Capital Hill Review

115th Congress 2nd Session (2018)  

Senate 

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

 

Brian Allen Benczkowski — Department of Justice (PN1402)

 

The Senate confirmed on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski — Department of Justice (PN1402; Text of Legislation) , as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s criminal division on a 51-48 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 152). 

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

 

Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.5895)

 

An amendment to The Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.5895; Text of Legislation) was passed by the Senate on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, on a 88-11 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 151). The amendment asserts that Congress “should have a role” in President Trump’s policy of using national security to justify U.S. tariffs on trading partners including Communist China and Canada.

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

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

 

John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515)

 

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the Senate passed an amendment to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515; Text of the Legislation) on a 97-2 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 149). The amendment adopted a measure intended to bolster the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) against President Trump’s verbal assaults on the 69-year-old Western alliance. The President has charged that member nations fail to pay their fair share of the cost defending Europe, among other criticisms.

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

 

 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

 

Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R.50)

 

The House of Representatives on Friday July 13, 2018, passed the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R.50; Text of Legislation) on a 230-168 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 328). The measure would double the scope of a 1995 “unfunded mandates” law requiring the government to monitor compliance costs that rules and laws impose on businesses, states and other entities. Also, 15 independent agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the list of departments and agencies required to submit proposed new rules with compliance costs above $100 million to the Office of Management and Budget for clearance were added by the bill.

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

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

 

Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.6237)

 

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.6237; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, July 12, 2018, on a 363-54 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 326). The measure approved a two-year budget of $170 billion-plus for the 16 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies.

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

 

Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act115th Congress (2017-2018) [H.R.3281]

 

The House of Representatives on Thursday, July 12, 2018, passed The Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act115th Congress (2017-2018) [H.R.3281; Text of Legislation] on a 233-184 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 325). The measure would make it easier for private water companies to acquire public property from the Bureau of Reclamation, which owns and operates hundreds of dams, reservoirs, canals and other facilities in the West.  Congress is required to approve these transactions in advance according to present law. The bureau, under this bill could act on its own to clear sales that would take effect after 90 days unless both houses of Congress vote to kill the deal.

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

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

 

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 50) to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3281) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, and for other purposes (H.Res.985)

 

During debate of the Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 50; Text of Legislation) to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3281; Text of Legislation) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, and for other purposes (H.Res.985; Text of Legislation) the House of Representatives blocked  floor debate on a proposed constitutional amendment (H.J. Res 31; Text of Legislation) that would restore broad congressional and state powers to regulate money in politics on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, on a 228-184 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 318). The amendment would nullify the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which equated political spending with free speech in a way that allows corporations, unions, super PACs and other groups to anonymously spend unlimited, undisclosed sums to advocate the election or defeat of specific candidates.

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

 

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 200) to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes (H.Res.965)

 

The House of Representatives during the debate on Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 200; Text of Legislation) to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes (H.Res.965; Text of Legislation) on a 225-186 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 316) on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, blocked a Democrat bid for floor debate on a bill (HR 6239; Text of Legislation) that would require corporations, unions, super PACs and other entities to publicly disclose their funding of political activity and identify their large contributors. And just as candidates must for their campaign spots a sponsoring organization’s top-ranking official would have to publicly certify campaign advertisements.

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

 

Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R.  200)

 

The Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R.  200; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, on a 222-193 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 321).  The Republican measure would extend through fiscal 2022 the main law for regulating commercial and recreational fishing in federal coastal waters ranging from three to 200 miles offshore. And designed to conserve stocks and prevent overfishing while protecting declining species and fragile habitats and providing economic and recreational opportunities is the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens law.

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

 

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