WASHINGTON – Here’s a look at how members of Congress in the region voted over the past week.
Chamber Vote 1: COVID-19 BUDGET AND EXPENDITURE: The House passed the Medicare Sequester Act (HR 1868), sponsored by Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Ky., To exempt the most recent COVID-19 stimulus spending law from pay-as-you-go budget limits, and provide guidance Higher Medicaid Payments to California Public Hospitals. Yarmuth said the bill “was necessary to avoid painful and indiscriminate cuts to medicare, farm supports and other programs.” An opponent, Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., Said Congress should instead focus on cutting unnecessary spending from the new stimulus package, including “canceling billions in bailouts that go to state governments that don’t. don’t need it, and reward their continued blockages. ”The vote on March 19 was 246 yes to 175 no. Do not vote: McHenry R-NC (10th). No : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).
Chamber vote 2: BURMA BLOW: The House passed a resolution (H. Res. 134), sponsored by Representative Andy Levin, D-Mich., To condemn the February coup in Burma and call on the Burmese military to allow the civilian government to return in power. Levin said the Congress “stands by the side of all the Burmese people in their ambition for lasting peace, true democracy and the realization of human rights for all.” The vote on March 19 was 398 yes to 14 no. Do not vote: McHenry R-NC (10th). Yes : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).
Votes in the Senate
Senate Vote 1: SECRETARY OF LABOR: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor. Walsh had been mayor of Boston since 2014, and prior to that, a Massachusetts state legislator from 1998. A supporter, Senator Richard Burr, RN.C., said of Walsh’s qualifications that he ” has the experience, skills and awareness for the need for balance in conversations between workers and management.The vote on March 22 was 68 to 29 against. Yes : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 2: GOVERNMENT BUDGETING: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Shalanda D. Young as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Management and Budget. Young has been on the House Appropriations Committee since 2007, most recently as Democratic Chief of Staff. One supporter, Senator Gary C. Peters, D-Mich., Said that during her tenure on the committee, Young “developed a deep understanding of the budget process and government operations, and she played a decisive in the negotiation of bipartite agreements on many issues. ” The vote on March 23 was 63 yes to 37 no. Yes : R-NC cutter. No : Tillis R-NC.
Senate vote 3: GENERAL SURGEON: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Vivek Hallegere Murthy as Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a four-year term. Murthy was also a general surgeon from 2014 to 2017 and professor of internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. One supporter, Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., Said: “During his last tenure as Surgeon General, Dr Murthy has established himself as a trusted voice on public health matters, has helped our country through the Zika epidemic and released groundbreaking reports on the opioid epidemic and the increase in smoking among young people. ”The vote on March 23 was 57 yes to 43 no. No : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 4: HEALTHCARE OFFICER: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Rachel Levine as assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services. Levine served as Pennsylvania’s health secretary from 2017 to 2021, and before that, he was a physician at Pennsylvania State University Medical Center. One supporter, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said: “The quality of her public service is reflected in the fact that she has been confirmed not once, not twice, but three times a year. the Republican-led state senate to serve first as a general practitioner and then as health secretary.The vote on March 24 was 52 in favor to 48 in favor. No : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 5: BUSINESS LOANS: The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., To the PPP Extension Act (HR 1799) that would have limited the ability of the Small Business Administration to prioritize certain types of businesses to receive stimulus loans. Rubio said the limits were necessary to prevent the Biden administration from unfairly and unnecessarily restricting eligible businesses and nonprofits from applying for loans. An opponent of the amendment, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., Cited delays caused by the need to get the House, which is currently on recess for two weeks, to approve the amendment for the underlying bill becomes law. The vote on March 25 was 48 in favor to 52 against. Yes : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 6: ENERGY POLICY: The Senate confirmed the appointment of David Turk as Assistant Secretary for Energy. Turk was most recently Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, and before that, an official with the National Security Council and the State Department under the Obama administration. One supporter, Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Said Turk “is dedicated to all types of American energy. This is essential if we are to keep America an energy dominant nation.” The vote on March 24 was 98 for and 2 no. Yes : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 7: COVID-19 CORPORATE SUBSIDIES: The Senate passed the PPP Extension Act (HR 1799), sponsored by Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Ga., To extend the time limit for businesses to apply for federal funds under the Check Protection Program by two months. payroll, until May 31. supporter, Senator Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, said: “We cannot allow an interruption of this vital program that has made such a difference to our small businesses and their employees.” The vote on March 25 was 92 yes to 7 no. Yes : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 8: PAYMENTS IN CALIFORNIA: The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., To the Medicare Sequester Act (HR 1868) that would have eliminated the bill’s provision for a particularly generous payment to health care programs in the California. Scott said: “All 50 states should be treated the same. One state should not be given special treatment compared to others.” An opponent, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Said the provision simply corrects a drafting error in order to follow a long-standing rule “under which California can use Medicaid funding to reimburse hospitals serving uninsured patients and Medicaid ”. The vote on March 25 was 47 to 50 against. Yes : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.
Senate Vote 9: COVID-19 BUDGET AND EXPENDITURE: The Senate passed the Medicare Sequester Act (HR 1868), sponsored by Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Ky., To exempt the most recent COVID-19 stimulus spending law from pay-as-you-go budget limits, and provide guidance Higher Medicaid Payments to California Public Hospitals. One supporter, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Said, “We are protecting the lifeline for seniors by delaying the Medicare escrow cut. We would have extraordinary problems if this cut were to take effect.” The vote on March 25 was 90 yes to 2 no. Yes : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.