HOUSE

Mining lease in national forest: The House on Nov. 30 passed, 216-204, a bill (HR 3905) requiring the Bureau of Land Management to renew mineral leases in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota to clear the way for the Chilean-owned company Twin Metals Minnesota to develop an underground copper mine there. A yes vote was to pass HR 3905.

Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: NO

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Tom MacArthur, R-3rd: NO

President Trump’s tax returns: The House on Nov. 29 blocked, 227-189, a parliamentary move by Democrats to force floor debate on a bill (HR 305) now in committee that would require President Trump and future presidential nominees to disclose their federal tax returns for the three most recent years. A yes vote opposed floor consideration of the tax-disclosure bill.

LoBiondo: YES

MacArthur: YES

Job probation for civil servants: The House on Nov. 30 voted, 213-204, to double from one to two years the probationary period for new hires in the federal civil service and restrict for two years their due-process rights in disciplinary actions. A yes vote was to send the bill (HR 4182) to the Senate.

MacArthur: YES

LoBiondo: NO

SENATE

Republican tax overhaul: Voting 51-49, the Senate on Dec. 2 passed a Republican-drafted bill (HR 1) that would permanently reduce the corporate tax rate, temporarily reduce personal tax rates, end deductions for state and local income taxes, scale back the federal estate tax, open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, repeal the 2010 health law’s individual mandate and make numerous other changes to the tax code and domestic programs. A yes vote was to send the bill to a House-Senate conference committee.

Robert Menendez, D: NO

Cory Booker, D: NO

Permanent middle-class tax cuts: Voting 48 for and 52 against, the Senate on Dec. 1 turned back a Democratic measure that sought to make middle- and lower-class income tax cuts in HR 1 (above) permanent just as the bill’s corporate tax cuts are permanent. Without this change, the bill’s cuts for individuals and families would expire after seven or eight years. To keep the change from adding to deficits, the amendment would scale back the bill’s cuts in taxes on corporate earnings by an equivalent sum. A yes vote was to give permanency to middle- and lower-class income tax cuts.

Robert Menendez, D: YES

Cory Booker, D: YES

Hiring linked to corporate tax savings: Voting 48-51, the Senate on Nov. 30 defeated a Democratic-sponsored measure that would have required corporations to use as much of their savings from a pending tax-overhaul bill (HR 1) to hire new workers as they spent on raising executive pay, buying back stock and increasing dividend payments to shareholders. A yes vote was to establish a link between hiring policies and corporate tax savings.

Robert Menendez, D: YES

Cory Booker, D: YES

Tax credits linked to pro-worker policies: Voting 48-52, the Senate on Nov. 30 turned back a Democratic-sponsored measure that sought to provide tax credits of $1,500 per worker to corporations that pay wages of at least $15 an hour, provide substantive health and retirement benefits and keep their headquarters in America. A yes vote was to advance the amendment to HR 1 (above).

Menendez: YES

Booker: YES

Gregory Katsas, appeals judge: The Senate on Nov. 28 confirmed, 50-48, Gregory G. Katsas, a former deputy counsel to President Trump, for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A yes vote backed Katsas over Democratic objections to his role in helping draft the administration’s policies on LGBT rights and travel from Muslim-majority countries.

Menendez: NO

Booker: NO

Source: Voterama in Congress

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