Hurricane aid, debt limit: The House on Friday voted 316-90 to appropriate $15.3 billion in hurricane disaster aid while raising the national debt limit through Dec. 8 and funding the government on a stopgap basis for the same period. A yes vote was to send the bill (HR 601) to President Donald Trump.
Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: Yes
Tom MacArthur, R-3rd: Yes
Original plan for disaster aid: The House on Wednesday voted 419-3 to appropriate $7.85 billion in hurricane aid consisting mainly of funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A yes vote was to send the Senate an early version of HR 601 (above) that steered clear of fiscal issues like raising the debt limit and stopgap funding.
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Retention of subsidized air travel: The House on Wednesday refused, 140-280, to strip a $150 million fiscal 2018 budget for the Essential Air Service program from a pending appropriations bill (HR 3354). A yes vote was to effectively kill a program that subsidizes commercial airline service to about 160 rural communities.
Retention of Amtrak subsidy: The House on Wednesday refused, 128-293, to strip HR 3354 (above) of its $1.1 billion subsidy for Amtrak in fiscal 2018. The amendment would effectively kill the nation’s rail passenger agency, which serves 500-plus communities in 46 states. A yes vote was to defund Amtrak.
Hurricane aid, debt limit: Voting 80-17, the Senate passed a bill Thursday that would appropriate post-hurricane disaster aid totaling $15.3 billion while raising the national debt limit and funding the government on a stopgap basis through Dec. 8. A yes vote was to send the bill to the House. (HR 601, above)
Cory Booker, D: Yes
Robert Menendez, D: Not voting
“Pay as you go” hurricane aid: Voting 87-10, the Senate on Thursday tabled (killed) an amendment to HR 601 (above) that sought to keep the bill’s $15.3 billion expenditure for hurricane relief deficit-neutral by cutting the same sum from foreign aid accounts. A yes vote opposed “pay as you go” for the bill.
Menendez: Not voting
Source: Voterama in Congress