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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  • 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: 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    H.R. 998 - SCRUB Act H.R. 998 creates an independent commission to recommend to Congress regulations that should be repealed to benefit the economy.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: 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: H.J.Res. 66 and H.J. Res. 67 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savin... Read more

  • February 6-8, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    H.J.Res. 44 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. I voted to support H.J. Res. 44, which disapproves of a land planning rule issued by the Department of the Interior known as Planning 2.0. The rule fundamentally changes existing management regulations by allowing any individua... Read more

  • January 30 - February 3, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Seniors

    H.J.Res. 41 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to "Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers". Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires companies to, when filing with the SEC, disclose information detailing payments made to governments for the purposes of extracting oil, natural gas, or minerals. The information di... Read more

  • January 23-25, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA

    H.R. 7 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 I voted in support of H.R. 7, which makes permanent the Hyde Amendment – a standing provision in appropriations bills for the last 40 years. The Hyde Amendment prevents taxpayer money for being used to provide abortion services. H.R. 7 prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion or health plans that cover abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger. Addition... Read more

  • January 9-13, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Debt and Deficits, Economy and Jobs

    H.R. 79 - HALOS Act H.R. 79, the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, is an important piece of legislation that makes capital more accessible to startups. I voted for this legislation because early access to capital is one of the most critical components to the long-term success of a small business. H.R. 79 will allow startups to access large groups of investors, known as “angel investors,” at demo days across the country. H.R. 79 passed the House with bipartisan support. Roll call vote... Read more

  • January 3-6, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Debt and Deficits, Economy and Jobs

    H.Res. 5 - Adopting rules for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress H.Res. 5 adopted the Rules of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress as the Rules for the 115th Congress with amendments. At the start of every new Congress, the House must approve its governing rules. In addition to adopting the rules, the bill also reauthorized the House Democracy Partnership, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and the Office of Congressional Ethics. I voted in support of H.Res. 5. Roll call vote: h... Read more

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