HOUSE

Revamp of electoral systems and campaign funding: The House on March 8 passed, 234-193, a 700-page Democratic bill (HR 1) that would make it easier to register to vote and participate in federal elections; begin partial public financing of House campaigns; help states fortify voting systems against cyberattacks; require disclosure of “dark money” political contributions; end partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts; require presidential and vice-presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns and crack down on influence peddling by inaugural committees, among other provisions. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Jeff Van Drew, D-2nd: YES

Andy Kim, D-3rd: YES

Tax-exempt political activity: Voting 194-238, the House on March 7 defeated a Republican bid to remove from HR 1 (above) a provision allowing the IRS to require disclosure of donors and set limits on political activity by nonprofit organizations, including 501c4 “social-welfare” groups, that participate in election campaigns. Donors to those groups are the main source of the estimated $100 million-plus in “dark money” that flows anonymously into U.S. elections each two-year cycle. Current law prohibits the IRS from collecting donor information from the groups or tightening standards for tax-exempt status. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

Van Drew: NO

Kim: NO

Pre-registration of 16-year-olds: Voting 239-186, the House on March 8 adopted an amendment requiring states to make it possible for youths at ages 16 and 17 to pre-register for federal elections, which they could vote in when they turn 18. A yes vote was to add the provision to HR 1 (above).

Van Drew: Not voting

Kim: YES

Lowering federal voting age to 16 years: Voting 126-305, the House on March 7 defeated an amendment to HR 1 (above) that sought to lower the minimum voting age for federal elections from 18 years to 16 years. The 18-year-old standard was set in 1971. A yes vote was to lower the federal voting age to 16.

Van Drew: NO

Kim: NO

To ban undocumented aliens’ voting: Voting 197-228, the House on March 8 defeated a motion by Republicans to add language to HR 1 (above) that would outlaw San Francisco’s current practice of allowing undocumented immigrants to vote in school board elections. A yes vote was to adopt the GOP motion.

Van Drew: YES

Kim: NO

Religious, racial bigotry: Voting 407-23, the House on March 7 adopted a resolution that would condemn all manifestations of religious and racial bigotry and hatred, specifically naming anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. This was a response to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., having made remarks widely seen as anti-Semitic. A yes vote was to adopt the measure (H Res 183).

Van Drew: YES

Kim: YES

SENATE

Chad Readler confirmation: The Senate confirmed, 52-47, Chad A. Readler, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, as a judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination drew Democratic opposition, in part, because he filed the administration’s brief arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Robert Menendez, D: NO

Cory Booker, D: NO

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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