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Sunday, November 20th, 2022

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (November 14th-18th)

Good morn­ing! Here’s how Cascadia’s Mem­bers of Con­gress vot­ed on major issues dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing Novem­ber 18th, 2022.

In the United States House of Representatives

Chamber of the United States House of Representatives

The House cham­ber (U.S. Con­gress photo)

DETERRING HORSE SORING: The House has passed the Pre­vent All Sor­ing Tac­tics Act Act (H.R. 5441), spon­sored by Rep. Steve Cohen, D‑Tenn., to have the Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment inspect hors­es at var­i­ous pub­lic facil­i­ties for cas­es of sor­ing, which is putting var­i­ous restric­tions on a horse’s legs in order to give the horse a high­er gait. Cohen said: “The plague of sor­ing has marred the Ten­nessee Walk­ing Horse and relat­ed breeds for more than six decades. I am proud to lead the fight to end it.” An oppo­nent, Rep. Scott Des­Jar­lais, R‑Tenn., said the sor­ing law would “place an undue ban on equip­ment mak­ing horse shows and events impos­si­ble to put on. Equine experts them­selves have said these bans are not based on sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence.” The vote, on Nov. 14, was 304 yeas to 111 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Russ Fulcher

Vot­ing Nay (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Simpson

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 (8): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Not Vot­ing (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler and Dan Newhouse

Cas­ca­dia total: 13 aye votes, 2 nay votes, 2 not voting

COMBATING WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT: The House on Novem­ber 16th passed the Speak Out Act (S. 4524), spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Kirsten E. Gilli­brand, D‑New York, to ren­der unen­force­able nondis­clo­sure and nondis­par­age­ment claus­es in employ­ment con­tracts that apply to sex­u­al harass­ment or sex­u­al assault cases.

A sup­port­er, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jer­rold Nadler, D‑New York, said: “These con­fi­den­tial­i­ty claus­es have con­tributed to the cul­ture of silence in cas­es involv­ing sex­u­al mis­con­duct. As such, they have rou­tine­ly enabled sex­u­al preda­tors to evade account­abil­i­ty.” An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Jor­dan, R‑Ohio, said the bill was “too broad and will affect con­trac­tu­al mat­ters com­plete­ly unre­lat­ed to sex­u­al mis­con­duct.” The vote was 315 yeas to 109 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

Vot­ing Nay (1): 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 Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Not Vot­ing (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime Her­rera Beutler

Cas­ca­dia total: 14 aye votes, 2 nay votes, 1 not voting

MULTI-BILL PACKAGE: The House on Novem­ber 17th approved a motion spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Troy A. Carter, D‑Louisiana, to pass 7 bills en bloc, with­out a sep­a­rate vote on each bill. Sub­jects cov­ered by the bills includ­ed research by Vet­er­ans Health Admin­is­tra­tion employ­ees, cyber­se­cu­ri­ty at the VA, estab­lish­ing the DisasterAssistance.gov web­site, and estab­lish­ing record­keep­ing require­ments for Ama­zon and oth­er online hosts of third-par­ty retail­ers. Carter said the DisasterAssistance.gov bill “is designed to put sur­vivors first and get them back on their feet after dis­as­ters faster.” The vote was 381 yeas to 39 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 (9): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Not Vot­ing (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime Her­rera Beutler

Cas­ca­dia total: 15 aye votes, 1 nay vote, 1 not voting

NAMING VA MEDICAL CENTER: The House on Novem­ber 17th passed the Max Cle­land VA Med­ical Cen­ter Act (S. 3369), spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Raphael G. Warnock, D‑Georgia, to name the Vet­er­ans Affairs Depart­men­t’s Atlanta med­ical cen­ter after Joseph Maxwell Cle­land. Cle­land, who died in 2021, was a sen­a­tor, VA admin­is­tra­tor, and vet­er­an of the Viet­nam War. A sup­port­er, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jake Ellzey, R‑Texas, said of Cle­land: “His spir­it served as an inspi­ra­tion, and that same spir­it will con­tin­ue to inspire excel­lence at the Atlanta VA Med­ical Cen­ter which should proud­ly bear his name.” 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, 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 Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Not Vot­ing (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime Her­rera Beutler

Cas­ca­dia total: 16 aye votes, 1 not voting

LYMPHEDEMA AND MEDICARE: The House on Novem­ber 17th passed the Lym­phede­ma Treat­ment Act (H.R. 3630), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jan­ice D. Schakowsky, D‑Illinois, to autho­rize Medicare cov­er­age for expens­es for using gra­di­ent com­pres­sion gar­ments and oth­er treat­ments for lym­phede­ma, which is swelling in body tis­sues caused by the buildup of lymph fluid.

Schakowsky said Medicare cov­er­age “will absolute­ly help the 3 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who have lym­phede­ma to be able to have some of the relief that they need at a cost that they can afford.” The vote was 402 yeas to 13 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Aye (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Russ Fulcher

Not Vot­ing (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Simpson

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Aye (4): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, and Peter DeFazio; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cliff Bentz

Not Vot­ing (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kurt Schrader

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 Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Not Vot­ing (1): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jaime Her­rera Beutler

Cas­ca­dia total: 14 aye votes, 3 not voting

In the United States Senate

Chamber of the United States Senate

The Sen­ate cham­ber (U.S. Con­gress photo)

RESPECT FOR MARRIAGE ACT: The Sen­ate on Novem­ber 16th vot­ed to invoke clo­ture on H.R. 8404, the Respect for Mar­riage Act, which the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed back in July. The vote cleared the way for the Sen­ate to actu­al­ly take up the leg­is­la­tion. It could see final pas­sage in Decem­ber. The bill would repeal the so-called “Defense of Mar­riage” Act and ensure fed­er­al recog­ni­tion of mar­riages by same-sex cou­ples. The vote to invoke clo­ture, which need­ed six­ty votes, was 62–37; a sub­se­quent vote to pro­ceed passed 53–23 with 24 not vot­ing; that vote only need­ed a sim­ple major­i­ty to pass.

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

MARIA DEL R. ANTONGIORGI-JORDAN, DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: The Sen­ate on Novem­ber 15th con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Maria del R. Anton­gior­gi-Jor­dan to be a judge on the U.S. dis­trict court for Puer­to Rico. The dis­trict court’s chief clerk since 2019, Anton­gior­gi-Jor­dan was, from 1995 to 2018, a lawyer at the McConnell Valde law firm in San Juan, spe­cial­iz­ing in employ­ment cas­es. A sup­port­er, Sen­a­tor Dick Durbin, D‑Ill., called her “a ded­i­cat­ed pub­lic ser­vant and accom­plished lit­i­ga­tor who will be a tremen­dous asset” on the court.

The vote was 55 yeas to 43 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

INCORRECTLY DECLARING THE PANDEMIC EMERGENCY OVER: The Sen­ate on Novem­ber 15th passed a res­o­lu­tion (S.J. Res. 63), spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Roger Mar­shall, R‑Kan., to declare an end to the nation­al emer­gency regard­ing COVID-19 that Don­ald Trump began in March 2020.

Mar­shall said the res­o­lu­tion was need­ed because “this White House is more than will­ing and able to use this emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion to advance as many of their infla­tion­ary give­aways as pos­si­ble.” An oppo­nent, Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden, D‑Oregon, said that by can­celling var­i­ous health care mea­sures adopt­ed under the declared emer­gency, the res­o­lu­tion would be “a recipe for chaos in Amer­i­can health­care and seri­ous headaches for mil­lions of patients who would have their cov­er­age and their care upend­ed.” The vote was 61 yeas to 37 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

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

The State of Washington

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

Cas­ca­dia total: 2 aye votes, 4 nay votes

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The House and Sen­ate will be in recess this week for Thanksgiving.

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