Russia Sanctions Relief: The House on Jan. 17 voted, 362-53, to prohibit the Treasury Department from lifting economic sanctions on the corporate domain of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, in return for his relinquishing majority shares in three companies. But a Senate vote (below) allowed the sanctions relief to take effect. A yes vote was to retain the sanctions. (HJ Res 30)
Jeff Van Drew, D-2: YES
Andy Kim, D-3: YES
Racist Remarks by Iowa Congressman: The House on Jan. 15 voted 424-1 to disapprove of remarks by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in a New York Times interview that extolled white nationalism and white supremacy. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., the only member to vote against the resolution, said he opposed it as too weak. A yes vote was to formally repudiate King’s words but not him personally. (H Res 41)
Van Drew: YES
$12.1 Billion Disaster Aid: The House on Jan. 16 voted 237-187 to appropriate $12.1 billion in aid for individuals, businesses, farms and other entities harmed by natural disasters in recent years. The bill drew Republican opposition because of its language to reopen closed parts of the government through Feb. 8 without providing border-wall funding requested by President Trump. A yes vote was to send HR 268 to the Senate.
Van Drew: YES
Prohibition on Wall Funding: Voting 230-197, the House on Jan. 16 barred the Department of Homeland Security or Army Corps of Engineers from using appropriations in HR 268 for planning, developing or building President Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. A yes vote was to adopt the funding prohibition.
Van Drew: NO
Clean Bill on Disaster Relief: Voting 193-231, the House on Jan. 16 defeated a GOP effort to reshape HR 268 as a bill dealing only with disaster relief. The motion sought to strip the bill of a “continuing resolution” that would reopen the government through Feb. 8 but disregard President Donald Trump’s request for border-wall funding. Republicans called the wall rebuff a “poison pill” they could not accept. A yes vote was to remove stopgap funding from the bill.
Van Drew: NO
Russia Sanctions Relief: The Senate on Jan. 16 failed, 57-42, to reach 60 votes needed to advance a measure preventing the Treasury Department from lifting economic sanctions on firms controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an ally of President Vladimir Putin. This upheld a deal soon to take effect in which the department will remove the sanctions in return for Deripaska giving up majority stakes in three companies. A yes vote was to keep the sanctions in place. (SJ Res 2)
Robert Menendez, D: YES
Cory Booker, D: YES
Health Law & Abortion: The Senate on Jan. 17 failed, 48-47, to reach 60 votes needed to advance a bill that would prohibit federal subsidies of insurance policies sold in Affordable Care Act exchanges that cover abortion. Foes said the ACA already prohibits taxpayer funding of reproductive services. A yes vote was to advance S 109.
Source: Voterama in Congress