The Senate was pretty much voting for undersecretaries in various departments last week, though they did do something good: voting down a bill that would overturn an Obama EPA Rule on limiting the release of methane. Congresswoman Blunt Rochester voted against a federal death penalty expansion of aggravating factors. Good for her.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|Wilson Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (76-22, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Heather Wilson to be secretary of the Air Force.
Sen. Thomas Carper voted YES
Sen. Chris Coons voted YES
Gottlieb Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (57-42, 1 Not Voting)
Methane Release Limitation Disapproval – Vote Failed (49-51)
Lighthizer Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (82-14, 4 Not Voting)
Rosen Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-42, 2 Not Voting)
Brand Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)
|Recent House Votes|
|Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion – Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester voted NO
Probation Officer Arrest Authority – Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting)
|Deputy Secretary of State Nomination – PN350
The Senate will vote on the nomination of John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State.
U.S. Ambassador to China Nomination – PN52
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Terry Branstad to be U.S. ambassador to China.
Pesticides Regulations – HR953
The bill would generally prohibit EPA and states from requiring that entities applying pesticides near navigable waters must first obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act, if the application is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
Sexual Abuse of Young Athletes – HR1973
The bill would require adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to the sport’s governing body, and it would allow victims of abuse to seek damages in court.
Prosecution of Child Pornography – HR1761
The bill would make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct, regardless of whether the conduct was initiated for the purposes of producing such content.