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Voterama in Congress

Protecting U.S. Election Security: The House on June 27 passed, 225-184, a Democratic bill (HR 2722) that would authorize a $600 million, multi-year program to bolster state and local voting systems against attacks by adversaries including Russia. In return for federal grants, authorities would be required to start converting vulnerable, aging electronic voting machines to ones using paper ballots, which could be verified by voters on the spot and audited by election officials. The bill also requires voting infrastructure to be manufactured in the United States and sold from a list of vendors certified by the Department of Homeland Security. A yes vote was to pass HR 2722.

Dispute Over Ballot Drop-Off Laws: Voting 189-220, the House on June 27 defeated a Republican motion to HR 2722 (above) targeting state ballot drop-off laws, which allow homebound voters to designate a helper to personally deliver their absentee ballot to election officials. The motion required a state's chief election officer to inform the Federal Election Commission whenever a foreign national is chosen as the helper. A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

$4.5 Billion for Southwest Border: The House on June 25 approved, 230-195, a $4.5 billion emergency package to address an immigration influx and humanitarian crisis on the southwest border. Drafted by Democrats, the bill excluded funding of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies for dealing with individuals seeking asylum in the United States. But the House later shelved this measure and, instead, sent President Trump a Senate-passed version of HR 3401 (below) that funded both humanitarian needs and his immigration-enforcement policies. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

$383 Billion Spending Package: Voting 227-194, the House on June 25 approved a $383.3 billion package consisting of five of the 12 appropriations bills that will fund the government in fiscal 2020. Veterans' health care received the largest share at $80.4 billion. A yes vote was to pass HR 3055.

Hiring More Immigration Judges: Voting 201-220, the House on June 25 defeated a Republican motion to add $75 million to HR 3055 (above) for hiring more immigration judges and expanding courtroom capacity. The funds were to be taken from the 2020 census budget. The underlying bill already provided $110 million over 2019 levels to address a backlog of 800,000 immigration cases, many of which involve asylum seekers from Central America or persons who have overstayed their visas or entered the United States illegally. A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

$4.5 Billion for Southwest Border: Voting 84-8, the Senate on June 26 approved $4.5 billion in emergency appropriations to help agencies cope with an influx of migrants seeking asylum on the southwest border. The bill included funding of enforcement measures along with humanitarian aid directed largely at unaccompanied children. A yes vote was to send HR 3401 to the House.

$750 Billion for Military: Voting 86-8, the Senate on June 27 approved a $750 billion military budget for fiscal 2020 that includes $75.9 billion for combat overseas and $57 billion-plus for active-duty and retiree health care. The bill would establish a United States Space Force within the Air Force; set a 3.1 percent pay raise for uniformed personnel; authorize $10 billion for procuring 94 fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter aircraft; expand and modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal; fund programs for military victims of sexual assault and replace $3.6 billion President Trump diverted from military accounts to wall construction. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Voterama in Congress

KEY VOTES AHEAD

Congress is in Fourth of July recess until the week of July 6.

WASHINGTON -- Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending June 28.

HOUSE

PROTECTING U.S. ELECTIONS AGAINST ATTACKS: Voting 225 for and 184 against, the House on June 27 passed a Democratic bill (HR 2722) that would authorize a $600 million, multi-year program to bolster state and local voting systems against attacks by adversaries including Russia. In return for federal grants, authorities would be required to start converting vulnerable, aging electronic voting machines to ones using paper ballots, which could be verified by voters on the spot and audited by election officials. The bill requires voting infrastructure to be manufactured in the United States and sold from a list of vendors certified by the Department of Homeland Security and Election Assistance Commission. In addition, the bill would prohibit Internet connectivity to devices on which votes are marked or tabulated, and it would allocate $175 million to states and localities every two years for maintaining their electoral systems.

Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said be bill is needed because "our very democracy is under attack. No troops have been sent into combat. No guns have been fired, but a foreign adversary is turning the Internet and the ballot box into battlefields with the integrity of the vote at stake."

Tom Cole, R-Okla., said: "Traditionally, elections are left to the states and local governments to conduct as they see fit….in a way that best suits the unique needs of each community. (This bill) turns all that on its head."

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate. VOTE H-1 slugged ELECTIONS VOTE H-1 slugged ELECTIONS

ARKANSAS Voting yes: None

Voting no: Rick Crawford, R-1, French Hill, R-2, Steve Womack, R-3, Bruce Westerman, R-4

Not voting: None

FLORIDA Voting yes: Al Lawson, D-5, Stephanie Murphy, D-7, Darren Soto, D-9, Val Demings, D-10, Charlie Crist, D-13, Kathy Castor, D-14, Brian Mast, R-18, Ted Deutch, D-21, Lois Frankel, D-22, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-23, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-26, Donna Shalala, D-27

Voting no: Matt Gaetz, R-1, Neal Dunn, R-2, Ted Yoho, R-3, John Rutherford, R-4, Michael Waltz, R-6, Bill Posey, R-8, Daniel Webster, R-11, Gus Bilirakis, R-12, Ross Spano, R-15, Vern Buchanan, R-16, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-25

Not voting: Greg Steube, R-17, Francis Rooney, R-19, Alcee Hastings, D-20, Frederica Wilson, D-24

NORTH CAROLINA Voting yes: G.K. Butterfield, D-1, David Price, D-4, Alma Adams, D-12

Voting no: George Holding, R-2, Virginia Foxx, R-5, Mark Walker, R-6, David Rouzer, R-7, Richard Hudson, R-8, Patrick McHenry, R-10, Mark Meadows, R-11, Ted Budd, R-13

Not voting: None

VIRGINIA Voting yes: Elaine Luria, D-2, Bobby Scott, D-3, Donald McEachin, D-4, Abigail Spanberger, D-7, Don Beyer, D-8, Jennifer Wexton, D-10, Gerald Connolly, D-11

Voting no: Rob Wittman, R-1, Denver Riggleman, R-5, Ben Cline, R-6, Morgan Griffith, R-9

Not voting: None

$4.5 BILLION FOR SOUTHWEST BORDER: Voting 230 for and 195 against, the House on June 25 approved a $4.5 billion emergency package to address a humanitarian crisis centered on hundreds of thousands of migrants who have arrived in the United States in recent months, mainly from Central America. Drafted by Democrats, the bill excluded funding of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) procedures for dealing with individuals seeking asylum in the United States. But the House later shelved this measure and, instead, sent President Trump a Senate-passed version of HR 3401 (below) that funded both humanitarian needs and his immigration-enforcement policies.

This version of the bill allocated about $3 billion for shelter, food, medical care and other services for unaccompanied migrant children held in Department of Health and Human Services custody. In addition, the bill provided about $1 billion to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for dealing with the detention, care and processing of individuals applying for asylum under federal and international law.

The bill would require stricter oversight of private firms operating detention centers, allow members of Congress to conduct unannounced inspections of holding facilities and require Congress to be notified within 24 hours when a migrant child dies in federal custody. In addition, the bill would provide $200 million to develop more orderly and humane procedures for overseeing migrant families and unaccompanied children, enlisting the help of non-profit organizations in the effort.

Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said: "The president's cruel immigration policies that tear apart families and terrorize communities demand the stringent safeguards in this bill to ensure these funds are used for humanitarian needs only -- not for immigration raids, not for detention beds, not for a border wall."

Calling the measure "a sham bill," Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Democrats "are far more interested in appearing to help children than in actually helping them. The pace and volume at which children have crossed our border over the last year have completely overwhelmed our existing resources."

A yes vote was to pass the bill. VOTE H-3 slugged BORDER

ARKANSAS Voting yes: None

Voting no: Crawford, Hill (AR), Womack, Westerman

Not voting: None

FLORIDA Voting yes: Lawson (FL), Murphy, Soto, Demings, Crist, Castor (FL), Hastings, Deutch, Frankel, Wasserman Schultz, Wilson (FL), Mucarsel-Powell, Shalala

Voting no: Gaetz, Dunn, Yoho, Rutherford, Waltz, Posey, Webster (FL), Bilirakis, Spano, Buchanan, Steube, Mast, Diaz-Balart

Not voting: Rooney (FL)

NORTH CAROLINA Voting yes: Butterfield, Price (NC), Adams

Voting no: Holding, Foxx (NC), Walker, Rouzer, Hudson, McHenry, Meadows, Budd

Not voting: None

VIRGINIA Voting yes: Luria, Scott (VA), McEachin, Spanberger, Beyer, Wexton, Connolly

Voting no: Wittman, Riggleman, Cline, Griffith

Not voting: None

$383.3 BILLION SPENDING PACKAGE: Voting 227 for and 194 against, the House on June 25 approved a $383.3 billion package consisting of five of the 12 appropriations bills that will fund government operations in fiscal 2020, which starts Oct. 1. In part, the bill (HR 3055) provides $80.4 billion for veterans health care; $50.1 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development; $32 billion for the Department of Justice including $9.46 billion for FBI salaries and expenses; $22.3 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; $17.7 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration; $16.4 billion for the Department of Commerce including $8.45 billion for the Census Bureau and $9.5 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Addressing gun violence, the bill fully funds the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System while providing $80 million in grants to help states supply data to the system; $125 million to fund the STOP School Violence Act; $100 million for youth-mentoring programs and $20 million for police programs in active-shooter training.

A yes vote was to pass the bill. VOTE H-4 slugged PACKAGE

ARKANSAS Voting yes: None

Voting no: Crawford, Hill (AR), Womack, Westerman

Not voting: None

FLORIDA Voting yes: Lawson (FL), Murphy, Soto, Demings, Crist, Castor (FL), Hastings, Deutch, Frankel, Wasserman Schultz, Wilson (FL), Mucarsel-Powell, Shalala

Voting no: Gaetz, Dunn, Yoho, Rutherford, Waltz, Posey, Webster (FL), Bilirakis, Spano, Buchanan, Steube, Mast, Diaz-Balart

Not voting: Rooney (FL)

NORTH CAROLINA Voting yes: Butterfield, Price (NC), Adams

Voting no: Holding, Foxx (NC), Walker, Rouzer, Hudson, McHenry, Meadows, Budd

Not voting: None

VIRGINIA Voting yes: Luria, Scott (VA), McEachin, Spanberger, Beyer, Wexton, Connolly

Voting no: Wittman, Riggleman, Cline, Griffith

Not voting: None

HIRING MORE IMMIGRATION JUDGES: Voting 201 for and 220 against, the House on June 25 defeated a Republican motion to add $75 million to HR 3055 (above) for hiring more immigration judges and expanding courtroom capacity. The funds were to be taken from the 2020 census budget. The underlying bill already provides $110 million over 2019 levels to address a backlog of 800,000 immigration cases, many of which involve asylum seekers from Central America or persons who have overstayed their visas or entered the United States illegally.

Will Hurd, R-Texas, said: "Our current shortage of immigration judges delays justice for individuals who have valid immigration claims, while preserving many years of continued illegal presence for others who do not."

Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., said: "We need every dollar in this census because the administration is fear-mongeringtrying to force an undercount with the inclusion of the citizenship question."

A yes vote was to transfer $75 million from census to immigration accounts. VOTE H-5 slugged JUDGES

ARKANSAS Voting yes: Crawford, Hill (AR), Womack, Westerman

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

FLORIDA Voting yes: Gaetz, Dunn, Yoho, Rutherford, Waltz, Posey, Webster (FL), Bilirakis, Spano, Buchanan, Steube, Mast, Diaz-Balart

Voting no: Lawson (FL), Murphy, Soto, Demings, Crist, Castor (FL), Hastings, Deutch, Frankel, Wasserman Schultz, Wilson (FL), Mucarsel-Powell, Shalala

Not voting: Rooney (FL)

NORTH CAROLINA Voting yes: Holding, Foxx (NC), Walker, Rouzer, Hudson, McHenry, Meadows, Budd

Voting no: Butterfield, Price (NC), Adams

Not voting: None

VIRGINIA Voting yes: Wittman, Luria, Riggleman, Cline, Spanberger, Griffith

Voting no: Scott (VA), McEachin, Beyer, Wexton, Connolly

Not voting: None

SENATE

$4.5 BILLION FOR SOUTHWEST BORDER: Voting 84 for and eight against, the Senate on June 26 passed a bill (HR 3401) that would appropriate $4.5 billion in emergency funding to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the departments of Health and Human Services and Defense cope with an influx this year of hundreds of thousands of migrants on the southwest border. The bill combines humanitarian aid with funding to carry out administration policies for dealing with individuals mainly from Central America who seek asylum in the United States.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said "there are no poison pills -- just a clean bill to provide the emergency appropriations the White House requested two long months ago."

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said: "President Trump, if you want to know the real reason there is chaos at the border, look in the mirror."

A yes vote was to pass a bill that the House later approved and sent to President Trump. VOTE S-1 slugged BORDER

ARKANSAS Voting yes: Tom Cotton, R John Boozman, R

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

FLORIDA Voting yes: Marco Rubio, R Rick Scott, R

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

NORTH CAROLINA Voting yes: Thom Tillis, R Richard Burr, R

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

VIRGINIA Voting yes: Mark Warner, D Tim Kaine, D

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

$750 BILLION FOR MILITARY: Voting 86 for and eight against, the Senate on June 27 authorized a $750 billion military budget for fiscal 2020, including $75.9 billion for war-fighting overseas and more than $57 billion for active-duty and retiree health care. The bill (S 1790) would establish a United States Space Force within the Air Force; set a 3.1 percent pay raise for uniformed personnel; authorize $10 billion for procuring 94 fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter aircraft; expand and modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal; fund programs for military victims of sexual assault and replace $3.6 billion President Trump diverted from military programs to wall construction.

John Thune, R-S.D., said the bill would "modernize our nuclear arsenal to maximize our deterrence capabilities. It also focuses on ensuring that we are equipped to meet new threats on new fronts, including in space and cyber domains."

Mike Lee, R-Utah, objected to bill's $75.9 billion outlay for combat operations being exempted from budget caps that apply to the rest of the military budget. He called this "an unaccountable slush fund for the Pentagon."

A yes vote was to pass the bill. VOTE S-2 slugged MILITARY

ARKANSAS Voting yes: Cotton, Boozman

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

FLORIDA Voting yes: Rubio, Scott

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

NORTH CAROLINA Voting yes: Tillis, Burr

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

VIRGINIA Voting yes: Warner, Kaine

Voting no: None

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