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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  • July 24 - July 28, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on August 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Debt and Deficits, Economy and Jobs, Environment, Veterans

    S.114 – A bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes, as amended S. 114 authorizes and appropriates an additional $2.1 billion to the Veterans Choice Fund, which provides for certain veterans to receive healthcare from participating providers in the private sector. I voted in favor of this bill, which passed the House unanimously. Roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll438.xml H.R.3180 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 201... Read more

  • June 26 - June 30, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Immigration

    H.R. 1215 - Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 The rising cost of healthcare affects all American families. The unfortunate status quo is that every year people see their insurance premiums increase, and by double digit percentages in many cases. Medical malpractice lawsuits are of critical importance when it comes to ensuring compensation for those wronged by medical professionals. Unfortunately, this legal mechanism is often abused through frivolous litigation and widespread defensive pract... Read more

  • July 11 - July 14, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    H.R.23 - Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017 Over the last several years California and other western states have been subjected to water shortages due to extended periods of drought. H.R. 23 seeks to modernize outdated water policies across the Western states and improves the reliability of California’s water supply. I voted in support of this legislation, which addresses systemic supply failures and ensures that western farms and cities have access to reliable water. Roll call vote: ht... Read more

  • July 17 - July 20, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    H.R. 806 – Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 If signed into law, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act would delay the implementation of the 2015 ozone standards by several years. Additionally, this legislation would double the mandatory review of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) from five to ten years. Ozone and other ground-level pollution has been linked to negative health outcomes across the population including those most at risk of respiratory diseases. I voted agai... Read more

  • June 19 - June 23, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs, Environment

    H.R. 1873 – Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act Under current Federal law, it can take an extended period of time for utilities to receive the appropriate authorization to clear brush and trees from transmission right of ways. As a result, transmission right of ways are at a higher risk of fire because of overgrown vegetation. This bill changes federal law to help standardize and streamline the approval process to allow utilities to better manage the areas around their transmission... Read more

  • June 12 - June 16, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Veterans

    H.R.2581 - Verify First Act Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump, have stated that illegal immigrants should not have access to premium assistance or tax credits for health insurance. I have great sympathy for those who seek to better their lives, but if you chose to enter this country, it must be done legally. For this reason, I voted for the Verify First Act, to ensure that those receiving valuable premium support or health care tax cred... Read more

  • June 5 - June 9, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Immigration

    H.R.2213 - Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 This bill allows Customs and Border Protection to waive their required pre-employment polygraph exam for candidates who have served in law enforcement and previously passed polygraphs, federal law enforcement officers with three years’ experience, and those who have served in the armed forces for at least three years. As CBP is currently understaffed below its Congressional mandated levels, I voted in favor of this bill which aims to... Read more

  • May 22 - May 26, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    H.R.1761 - Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act Our children are our future and it is our responsibility to guide, teach, and most importantly, protect them. It is also imperative that as a society we hold those who do harm to our children accountable. In our current criminal code exists a loophole that has allowed charges against child pornographers to be dropped due to a technicality surrounding intent to produce child pornography before sexually abusing a child. I voted in favor of the ... Read more

  • 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: Healthcare, 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

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