HOUSE

Providing Whistleblower Complaint to Congress: The House on Sept. 25 voted 421-0 to call upon Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to provide Congress with a whistleblower's complaint alleging misconduct by President Trump centered on his dealings with Ukraine. When this vote occurred, the administration already had sent the complaint to Capitol Hill after having sequestered it from lawmakers since late August. The Senate adopted an identical resolution in behalf of disclosure on a non-record vote. A yes vote was to adopt H Res 576.

Jeff Van Drew, D-2nd: YES

Andy Kim, D-3rd: YES

Blocking GOP Measure on Impeachment Inquiry: Voting 232-193, the House on Sept. 25 blocked a Republican effort to force floor debate on a resolution disapproving of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to start a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Pelosi, D-Calif., had announced the inquiry the day before, basing it, in part, on Trump having asked the Ukrainian government to produce damaging information about former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential Democratic opponent of his in the 2020 presidential election. A yes vote was in opposition to debating H Res 590.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

Keeping Families Intact at Border: Voting 230-194, the House on Sept. 25 set stricter rules for the Department of Homeland Security's treatment of migrant families, including a ban on separating children from their parents within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border except under court order. The bill would create a DHS ombudsman's office for receiving and acting on complaints related to immigration practices including the abuse of migrants. A yes vote was to send HR 2203 to the Senate.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

Reporting Crime in Sanctuary Cities: The House on Sept. 25 defeated, 207-216, a Republican bid to allow victims of crimes by undocumented aliens in sanctuary cities to report the incident to a Department of Homeland Security ombudsman. More than 400 municipalities nationwide are known as sanctuary cities because they decline to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement on grounds it would disrupt their community policing efforts. A yes vote was to adopt the GOP motion to HR 2203.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: NO

Nullifying Trump Border Emergency: The House on Sept. 27 voted 236-174 to nullify a national emergency declared Feb. 15 by President Trump on the southwest border, which he has used to divert $3.6 billion from military projects to building a wall and other barriers. A yes vote was to adopt SJ Res 54.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

Providing Health Screenings of Undocumented Immigrants: The House on Sept. 26 voted 230-184 to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to promptly conduct medical checks of undocumented migrants on the southern border and set up an electronic system of storing their medical records. A yes vote was to send HR 3535 to the Senate.

Van Drew: NO

Kim: YES

Granting Health-Records Preference to Veterans: The House on Sept. 26 defeated, 202-213, a GOP motion to give veterans preferred access to an electronic health-records system established by HR 2203 (above), even though the bill does not concern veterans. A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: NO

Access to Banks By Marijuana Firms: The House on Sept. 25 voted 321-103 to allow cannabis-related businesses to use federally regulated banks and credit unions even though marijuana is a prohibited substance under federal law. Backers said the bill is needed because these firms now must deal mostly in cash. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in a majority of the states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories. A yes vote was to pass HR 1595.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

SENATE

Passing Stopgap Funding Through Nov. 21: The Senate on Sept. 26 passed, 81-16, a bill to provide stopgap government funding between Oct. 1, when the new fiscal year begins, and Nov. 21, giving negotiators time to agree on regular appropriations for fiscal 2020. A yes vote was to send HR 4378 to President Trump.

Robert Menendez, D: YES

Cory Booker, D: Not voting

Nullifying Trump Border Emergency: The Senate on Sept. 25 voted 54-41 to nullify a national emergency declared by President Trump on the U.S.-Mexico border. He is using the Feb. 15 declaration to divert $3.6 billion in military appropriations to an account for building a border wall. A yes vote was to send SJ Res 54 to the House.

Menendez: YES

Booker: Not voting

Confirming Eugene Scalia as Secretary of Labor: The Senate on Sept. 26 confirmed, 53-44, Eugene Scalia, a Washington attorney and son of deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as secretary of the Department of Labor. A yes vote was to confirm Scalia over arguments his record as a corporate lawyer has featured union-busting.

Menendez: NO

Booker: Not voting

Source: Voterama in Congress

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I interned with a small magazine in Wildwood before starting at The Press in 2013. I currently handle our Hometown and At The Shore calendar of events submissions and enjoy interacting with the local community.

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