WASHINGTON – Here’s how area members of Congress voted Nov. 13 to 19.
Along with the week’s roll call votes, the Senate also passed the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year; and the Methamphetamine Response Act (S. 4612), to designate methamphetamine as an emerging threat.
The House also passed: the Proper and Reimbursed Care for Native Veterans Act (H.R. 6237), to clarify the requirement of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to reimburse the Indian Health Service for certain health care services; the Libya Stabilization Act (H.R. 4644), to clarify United States policy toward Libya, advance a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Libya, and support the people of Libya; a bill (H.R. 8259), to prohibit Russian participation in the G7; and a resolution (H. Res. 1145), condemning the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and calling for a robust United States and international response.
House Vote 1:
RECREATION AND DISABLED VETERANS: The House has passed the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act (S. 327), sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to provide a lifetime National Recreational Pass to federal lands for all veterans who have disabilities stemming from their military service. A supporter, Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said providing free passes would both recognize the sacrifices of disabled veterans and give them access to “the healing and restorative powers of our public lands.” The vote, on Nov. 16, was unanimous with 401 yeas.
YEAS: Rep. Bob Latta R-OH (5th), Rep. Marcy Kaptur D-OH (9th), Rep. Jim Jordan R-OH (4th)
House Vote 2:
VA QUALITY OF CARE: The House has passed the Improving Safety and Security for Veterans Act (S. 3147), sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to require the Veterans Affairs Department to submit to Congress reports on patient safety and the quality of care at the agency’s medical centers. The vote, on Nov. 16, was unanimous with 394 yeas.
YEAS: Latta R-OH (5th), Kaptur D-OH (9th), Jordan R-OH (4th)
House Vote 3:
REGULATING WASTEWATER: The House has passed the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II (H.R. 4611), sponsored by Rep. Scott H. Peters, D-Calif., to make permanent a Clean Water Act regulatory exemption for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Diego. Peters said the exemption, by averting a multi-billion dollar expense for upgrading the plant while increasing its ability to treat wastewater for reuse, would help secure San Diego’s water supply and showcase “technology that could one day be deployed by other vulnerable communities to help address water shortage issues.” The vote, on…