DESK: We'll file an ADD after the Senate's final veto override vote Friday or later.

Voterama in Congress

Raising Stimulus Checks to $2,000: Voting 275-134, the House on Dec. 28 passed a bill (HR 9051) that would increase the latest round of Covid-19 stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and from $1,200 to $4,000 for couples, plus $600 per child. Under both this bill and a $900 billion coronavirus relief package recently enacted into law, individuals with 2019 adjusted gross incomes up to $75,000 and couples jointly earning up to $150,000 would be eligible for full payments. Individuals earning between $75,000 and $87,000 and couples in the $150,000-to-$174,000 range would receive gradually reduced sums. Full payments also would go to seniors receiving income only from Social Security, railroad retirees and veterans dependent on disability payments. The bill would add $464 billion to the cost of the previously enacted $900 billion package. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it was blocked by the Republican leadership.

Overriding Trump Veto of Military Budget: Voting 322-87, the House on Dec. 28 surpassed the two-thirds majority required to override President Trump's veto of a bill (HR 6395) authorizing $740.5 billion for the U.S. military in fiscal 2021. A yes vote was to override the veto and put the bill into law.

Opening Debate on Veto Override: Voting 80-12, the Senate on Dec. 30 opened debate on whether to pass the $740.5 billion 2021 military budget (HR 6395) over President Trump's veto. A final override vote was expected soon. Because the Senate initially passed the budget by an overwhelming margin, it was expected to easily reach the two-thirds majority needed to join the House (above) in overriding the veto. Congress voted to sustain each of Trump's eight previous vetoes. A yes vote was to start debate on the veto override.

KEY VOTES AHEAD

The 117th Congress will convene on Jan. 3.

Voterama in Congress

WASHINGTON -- Here's how area lawmakers voted on major issues in the legislative week ending Jan. 1.

HOUSE

INCREASING STIMULUS CHECKS TO $2,000: Voting 275 for and 134 against, the House on Dec. 28 passed a bill (HR 9051) that would increase the latest round of Covid-19 stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and from $1,200 to $4,000 for couples, plus $600 per child. Under both this bill and a $900 billion coronavirus relief package recently enacted into law, individuals with 2019 adjusted gross incomes up to $75,000 and couples jointly earning up to $150,000 would be eligible for full payments. Individuals earning between $75,000 and $87,000 and couples in the $150,000-to-$174,000 range would receive gradually reduced sums. Full payments also would go to seniors receiving income only from Social Security, railroad retirees and veterans dependent on disability payments. The bill would add $464 billion to the cost of the previously enacted $900 billion package.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said: "The Republicans have a choice -- vote for this legislation or vote to deny the American people the bigger paychecks they need. To reject this would be a denial of the economic challenges that people are facing...."

Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., said: "Last time, when we sent out $1,200 checks, I stopped by my local Walmart, and the people in charge of the electronics section said they had never seen such sales in their life. Is that really going to improve the lot of Americans, to go over and buy some more electronic junk from China?"

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it was blocked by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. VOTE H-1 slugged CHECKS

ARKANSAS Voting yes: Rick Crawford, R-1

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

Not voting: None

FLORIDA Voting yes: John Rutherford, R-4, Al Lawson, D-5, Stephanie Murphy, D-7, Darren Soto, D-9, Val Demings, D-10, Charlie Crist, D-13, Kathy Castor, D-14, Francis Rooney, R-19, Alcee Hastings, D-20, Ted Deutch, D-21, Lois Frankel, D-22, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-23, Frederica Wilson, D-24, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-25, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-26, Donna Shalala, D-27

Voting no: Matt Gaetz, R-1, Michael Waltz, R-6, Bill Posey, R-8, Daniel Webster, R-11, Ross Spano, R-15, Vern Buchanan, R-16, Greg Steube, R-17, Brian Mast, R-18

Not voting: Neal Dunn, R-2, Ted Yoho, R-3, Gus Bilirakis, R-12

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

Voting no: George Holding, R-2, Greg Murphy, R-3, Virginia Foxx, R-5, David Rouzer, R-7, Richard Hudson, R-8, Dan Bishop, R-9, Patrick McHenry, R-10, Ted Budd, R-13

Not voting: Mark Walker, R-6

VIRGINIA Voting yes: Elaine Luria, D-2, Bobby Scott, D-3, Donald McEachin, D-4, Denver Riggleman, R-5, Abigail Spanberger, D-7, Don Beyer, D-8, Jennifer Wexton, D-10, Gerald Connolly, D-11

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

Not voting: None

OVERRIDING TRUMP VETO OF MILITARY BUDGET: Voting 322 for and 87 against, the House on Dec. 28 surpassed the two-thirds majority required to override President Trump's veto of a bill (HR 6395) authorizing $740.5 billion for the U.S. military in fiscal 2021. In his veto message, Trump disputed the bill's removal of the names of Confederate generals from American military bases, calling that a move to "wash away history." He also faulted the bill for ignoring his call for an end to liability protections for tech companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, among other objections.

Adam Smith, D-Wash., said it is "enormously important to give our troops the support that they need to carry out the job that we all are asking them to do. That is...one of our minimum obligations as members of Congress."

No member spoke in support of the veto.

A yes vote was to override the veto and put the bill into law. VOTE H-2 slugged TRUMP

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

Voting no: Westerman

Not voting: None

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

Voting no: Gaetz, Posey, Steube, Mast, Diaz-Balart

Not voting: Dunn, Yoho, Bilirakis

NORTH CAROLINA Voting yes: Butterfield, Holding, Murphy (NC), Price (NC), Foxx (NC), Rouzer, Hudson, McHenry, Adams

Voting no: Bishop (NC), Budd

Not voting: Walker

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

Voting no: Cline, Griffith

Not voting: None

SENATE

OPENING DEBATE ON VETO OVERRIDE: Voting 80 for and 12 against, the Senate on Dec. 30 opened debate on whether to pass the $740.5 billion 2021 military budget (HR 6395) over President Trump's veto. A final override vote was expected soon. Because the Senate initially passed the budget by an overwhelming margin, it was expected to easily reach the two-thirds majority needed to join the House (above) in overriding the veto. Congress voted to sustain each of Trump's eight previous vetoes.

Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said "we have kids that are overseas, and they deserve the pay that...would be increased when this bill is passed. Right now, we have critical areas like pilots and engineers, doctors, that are in short supply" because of the pandemic.

Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said the bill "does get tough on China. It creates a new Pacific Deterrence Initiative that puts America back in the seat of leadership in that region....the administration could have started this initiative on its own, but it did not, so Congress stepped up...because the White House was asleep at the wheel."

No senator spoke in support of the veto.

A yes vote was to open a veto-override debate. VOTE S-1 slugged DEBATE

ARKANSAS Voting yes: John Boozman, R

Voting no: None

Not voting: Tom Cotton, R

FLORIDA Voting yes: Rick Scott, R

Voting no: None

Not voting: Marco Rubio, R

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 -30- Copyright 2020, Thomas Voting Reports, Inc.

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