Besides roll call votes, the House and Senate also took action on legislation by voice vote. The House also passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (H.R. 1344), to reauthorize a program for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment for deaf and hard-of-hearing young children; and passed the Protecting Our Infants Act (H.R. 1462), to combat the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome. The Senate also passed the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (S. 349), to authorize disabled individuals to establish their own supplemental needs trusts; and passed the Border Jobs for Veterans Act (S. 1603), to actively recruit individuals who are leaving the military to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers.


House Vote 1

PUTTING PRODUCT WARRANTIES ONLINE: The House has passed the E-Warranty Act (S. 1359), sponsored by Sen. Deb. Fischer, D-Neb., to allow manufacturers of consumer products to meet government warranty and labeling requirements by displaying warranty terms online. A supporter, Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa, said the online warranty option “makes sense for both manufacturers and consumers, as many of which prefer the option of providing or receiving warranty information in electronic rather than paper form.” The vote, on Sept. 8, was 388 yeas to 2 nays.

YEAS: Pingree D-Maine (1st)

NOT VOTING: Poliquin R-Maine (2nd)

House Vote 2

IRAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS PACT: The House has passed a resolution (H. Res. 411), sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., finding that President Obama did not comply with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act in his administration’s negotiation of the nuclear weapons pact with Iran, because side agreements included in the pact have not been submitted to Congress. Pompeo said Obama needed to fulfill his legal obligation “to turn over every element of this deal” to Congress for its review, and thereby enable members of Congress to pass judgment on the pact’s merits. A resolution opponent, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., said rejecting the pact by demanding a review of the side agreements would leave the U.S. and the other powers that negotiated the pact with no way forward for negotiating a revised pact with Iran, leaving Iran free to continue work on developing nuclear weapons. The vote, on Sept. 10, was 245 yeas to 186 nays.

NAYS: Pingree

YEAS: Poliquin


Senate Vote 1

MISSOURI DISTRICT JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Roseann A. Ketchmark to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri. A supporter, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., cited Ketchmark’s 25 years of experience as a federal, state, and local prosecutor of criminal cases, including her last 14 years in the Western District’s U.S. Attorney’s Office. The vote, on Sept. 8, was unanimous with 96 yeas.

YEAS: Collins R-Maine, King I-Maine

Senate Vote 2

DISAPPROVING OF IRAN NUCLEAR PACT: The Senate has rejected a cloture motion to end debate on an amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to the Hire More Heroes Act (H.J. Res. 61). The amendment would have expressed the Senate’s disapproval of the proposed nuclear weapons pact with Iran. McConnell said the pact, by enabling Iran to have thousands of centrifuges for processing uranium, would put it “forever on the edge of developing a nuclear weapon” even as it continues to threaten the U.S. and Israel and cause conflicts in the Middle East. An amendment opponent, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the pact an “historic agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” The vote, on Sept. 10, was 58 yeas to 42 nays, with a three-fifths majority required to end debate on the amendment.

YEAS: Collins

NAYS: King

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