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How your lawmakers voted

How your lawmakers voted this week

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Condemning racism against Asian-Americans: Voting 243-164, the House on Thursday adopted a nonbinding Democratic-sponsored measure (H Res 908) to condemn expressions of racism, discrimination or religious intolerance against Asian-Americans related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the use of such terms as “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus” and ‘’Kung-flu.’’ A yes vote was in support of the resolution.

Filing private lawsuits against school bias: Voting 232-188, the House on Wednesday passed a bill (HR 2574) that would authorize private individuals to file “disparate impact” lawsuits under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This legal doctrine comes into play when government policies that appear neutral on the surface have the effect of discriminating against protected groups in federally funded programs. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Van Drew: NO

Kim: YES

Addressing anti-Semitism under Title VI: Voting 255-164, the House on Wednesday broadened the duties of officials empowered by HR 2574 (above) to monitor compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under the GOP-sponsored motion, these overseers would have to treat anti-Semitism as prohibited discrimination under Title VI, even though the Department of Education and Department of Justice started doing that as early as 2010, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Title VII is the part of the Civil Rights Act focused on religious discrimination. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs receiving federal assistance. A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

Accommodating pregnancy in the workplace: Voting 329-73, the House on Thursday passed a bill (HR 2694) that would require private-sector firms and government agencies with at least 15 employees to provide reasonable accommodations for workers and job applicants who are pregnant or have recently given birth. The bill would not require employers to make accommodations that impose undue hardship on their operations. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

Granting exemption based on religion: Voting 177-226, the House on Thursday defeated a Republican bid to exempt employers from having to make reasonable accommodations under HR 2694 (above) in cases where to do so would deprive them of religious freedom protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A yes vote was to adopt the GOP motion.

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Van Drew: YES

Kim: NO

Promoting integration in public schools: Voting 248-167, the House on Tuesday established a grant program to promote integration in school districts where opportunity is sharply divided along racial and economic lines. The bill (HR 2639) would fund pilot programs in a limited number of districts to develop strategies for increasing the diversity of student populations shaped by de facto segregation. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

Defeating Republican diversity plan: Voting 171-243, the House on Tuesday defeated a Republican alternative to HR 2639 (above) that proposed open-ended funding in the form of block grants rather than narrowly defined categorical grants to increase diversity in K-12 classrooms. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: NO

SENATE

Confirming judge Valderrama: Voting 68-26, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Franklin U. Valderrama, a Circuit Court judge in Cook County, Illinois, as a U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Valderrama was an attorney in private practice before joining the Cook County bench in 2007, and he has taught pretrial civil litigation at the University of Illinois-Chicago John Marshall Law School. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Robert Menendez, D: YES

Cory Booker, D: YES

Source: Richard Thomas, Voterama in Congress

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