How Maine Congressmen Voted Last Week

Along with roll call votes last week, the Senate also passed, by voice vote, the Secure Connections Act (S. 120), to prevent and respond to the misuse of communications services that facilitates violence. domestic and other crimes.


FEDERAL CARD SCANNING: The House passed the Modernizing Access to Our Public Lands Act (HR 3113), sponsored by Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah, to direct federal agencies to develop compatibility standards for scanning and distribution of geographic information system data on accessible government lands. for recreational purposes. Moore said, “Making this information more detailed and accessible in the digital age is one of the many reasons this bill has such broad support.” The vote on March 15 was 414 yes to 9 no.

YES : Chellie Pingree, D-1st District; Jared Golden, D-2nd District

WESTERN FISH AND RIVER MANAGEMENT: The House passed the Upper Colorado-San Juan River Basins Recovery Act (HR 5001), sponsored by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., to extend, through 2024, authority of the Department of the Interior to build facilities to aid in the recovery of endangered fish. populations in two southwestern river basins. The vote on March 15 was 397 yes to 27 no.

YES : penguin, golden

PRESERVING LOUISIANA THEATER: The House passed the Save the Liberty Theater Act (HR 3197), sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., to convey two parcels of federal park land in Eunice, La., to the city of Eunice for the rehabilitation of its Théâtre de la Liberté. The vote on March 16 was 422 yes to 4 no.

YES : penguin, golden

EL PASO MEMORIAL GARDEN: The House passed a bill (HR 4380), sponsored by Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, to designate a garden in El Paso, Texas, as the El Paso Community Healing Garden National Memorial, while not part of the garden of the National Park System. Escobar said the designation would “help ensure that our entire country honors the 23 innocent lives we lost in the attack in El Paso on August 3, 2019.” The vote on March 16 was 403 yes to 25 no.

YES : penguin, golden

WWII HISTORY SITES: The House passed the Japanese American World War II History Network Act (HR 6434), sponsored by Rep. Jay Obernolte, R-Calif., to establish a network of National Park Service records at sites related to Japanese Americans and World War II, including relocation camps. One supporter, Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., said, “The new network will be an important tool in ensuring that this history, as painful as it is, is always remembered, and the important stories of Japanese Americans interned. are told with honor and respect. The vote on March 16 was 406 yes to 16 no.

YES : penguin, golden

TRADE WITH RUSSIA: The House passed the Suspension of Normal Commercial Relations with Russia and Belarus Act (HR 7108), sponsored by Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., to suspend normal commercial relations with the two countries, at the World Trade Organization and other trade groups, on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Neal said: “We must do everything in our power to hold Russia accountable for the atrocities it is committing hourly in the nation of Ukraine.” The vote on March 17 was 424 yes to 8 no.

YES : penguin, golden

FORCED ARBITRATION: The House passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (HR 963), sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson Jr., D-Ga., to invalidate agreements to use arbitration to resolve disputes involving labor disputes. employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights. . Johnson said: “It is a constitutional right that when there is a dispute a party can take that dispute to court and have a jury trial, and no forced contract should deprive that person of that constitutional right. .” An opponent of the bill, Rep. Dan Bishop, RN.C., said it would destroy the use of arbitration, a legal mechanism “used with great utility and used for almost the last hundred years, since 1925 “. The vote on March 17 was 222 yes to 209 no.

YES : penguin, golden


BUDGETING: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Shalanda Young as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Young, the acting director of the OMB since March 2021, was previously a senior assistant, in several different roles, on the House Appropriations Committee. One supporter, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Mich., said Young “has done an exemplary job as acting director of OMB over the past year.” She is a dedicated public servant and a proven leader. The vote on March 15 was 61 yes to 36 no.

YES : Susan Collins, R-Maine; Angus King, I-Maine

TRANSPORT MASKING: The Senate passed a resolution (SJ Res. 37), sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to disapprove and rescind a Centers for Disease Control rule requiring masking on various modes of transportation, including trains, airplanes and buses. Paul said, “No law exists that remotely confers the authority to mandate masks on any federal government department.” One opponent, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said overriding the rule “could leave us extremely vulnerable if there was a surge in coronavirus cases, as we’re seeing in other countries like Germany”. The vote on March 15 was 57 yes to 40 no.

YES : collins

NO : King

CALIFORNIA JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Jacqueline Corley to serve as judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Corley has served as a magistrate in the district since 2011 and previously served as a clerk to a district judge. The vote on March 17 was 63 yes to 36 no.

YES : Collins, King

SECOND CALIFORNIA JUDGE: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Fred W. Slaughter to serve as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Slaughter, a federal district attorney from 2002 to 2014, has since served as a judge of the Superior Court of Orange County. One supporter, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, said, “Judge Slaughter’s long career demonstrates his legal excellence as well as his commitment to delivering justice for all.” The vote on March 17 was 57 yes to 41 no.

YES : Collins, King

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