Here’s how WNC congressmen voted the week of September 9-15

WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how members of the Congressional area voted the week before.

House votes

House Vote 1: PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC: The House passed a bill (S. 4785), sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to extend until the end of September a $5,000 federal sentence against felons convicted of sexual abuse or of human trafficking. The sentence had expired on September 11. The vote on September 13 was unanimous with 415 yeses. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 2: ROAD INSPECTIONS BY DRONE: The House passed the Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act (HR 5315), sponsored by Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, to create Department of Transportation grant programs for the use of drones to inspect roads and other infrastructure. Stanton said, “Using drones cuts the cost of infrastructure inspections by 74% and the time it takes to complete the inspection by 88%.” The vote on September 13 was 308 yes to 110 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 3: WILD FIRES: The House passed the Wildfire Recovery Act (HR 1066), sponsored by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., to increase federal fire assistance grants by stipulating that grants will be at least 75% of eligible cost forest fires. recovery efforts. A supporter, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, DD.C., said, “Providing more federal aid in the wake of the worst fires will help strained local budgets.” The vote on September 13 was 328 yes to 88 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 4: PASSING LEGISLATION: The House passed a motion sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to pass a package of eight bills en bloc, with no individual roll-call votes for each bill. The bills covered topics such as: military veterans and education and mortgages, payments to survivors of deceased veterans, and disaster animal health. The vote on September 14 was 397 yes to 29 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 5: AVIATION AND DISEASES: The House passed the National Aviation Readiness Plan Act (HR 884), sponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., to require the Department of Transportation to develop an aviation readiness plan for dealing with America’s communicable disease epidemics. The vote on September 14 was 293 yes to 133 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 6: POST-DISASTER HOUSING: The House passed the Expediting Disaster Recovery Act (HR 5774), sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide financial assistance to meet housing needs following disasters that have destroyed homes in a given area. . Graves said the bill was intended to ensure that “dollars can get to disaster victims immediately, so that we stop seeing years and years of federal government dollars being shelled out for temporary housing and temporary recovery efforts”. The vote on September 14 was 406 yes to 20 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 7: EMERGENCY RESERVISTS: The House passed the Civilian Reservists Emergency Workforce Act (S. 2293), sponsored by Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Mich., to expand employment rights for reservists for the ‘Federal Emergency Management Agency who are deployed for agency work and therefore must temporarily leave their regular employment. One supporter, Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., said the bill “will help sustain FEMA’s intermittent workforce and allow the agency to better fulfill its disaster response mission.” . The vote on September 14 was 387 yes to 38 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 8: FEDERAL BUILDING LIGHTING: The House passed the Light Bulb Replacement to Improve Government with High-Efficiency Technology Act (S. 442), sponsored by Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Mich., to require government buildings federal use the most cost effective and cost effective life cycle of energy efficient lighting systems. The vote on September 14 was 347 yes to 78 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 9: ROLL OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: The House passed the Patronage System Prevention Act (HR 302), sponsored by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va. The bill would reverse an executive order issued by President Trump in October 2020 that created a new classification of Schedule F excepted services for government employees and applied to employees of executive agencies who have to do with developing policies and are not normally replaced when a new president takes office. Connolly said, “Changing the nature and operations of the civil service is rare, significant, and should require express congressional involvement through legislation.” An opponent of the bill, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said the Schedule F classification “simply makes it easier to discipline or remove public servants from public service policy-making roles.” our government”. The vote on September 15 was 225 yes to 204 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 10: CENSUS: The House passed the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act (HR 8326), sponsored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, DN.Y. The bill would establish various restrictions on the Census Bureau’s ability to add new questions to the census and prevent the Bureau’s director from being removed from office for unjustified reasons. Maloney said, “Partisan manipulation of the census is just plain wrong. My bill would protect the census and ensure this never happens again.” One opponent, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said, “The bill severely limits the ability of future censuses to include important new questions, such as the question of citizenship, which a majority of Americans wish to pose during the census.” The vote on September 15 was 220 yes to 208 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 11: GOVERNMENT WHISTLEBLOWERS: The House passed the Enhanced Protection for Whistleblowers Act (HR 2988), sponsored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, DN.Y., to establish various measures designed to increase protecting whistleblower federal employees from punitive retaliation by politicians and supervisors. Maloney said the bill would “enact long overdue reforms to protect whistleblowers from retaliation to the greatest extent possible and to provide meaningful remedies if whistleblowers still experience retaliation.” One opponent, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said the bill “would wrongly prohibit investigating someone who claims to be a whistleblower, even if there are good reasons.” to investigate the employee’s conduct”. The vote on September 15 was 221 yes to 203 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

Senate votes

Meaning.  Richard Burr, left, and Thom Tillis

Senate Vote 1: COURT OF APPEAL JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Salvador Mendoza as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of the United States. Mendoza has served as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington since 2014; he served briefly as a county court judge before that and had his own private law practice. The vote on September 12 was 46 yes to 40 no. NOPE : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

Senate Vote 2: SECOND JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS: The Senate has rejected Arianna Freeman’s nomination as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Freeman has served as a federal community advocate attorney in Philadelphia since 2009. One supporter, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., cited Freeman’s “extensive legal experience, keen intellect, and dedication to the principles of fairness and equal justice”. The vote on September 13 was 47 yes to 50 no. NOPE : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

Senate Vote 3: THIRD COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Lara Montecalvo as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Montecalvo has served with the Rhode Island government’s Office of the Public Defender since 2004 and currently serves as the state‘s public defender. One supporter, Sen. Jack Reed, DR.I., called Montecalvo “someone with great integrity, intellect, and capacity for judicial independence.” The vote on September 14 was 52 yes to 47 no. NOPE : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

Senate Vote 4: JUDGE OF THE FOURTH COURT OF APPEALS: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Sarah Merriam as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Merriam, a U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut since last October, was previously a federal magistrate judge and deputy federal advocate for Connecticut. One supporter, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Merriam “has shown she has the qualifications, experience and loyalty to the rule of law to administer justice on the Second Circuit.” The vote on September 15 was 53 yes to 44 no. NOPE : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

Senate Vote 5: TSA ADMINISTRATOR: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of David Pekoske as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration for a five-year term. Pekoske had been on the job since August 2017, after a career with the Coast Guard. One supporter, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said Pekoske’s “confirmation and continued leadership of this team will allow the TSA to continue its ongoing and important mission.” The vote on September 15 was 77 yes to 18 no. YES : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

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