The House and Senate are on recess right now for two weeks. They will return on April 24, 2017. The Senate votes involve the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Both Senators Coons and Carper voted correctly in the end, though Chris Coons has replaced Tom Carper as the Most Annoying Delaware Senator Constantly in Search of Bipartisanship For Its Own Sake.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court – Nuclear Option – Vote Not Sustained (48-52)
Judgment of the Senate to affirm the ruling of the chair regarding the McConnell, R-Ky., point of order that that the precedent set on November 21, 2013 (that a simple majority is required to invoke cloture on nominations excluding the Supreme Court), applies to cloture votes on all nominations. The ruling of the chair did not stand and the point of order was sustained. This vote sets a precedent for future cloture votes on all judicial nominations which will only need a simple majority to pass.
Sen. Thomas Carper voted YES
Sen. Chris Coons voted YES
Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)
|Recent House Votes|
|Employee Stock Sales – Vote Passed (331-87, 11 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase from $5 million to $10 million the annual amount of securities that privately-held companies can sell for employee compensation without needing to disclose certain information to investors.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester voted YES
Self-Insured Health Plans – Vote Passed (400-16, 13 Not Voting)