Congressional votes for the week of May 5-11

The House was in recess this week, and is scheduled to resume activity on Tuesday.

 

There were no key votes in the House this week.

SENATE VOTES

Senate Vote 1

AIR FORCE SECRETARY: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Heather Wilson to serve as Air Force Secretary. A supporter, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, cited Wilson’s experience in the Air Force, as a House member and as a college president, and said “her qualifications and character are beyond dispute.” An opponent, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said ethics issues in Wilson’s past meant she “has not demonstrated the unflinching commitment to integrity that we demand of our men and women in uniform.” The vote, on May 8, was 76 yeas to 22 nays.

YEAS: Nelson D-FL, Rubio R-FL

Senate Vote 2

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the Health and Human Services Department. A supporter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Gottlieb’s experience as a practicing physician and public and private shaper of medical innovation and policy gave him the necessary qualifications to lead the Food and Drug Administration. An opponent, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., claimed that at the FDA, Gottlieb “would be nothing more than an agent of Big Pharma.” The vote, on May 9, was 57 yeas to 42 nays.

YEAS: Nelson D-FL, Rubio R-FL

Senate Vote 3

METHANE FLARING RULE: The Senate has rejected a motion to consider a resolution (H.J. Res. 36), sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, stating disapproval of a Bureau of Land Management rule restricting the venting and flaring of methane from natural gas and oil wells on federal lands. A supporter of the rule, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., called it “a tremendously effective way to address greenhouse gases” and emissions of volatile organic compounds and other substances that harm public health. The vote to consider, on May 10, was 49 yeas to 51 nays.

NAYS: Nelson D-FL

YEAS: Rubio R-FL

Senate Vote 4

TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to serve as U.S. Trade Representative. A supporter, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said Lighthizer’s record indicated that he would negotiate trade agreements that benefit the American worker and advance labor and environmental protections, and would hold other countries to meeting the terms of such agreements. An opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized Lighthizer for insufficient support of the North American Free Trade Agreement and for advocating a shift toward protectionism in America’s trade policies. The vote, on May 11, was 82 yeas to 14 nays.

YEAS: Nelson D-FL, Rubio R-FL

 

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