Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
House Vote 1:
MARINE SHIPPING: The House has passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (S. 3580), sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The bill would change Federal Maritime Commission practices, including requiring the Commission to review fines charged by common ocean carriers, and bar common ocean carriers from refusing to ship goods if they have adequate cargo space for the goods. A supporter, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., called the bill “vital for ensuring fair and efficient shipping, which is integral to the well-being of our economy.” The vote, on June 13, was 369 yeas to 42 nays.
YEAS: Rutherford (R-4)
NAYS: Waltz (R-6)
House Vote 2:
VERTICAL AVIATION: The House has passed the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (H.R. 6270), sponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., to authorize a $25 million Transportation Department pilot program for issuing grants to fund advanced air mobility infrastructure. Such infrastructure includes vertical airplane takeoff and landing facilities, known as vertiports. A supporter, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., said the grants would help federal regulators get ahead of the curve on how to handle an emerging technology with tremendous potential to improve transportation. The vote, on June 13, was 338 yeas to 73 nays.
NOT VOTING: Rutherford
House Vote 3:
POLICE FOR SUPREME COURT RELATIVES: The House has passed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act (S. 4160), sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to authorize the Supreme Court Police force to provide protection for immediate relatives of justices if the court’s marshal deems such protection necessary. A supporter, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said the protection would help ensure that justices “are free from fear of violence or physical intimidation to make decisions based on the Constitution and law as applied to the facts of the cases before them.” The vote, on June 14, was 396 yeas to 27 nays.
YEAS: Rutherford, Waltz
House Vote 4:
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: The House has passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 2773), sponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., to provide about $1.4 billion of annual supplemental funding for Interior Department efforts to conserve plant and wildlife species, including endangered species. Dingell said: “We have a conservation, economic, and moral rationale to act in order to protect and recover America’s wildlife for future generations.” An opponent, Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., criticized the bill’s lack of legislative oversight provisions and its increase in deficit spending. The vote, on June 14, was 231 yeas to 190 nays.
NOT VOTING: Rutherford
House Vote 5:
RURAL DISASTERS: The House has passed the Small State and Rural Rescue Act (H.R. 7211), sponsored by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., to expand the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Small State and Rural Advocate office in reviewing requests for FEMA to provide disaster assistance. Katko said the bill “will go a long way in providing support for the rural communities and small states” of the U.S. when they endure disasters. The vote, on June 14, was…