Longmont Area Convention Votes April 29-May 5, 2022 – Longmont Times-Call

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

Along with the week’s roll call votes, the Senate also passed the following measure by voice vote: The Safe Sleep for Babies Act (HR 3182), providing that infant slant sleepers and baby bumpers crib should be considered prohibited hazardous products under Section 8 of the Consumer Product Safety Act.

There was no key vote in the House this week.

Senate votes

FINANCIAL MARKETS: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Joshua Frost as the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for financial markets. Frost has been an official at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York since 1999, with responsibilities including oversight of money markets and Treasury debt markets. One opponent, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said, “I will be voting against his nomination out of growing concern that the Treasury Department has failed in its responsibilities to the Senate Finance Committee and its members.” The vote on May 3 was 54 yes to 42 no.
DON’T VOTE: Bennet D-CO
FOR: Hickenlooper D-CO

HUD BUREAUCRACY MANAGEMENT: The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Elizabeth Bhargava as Assistant Secretary for Administration in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Bhargava, most recently New York’s Undersecretary of Labor and Manpower, has been a New York State and City government official for more than 20 years. One supporter, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Bhargava “recognizes that the continuity of the program depends on strong leadership at the top and meeting the urgent staffing needs of the department.” The vote on May 3 was 62 yes to 34 no.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
YES: Hickenlooper

HEAD START MASKING RULE: The Senate passed a resolution (SJ Res. 39) sponsored by Sen. John Thune, RS.D., that would disapprove and rescind a Department of Health and Human Services rule requiring face masks to be worn indoors and outdoors by children and workers in Head Start programs, and demanding that Head Start workers have received the Covid vaccination. Thune said: “The scientific evidence for masking toddlers is flimsy at best. The World Health Organization does not recommend wearing a mask for children under 5 years old. Concerns about the effect on children’s speech and development are real. One opponent of the resolution, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said: ‘Once our youngest children can be fully immunized, it probably makes sense to revisit some of these requirements, but we’re not. still there.” The vote on May 3 was 55 yes to 41 no.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
CONS: Hickenlooper

OIL AND NATURAL GAS LEASES: The Senate passed a motion, sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., to instruct Senate delegates with the House to negotiate both chambers’ versions of the America Competes Act (HR 4521). The motion insisted on the final bill including provisions for the sale of oil and natural gas production leases on the outer continental shelf of US waters, including the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska. Barrasso said the motion was necessary because the Biden administration failed to establish a 5-year lease plan that would increase US energy production and reduce dependence on “oil from our enemies, like the Iran and Venezuela”. One opponent, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., Said, “We need to focus on getting clean energy and efficient solutions to communities, not undermine federal processes, and give big oil companies more subsidies. .” The investigative vote on May 4 was 53 yes to 44 no.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
YES: Hickenlooper

CHINA AND IRAN: The Senate passed a motion, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to task Senate delegates with the House to negotiate both chambers’ versions of the America Competes Act (HR 4521). The motion insisted on the final bill including provisions to tackle cooperation between China and Iran with sanctions and other measures. Cruz said the provisions were necessary because “China is our most important geopolitical enemy for the next 100 years. Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. One opponent of the motion, Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., said: “Tying our terrorism sanctions against Iran to our policy toward China would, really, muddy the waters as to the purpose of terrorism sanctions.” The investigative vote on May 4 was 86 yes to 12 no.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
YES: Hickenlooper

WEAPONS RESEARCH AND CHINA: The Senate passed a motion, sponsored by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to instruct Senate delegates with the House to negotiate both chambers’ versions of the America Competes Act (HR 4521). The motion insisted on the final bill, including provisions rejecting spending authority for the Green Climate Fund and authorizing $8 billion for military research into weapon systems that counter China. Cotton said, “Instead of giving that $8 billion to the United Nations to waste on climate programs and corruption, we should send it to our troops and help rebuild our military.” An opponent of the motion, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., said: “Our national security and our economic advantage are both served by really supporting the international climate fund and helping the world to find its way through the predicament that the fossil fuel industry has been imposed on us”. The investigative vote on May 4 was 50 to 44 against.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
CONS: Hickenlooper

NUCLEAR PACT WITH IRAN: The Senate passed a motion, sponsored by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to task Senate delegates with the House to negotiate both chambers’ versions of the America Competes Act (HR 4521). The motion emphasized the final bill, including provisions requiring a nuclear arms deal with Iran to maintain sanctions against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and address Iran’s support to terrorism and its other malicious activities. Lankford cited Iran’s use of the Corps to attack and kill US soldiers in the Iraq war as the reason for maintaining sanctions. An opponent of the motion, Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., said, “To deny this administration the ability to make a nuclear deal is not just madness; it’s downright dangerous. The investigative vote on May 4 was 62 yes to 33 no.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
CONS: Hickenlooper

CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCIES: The Senate passed a motion, sponsored by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., to task Senate delegates with the House to negotiate both chambers’ versions of the America Competes Act (HR 4521). The motion insisted on the final bill including provisions stating that the president cannot declare a national emergency or a public health emergency due to climate change. Capito said: “We should fight climate change, but cede broad authority to the executive [branch] is not the way to go. An opponent of the motion, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said, “Removing the president’s ability to declare major disasters or health emergencies or national emergencies when disasters strike our people is a terrible idea.” The investigative vote on May 4 was 49 yes to 47 no.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
CONS: Hickenlooper

NUCLEAR ENERGY: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Kathryn Huff as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy for Nuclear Power. Huff was a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Illinois before joining the energy department as a senior official a year ago. One supporter, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said, “We need to look for opportunities to expand our use of nuclear energy. Dr. Huff is ready and able to take on this responsibility. The vote on May 5 was 80 yes to 11 no.
DO NOT VOTE: Bennet
YES: Hickenlooper

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