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The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano to be assistant secretary of Defense
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES Saudi Arms Sale Disapproval – Motion to Discharge - Vote Rejected (47-53)
R-Ky., motion to discharge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from
further consideration of a joint resolution that would prohibit the
proposed sale of laser-guided weapons systems, fighter aircraft, warhead
fuze systems, and other weaponry and defense services to Saudi Arabia.
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES Iranian and Russian Sanctions - Vote Passed (98-2)
of the bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the
president would be required to block the transactions of any person
deemed to knowingly engage in activities contributing to an Iranian
ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction program, who is
involved in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who is responsible
for human rights violations, or who contributes to the arming of Iran.
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES
Recent House Votes
Health Insurance Tax Credit Verification - Vote Passed (238-184, 8 Not Voting)
of the bill would prohibit the advance payment of health insurance
premium tax credits to individuals that apply for the credits unless the
Treasury Department receives confirmation from the Health and Human
Services Department that such an individual's status as a citizens or
lawfully present alien has been verified. If the American Health Care
Act (HR 1628) is enacted, the bill (HR 2581) would make verification of
an individual's status mandatory in order to receive advance payment of
the new health insurance premium tax credit created by the American
Health Care Act.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO Veterans Affairs Department Accountability - Vote Passed (368-55, 7 Not Voting)
of the bill would expand the VA's ability to fire, demote and suspend
employees for misconduct or poor performance. The bill would authorize
the VA to recoup any bonus or relocation expense paid to a VA employee
if it deems it appropriate. It would require that the employee be given
advance notice and would allow the employee the right to appeal the
disciplinary action through procedures set by collective bargaining.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted YES Health Care Tax Credit Expansion - Vote Passed (267-144, 19 Not Voting)
of the bill would modify the definition of a "qualified health plan" to
allow, beginning in 2020, for new tax credits proposed by the American
Health Care Act (HR 1628) to be used by individuals or families to pay
for continued group health coverage under the 1985 Consolidated Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), provided that the AHCA is enacted
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO
Nomination of Brock Long to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Crimes
Senate will vote on the nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be
undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial crimes.
Nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing
Senate will vote on the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be
assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing.
Electric Grid Rights-of-Way Maintenance
bill would promote the ability of electric utilities to perform needed
vegetative and other maintenance on electricity transmission line
rights-of-way on federal lands, including by allowing electric companies
to prepare long-term plans for such maintenance activities that could
be approved in advance by agencies and by empowering utilities to take
certain quick actions if necessary.
Expedite Water Storage Projects
bill would create a "one-stop-shop" permitting process to expedite the
construction of new or expanded surface water storage facilities on most
federal lands by establishing the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead
federal agency for purposes of coordinating all federal reviews,
analyses, permits and licenses needed for federal approvals of such
projects on Interior and Agriculture department lands.
TANF Work Subsidies
bill would authorize state demonstration projects within the Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to temporarily subsidize
employment for TANF beneficiaries with willing employers in an effort to
help those low-income individuals enter into the workforce and gain