Below you will find explanations of my stance on votes of final passage for bills, resolutions, and resolutions under the Congressional Review Act. Bills considered under the “suspension of the rules,” which are generally non-controversial measures, are not included here.

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  • May 15 - May 19, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on May 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    H.R.115 - Thin Blue Line Act Those who target our first responders with intent to kill are among the most evil individuals on earth. They deserve to feel the full force of the law during sentencing. Currently, killing a first responder or local law enforcement officer is not an aggravating factor when judges are considering the death penalty. This week I voted for the Thin Blue Line Act, which toughens penalties, changes oversight and brings local officers and first responders under the protect... Read more

  • May 1 - May 5, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on May 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA, Economy and Jobs

    H.R. 1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) established the foundation for workplace standards such as minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The FLSA directs that employees who are covered by the act must be compensated one and one half times the employees regular rate of hourly pay for any time worked beyond the standard 40 hour workweek. For private sector employees, this pay can only be received in the form of cash wages. However, state and ... Read more

  • April 24-28, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    H.R. 1695 – Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 Congress often relies upon the United States Copyright Office to provide important policy research and assistance. This office is overseen by the Register of Copyrights. This legislation provides more transparency and accountability in the process to nominate and select a Register of Copyrights. This new approach is in line with my efforts to make government more open and more thoughtful. For this reason, I supported thi... Read more

  • April 3-7, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA, Economy and Jobs

    H.R. 1219 – Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2017 Small businesses and start-ups are essential to our entrepreneurial culture. These companies provide jobs and economic growth throughout the United States, especially in Upstate New York. It is our responsibility to encourage an economic environment that allows these entrepreneurs the opportunity to succeed in their ventures. Access to capital is one of the most important elements in operating, expanding and starting a business. For this re... Read more

  • March 27-31, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on March 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    S.J.Res. 34 – Providing for congressional disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services Internet privacy is a growing concern both in our district and across the country. Consumers have the right to control their private information and how that information is disseminated. For this reason, I voted against S.J. Res. 34 whi... Read more

  • March 20-24, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA

    H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 Congress holds the power to regulate insurance under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. In 1945, Congress used this power to limit the scope of antitrust laws to exempt health insurance issuers and preserve the state authority on insurance. By allowing insurers to play by their own rules, we open up the insurance market for increased premiums and decreased choice. I voted in favor of H.R. 372 which levels the playing field, applyin... Read more

  • March 13-17, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    H.R. 1181 H.R. 1181, the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, guarantees that our nation’s veterans are not denied their constitutional rights. Currently the information of an individual who is appointed fiduciary advisor by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is sent along to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Under this system, those veterans who do not manager their own benefits are denied their second amendment rights. H.R. 1181 prohibits the VA from shari... Read more

  • March 6-10, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    H.R. 1301 H.R. 1301, the Defense Department Appropriations Act of 2017, strengthens military funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. This bill included a much-needed military pay raise of 2.1%, as well as funding to equip our troops with the necessary resources to defend our nation. I voted in favor of this bill, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll136.xml H.R. 725 When filing civil suits, plaintiffs can choose to bring cl... Read more

  • February 27 - March 2, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    H.R. 998 - SCRUB Act H.R. 998 creates an independent commission to recommend to Congress regulations that should be repealed to benefit the economy. Burdensome regulations have increased business costs, and led to lower levels of workplace participation. The SCRUB Act, which passed with bipartisan support, will increase economic growth by removing regulations that are shown to be duplicative and unnecessary. I voted in favor. Roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll114.xml H.R. 1009 ... Read more

  • February 13-17, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA, Environment

    H.R. 428 - Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act I voted to support H.R. 428, which requires the Bureau of Land Management to commission a survey along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River beside the Texas and Oklahoma border. The bill will help to determine the proper ownership between public and private land along the Red River. Roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll092.xml H.J.Res. 66 and H.J. Res. 67 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savin... Read more

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