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WASHINGTON – Here’s a look at how Minnesota Congressmen voted in the week ending September 24th.

HOUSE veteran programs

The House of Representatives on September 20 passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act (HR 5293) to permanently approve the VA’s dental insurance program and expand the legal powers for two additional VA programs. The vote was unanimous with 423 yes.

Vote yes: Jim Hagedorn, R-1; Angie Craig, D-2; Dean Phillips, D-3; Betty McCollum, D-4; Ilhan Omar, D-5; Tom Emmer R-6; Michelle Fischbach, D-7; Pete Stauber R-8

Vote no: none

Don’t vote: none

Inflation and disability benefits

The House of Representatives passed the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act on September 20th (p.189). The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to offset the amount of the increase in Social Security living costs for the veteran’s disability and survivor benefit programs. The vote was unanimous with 423 yes.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: none

Brain injuries and diplomacy

The House of Representatives passed the Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks Act (p. 1828) on September 21 to make payments to federal officials in compensation for brain injuries suffered overseas or domestically. The vote was unanimous with 427 yes.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: none

Additional expenses

The House of Representatives passed the Law on Expanding Government Funding and Providing Emergency Aid (HR 5305) on September 21 to fund the federal government through December 3, suspend the national debt limit through 2022, and add additional emergency funding to help with the withdrawal from the Afghanistan and current weather events. The vote was 220 yes to 211 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Disability and Student Loans

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 22, requiring the termination of private student loans to borrowers who are later permanently disabled. The vote was 219 yes to 204 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Medical Debt and Veterans

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 22 that would prevent a military service member’s debts arising from medically necessary procedures from appearing on a credit report and take other measures to prevent collection Limit debt to veterans. The vote was 222 yes to 203 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach

Don’t vote: Dust

Public property management

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 22nd that would designate nearly 1.3 million acres in Washington, Colorado, and California as wilderness or national monuments. The vote on September 22nd was 222 yes to 200 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Israeli missile defense

The House of Representatives passed the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act (HR 5323) on September 23 to provide the Israeli government with $ 1 billion in fiscal 2022 to maintain its Iron Dome system to deter short-range missile attacks on the country. The vote was 420 yes to 9 no.

Vote yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Vote no: Omara

Civil War in Yemen

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 23 that would end funding the supply of US equipment in support of the Saudi Arabian air strikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The vote was 219 yes to 207 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Federal Contracts

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 23 that would prevent the President, Vice-Presidents, and Cabinet officials from entering into contracts for the supply of goods or services to the federal government. The vote was 234 yes to 183 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Directory of the executive branch

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 23 that would replace a printed Congressional directory of senior executive officials with a public directory that is constantly updated online. The vote was 223 yes to 202 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Nuclear weapons tests

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 23 that would issue a federal government apology to the people of 12 western states and two US Pacific Territories for exposure to nuclear weapons tests. The vote on September 23 was 240 yes to 185 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Firearms export

The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 23, requiring the Department of Commerce to notify Congress when the agency issues licenses to export firearms. The vote was 215 yes to 213 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omara

Vote no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

Military budget

The House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4350) on September 23 to approve US $ 753 billion in military spending and construction programs for fiscal year 2022 and to establish military personnel for the year. The vote was 316 yes to 113 no.

Vote yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Stauber

Vote no: Hagedorn, Omar, Emmer, Fischbach

SENATE court of appeal judges

The Senate on September 20 upheld Veronica S. Rossman’s nomination as a judge on the US 10th Court of Appeals. Rossman has served as a public defender for the Colorado and Wyoming federal district courts since 2010. The votes were 50 yes to 42 no.

Vote yes: Amy Klobuchar, D; Tina Smith, D.

Vote no: none

Don’t vote: none

Judge in New Mexico

The Senate on September 21 upheld Margaret Strickland’s nomination as a judge in the US District Court for New Mexico. Strickland has worked as a private attorney in her own law firm in Las Cruces since 2011; previously she was a public defender in the state. The vote on September 21 was 52 yes to 45 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: none

commercial agent

The Senate approved Jayme White’s nomination as U.S. Assistant Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor and Environment on September 22nd. White has served as a trade policy advisor on the Senate Finance Committee since 2014 and served with Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore from 2009 to 2014. The vote was 80 yes to 18 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: none

DC District Judge

The Senate upheld the appointment of Florence Y. Pan as a judge in the US District Court for Washington, DC on September 23. Pan has been a Superior Court judge in Washington, DC since 2009 and was previously the district attorney. The vote was 68 yes to 30 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: none

Trade with asia

On September 23, the Senate confirmed Sarah Bianchi’s nomination as U.S. Assistant Trade Representative for Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles and Industrial Competitiveness. Bianchi served as senior economic and domestic policy advisor to Vice President Biden from 2011 to 2014 and then became a senior advisor at the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. The vote was 85 yes to 11 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: none

Diplomacy with East Asia

On September 23, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel J. Kritenbrink as Deputy Foreign Minister for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Kritenbrink, US Ambassador to Vietnam since 2017, had previously worked as a diplomat in China and Japan since 1994. The votes came with 72 yes to 14 no.

Vote yes: Klobuchar, Smith

Vote no: none

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