Here’s how WNC congressmen voted the week of June 17-23

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WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how members of the Congressional area voted the week before.

Along with the week’s roll call votes, the Senate also passed this measure by voice vote: the Fixing Our Regulatory Mayhem Upsetting Little Americans Act (S. 4261), to suspend duties and other restrictions on the importation of preparations for infants to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States.

House votes

House Vote 1: INDUSTRIAL CYBER SECURITY: The House passed the Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training Act (HR 7777), sponsored by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. The bill would establish an effort at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to train cybersecurity workers on how to protect industrial control systems from cyberattacks. Swalwell said the effort “will help strengthen smaller companies, especially those in critical infrastructure, which today do not have cybersecurity defense forces receiving this training.” The vote on June 21 was 368 yes to 47 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 2: MENTAL HEALTH: The House passed the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Wellness Act (HR 7666), sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., DN.J. The bill would reauthorize, through fiscal year 2027, various mental and behavioral health programs and expand eligibility for enrollment in opioid treatment programs. Pallone said the reauthorization “will help support the mental health and well-being of millions of Americans, their families, and their communities for years to come.” The vote on June 22 was 402 yes to 20 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 3: HEALTH INNOVATIONS AGENCY: The House passed the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health Act (HR 5585), sponsored by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health Agency, which, like existing agencies similar for the army and energy, finance research on new health and medical technologies. Eshoo said of his hopes for the agency, “Even if a deadly disease is treated and cured, we will have succeeded. I think we will do better than that.” The vote on June 22 was 336 yes to 85 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 4: ACTIVE SHOOTERS: The House rejected the Active Shooter Alert Act (HR 6538), sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline, DR.I. The bill would have established an active shooter alert communications network at the Justice Department and would have had the network schedule the sending of active shooter alerts by working with local and state governments. Cicilline said that by using federal resources to set up an alert system, the network “will provide access to an important tool for law enforcement agencies across the country, regardless of size. or their location”. One opponent, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said state and local governments already have adequate warning systems in place and that a federal program would not be used for public safety, but to pursue “fear Democrats that guns are ubiquitous threats”. The vote on June 22 was 259 yes to 162 no, with a two-thirds majority required for approval. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 5: SCHOOL MEALS: The House passed the Keep Kids Fed Act (S. 2089), sponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, DN.H. The bill would extend waivers for federal child nutrition programs that were first issued in response to the closure of classrooms in early 2020 and have been used to provide free school lunches, lunches summer and child care subsidies. One supporter, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., said the extensions “would be a critical step to support child nutrition programs and keep children from going hungry during the ongoing public health emergency.” The vote on June 23 was 376 yes to 42 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 6: MENTAL HEALTH IN COLLEGES: The House passed the Improving Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act (HR 5407), sponsored by Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., to compel the Department of Education to promote mental health and suicide prevention plans in colleges and universities. Wild said of the need for such plans, “In recent years, young Americans have faced unprecedented challenges resulting in increased mental health needs.” The vote on June 23 was 405 yes to 16 no. YES : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 7: DRUG USE AT SCHOOL: The House passed the Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act (HR 6493), sponsored by Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez, DN.M. The bill would reauthorize, through fiscal year 2028, the federal illicit drug and alcohol abuse prevention program for colleges and universities, and provide $15 million in annual funding for grants and other efforts to prevent alcohol and substance abuse on these campuses. Leger Fernandez said it will “help cut the shackles of addiction and unlock access to treatment and prevention for countless students across the United States.” The vote on June 23 was 371 yes to 49 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

House Vote 8: SEXUAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS: The House passed the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act (HR 4176), sponsored by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. The bill would require federal agencies to include information about non-heterosexuals in surveys covering demographics. Grijalva said, “The LGBTQI+ community deserves to be visible and heard so that public policies can better reflect their needs.” One opponent, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said, “Federal investigations are no place to confront the American people or their children with intrusive questions and concerns about the sexual orientation or identity of gender.” The vote on June 23 was 220 yes to 201 no. NOPE : Cawthorn R-NC (11th).

Senate votes

Senate Vote 1: CALIFORNIA JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Ana Isabel de Alba to serve as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. de Alba has served as a Fresno County Superior Court judge since 2018; for a decade she was a lawyer in private practice. One supporter, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, called Alba “a dedicated, fair, and universally respected public servant, respected by his colleagues.” The vote on June 21 was 53 yes to 45 no. NOPE : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

Meaning.  Richard Burr, left, and Thom Tillis

Senate Vote 2: CONSUMER PRODUCTS COMMISSIONER: The Senate confirmed Mary Boyle’s appointment to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for a 7-year term ending in the fall of 2025. Boyle, currently the commission’s executive director, has worked at CPSC since more than a decade. One supporter, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Boyle “is very knowledgeable about consumer product safety and how CPSC works. I’m confident she’ll be ready to lead on day one.” One opponent, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., cited “significant concerns about major administrative failures at the agency during Ms. Boyle’s tenure as executive director, including inappropriate disclosure of unredacted data on manufacturers and consumers”. The vote on June 22 was 50 yes to 48 no. NOPE : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

Senate Vote 3: GUN VIOLENCE: The Senate passed an amendment to the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (S. 2938) that would establish a variety of measures to reduce mass shootings, including spending on behavioral health clinics, funding safety efforts at the school and restrictions on possession of weapons eg convicts and people declared mentally ill by a court. One supporter, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the amendment aims to “create real change in communities across this country – safer, healthier communities; stronger, safer schools; save Lives”. One opponent, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised concerns that the restrictions would violate “the constitutional right to bear arms for the innocent.” The vote on June 23 was 65 yes to 33 no. YES : Burr R-NC, Tillis R-NC.

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