How Maine Congressmen Voted Last Week

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Along with roll-call votes last week, the Senate also passed the Prison Camera Reform Act (S. 2899), demanding that the Director of the Prisons Office address the shortcomings and make the updates. level necessary for the security cameras and radio systems of the Bureau of Prisons to ensure the health and safety of employees and inmates.

VOTES AT HOME

EVENT FEES FOR VETERANS: The House passed the Free Veterans from Fees Act (HR 1029), sponsored by Representative Gregory W. Steube, R-Fla., To waive special use permit fees for military veterans events at memorials war on federal lands in Washington, DC, Region. One supporter, Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Said: “It is the right thing to do, to try to reduce the cost of many of these important commemorative occasions taking place here in our nation’s capital. . ” The vote on October 19 was 421 yes to 3 no.

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

RENTAL CARS AND TERRORISM: The House passed the Darren Drake Act (HR 4089), sponsored by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, DN.J., to require the Homeland Security Department to issue guidelines to car rental companies on act prevention strategies terrorism using vehicles they hire. to individuals. Gottheimer said the guidelines “will provide rental companies and car dealerships with the vital information they need to report and stop potential terrorist threats in their tracks.” The vote on October 19 was 379 to 51 against.

YES : Pingree, Golden

PRESCRIPTION DRUG MANUFACTURING: The House passed the National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Act (HR 4369), sponsored by Representative Frank Pallone Jr., DN.J. The bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to designate and fund certain colleges and universities as centers for the development of continued pharmaceutical drug manufacturing. Pallone said the creation of the centers “will improve the quality of our pharmaceuticals, reduce drug shortages and help produce more agile and efficient manufacturing processes that could be replicated across the country.” The vote on October 19 was 368 yes to 56 no.

YES : Pingree, Golden

SUBSIDIES FOR THE PREVENTION OF OPIOIDS: The House passed the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act (HR 2379), sponsored by Representative David J. Trone, D-Md., To re-authorize until 2027 the federal government’s opioid response program for the sending grants to states; and expanding the program to include both opioids and other forms of addiction. Trone said the bill was intended to give states “the consistent and necessary funding they need to meet their specific needs” to prevent abuse. The vote on October 20 was 380 yes to 46 no.

YES :Pingree, Golden

FUNDING FOR DRUG PREVENTION: The House passed the Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act (HR 654), sponsored by Representative David P. Joyce, R-Ohio, to provide for waiver requirements that local governments must meet to receive matching federal funding in within the framework of drug-free communities. Support program. Joyce said the waiver was necessary because “with more Americans dying from overdoses than ever before, it is essential that we do all we can to support and empower those working on the front lines in our communities to reduce and reduce prevent addiction in our children. “The vote on October 20 was 395 to 30 against.

YES : Pingree, Golden

MEDICAL STOCKS: The House passed the Strengthening Americas Strategic National Stockpile Act (HR 3635), sponsored by Representative Elissa Slotkin, D-Mo. The bill would change how the federal government’s stockpile of equipment and drugs for use in a medical emergency operates, including establishing required storage levels and distribution plans. The vote on October 20 was 397 yes to 22 no.

YES : Pingree, Golden

WIRELESS NETWORKS: The House passed the Open RAN Outreach Act (HR 4032), sponsored by Representative Colin Z. Allred, D-Texas, to require the federal government to work with small telecommunications providers on their radio access network deployment open (RAN) wireless. technology to their customers. Allred said the bill was intended to help suppliers move away from relying on Chinese equipment manufacturers and instead use open RAN systems that have a more diverse and competitive set of manufacturers. The vote on October 20 was 410 for 17 against.

YES : Pingree, Golden

TELECOMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY: The House passed the Information and Communication Technology Strategy Act (HR 4028), sponsored by Representative Billy Long, R-Mo., To require the Commerce Department to create a strategy to l government-wide to improve the US information and communications technology sector. Long said of the need for a strategy: “With all of the supply chain disruptions that we have seen over the past year, it is important to know how our domestic production of this crucial equipment can be boosted at the to come up.” The vote on October 20 was 413 yes to 14 no.

YES : Pingree, Golden

STEVE BANNON SUBPOENA: The House passed a resolution (H. Res. 730), sponsored by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., To find Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to obey a subpoena issued by the special committee of the House to investigate. the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. Thompson said that “unlike other witnesses who have signed up and worked with our team to find a way to cooperate, Mr Bannon told us he would not comply because the former president told him not to do it “. An opponent of the resolution, Representative Jim Banks, R-Ind., Said: “The select committee despises Steve Bannon’s policies, so they are abusing their power to put him in jail.” The vote on October 21 was 229 yes to 202 no.

YES : Pingree, Golden

SENATE VOTES

JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Gustavo A. Gelpi as a judge of the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals. Gelpi has served as a Federal District Judge in Puerto Rico since 2006. One supporter, Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Said of Gelpi: “Leaders on both sides of the aisle believe he will rule impartially. and without regard for partisanship. “The vote on October 18 was 52 to 41 against.

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

NEW JERSEY DISTRICT JUDGE: The Senate confirmed Christine P. O’Hearn’s appointment as a judge in the United States District Court in New Jersey. O’Hearn has been a lawyer in private practice in Camden since 1993, specializing in labor and employment law. One supporter, Senator Robert Menendez, DN.J., said that “O’Hearn’s professional credentials, combined with his compassion and commitment to a fair and impartial administration of justice, will make she is an exceptional judge “. The vote on October 19 was 53 yes to 44 no.

YES : Collins, King

CIVIL RIGHTS: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Chatherine Lhamon to the post of Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights at the Ministry of Education. Lhamon served in the same position during President Obama’s second term, is a former chairman of the United States Civil Rights Commission, and, since 2019, has served as California’s Legal Secretary. One supporter, Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., Said Lhamon “has a long track record of proving that she is an end-to-end student champion, and that’s exactly what our students need. “. The vote on Oct. 20 was 50 to 50 against, with Vice President Harris voting 51st.

VERSUS : Collins

YES : King

ELECTION ACT: The Senate rejected a closure motion to end debate on a motion to review the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747), sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The bill would make many changes to voting and election procedures, including declaring November election day a federal holiday, stipulating that only currently convicted felons can be considered ineligible to vote due to offenses criminal offenses, and establishing new criminal offenses to prevent people from voting. Klobuchar said the bill was necessary “because the freedom to vote is fundamental to all of our freedoms, and it is currently under attack.” An opponent of the bill, Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said it was an unwarranted attempt to usurp states’ authority over elections and the voting law by the federal government. The vote on October 20 was 49 to 51 against.

VERSUS : Collins

YES : King

WASHINGTON DISTRICT JUDGE: The Senate confirmed Tana Lin’s appointment as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Lin has been a private attorney at a Seattle law firm since 2004. One supporter, Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., Said Lin “will bring integrity, independence and compassion to the Seattle courthouse.” The vote on October 21 was 52 to 45 against.

YES : Collins, King

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