Capitol Hill Review

116th Congress 1st Session (2019)  

Senate 

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

 

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019 (S.109)

 

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019 (S.109; Text of Legislation) failed on a 48-47 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 7 ). The Senate failed to reach 60 votes required to advance a Republican-sponsored measure that would prohibit federal subsidies of insurance plans sold in Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges that provide abortion coverage. The measure would nullify the existing requirement that ACA policyholders personally pay the share of their insurance premium that reflects coverage of reproductive services.  The Hyde Amendment, a standard part of annual appropriations bills that prohibits the expenditure of federal funds for abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother covers the health law.

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

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

 

A joint resolution disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation (S.J.Res.2)

 

A joint resolution disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation (S.J.Res.2; Text of Legislation) failed the Senate on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, on a 57-42 vote  (To view how your senators voted visit: ) To advance a Democrat-sponsored resolution that sought to retain U.S. economic sanctions on the corporate domain of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, the Senate failed to reach 60 votes needed. The Treasury Department will remove the sanctions in return for Deripaska giving up majority interests in three firms he control’s and this resolution upholds this deal that will soon take effect. Additionally, the vote rendered as symbolic a House of Representatives move to nullify the sanctions deal.  An ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and one-time business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is Deripaska.

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

 

 

House of Representatives  

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

 

Disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation (H.J.Res.30)

 

The House of Representatives on Thursday, January 17, 2019, passed on a 362-53 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 42) the Disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation (H.J.Res.30; Text of Legislation).  The resolution would prevent the Treasury Department from lifting economic sanctions on an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin─ Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska who controls aluminum and energy companies.  However, the Senate voted to clear the way for Treasury to grant sanctions relief starting in January in return for Deripaska relinquishing majority stakes in the three firms.  And to remain in force are U.S. sanctions on his personal assets. Sanctions to penalize the Kremlin and Putin-aligned oligarchs for actions including Russia’s interference in U.S. elections, military aggression in eastern Ukraine and seizure of Crimea were imposed by Congress and President Trump. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to banking and tax-fraud charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller Deripaska was an associate.

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

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

 

Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.268)

 

The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.268; Text of Legislation) passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, on a 237-187 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 39).   The measure would provide $12.1 billion to homeowners, businesses, farmers, local governments and other entities harmed by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, volcanic eruptions and typhoons in the United States and its territories in recent years.  Republicans opposed the measure because of its language to reopen closed parts of the government through February 8, 2019, without providing border-wall funding requested by President Trump.  Included in the disaster aid was $2.96 billion for rebuilding infrastructure; $2.54 billion for mitigating damages in future disasters; $1.86 billion for farmers and rural communities; $1.16 billion for community-development grants and $555 million to fund social services for displaced persons, among other outlays.

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

 

Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.268)

 

The House of Representatives failed to pass The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.268; Text of Legislation) on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, on a 193-231 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 38).  The GOP effort to reshape the bill dealing only with disaster relief was defeated. The motion sought to strip the measure of a “continuing resolution” that would reopen the government at least through February 8, 2019, but disregard President Trump’s request for border-wall funding.  The wall rebuff was called by the Republicans a “poison pill” they could not accept.

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

 

Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.268)

 

The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.268; Text of Legislation) passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, on a 230-197 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 37).  The amendment prohibits the department of Homeland Security or Army Corps of Engineers from spending any funds in this disaster relief bill to plan, develop or build President Donald J. Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. After President Trump said he might use previously appropriated but not yet spent disaster aid to build the wall the amendment was introduced.

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

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

 

Rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy (H.Res.41)

 

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, passed the Rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy (H.Res.41; Text of Legislation) on a 424-1 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 32). The resolution disapproves of comments made by U.S. Representative of Iowa Steve King (R).  The day after House of Representatives Republican leaders stripped the eight-term congressman from northwestern Iowa of his committee assignments the vote occurred.

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

 

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