Deportation of alien gang members: The House on Sept. 14 voted 233-175 to authorize Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport aliens who belong to criminal gangs or participate in gang activity. A yes vote was to pass HR 3697 over arguments that its definitions of “criminal gang” and “gang member” were overly broad and would violate constitutional rights.
Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: YES
Tom MacArthur, R-3rd: YES
Exemption for religious groups: The House on Sept. 14 defeated 184-220 a Democratic-sponsored bid to exempt members of religious organizations and groups whose primary purpose is humanitarian from criminal-gang deportation proceedings under HR 3697 (above). A yes vote backed the proposed exemption.
$416.3 billion spending package: The House on Sept. 14 passed 211-198 a package including eight of the 12 appropriations bills that would fund federal departments and agencies in fiscal 2018. The $416.3 billion measure (HR 3354) was then merged with the four previously passed appropriations bills, putting total discretionary spending at $1.13 trillion for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
Hurricane aid vs. border wall: The House on Sept. 14 defeated 186-223 a bid to raise spending for pre-disaster hurricane aid in HR 3354 (above) by $2.4 billion and cut the same sum from accounts that would fund a wall on the southern border and add 10,000 beds for immigration enforcement. A yes vote was to transfer funding from the proposed border wall to Federal Emergency Management Agency storm-mitigation accounts.
Repeal of 9/11 war resolution: Voting 61-36, the Senate on Sept. 13 tabled a bid to repeal in six months the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and the 2002 Iraq war resolution and replace them with updated legal authority for America’s ongoing military actions in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. A yes vote was to kill the amendment to a fiscal 2018 military budget (HR 2810) that remained in debate.
Cory Booker, D: NO
Robert Menendez, D: NOT VOTING
Kevin Hassett confirmation: Voting 81-16, the Senate on Sept. 12 confirmed Kevin Hassett, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who served in the George W. Bush and John McCain presidential campaigns, to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. A yes vote was to confirm Hassett as one of President Trump’s top economic advisers.
Menendez: NOT VOTING
Source: Voterama in Congress