Capital Hill Review

115th Congress 2nd Session (2018) 

 

Senate 

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

VA MISSION Act of 2018 (S.2372)

 

The Senate passed the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (S.2372; Text of Legislation)  on a 92-5 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 106 ) on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The measure would upgrade a 4-year-old “community care” program in which veterans who live far from Veterans Health Administration facilities or face lengthy waits for treatment can promptly receive publicly funded care from close-to-home providers in the private sector.  Also, it would start a process to realign, consolidate or close some of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 1,200-plus medical centers and outpatient clinics.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week 

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 

Dana Baiocco — Consumer Product Safety Commission (PN1358)

 

Dana Baiocco (PN1358; Text of Legislation)  was confirmed for a seat on the Consumer Product Safety Commission by the Senate on a 50-45 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 103) on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent agency that commission regulates the manufacture and safety of thousands of everyday products for infants, youths and adults and has recall authority.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

 

House of Representatives 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515)

 

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 24, 2018, on a 351-66 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 230) . The measure authorized a $717 billion military budget for fiscal 2019, including $69 billion for war-fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other theaters and $57 billion for active-duty and retiree health care.  Also, the measure has a 2.6 percent pay raise for uniformed personnel; adds a 12th aircraft carrier to the Navy fleet; bars detainee transfers from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison and funds a military parade in Washington requested by President Trump.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week   

 

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515)

 

A Democrat attempt to amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515; Text of Legislation) failed on a 224-191 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 229) by the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 24, 2018.  The amendment would have expanded background checks on commercial gun transactions, requiring checks on sales over the Internet and between private parties at gun shows.  Also, the amendment would have plugged loopholes that allow an estimated 40 percent of gun sales to avoid mandatory checks via the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Since the May 18, 2018, shootings at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school that killed 10 people and wounded 10 others this was the first congressional vote on gun issues.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515)

 

On an 188-226 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 222) the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, refused to restrict funding in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515; Text of Legislation) for a low-yield nuclear weapon — the W76-2 warhead — to be mounted on submarine-launched Trident ballistic missiles.  Low-yield, or tactical, warheads are for use in limited conflicts, in contrast to strategic nuclear weapons, which are designed to obliterate targets far from the immediate battlefield say military planners.  Tactical nuclear weapons need to be developed by the United States to counter Russia’s extensive low-yield arsenal.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 

Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155)

 

The House of Representatives passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155; Text of Legislation) on a 258-159 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 216)  on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  The measure would largely exempt community banks and credit unions from the Dodd-Frank oversight law, while scaling back federal regulation of the largest banks and mid-size regional banks. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would be left intact by the measure allowing the authority to operate as an independent agency largely free of congressional oversight.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

FIRST STEP Act (H.R.5682)

 

The FIRST STEP Act (H.R.5682; Text of Legislation) was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, on a 360-59 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 215).  The measure is intended to reduce overcrowding in the 180,000-inmate federal penal system, improve rehabilitation and reduce recidivism.  The measure in part would establish individually tailored programs to improve work and educational skills and encourage inmates to earn credits toward early release to halfway houses.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

 

Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 (S.204)

 

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, passed the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 (S.204; Text of Legislation) on a 250-169 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 214). The measure would give the terminally ill access to experimental drugs unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Article: Roll Call: Key votes from the Wisconsin congressional delegation this week

 

 

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