Last Week In Congress
Last Week In Congress is a long-running Sunday series on NPI's Cascadia Advocate that helps people across the Pacific Northwest and beyond follow how Washington, Oregon, and Idaho's United States lawmakers voted. The illustration above incorporates photo art depicting the U.S. Capitol from NPI's image library.

Good morn­ing! Here’s how Cascadia’s Mem­bers of Con­gress vot­ed on major issues dur­ing the leg­isla­tive week end­ing March 31st, 2023.

In the United States House of Representatives

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

GIVEAWAY TO OIL COMPANIES LEGISLATION: The House on March 30th passed the Low­er Ener­gy Costs Act (H.R. 1), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve Scalise, R‑La., to make a vari­ety of changes to fed­er­al ener­gy policies.

Changes include faster reg­u­la­to­ry reviews of ener­gy devel­op­ment projects, bar­ring the pres­i­dent from ban­ning hydraulic frac­tur­ing (frack­ing) of wells, remov­ing some restric­tions on oil and nat­ur­al gas imports and exports, and end­ing sev­er­al fed­er­al pro­grams sub­si­diz­ing mea­sures such as build­ing ener­gy effi­cien­cy improvements.

Scalise said of the need for the bill: “A lot of the infra­struc­ture that we need to make this coun­try grow is being held up right now from a lot of rad­i­cal reg­u­la­tions on the left and out­side groups that don’t want Amer­i­can energy.”

A bill oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kather­ine M. Clark, D‑Mass., called it a move “to triple down on alle­giance to Big Oil, give away more fed­er­al land, invite more off­shore drilling, unleash more pol­lu­tion into our water and our air and our land, and leave the tax­pay­ers foot­ing the bill.” The vote was 225 yeas to 204 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Yea (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRemer

Vot­ing Nay (3):  Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, and Andrea Salinas

Not Vot­ing (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Val Hoyle

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Yea (3): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers; Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Marie Glue­senkamp Perez

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

Cas­ca­dia total: 7 yea votes, 10 nay votes, 1 not voting

BACKING LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS EXPORT TERMINAL IN OREGON: The House has agreed to an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lau­ren Boe­bert, R‑Colorado, to the Low­er Ener­gy Costs Act (H.R. 1, above), to express the sense of Con­gress as crit­i­ciz­ing the denial of per­mits for the Jor­dan Cove liq­ue­fied nat­ur­al gas (LNG) export ter­mi­nal that would have been built on the Ore­gon coast. Boe­bert said: “A West Coast LNG export ter­mi­nal would have shaved crit­i­cal days and sig­nif­i­cant costs off exports to Asia, elim­i­nat­ed threats asso­ci­at­ed with hur­ri­canes, and reduced our reliance on the Pana­ma Canal, which caus­es sig­nif­i­cant uncer­tain­ty and delays.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Frank Pal­lone Jr., D‑New Jer­sey, said it would be wrong for Con­gress to judge the deci­sion made by Ore­gon’s gov­ern­ment to reject the per­mit appli­ca­tions for Jor­dan Cove.

The vote, on March 29, was 221 yeas to 208 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Yea (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRemer

Vot­ing Nay (2): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci and Andrea Salinas

Not Vot­ing (2): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Earl Blu­me­nauer and Val Hoyle

The State of Washington

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

Vot­ing Nay (8): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Marie Glue­senkamp Perez, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Cas­ca­dia total: 6 yea votes, 10 nay votes, 2 not voting

CRITICIZING PROPOSED FOSSIL FUEL TAX INCREASES: The House on March 29th agreed to an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kevin Hern, R‑Oklahoma, to the Low­er Ener­gy Costs Act (H.R. 1, above), to express the sense of Con­gress as crit­i­ciz­ing the tax increas­es on oil and nat­ur­al gas pro­posed in Pres­i­dent Biden’s fis­cal 2024 bud­get request. Hern said the increas­es “will kill jobs, raise fuel prices, and leave Amer­i­ca more depen­dent on for­eign oil.”

An amend­ment oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Frank Pal­lone Jr., D‑New Jer­sey, said the oil and nat­ur­al gas indus­try could weath­er the tax increas­es because in 2022 six of the indus­try’s largest com­pa­nies made $200 bil­lion and spent “bil­lions to enrich their share­hold­ers with stock buy­backs and div­i­dends, all while goug­ing Amer­i­can dri­vers at the pump.”

The vote was 228 yeas to 206 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Yea (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRemer

Vot­ing Nay (3): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, and Andrea Salinas

Not Vot­ing (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Val Hoyle

The State of Washington

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

Vot­ing Nay (8): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Marie Glue­senkamp Perez, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Cas­ca­dia total: 6 yea votes, 11 nay votes, 1 not voting

KEEPING AMERICA WEDDED TO PETROLEUM GAS STOVES: The House om March 29th agreed to an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gary J. Palmer, R‑Alabama, to the Low­er Ener­gy Costs Act (H.R. 1, above), to bar the Ener­gy Depart­ment (DOE) from imple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tions to block the sale of petro­le­um gas-fueled stoves to consumers.

Palmer said such restric­tions would increase cook­ing costs and be “a direct attack on all nat­ur­al gas use in the coun­try and anoth­er exam­ple of the Biden admin­is­tra­tion’s desire to con­trol every deci­sion we make.”

An oppo­nent, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paul Tonko, D‑New York, said: “This amend­ment would bar DOE from final­iz­ing any future effi­cien­cy stan­dards for gas stoves, lock­ing con­sumers into less effi­cient appli­ances that are cer­tain­ly more cost­ly to use.” The vote,was 251 yeas to 181 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Yea (2): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRemer

Vot­ing Nay (3): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, and Andrea Salinas

Not Vot­ing (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Val Hoyle

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Yea (4): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers; Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Marie Glue­senkamp Perez and Kim Schrier

Vot­ing Nay (6): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Cas­ca­dia total: 8 yea votes, 9 nay votes, 1 not voting

PROHIBITING CHINESE PURCHASES OF FARMLAND: The House on March 30th approved an amend­ment spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bruce West­er­man, R‑Arkansas, to the Low­er Ener­gy Costs Act (H.R. 1, above), that would bar Chi­na’s Com­mu­nist Par­ty from buy­ing Amer­i­can farm­land or land used to gen­er­ate renew­able ener­gy. West­er­man said: “Our coun­try’s food secu­ri­ty and ener­gy inde­pen­dence are at stake, and we must take action to pro­tect our crit­i­cal resources.” The vote was 407 yeas to 26 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Yea (4): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRe­mer; Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Earl Blu­me­nauer and Andrea Salinas

Vot­ing Nay (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonamici

Not Vot­ing (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Val Hoyle

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Yea (9): Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers; Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Marie Glue­senkamp Perez, Derek Kilmer, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strickland

Vot­ing Nay (1): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Prami­la Jayapal

Cas­ca­dia total: 15 yea votes, 2 nay votes, 1 not voting

STOPPING FORCED ORGAN HARVESTING: The House on March 27th passed the Stop Forced Organ Har­vest­ing Act (H.R. 1154), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Christo­pher H. Smith, R‑New Jer­sey, to direct the pres­i­dent to impose sanc­tions on for­eign­ers who traf­fic in organs tak­en from peo­ple forcibly, and have the State Depart­ment revoke the pass­ports of peo­ple con­vict­ed of forced organ traf­fick­ing crimes. Smith said Chi­na’s annu­al tak­ing of organs from tens of thou­sands of young adults, includ­ing for trans­plan­ta­tion into senior Com­mu­nist Par­ty offi­cials, showed “no signs of abat­ing, which is why we and the rest of the world need to step up” and pun­ish such cru­el­ty. The vote, on March 27, was 413 yeas to 2 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Yea (6): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Val Hoyle, Earl Blu­me­nauer, and Andrea Sali­nas; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRemer

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Yea (10):  Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Marie Glue­senkamp Perez, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 18 yea votes

COUNTERING CHINA: The House has passed the PRC Is Not a Devel­op­ing Coun­try Act (H.R. 1107), spon­sored by Rere­sen­ta­tive Young Kim, R‑California, to direct the State Depart­ment to advo­cate that inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions stop clas­si­fy­ing Chi­na (for­mal­ly known as the PRC) as a devel­op­ing coun­try, which results in ben­e­fi­cial treat­ment by those organizations.

Kim said: “We can­not let the PRC con­tin­ue exploit­ing coun­tries in need and take unfair advan­tage of inter­na­tion­al treaties and organizations.”

The vote, on March 27, was unan­i­mous with 415 yeas.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

Vot­ing Yea (6): Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Val Hoyle, Earl Blu­me­nauer, and Andrea Sali­nas; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRemer

The State of Washington

Vot­ing Yea (10):  Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Marie Glue­senkamp Perez, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land; Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers

Cas­ca­dia total: 18 yea votes

ADDITIONAL VOTE, TAKEN BY VOICE: Along with the week’s roll call votes, the House also passed the fol­low­ing mea­sure by voice vote: the Under­sea Cable Con­trol Act (H.R. 1189), to require the devel­op­ment of a strat­e­gy for elim­i­nat­ing the avail­abil­i­ty to for­eign adver­saries of prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies for deploy­ing under­sea telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions cables.

In the United States Senate

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

REPEALING AUTHORIZATIONS FOR USE OF FORCE IN IRAQ: The Sen­ate on March 29th passed a bill (S. 316), spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Tim­o­thy Kaine, D‑Virginia, to repeal the 1991 and 2002 res­o­lu­tions that autho­rized use of mil­i­tary force against Iraq. Kaine said the 2002 res­o­lu­tion in par­tic­u­lar was rushed through the Sen­ate with­out prop­er delib­er­a­tion before embark­ing on a lengthy war.

An oppo­nent, Sen­a­tor James E. Risch, R‑Idaho, said keep­ing the res­o­lu­tions would enhance Con­gres­sion­al over­sight of mil­i­tary actions against Iran-backed mili­tias in Iraq. The vote was 66 yeas to 30 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

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

The State of Washington

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

Cas­ca­dia total: 4 yea votes, 2 nay votes

RESTRICTIONS ON PANDEMIC RESPONSE TREATIES: The Sen­ate on March 28th reject­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Ron John­son, R‑Wisconsin, to a bill (S. 316, above) that would have required Sen­ate rat­i­fi­ca­tion before the U.S. joined any con­ven­tion or agree­ment on pan­dem­ic pre­ven­tion, pre­pared­ness, and response reached by the World Health Assem­bly, which is part of the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion. John­son said Con­gress should “no longer allow the admin­is­tra­tion to go ahead and nego­ti­ate agree­ments that can have a dra­mat­ic impact on our sov­er­eign­ty and bypass the Sen­ate entirely.”

An oppo­nent, Sen­a­tor Tim­o­thy Kaine, D‑Virginia, said the bill should remain focused on the Iraq inva­sion autho­riza­tions and not include extra­ne­ous mat­ter such as would be intro­duced by the amendment.

The vote was 47 yeas to 49 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Yea (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 yea votes, 4 nay votes

CRUZ WARMONGERING AMENDMENT: The Sen­ate has reject­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R‑Texas, to a bill (S. 316, above) that would have stat­ed that the pres­i­dent retains author­i­ty to use mil­i­tary force against Iran’s mil­i­tary and its actions against U.S. sol­diers in the Mid­dle East. Cruz said the amend­ment was need­ed because “I don’t want to give an excuse for the Biden admin­is­tra­tion, the next time Iran attacks, to do noth­ing” in response.

An oppo­nent, Sen­a­tor Tim­o­thy Kaine, D‑Virginia, said it would be a mis­take to autho­rize esca­lat­ing action against Iran via a briefly con­sid­ered amend­ment to an unre­lat­ed bill. The vote was 41 yeas to 55 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Yea (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 yea votes, 4 nay votes

INVESTIGATION OF AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL: The Sen­ate on March 28th reject­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Rick Scott, R‑Florida, to a bill (S. 316, above) that would have estab­lished a Joint Select Com­mit­tee on Afghanistan in Con­gress to make an inves­ti­ga­tion into the U.S. mil­i­tary’s with­draw­al from Afghanistan in sum­mer 2021. Scott said the select com­mit­tee was the best way to have account­abil­i­ty for the mis­takes that cre­at­ed “Amer­i­ca’s most stun­ning, unforced, and humil­i­at­ing defeat in decades.” An amend­ment oppo­nent, Sen. Todd Young, R‑Indiana, said the bill “is not the right venue for estab­lish­ing a com­mit­tee of this nature.” The vote was 33 yeas to 62 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (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: 6 nay votes

UNNECESSARY OVERSIGHT OF UKRAINE AID: The Sen­ate on March 28th reject­ed an amend­ment spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Josh Haw­ley, R‑Missouri, to a bill (S. 316, above) that would have estab­lished an Office of the Spe­cial Inspec­tor Gen­er­al for Ukraine Assis­tance, to be charged with over­see­ing the use of aid sent to Ukraine in its war with Rus­sia. Haw­ley said hav­ing a sin­gle gov­ern­ment watch­dog han­dle over­sight would help avoid repeat­ing the bil­lions of dol­lars of waste that occurred dur­ing the war in Afghanistan. An oppo­nent, Sen­a­tor James E. Risch, R‑Idaho, said “there are already six­ty-four ongo­ing or planned audits and reports on U.S. assis­tance to Ukraine,” mak­ing the amend­ment unnecessary.

The vote was 26 yeas to 68 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Nay (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: 6 nay votes

OVERTURNING WOTUS RULE: The Sen­ate on March 29th passed a res­o­lu­tion (H.J. Res. 27), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sam Graves, R‑Missouri, to dis­ap­prove of and void an Army Corps of Engi­neers and Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency rule issued this Jan­u­ary that defines Waters of the Unit­ed States (WOTUS). Such waters would be sub­ject to reg­u­la­tion under the Clean Water Act. A sup­port­er, Sen. Roger Mar­shall, R‑Kansas, said over­turn­ing the rule was need­ed to “ensure agri­cul­tur­al pro­duc­ers and oth­er stake­hold­ers have the reg­u­la­to­ry cer­tain­ty to take care of our nation’s land and water resources, the lands and waters that we love.” An oppo­nent, Sen­a­tor Ben­jamin Cardin, D‑Maryland, said of the WOTUS rule: “This com­mon­sense, sci­ence-based approach rec­og­nizes that pol­lu­tion upstream can have down­stream impacts, so we must pro­tect the sys­tem to safe­guard down­stream com­mu­ni­ties and our environment.”

The vote was 53 yeas to 43 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Yea (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 yea votes, 4 nay votes

ENDING NATIONAL COVID EMERGENCY: The Sen­ate on March 29th passed a res­o­lu­tion (H.J. Res. 7), spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paul A. Gosar, R‑Arizona, to end the nation­al emer­gency in response to COVID that was declared by Pres­i­dent Trump on March 13, 2020. A sup­port­er, Sen­a­tor Roger Mar­shall, R‑Kansas, said: “It is time to end any and all author­i­tar­i­an con­trol and uni­lat­er­al spend­ing deci­sions with­out con­gres­sion­al consent.”

The vote was 68 yeas to 23 nays.

The State of Idaho

Vot­ing Yea (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 yea votes, 4 nay votes

RICHARD VERMA, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE: The Sen­ate on March 30th con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Richard Ver­ma to be Deputy Sec­re­tary of State for Man­age­ment and Resources. Ver­ma, U.S. ambas­sador to India dur­ing the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion, is cur­rent­ly Mas­ter­card’s chief legal offi­cer and head of glob­al pub­lic pol­i­cy. A sup­port­er, Sen­a­tor Robert Menen­dez, D‑New Jer­sey, said Ver­ma’s “long pub­lic sec­tor career, which includes ser­vice in the Air Force, the Sen­ate, and the State Depart­ment, will help him be an effec­tive leader who can advance the Depart­men­t’s mod­ern­iza­tion agenda.”

The vote was 67 yeas to 26 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

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

The State of Washington

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

Cas­ca­dia total: 6 yea votes

LAURA TAYLOR-KALE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: The Sen­ate on March 30th con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Lau­ra Tay­lor-Kale to be Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense for Indus­tri­al Base Pol­i­cy. Tay­lor-Kale has been a senior offi­cial at the World Bank, an offi­cial in the sec­ond Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion, and most recent­ly was a Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions research fel­low for inno­va­tion and eco­nom­ic com­pet­i­tive­ness. The vote was 63 yeas to 27 nays.

The State of Idaho

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

The State of Oregon

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

The State of Washington

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

Cas­ca­dia total: 4 yea votes, 2 nay votes

ADDITIONAL VOTE, TAKEN BY VOICE: This week, the Sen­ate also passed the Vet­er­ans’ Com­pen­sa­tion Cost-of-Liv­ing Adjust­ment Act (S. 777), to increase, effec­tive Decem­ber 1st, 2023, the rates of com­pen­sa­tion for vet­er­ans with ser­vice-con­nect­ed dis­abil­i­ties and the rates of depen­den­cy and indem­ni­ty com­pen­sa­tion for the sur­vivors of cer­tain dis­abled veterans.

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