Capitol Hill Review

116th Congress 1st Session (2019)  

Senate

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

 

William Pelham Barr Department of Justice (PN17)

 

William Pelham Barr (PN17; Text of Legislation) on Thursday, February 14, 2019, was confirmed by the Senate on a 54-45 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 24 ) as the 85th U.S. attorney general. Also, under President George H.W. Bush he served as the 77th attorney general from 1991-93.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.J.Res.31)

 

The Senate on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, adopted the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.J.Res.31; Text of Legislation) on a 83-16 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 26 ). The conference report would appropriate $333 billion in fiscal 2019 for the departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, State, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and funds scores of agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Security Administration. A 1.9 percent pay raise for federal civilian workers would be funded by the measure while appropriating $3.82 billion for conducting the 2020 Census; $17 billion for improving roads, bridges, highways, railways and mass transit; $16.6 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; $12 billion in disaster relief; $73.5 billion for the income-support program known as food stamps; $159 million for climate research by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; $9.6 billion for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; $2.3 billion for the Drug Enforcement Administration; $75 million for upgrading the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases; $21.5 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; $3.22 billion for the National Park Service; $5.1 billion for the Department of State, and $1.05 billion for food-safety inspections.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

 

John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S.47)

 

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S.47; Text of Legislation) was passed by the Senate on a 92-8 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 22 ). A 662-page package (S 47) of over 100 bills that would improve the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands including national parks, wilderness areas, national monuments, wild and scenic rivers and wildlife preserves was approve by the Senate.The measure sets aside 1.3 million acres for wilderness protection; create 367 miles of wild and scenic rivers; establish four new national monuments; prohibit mining near national parks in Montana and Washington and expand hunting, fishing and other recreational access to federal lands. Additionally, the legislation would protect fish populations and endangered species; upgrade warning systems for volcanic eruptions; protect facilities at historically black colleges and universities; allow land transfers to improve water-resources management and offer fourth graders and their families free entrance to certain federal lands. And the measure reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses offshore-drilling royalties to help state, local and federal agencies acquire land and easements for conservation and recreational purposes.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

House of Representatives  

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

 

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.J.Res.31)

 

The House of Representatives on Thursday, February 14, 2019, gave final approval to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.J.Res.31; Text of Legislation) on a 300-128 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 87) . The appropriation package would fund eight Cabinet departments and numerous agencies in fiscal 2019, ending the prospect of another government shutdown. The bill would provide $49.4 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, including $7.6 billion for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE); $1.325 billion for building 55 miles of physical barriers along the southwest border; $564 million for electronic drug inspections of vehicles and cargo at ports of entry from Mexico, $415 million in humanitarian aid including medical care for immigrants detained at the border, and funding for an annual average of 45,274 beds for immigrants being held while their status is under review. Additionally, the resolution requires ICE to grant admission to any member of Congress to border facilities where children are being housed, publicly report the number and types of immigrants in its custody and preserve all records of sexual assaults occurring under their custody.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 

Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress (H.J.Res.37)

 

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, The Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress (H.J.Res.37; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on a 248-177 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 83). The resolution would withdraw American military support in Yemen's civil war unless Congress approves the deployment in keeping with its constitutional authority to declare war. It would mark the first time Congress has used the 1973 War Powers Resolution to stop a military action if the Senate passed the resolution. Consisting mainly of providing logistical and intelligence support, and until recently aerial refueling, to a Saudi-led bombing campaign on Iran-backed Houthi rebels battling the Yemeni military has been the U.S. involvement.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

 

Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress (H.J.Res.37)

 

A Republican-sponsored motion to The Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress (H.J.Res.37; Text of Legislation) was adopted by unanimous vote of 424-0 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 82) by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The motion stated in part, that anti-Semitism is a challenge to the basic principles of tolerance, pluralism and democracy and the shared values that bind Americans together,and that it is ôin the foreign policy interest of the United States to continue to emphasize the importance of combating anti-Semitism in bilateral and multilateral relations around the globe. And the resolution was amended to include the repudiation of anti-Semitism.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

 

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