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Jun 21, 2016

Your Congress Votes:
Week of June 13, 2016

Last week, Congress dealt with military policy and 2017 funding, Patriot Act requirements, and campaign financing along with terrorism concerns. Here’s how Arkansas’ Congressional lawmakers voted on selected major bills/issues: IN THE SENATE: ♦  S2943: PASSED 85-13 a $602 billion military policy bill for fiscal 2017 that requires women to register for the draft in...

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congress-voteLast week, Congress dealt with military policy and 2017 funding, Patriot Act requirements, and campaign financing along with terrorism concerns. Here’s how Arkansas’ Congressional lawmakers voted on selected major bills/issues:

IN THE SENATE:

♦  S2943: PASSED 85-13 a $602 billion military policy bill for fiscal 2017 that requires women to register for the draft in 2018, stops any new base closings, and keeps Guantanamo prison open. A “yes” vote sent the bill to conference with the House.

BOOZMAN: YES
COTTON: YES

IN THE HOUSE:

♦  HR5293: PASSED 282-138 a $575.7 billion military appropriations bill for fiscal 2017 that includes $43 billion in emergency funds for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and other combat zones; a 2.1% military pay raise; $50 billion-plus for active, family and retiree military health care; and arms for Ukraine forces and Syrian rebels. A “yes” vote sent the bill to conference with the Senate.

CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

♦  HR5293: DEFEATED 222-198 an amendment to HR5293 (above) to limit surveillance under the USA Patriot Act. A “yes” vote bans the government from pushing tech companies to keep security flaws in mobile devices to help with law enforcement searches; a “no” vote preserves the status quo by allowing the government to continue its current practices.

CRAWFORD: NO
HILL: NO
WOMACK: NO
WESTERMAN: NO

♦  HR5293: DEFEATED 211-210 an amendment to HR5293 (above) to ban “Dreamers” from joining a certain Dept. of Defense program. A “yes” vote bars illegals from the military program; a “no” vote allows “Dreamers” to join.

CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

♦  HR5293: PASSED 216-205 an amendment to HR5293 (above) to defund Obama’s January 2016 directive that Dept. of Defense identify and assess the impact of climate change on national security. A “yes” vote defunds the directive.

CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

♦  HR5293: DEFEATED 236-157 an amendment to HR5293 (above) allowing a new round of military base closings. A “no” vote stops new base closings.

CRAWFORD: NO
HILL: NO
WOMACK: NO
WESTERMAN: NO

♦  HR1076: DEFEATED 236-171 a parliamentary tactic by Democrats to bring to the floor HR 1076 banning the sale of firearms and explosives to people on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List.. A “yes” vote stopped the procedural move.

CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

♦  HR5033: PASSED 240-182 a bill to remove the existing rule (under Citizens United) that requires recipient groups — 501(c) tax exempt non-profits — to disclose donor names secretly to the IRS so the agency can check for illegal campaign spending activity. The bill seeks to protect campaign contributors from potential IRS data leaks. A “yes” vote sends the bill to the Senate (it’s not likely to pass).

CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

♦  HR5033: DEFEATED 238-180 a Democrat sponsored motion requiring 501(c)(4) social-welfare groups to identify donors to the IRS if the groups participate in campaign financing. A “no” vote stopped the motion.

CRAWFORD: NO
HILL: NO
WOMACK: NO
WESTERMAN: NO

♦  HR5471: PASSED 402-15 a bill combining three previously passed anti-terrorism bills into one for Senate consideration (a response to the terrorist murders in Orlando last weekend). A “yes’ vote sent the bill to the Senate.

CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

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