Senators Carper and Coons voted no where it mattered this week. I don’t care if Senator Coons voted to confirm Congressman Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior. Zinke is qualified and there was nothing overly controversial about his nomination. Both voted no on the unqualified Ben”I can’t believe he is a brain surgeon” Carson. Senator Carper voted yes on Rick “Oops” Perry to be Secretary of Energy. Yeah, Perry is unqualified, and yeah, he wants to eliminate the department he now leads, but I would rather Carper vote no on both cloture and the nomination of Judge Gorsuch than lose my sh*t over a Perry yes vote. Both Senators voted no on a host of GOP Deregulation that seeks to destroy our environment and enslave our workers.
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester voted no on everything this past week but the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill. That legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior – Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.
Sen. Thomas Carper voted NO
Sen. Chris Coons voted YES
Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)
Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)
Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)
Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)
Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)
Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)
Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)
|Recent House Votes|
|Review Federal Regulations for Repeal – Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)
The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “cut-go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester voted NO
OMB Regulatory Oversight – Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)
Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule – Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)
Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)
Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)
Class Action Litigation – Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)
Civil Litigation Jurisdiction – Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)
Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits – Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)
|Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence – PN41
The Senate will take up the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.
Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army – PN87
Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns – HR1181
VA Personnel Accountability – HR1259
VA Medical Professional Staffing – HR1367