Capital Hill Review

 115th Congress - 1st Session (2017) 

Senate

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

H.J.Res.111 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements."

 

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Senate voted 51-50 (To view how your senators voted visit: 249  ) to nullify the Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements" (H.J.Res.111; Text of Legislation).  The measure invalidates a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that would enable individuals to band together to file class-action lawsuits against credit card issuers, banks, payday lenders and other retail financial firms. The deciding vote was cast by Vice-President Mike Pence.

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

 

House of Representatives

 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027 (H.Con.Res.71)

 

The House of Representatives on Thursday, October 26, 2017, passed the Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027 (H.Con.Res.71; Text of Legislation) voted 216-212  (To view how your representative voted visit: 589).   The bill gave final congressional approval to a Republican budget plan for fiscal 2018-2027 that would set the stage for later legislative action on corporate and individual tax reductions increasing deficits by up to $1.5 trillion. Also, the bill clears the way for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, ending the deduction for state and local income taxes and lowering contribution limits for 401(k) retirement accounts.

 

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

 

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (H.R.732)

 

The Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (H.R.732; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on a 238-183 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 580). The GOP-sponsored measure would  prevent the Justice Department from entering into or enforcing settlement agreements that require corporate defendants in civil actions brought by the government to donate to third parties in addition to paying fines and making restitution to direct victims of their alleged misconduct.

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

 

Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (H.R.732)

 

An amendment to the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (H.R.732; Text of Legislation) was rejected by the House of Representatives on a 191-229 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 579).  The amendment would have exempted settlements with corporate defendants alleged to have increased the amount of lead in public drinking water.  Such settlements could be used, in part, under the Democrat-sponsored amendment to remedy the indirect harm inflicted by leaded drinking water on public health and infrastructure in certain communities.   

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

 

 

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