego­ti­at­ed with Joe Manchin of West Vir­ginia. Vice Pres­i­dent Har­ris’ tiebreak­ing vote could also be need­ed to win passage.

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  1. Elec­tions do mat­ter. Vote.

    # by Chris Thompson :: July 31st, 2022 at 7:39 PM

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