HOUSE

‘Net neutrality’ rules: The House on Dec. 13 blocked 236-187 a bid by Democrats for floor debate on a bill now in committee that would retain “net neutrality” rules slated for repeal by the Federal Communications Commission repeal on grounds they stifle investment and innovation. A yes vote opposed floor debate on the bill (HR 4585).

Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: YES

Tom MacArthur, R-3rd: YES

U.S. aircraft sales to Iran: Voting 252-167, the House on Dec. 14 effectively blocked U.S. manufacturers such as Boeing from selling commercial passenger aircraft to Iran unless the Treasury Department certifies Iran would not use the planes to further its weapons programs or involvement in global terrorism. A yes vote was to send HR 4324 to the Senate.

LoBiondo: YES

MacArthur: YES

Adding Russia to aircraft bill: The House on Dec. 14 defeated 188-233 a Democratic bid to add Russia to HR 4324 (above) on grounds it is an ally and enabler of Iran. A yes vote was to require Treasury certification that banks financing aircraft sales to Iran have not done business with any entity found to have “engaged in or authorized cyber-attacks targeting any election held in the United States,” namely Russia.

LoBiondo: NO

MacArthur: NO

Iranian leaders’ assets: The House on Dec. 13 voted 289-135 to require the Treasury Department to disclose on the Internet the financial assets of Iran’s top military and political leaders, with classified information provided only to Congress. A yes vote was to pass HR 1638 over arguments it could kill the Iran nuclear deal and blow the cover on the sources and methods of Western intelligence in Iran.

LoBiondo: YES

MacArthur: YES

SENATE

Leonard Grasz, appeals judge: Voting 50-48, the Senate on Dec. 12 confirmed Leonard S. Grasz, 56, a former Nebraska deputy attorney general, for a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Supporters said Grasz has a distinguished resume. But the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary rated him “not qualified,” citing, in part, a record of “gratuitously rude” professional conduct and a “passionately held social agenda” that “overwhelms ... the ability to exercise dispassionate and unbiased judgment.” A yes vote was to confirm Grasz.

Robert Menendez, D: NO

Cory Booker, D: NO

Source: Voterama in Congress

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