WASHINGTON • How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of Sept. 25-29. The votes and descriptions are compiled by Voterama in Congress, a legislative tracking organization.
Aviation Funding, Flood Insurance • The House on Sept. 28 passed, 264-155, a bill that would fund federal aviation programs through March 2018, provide temporary tax breaks to help hurricane victims, extend several specialized medical programs and expand the role of private insurance companies in the National Flood Insurance Program. A yes vote was to pass HR 3823.
Yes • Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin; Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro; Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville; Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; John Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Jason Smith, R-Salem.
No • William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis.
Aid to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands • Voting 188-227, the House on Sept. 28 defeated a Democratic bid to add unspecified disaster aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to HR 3823 (above). That would be in addition to the bill’s temporary tax breaks to help those American territories recover from recent hurricanes. FEMA says it has adequate funding for current recovery efforts there. A yes vote was to add hurricane aid to the bill.
Yes • Clay.
No • Luetkemeyer, Bost, Shimkus, Wagner, Davis, Smith.
Extension of Home-Visitation Program • The House on Sept. 26 voted, 214-209, to renew the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program on a budget of $400 million per year. A yes vote was to pass HR 2824 over arguments that its cost-sharing rules will keep many communities from taking part.
Yes • Smith, Shimkus, Bost, Wagner, Davis, Luetkemeyer.
No • Clay.
Denial of Supplemental Security Income • The House on Sept. 28 voted, 244-171, to disqualify persons subject to active arrest warrants for alleged felonies or parole or probation violations from receiving payments under Supplemental Security Income. SSI is an income-support program for the blind and severely disabled and destitute seniors that is run by the Social Security Administration. A yes vote was to pass HR 2792.
Yes • Davis, Bost, Luetkemeyer, Smith, Shimkus.
No • Clay, D-St. Louis.
Not Voting • Wagner (in New York for international anti-sex trafficking conference).
Heath Tarbert Confirmation • The Senate on Sept. 27 confirmed, 87-8, Heath Tarbert, 41, as assistant secretary of the Treasury in charge of overseeing international markets. He will head a committee that monitors foreign transactions with U.S. firms to assess their impact on America’s national security, with an eye to preventing technology theft. A yes vote was to confirm Tarbet.
Yes • Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Makan Delrahim Confirmation • The Senate on Sept. 27 voted, 73-21, to confirm Makan Delrahim, 47, as assistant attorney general for antitrust enforcement. He served previously in the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush and has worked as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington. A yes vote was to confirm Delrahim.
Yes • Durbin, Blunt, McCaskill.
No • Duckworth.
Key Votes Ahead
In the week of Oct. 2, the House will debate the 2018 congressional budget resolution and a bill restricting abortions, while the Senate will vote on the nomination of Ajit Pai for a second term as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.