WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted.


LICENSING TRUCK DRIVERS: The House has approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4), that would establish insurance and safety requirements for federally licensed truck drivers hired to ship goods. Duncan said the requirements “will help make it far less likely that unregistered, uninsured, unsafe freight carriers get any business in this country in the future.” An amendment opponent, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said its granting of legal immunity for shipping brokers “makes it far more likely that there will be reckless and negligent truckers on the road and that you won’t be able to sue for your damages if they smash up your car.” The vote, on April 27, was 212 yeas to 191 nays.

NAYS: Chellie Pingree, D-1st District

YEAS: Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District

FAA REAUTHORIZATION: The House has passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4), sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. The bill would reauthorize the FAA through fiscal 2023, introduce measures to streamline the process for certifying new aviation products, and fund the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program of grants. Shuster said the reauthorization, by replacing a series of short-term FAA authorizations, would help airports nationwide by establishing the certainty needed for them to invest in systems to improve the efficiency and safety of air travel. The vote, on April 27, was 393 yeas to 13 nays.

YEAS: Pingree, Poliquin

DEPARTURE OF HOUSE CHAPLAIN: The House has approved a motion to table a resolution (H. Res. 856), sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. The resolution would have established a six-member House Select Committee charged with investigating the recent resignation of the House Chaplain, Father Patrick Conroy, and reports that the resignation was forced by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The resolution was not debated on the House floor. The vote to table, on April 27, was 215 yeas to 171 nays.

NAYS: Pingree

YEAS: Poliquin

There were no key votes in the Senate.

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