Congressional votes for the week of February 25 to March 3 | Local News

Here’s a look at how members of Congress in the region voted over the past week.

House votes

• World War II Medal: The House passed the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Act (S. 321), sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., to award a Congressional Gold Medal in the honor of the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in Europe during World War II. One supporter, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., said, “As the largest contingent of African-American women to serve overseas during World War II, the Six Triple Eights successfully demonstrated that the African-American women could and should be included in the ranks. of the Army “.

The vote, on February 28, was unanimous with 422 yes. FOR: Billy Long, R-MO (7th); Markwayne Mullin, R-OK (2nd); Vicky Hartzler, R-MO (4th); Jake LaTurner, R-KS (2nd).

• Lynchings and Hate Crimes: The House passed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act (HR 55), sponsored by Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., to consider acts involving lynching as hate crimes, with associated criminal penalties. One supporter, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said, “Lynching is a particularly gruesome act of violence. It was and is as bad as it gets.

The vote on February 28 was 422 yes to 3 no. FOR: Long, R-MO (7th); Mullin, R-OK (2nd); Hartzler, R-MO (4th); LaTurner, R-KS (2nd).

• Hairstyles: The House passed the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act (HR 2116), sponsored by Representative Bonnie Coleman Watson, DN.J., to prohibit discrimination within the federal government based on hair texture or hairstyle. which is related to ethnicity or race. Watson Coleman said, “Far too often black people, especially black women and girls, are ridiculed or deemed unprofessional simply because their hair doesn’t meet white standards of beauty.” One opponent, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said the bill was unnecessary because “under current law, if a person’s hairstyle or hair texture is associated with race or national origin of a person and is used as a pretext for discrimination, such conduct is unlawful.

The vote on February 28 was 235 yes to 188 no. CONS: Long, R-MO (7th); Mullin, R-OK (2nd); Hartzler, R-MO (4th); LaTurner, R-KS (2nd).

• Ukraine-Russia War: The House passed a resolution (H. Res. 956), sponsored by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, DN.Y., calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, supporting sanctions against the Russian government, and urging the United States and its allies to send military aid to Ukraine. Meeks called the resolution “a very strong message, a unified message, to support the people of Ukraine.”

The vote on March 2 was 426 yes to 3 no. FOR: Long, R-MO (7th); Mullin, R-OK (2nd); Hartzler, R-MO (4th); LaTurner, R-KS (2nd).

• Veteran and Toxin Exposures: The House passed the Honoring Our PACT Act (HR 3967), sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to take action to increase detection and the treatment of veterans. ‘ potential exposures to toxins during their enlistment. Takano said, “This bill deals with the true cost of war, and opposing it would be a vote against our service members and veterans.” An opponent, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, said the bill lacked scientific criteria for determining whether a veteran’s medical condition stemmed from exposure to toxins, and claimed that would overwhelm the VA with over a million disability claims.

The vote on March 3 was 256 yes to 174 no. CONS: Long, R-MO (7th); Mullin, R-OK (2nd); Hartzler, R-MO (4th); LaTurner, R-KS (2nd).

Senate votes

• COVID-19 Vaccination: The Senate passed a resolution (SJ Res. 32), sponsored by Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Disapproving and rescinding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule requiring COVID-19 vaccination of health care facility staff doing business with Medicare and Medicaid. Marshall said of the requirement: “Not only is it coercive and unconstitutional, but the mandate fails to take into account that natural immunity is as effective as vaccines and that vaccines do not prevent the transmission of the omicron variant.” One opponent, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said, “Vaccine requirements are nothing new for healthcare workers. Flu vaccination requirements have been common for a long time.

The vote on March 2 was 49 yes to 44 no. FOR: Roy Blunt, R-MO; Jerry Moran, R-KS; Josh Hawley, R-MO; James Lankford, R-OK; Roger Marshall, R-KS. DON’T VOTE: Jim Inhofe, R-OK.

• COVID-19 Emergency: The Senate passed a resolution (SJ Res. 38), sponsored by Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., That would end the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020, in response to COVID-19. Marshall said the Biden administration’s efforts to maintain the emergency declaration were “a blatant effort to further expand the massive buildup of power that the federal government has expanded across America over the past two years.” . One opponent of the resolution, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., said it would ‘handicap the Biden administration’s ability to fight the pandemic and increase the danger that all of our progress will suddenly be reversed. in the future”.

The vote on March 3 was 48 yes to 47 no. FOR: Blunt, R-MO; Moran, R-KS; Hawley, R-MO; Lankford, R-OK; Marshall, R-KS. DO NOT VOTE: Inhofe, R-OK.

Source: Targeted Information Service

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