Stopgap Budget, Healthcare Defunding: The House on Friday voted, 230-189, to fund the government on a stopgap basis between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15 while permanently defunding the 2010 health law known as Obamacare. A yes vote was to send the measure to the Senate, where it faces likely defeat. (HJ Res 59)
Frank LoBiondo, R-2: YES
Jon Runyan, R-3: YES
Social Security, Medicare: The House on Friday defeated, 190-228, a Democratic bid to bar spending in HJ Res 59 (above) aimed at privatizing Social Security or converting Medicare to a voucher program. A yes vote was to adopt a motion that also sought additional budget protections for veterans’ benefits and active-duty troops.
National Forest Logging: The House on Friday passed, 244-173, a bill to build roads and expand logging in limited areas of national forests, with proceeds used, in part, to compensate nearby counties that are unable to collect taxes on federally managed lands. A yes vote was to pass HR 1526, which also would reduce wildfire threats in national forests.
Federal Helium Reserve: Senators on Thursday passed, 97-2, a bill to avert the scheduled closure Oct. 7 of the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo, Texas. The bill would keep the unit open for 10 more years and ensure supplies based on market prices for private and government users. (HR 527)
Robert Menendez, D: YES
Jeffrey Chiesa, R: YES