Capital Hill Review

115th Congress 2nd Session (2018)  

Senate 

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (H.R.3)

 

The Senate on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, rejected the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (H.R.3; Text of Legislation) on a 48-50 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 134). The measure was a request by President Trump that would reduce $14.5 billion in unspent appropriations from previous years, with a small portion allocated to deficit-reduction. Sponsors fell short of the simple majority they needed to discharge the House-passed bill from the Appropriations Committee on a 48 for and 50 against.  Starting on June 22, 2018, the measure is now considered dead because its supporters would need 60 votes to bring it to the Senate floor.

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

 

Monday, June 18, 2018

 

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

 

The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515; Text of Legislation) on an 85-10 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 128) was passed by the Senate on Monday, June 18, 2018.  For fiscal 2019, the measure authorized a $717 billion military budget including $69 billion for war-fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other theaters and $57 billion for active-duty and retiree health care. Also, the bill sets a 2.6 percent pay raise for uniformed personnel, bans the purchase or use of technology made by the Chinese telecom giant ZTE and for military victims of sexual assault it funds programs.

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)

 

On Monday, June 18, 2018, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.5895; Text of Legislation) passed on a 92-3 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 129 ). The measure is a $145.4 billion appropriations bill for fiscal 2019 that includes $70 billion-plus for veterans’ health care, $14 billion for securing the American nuclear arsenal and $7.2 billion for Army Corps of Engineers public-works projects.

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

 

House of Representatives  

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

 

Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R.2)

 

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R.2; Text of Legislation) was approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday, June 21, 2018, on a 213-211 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 284).  The measure would extend farm, nutrition and anti-hunger programs for five years at a projected cost of $87 billion annually.  Also, for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) the measure would reduce spending by more than $2 billion annually while imposing stricter work and job training requirements on recipients. And the measure would for growers of commodities including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice would subsidize crop insurance and provide price supports.  

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

 

Securing America's Future Act of 2018 (H.R.4760)

The Securing America's Future Act of 2018 (H.R.4760; Text of Legislation; Text of Legislation) was defeated by the House of Representatives on Thursday, June 21, 2018, on a 193-231 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 282 ).  The measure proposed an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws reflecting the views of some conservative Republicans. The bill, in part, would authorize $24.8 billion over five years for tighter security on the border with Mexico, including construction of walls or other barriers, while enabling nearly 700,000 of the young, illegal aliens known as “dreamers” to remain in the United States indefinitely if they renew their legal status every three years.

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

 

Securing America's Future Act of 2018 (H.R.4760)

 

The House of Representatives defeated a Democrat amendment to the Securing America's Future Act of 2018 (H.R.4760; Text of Legislation; Text of Legislation)  on Thursday, June 21, 2018, on a 191-234 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 281).  The amendment would grant permanent legal status and a path to citizenship to 2 million so-called “Dreamers” brought illegally into the United States as children. A provisional legal status but no means for Dreamers to obtain citizenship was offered by the underlying bill.

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

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R.6082)

 

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, passed on a 357-57 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 278) the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R.6082; Text of Legislation). The measure would ease privacy rules for the medical records of recovering opioid addicts. The bill, in part, would enable physicians to avoid prescribing drugs that could trigger relapses.  To protect the confidentiality of medical histories the new rules would have to meet standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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

 

Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Execution Act (H.R.5797)

 

The Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Execution Act (H.R.5797; Text of Legislation) was passed on a 261-155 vote  (To view how your representative voted visit: 276) on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  The measure would relax Medicaid rules to benefit opioid addicts aged 21 to 64 who are patients at mental institutions.  Medicaid, under the measure, would allow matching payments to be used to care for these individuals for up to 30 days annually, a reimbursement not currently allowed.

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

 

Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Execution Act (H.R.5797)

 

A Democrat amendment to The Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Execution Act (H.R.5797; Text of Legislation) was defeated on a 190-226 vote  (To view how your representative voted visit: 275) on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  The amendment would deny benefits under H.R. 5797 to the 14 states that have chosen not to participate in the 2010 health law’s broad but optional expansion of Medicaid, which the federal Treasury mostly funds.

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

 

 

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