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Jun 30, 2016

Your Congress Votes:
Week of June 20, 2016

Last week, Congress dealt with the Zika virus and cell service for low-income users. In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist nightclub murders, the Senate unsuccessfully took up several gun related measures. Here’s how Arkansas’ Congressional lawmakers voted on selected major bills/issues: IN THE SENATE: The Senate defeated (on mostly party lines) several amendments and/or...

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congress-voteLast week, Congress dealt with the Zika virus and cell service for low-income users. In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist nightclub murders, the Senate unsuccessfully took up several gun related measures. Here’s how Arkansas’ Congressional lawmakers voted on selected major bills/issues:

IN THE SENATE:

The Senate defeated (on mostly party lines) several amendments and/or bills dealing with gun laws and background checks:

♦  A Democrat-sponsored amendment (to budget bill HR 2578) to prohibit firearms/explosives sales to individuals on the FBI (and related) terrorist watch lists: Defeated 47-53
BOOZMAN: NO
COTTON: NO

♦  A Republican-sponsored amendment (to budget bill HR 2578) to delay sales of firearms for up to 72 hours if individual is on FBI terrorism watch/no fly lists: Defeated 53-47
BOOZMAN: YES
COTTON: YES

♦  A bipartisan “compromise” amendment (to budget bill HR 2578) to require background checks for buyers on the FBI no fly list: FAILED 46-52 to kill the amendment (“yes” vote would kill the amendment)
BOOZMAN: YES
COTTON: YES

♦  An amendment (to budget bill HR 2578) similar to above but requiring advance judicial approval of government actions to block gun sales based on the watch list criteria: FAILED 67-31
BOOZMAN: YES
COTTON: YES

♦  A Democrat-sponsored measure requiring criminal and mental health background checks of gun buyers (“closing the gun-show loophole”): DEFEATED 44-56
BOOZMAN: NO
COTTON: NO

♦  An amendment (to budget bill HR 2578) that allows the FBI to search — without warrants — internet usage of Americans suspected of having terrorism links: DEFEATED 58-38
BOOZMAN: YES
COTTON: YES

♦  A Republican amendment (to budget bill HR 2578) to increase funding for the national criminal background check system: DEFEATED 53-47
BOOZMAN: YES
COTTON: YES

IN THE HOUSE:

♦  HR2577: APPROVED 239-171 the conference report to Republican-sponsored HR2577 that would spend $58.5 billion in fiscal 2017 (discretionary spending) for transportation, housing, and other programs (including $1.1 billion for combating the Zika virus).
CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

♦  HJRes88: FAILED 239-180 to over-ride President Obama’s veto of legislation regarding fiduciary standards for financial advisors.
CRAWFORD: YES
HILL: YES
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

♦  HR5525: FAILED 207-143 to pass a bill scaling back the Lifeline Program by eliminating free cell service for low-income users.
CRAWFORD: No Vote
HILL: NO Vote
WOMACK: YES
WESTERMAN: YES

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