How Maine Congressmen Voted Last Week

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Along with roll-call votes this week, the Senate also passed the Ending Compulsory Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (HR 4445), which was passed by the House in a roll-call vote. nominal earlier in the week.

HOUSE VOTES

ARBITRATION FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT: The House passed the Ending Forced Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Arbitration Act (HR 4445), sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., to prohibit arbitration agreements that prevent a party to the agreement to file a sexual or sexual assault complaint. harassment suit against another party to the agreement. Bustos said labor agreements that require employees to resort to arbitration to settle such cases are unfair “legal traps” used against workers. One opponent, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said the bill was more likely to benefit litigators than workers because it encouraged costly litigation while blocking arbitration. The vote on February 7 was 335 yes to 97 no.

YES : Chellie Pingree, D-1st District; Jared Golden, D-2nd District

HOMELAND SECURITY PURCHASING PRACTICES: The House passed the Advancing Profitability Rigorous and Innovative Federal Procurement and Acquisitions (PRICE) Act (S. 583), sponsored by Senator Gary C. Peters, D-Mich. The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to publish an annual online report on the steps the agency has taken to improve its procurement systems. The vote on February 7 was 426 yes to 5 no.

YES : penguin, golden

POSTAL SERVICE CHANGES: The House passed the Postal Service Reform Act (HR 3076), sponsored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, DN.Y. The bill would establish a health benefits program for Postal Service workers and retirees while ending the requirement that retirement health benefits be prepaid, and establish new budgeting and reporting requirements of service for the postal service. Maloney called the changes an effort “to address some of the serious issues that have plagued the Post Office for years and threaten its financial stability.” The vote on February 8 was 342 yes to 92 no.

YES : penguin, golden

CONTINUING CREDITS: The House passed the new Continuing Supplementary Appropriations Act (HR 6617), sponsored by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn., to extend federal funding through March 11. The vote on February 8 was 272 yes to 162 no.

YES : penguin, golden

SEX AND VISAS: The House passed the Global Respect Act (HR 3485), sponsored by Rep. David L. Cicilline, DR.I., for the State Department to enact visa blocking penalties against foreigners accused of grounded discrimination on sexual orientation, sex or gender identity. . Cicilline said, “This bill protects LGBTQI people from murder, torture, and other forms of violence.” One opponent, Rep. Claudia Tenney, RN.Y., said, “The bill’s broad language has the potential to sweep away nonviolent behavior and impose visa restrictions on those engaged in that behavior.” The vote on February 9 was 227 yes to 206 no.

YES : penguin, golden

SENATE VOTE

DC SUPERIOR COURT: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Donald Tunnage to serve as a judge of the Superior Court in Washington, DC, for a 15-year term. Tunnage has served as a civil rights attorney at the Justice Department since 2009. The vote on Feb. 7 was 54 yes to 39 no.

YES : Susan Collins, R-Maine; Angus King, I-Maine

COURT OF APPEAL DC: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Loren AliKhan to serve as a judge of the Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, for a 15-year term. AliKhan has served as the district’s solicitor general since 2018, previously served as its deputy solicitor general, and was previously an attorney at the Department of Justice. The vote on February 8 was 55 yes to 41 no.

YES : Collins, King

AMBASSADOR IN GERMANY: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Amy Gutmann as US Ambassador to Germany. Gutmann had been president of the University of Pennsylvania since 2004. The vote on Feb. 8 was 54 yes to 42 no.

YES : Collins, King

FUNDING ASIA: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Chantale Yokmin Wong as US Director of the Asian Development Bank. Wong was a senior official with the Millennium Challenge Corporation during the Obama administration and served on the board of directors of the Asian Development Bank during the Clinton administration. The vote on February 8 was 66 yes to 31 no.

YES : Collins, King

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Scott Nathan as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American International Development Finance Corporation. Nathan, a longtime executive at investment firm Baupost Group, held several positions under the Obama administration. One supporter, Sen. Robert Menendez, DN.J., said Nathan would help the agency “competitive with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, promote renewable energy development, and support COVID-19 recovery. , and, at the same time, to recognize and address the complexity of these challenges.The vote on February 9 was 72 yes to 24 no.

YES : Collins, King

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Reta Jo Lewis as President of the US Export-Import Bank. Lewis, currently a senior official at the German Marshall Fund, was a State Department diplomat during the Obama administration, and before that, a Chamber of Commerce executive and a lawyer in private practice. One supporter, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called Lewis “the leader we need in the fight to help American manufacturers compete globally.” The vote on February 9 was 56 yes to 40 no.

YES : Collins, King

FEDERAL APPEAL JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Leonard Stark as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Stark, a U.S. District Court judge in Delaware since 2010, was previously an assistant U.S. attorney and private attorney in the state. One supporter, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said of Stark, “His expertise in patent arbitration combined with his experience hearing appeals will be an asset to the Federal Circuit and to our nation. industrious and inventive.” The vote on February 9 was 61 yes to 35 no.

YES : Collins, King

TREASURY LAWYER: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Neil MacBride as the Treasury Department’s general counsel. MacBride was a Justice Department attorney and a U.S. attorney in Virginia during the Obama administration, and was previously Senator Biden’s lead counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The vote on February 9 was 61 yes to 33 no.

YES : Collins, King

MARITIME COMMISSIONER: The Senate confirmed Max Vekich’s appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission for a term ending in mid-2026. Vekich, a former Washington state legislator, has served as an official for Puget Sound Port Groups since 2004. One supporter, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said Vekich has “spent his life working in the maritime industry and knows the challenges we face in shipping, intermodal, congestion and continues to moving forward on how we move our ports forward.” The vote on February 10 was 51 yes to 43 no.

YES : Collins, King

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