Both Senators Carper and Coons voted against the more controversial Trump nominees last week (Mnuchin, Pruitt, Mulvaney), but they voted for Linda McMahon for the Small Business Administration and David Shulkin for Veterans Affairs. To be fair, all 100 Senators voted for Shulkin, and 81 Senators voted for McMahon, so like Elaine Chao, those nominees were not controversial.
Both Senators also voted against a measure that rejected an Obama era Instant Background Check regulation, which is good. Unfortunately, that measure passed.
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester also voted against everything last week, included a measure that defunds Planned Parenthood.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury – Vote Confirmed (53-47)
The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.
Sen. Thomas Carper voted NO
Sen. Chris Coons voted NO
Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Vote Confirmed (100-0)
Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration – Vote Confirmed (81-19)
Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (57-43)
Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Vote Confirmed (51-49)
Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)
|Recent House Votes|
|Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act – Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)
The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester voted NO
Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (234-191, 6 Not Voting)
Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (231-193, 7 Not Voting)
Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule – Vote Passed (236-189, 6 Not Voting)
Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule – Vote Passed (225-193, 12 Not Voting)
Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule – Vote Passed (230-188, 12 Not Voting)