U.S. aid to Ukraine: The House on March 27 approved, 399-19, $70 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine, including $50 million to bolster its governmental institutions and independent media. A yes vote was to send the Senate a bill (HR 4278) that also expands and gives force of law to President Barack Obama’s economic sanctions on Russia.
Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: YES
Rep. Jon Runyan, R-3rd: YES
Antiquities Act of 1906: The House on March 26 voted, 222-201, to weaken presidential power under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to preserve federal land in its natural state to protect archeological and historical features from looting and degradation. A yes vote was to pass HR 1459 on grounds modern-era presidents have been overly aggressive in invoking the 1906 law.
Minimum wage rise: The House on March 26 defeated, 193-227, a bid by Democrats to delay enactment of HR 1459 (above) until Congress first votes to raise the federal minimum wage from its present $7.25 per hour to at least $10.10 per hour. A yes vote was to gradually raise the federal minimum wage by nearly 40 percent.
Rules for mountaintop mining: The House on March 25 passed, 229-192, a bill (HR 2824) to advance mountaintop-mining rules from the George W. Bush administration that a federal judge recently found to violate the Endangered Species Act. A yes vote was to reinstate Bush-era coal-mining rules and “deem” them in compliance with the act.
U.S. aid to Ukraine: The Senate on March 27 approved, 98-2, as much as $1 billion in U.S. guarantees of private-sector loans obtained by Ukraine to stabilize its economy. A yes vote was to pass a bill (HR 4152) that also sends $70 million in direct aid to Ukraine. President Obama was expected to sign the bill.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D: YES
Sen. Cory Booker, D: YES
Extended jobless aid: The Senate on March 27 voted, 65-34, to advance a bill providing jobless assistance to millions of the long-term unemployed whose eligibility for extended benefits has expired. A yes vote backed
a bill (HR 3979) to provide jobless checks retroactively from Dec. 28 through May 31.