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The Senate confirmed the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO Iran Sanctions - Cloture - Vote Agreed to (91-8, 1 Not Voting)
to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky.,
motion to proceed to the bill that would impose certain sanctions on
Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the
transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity
contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program,
that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is
responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming
of Iran. The bill would also require the departments of Defense and
Treasury and the National Intelligence Agency to develop a strategy for
deterring Iran from activities or threats against the United States and
its allies every two years.
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES
Recent House Votes
Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver - Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)
of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law
enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific
groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who
have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background
investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO Financial Regulation Restructuring - Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)
of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and
repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It
would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an
executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify
operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange
Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging
in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the
amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO
Nomination of Kenneth Rapuano to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Kenneth Rapuano to be an assistant secretary of Defense.
bill would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the
president would be required to block the transactions of any person
deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic
missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses,
or that contributes to the arming of Iran.
Verify Eligibility for Health Care Tax Credits
bill would modify both current law and the American Health Care Act to
prohibit the advance payment of health care premium tax credits to
individuals unless the Treasury Department receives confirmation from
the Health and Human Services or Homeland Securities departments that
they have verified the individual's status as a U.S. citizen or lawfully
VA Personnel Accountability
bill would expand the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department
to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and
it would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of
decisions by administrative judges.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
bill would place limits on medical malpractice lawsuits in state and
federal courts by limiting the amount of the award and the time in which
a lawsuit must be initiated. The bill would cap noneconomic damages in
lawsuits but does not limit economic damages or punitive damages.