Budget for veterans, energy, water: The House on June 8 passed, 235-179, a $145.4 billion appropriations bill for fiscal 2019 that includes $72.1 billion for veterans’ health care, $15.3 billion for securing the U.S. nuclear arsenal and $785 million for fossil-fuel research. A yes vote was to pass HR 5895.
Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: YES
Tom MacArthur, R-3rd: YES
Congressional Audit of Robert Mueller: Voting 207-201, the House on June 8 amended HR 5895 (above) to require the Government Accountability Office, an arm of Congress, to conduct semiannual audits of the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.
Social cost of carbon: The House on June 8 voted, 212-201, to prohibit any funds in HR 5895 (above) from being spent on programs that would regulate or provide guidance on the social cost of carbon. A yes vote backed the amendment over arguments it was a repudiation of climate change.
Spotlight on infrastructure: The House blocked, 224-176, a Democratic bid for floor debate on a nonbinding measure (H Con Res 63) spotlighting the Republicans’ inability to enact infrastructure legislation in the 17 months they have controlled Congress and the White House. A yes vote was to block the Democratic motion.
Reclaiming unspent appropriations: The House voted, 210-206, to rescind $14.5 billion in unspent appropriations from previous years and apply part of the sum to reducing deficits. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) would absorb $7 billion in cuts but no children would lose coverage. A yes vote was to send HR 3 to the Senate.
Kenneth Marcus, assistant education secretary: The Senate confirmed, 50-46, Kenneth L. Marcus as assistant secretary of education for civil rights, a post he held in the George W. Bush administration. He also worked at the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. A yes vote was to confirm Marcus over arguments he is too tolerant of President Trump’s stated views on Muslims, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.
Robert Menendez, D: NO
Cory Booker, D: NO
Source: Voterama in Congress