Here is our semi-regular (when Congress is in session) weekly update on the votes that our Federal Delegation has taken in Congress. I am relatively pleased with the performance of our new Congresswoman, who, as a new member, is definitely following the lead of her party so far. She is voting like a Democrat, which is a good thing.
I am not going to get upset that both Senators Coons and Carper voted for Elaine Chao. Elaine Chao is a special case among Trump’s nominees. She has been a cabinet secretary before, in the Bush Administration. She is competent. And as far as I know, there are no massive or controversial Transportation issues that she is championing. I feel that Senator Coons ducked out of the vote on Tillerson. He had a very legitimate excuse, to welcome and honor a deceased American soldier back home at Dover AFB. Still, I wonder what would have happened if the nomination depended on Coons’ vote.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|Confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation – Vote Confirmed (93-6, 1 Present)
Sen. Thomas Carper voted YES
Sen. Chris Coons voted YES
Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State – Vote Confirmed (56-43, 1 Not Voting)
Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule – Vote Passed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)
Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule – Vote Passed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)
Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education – Vote Confirmed (51-50)
Nomination of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services – Vote Confirmed 52-47-1
Sen. Thomas Carper voted NO
Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General – Vote Confirmed 52-47-1
Sen. Thomas Carper voted NO
|Recent House Votes|
|Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule – Vote Passed (235-187, 10 Not Voting)
The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester voted NO
Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule – Vote Passed (228-194, 10 Not Voting)
Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (236-187, 9 Not Voting)
Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (235-180, 17 Not Voting)
Disapprove BLM Methane Rule – Vote Passed (221-191, 20 Not Voting)
|Nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury – PN26
The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.
Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – HJRES44
The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.
Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – HJRES58
Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – HJRES57