How Maine Congressmen Voted Last Week

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Here’s a look at how members of Congress in the region voted over the past week.

HOUSE VOTES

INJURED GOVERNMENT WORKERS: The House passed the Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act (HR 6087), sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. The bill would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide treatment to federal government employees under workers’ compensation protocols. Courtney said expanding treatment options would give public servants the same level of access to health care as other workers, especially in underserved parts of the country. One opponent, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said “increasing scope of practice for nurse practitioners or physician assistants can lead to increased health care costs.” The vote on June 7 was 325 yes to 83 no.

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

BANKRUPTCY ACT: The House passed the Bankruptcy Threshold Adjustment and Technical Corrections Act (S. 3823), sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The bill would change bankruptcy law for small businesses and individuals, including increasing the amount of debt covered by a bankruptcy filing and indexing future debt amounts to inflation. One supporter, Rep. David Cicilline, DR.I., said the changes meet the needs of “hard-working Americans and their families trying to stay afloat in a world that can be upended by global economic shocks.” . The vote on June 7 was 392 yes to 21 no.

YES : penguin, golden

WEAPONS REGULATIONS: The House passed the Protecting Our Children Act (HR 7910), sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., to make various changes to federal gun and ammunition laws. The changes would include prohibiting the purchase of certain types of semi-automatic firearms by persons under 21, prohibiting certain types of firearms trafficking and limiting the ability of magazines and other ammunition supply devices. Nadler said, “We need to pass this bill to save our police officers, to save our communities, to save our children.” One opponent, Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., said, “There are steps we can take to prevent tragedies from happening without endangering and violating the rights of law-abiding citizens.” The vote on June 8 was 223 yes to 204 no.

YES : Penguin

NOPE : Golden

SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACT: The House passed the Hubzone Price Evaluation Preference Clarification Act (HR 5879), sponsored by Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., to change price evaluation preferences for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program to help potential federal government contractors. Newman called the change in preferences a “crucial step toward a fairer distribution of resources among small businesses across the country.” The vote on June 8 was 359 yes to 61 no.

YES : Penguin

DO NOT VOTE: Golden

SMALL BUSINESS APPRENTICESHIPS: The House passed the Small Business Workforce Pipeline Act (HR 7622), sponsored by Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., to allow federal government small business development centers to publish information about apprenticeships and other work force programs. professional training. Crow said, “This bill would help workers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs and help small businesses grow their business.” The vote on June 8 was 358 yes to 52 no.

YES : penguin, golden

WATER PROJECTS: The House passed the Water Resources Development Act (HR 7776), sponsored by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., to authorize an array of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water management projects over the next two years. DeFazio said the clearance “significantly expands the Corps’ environmental infrastructure authorities to help more communities meet drinking water and wastewater needs.” The vote on June 8 was 384 yes to 37 no.

YES : penguin, golden

PRESCRIPTION DRUG EXPENSES: The House passed the 2022 Food and Drug Amendments (HR 7667), sponsored by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-California, to reauthorize through fiscal year 2027 and modify the fee programs Food and Drug Administration use for prescription drugs. and other medical products. The vote on June 8 was 392 yes to 28 no.

YES : penguin, golden

GUN HAZARD PROTECTION ORDERS: The House passed the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act (HR 2377), sponsored by Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., to authorize the federal court system to issue extreme risk protection orders to effectively prohibit prevent individuals from having a firearm on the basis of the potential risk of using the firearm to commit a crime or commit suicide. McBath said the orders would “give law enforcement and family members the tools they need to prevent these mass shootings.” An opponent, Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, said “this bill takes away due process from law-abiding citizens” and exposes them to false charges that result in the loss of their right to have firearms. fire. The vote on June 9 was 224 yes to 202 no.

YES : Penguin

NOPE : Golden

SENATE VOTE

AIR FORCE OFFICIAL: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Alex Wagner as Air Force Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Wagner, a Defense Department attorney during the Obama administration, later became an executive at the Aerospace Industries Association. The vote on June 7 was 76 yes to 21 no.

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

HOMELAND SECURITY: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Kenneth Wainstein as Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis for the Department of Homeland Security. Wainstein was, for more than 20 years, a federal law enforcement and national security official, then became a lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C. The vote on June 7 was 63 yes to 35 nope.

YES : Collins, King

ENERGY AND MINORITIES: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Shalanda H. Baker as Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Minority Economic Impact. Baker had been a law professor at Northeastern University and, most recently, a staff member in the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. One supporter, Sen. Joe Manchin, DW. Va., said Baker was well qualified to help “ensure that our energy policies leave no one behind or place an unfair or disproportionate burden on minority or disadvantaged communities.” The vote on June 7 was 54 yes to 45 no.

YES : Collins, King

BENEFITS FOR WORKERS: The Senate rejected the nomination of Lisa M. Gomez for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Labor Department for Benefits Security. Gomez has been a benefits attorney since 1994, most recently as an associate at a New York City law firm. One supporter, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said if confirmed, Gomez would “fight to hold employers accountable under the law, ensure workers receive the benefits they are owed and protect financial security. families”. The vote on June 8 was 49 yes to 51 no.

NOPE : collins

YES : King

NEW YORK JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Nina Morrison to serve as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Morrison has served as an attorney with the Innocence Project, representing inmates challenging their sentences since 2002. One supporter, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., praised Morrison’s “dedication, breadth of experience and unique perspective.” . The vote on June 8 was 53 yes to 46 no.

YES : Collins, King

SUPERVISION OF CREDIT UNIONS: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Todd M. Harper as a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Credit Union for a term ending in April 2027. Harper became a member of the Board in April 2019 and was previously a member Council staff, and before that, an aide from the House of Representatives. One supporter, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Harper “understands the vital role credit unions play in local communities, especially rural and underserved communities.” The vote on June 8 was 59 yes to 40 no.

YES : Collins, King

ADULT EDUCATION: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Amy Loyd as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education for Career, Technical and Adult Education. Loyd had served as a senior adviser at the agency and was previously an executive at Jobs for the Future. The vote on June 8 was 57 yes to 42 no.

YES : Collins, King

CALIFORNIA JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Robert Huie to serve as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Huie has been an attorney in private practice since 2020, and for 12 years prior served as an assistant U.S. attorney in San Diego. One supporter, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., cited Huie’s “legal work both in and out of the courtroom, coupled with his decades-long career” in the district. The vote on June 9 was 51 yes to 46 no.

YES : Collins, King

HEALTH ADVOCATE: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Samuel Bagenstos as general counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services. Bagenstos, assistant attorney general for civil rights at the start of the Obama administration, later became a professor of law at the University of Michigan and, more recently, general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget. One supporter, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Bagenstos had “the right view of what public service is in law. I am especially happy that he was a crusader for the rights of Americans with disabilities. The vote on June 9 was 49 yes to 43 no.

NOPE : collins

YES : King

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