The Senate confirmed the nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy secretary of the Interior.
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – Motion to Proceed - Vote Agreed to (51-50)
R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill would make extensive changes to
the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the
individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that
finance the current system and by making extensive changes to Medicaid.
Vice President Mike Pence voted yes as the tie breaking vote.
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea - Vote Agreed to (98-2)
Senate passed the bill that would codify certain existing sanctions on
Russia, including various sanctions tied to Russia's aggression in
Ukraine, Moscow's annexation of Crimea, and malicious cyber activities
relating to the 2016 U.S. elections. The bill would establish multiple
new sanctions on Russia, including sanctions on entities conducting
malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government and
entities which conduct business with the Russian intelligence and
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – “Skinny” Repeal Amendment - Vote Rejected (49-51)
R-Ky., second-degree amendment to the McConnell substitute amendment to
the bill in which the second-degree amendment would repeal the
individual mandate, repeal the employer mandate through 2024, delay the
implementation of the medical device tax through 2020, and block, for
one year, federal funding from going to certain medical providers that
provide abortions. The amendment would ease the waiver process for
states to opt out of the requirement that their health insurance
providers include certain benefits on their health care plans.
Additionally, the amendment would increase the maximum allowable
contribution to health savings accounts and would defund the Prevention
and Public Health Fund starting in 2019.
Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO
Recent House Votes
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Arbitration Rule Disapproval - Vote Passed (231-190, 12 Not Voting)
House passed the joint resolution that would provide for congressional
disapproval of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final
arbitration rule which prohibits financial services companies that offer
financial products to consumers from using arbitration clauses to stop
consumers from being part of a class action lawsuit.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO Four Bill Fiscal 2018 Appropriations Minibus - Vote Passed (235-192, 6 Not Voting)
minibus would include the following appropriations bills: (Defense,
Energy-Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction-VA). Defense
appropriations (HR 3219) would provide $658.1 billion for the Defense
Department and $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations/Global
War on Terrorism funding. Energy-Water appropriations (HR 3266) would
provide $37.6 billion for national defense nuclear weapons activities,
the Army Corps of Engineers and various programs under the Energy.
Legislative branch appropriations (HR 3162) would provide $3.6 billion
(excluding Senate only items) for the House and joint operations.
Military Construction-VA appropriations (HR 2998) would provide $88.8
billion in discretionary funding with $638 million for the Overseas
Contingency Operations fund. It would provide a total of $182.3 billion
(in mandatory and discretionary funding) for the Veterans Affairs
Department. The bill would provide $1.6 billion in funding to U.S.
Customs and Border Protection for procurement, construction and
improvement of a barrier along the southern U.S. border.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO Fiscal 2018 Intelligence Authorization - Vote Passed (380-35, 18 Not Voting)
House passed the bill that would authorize classified amounts of
funding through fiscal 2018 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and
intelligence-related activities, including the Office of the National
Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency. The
bill would require the director of National Intelligence to submit to
Congress multiple reports regarding Russia's campaigns directed at
foreign elections and its efforts related to cyber influence, including
an analytical assessment of the most significant Russian influence
campaigns, if any, conducted during the three years prior to the bill's
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted YES Veterans Choice Fund Authorization - Vote Passed (414-0, 19 Not Voting)
House passed the amended bill that would make available an additional
$2.1 billion in funding for the Veterans Choice Fund, without fiscal
year limitation. The bill would extend until Sept. 30, 2027, the current
cap on per-month payment of VA pensions to certain veterans residing at
VA nursing care facilities.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted YES
Nomination of Kevin Newsom to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Kevin Newsom to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
FDA User Fees
bill would reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee
programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs and
biosimilar biological products through FY 2022. It significantly
modifies the fee structure for FDA prescription drug user fees to codify
the agreement reached last year by the FDA and pharmaceutical industry,
while also modifying FDA fee structures for medical devices, generic
drugs and biosimilars. It also includes provisions to accelerate the
review and approval of generic drugs, allow certain classes of medical
devices to be reviewed by accredited persons and laboratories, and
provide for federal regulation of over-the-counter hearing aids.
Nomination of Marvin Kaplan to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board
The Senate will vote on Marvin Kaplan to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Veterans Choice Fund Authorization
Senate will consider the House-amended bill that would make available
an additional $2.1 billion in funding for the Veterans Choice Fund,
without fiscal year limitation. The bill would extend until Sept. 30,
2027, the current cap on per-month payment of VA pensions to certain
veterans residing at VA nursing care facilities.
Nomination of Christopher A. Wray to be a Director of the FBI
The Senate will vote on Christopher A. Wray to be director of the FBI for a term of 10 years.