Congressional votes for the week of July 23-29

WASHINGTON — Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

HOUSE VOTES:

House Vote 1: MEDAL OF HONOR: The House has passed a bill (H.R. 1664), sponsored by Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, to authorize the building of a monument in Washington, D.C., to commemorate recipients of the military's Medal of Honor. The vote, on July 26, was unanimous with 416 yeas.

YEAS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 2: GOLD STAR MOTHERS MONUMENT: The House has passed the Gold Star Mothers Family Monument Extension Act (H.R. 2365), sponsored by Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., to extend until early 2027 authorization for the building of a monument at the Arlington National Cemetery to mothers of military members who died in battle. The vote, on July 26, was unanimous with 412 yeas.

NOT VOTING: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 3: DISPOSING OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: The House has passed the Dispose Unused Medications and Prescription Opioids Act (S. 957), sponsored by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., to require Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to accept controlled substances medications for disposal either on-site or by law enforcement. A supporter, Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., said the bill would make it easier to dispose of opioids and other potentially misused prescription drugs that enable dangerous addictions. The vote, on July 27, was unanimous with 424 yeas.

YEAS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 4: VA MEDICAL CENTERS: The House has passed the Major Medical Facility Authorization Act (S. 1910), sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., to authorize fiscal 2021 spending on certain large Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. A supporter, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., called the bill "a down payment in ensuring veterans have access to the most advanced healthcare and most robust infrastructure that we can provide." The vote, on July 27, was 413 yeas to 7 nays.

YEAS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 5: LEGISLATIVE BRANCH: The House has passed the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 4346), sponsored by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, to fund operations of the House, Library of Congress, and other parts of the legislative branch other than the Senate in fiscal 2022. Ryan said it "makes a substantial investment to expand recruitment and retention of staff, prioritizes funding to expand diversity and inclusion campus-wide, and funds needed investments to support the day-to-day operations of the House." An opponent, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., said the bill's nearly 13-percent increase in spending was problematic, and "at a time of record high deficits and debt, we need, I believe, a more measured fiscal response." The vote, on July 28, was 215 yeas to 207 nays.

NAYS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 6: STATE DEPARTMENT: The House has passed the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (H.R. 4373), sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., to fund the State Department and other diplomatic and foreign relations programs for fiscal 2022. Lee said the bill aimed at "eliminating extreme poverty, achieving an AIDS-free generation, and supporting efforts to build inclusive, equitable, and accountable societies for everyone." A bill opponent, Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said its 12-percent increase in spending over 2021 levels was excessive, and Rogers also criticized policy provisions such as funding for abortion and not conditioning funding of the United Nations and World Health Organization on reforms at those places. The vote, on July 28, was 217 yeas to 212 nays.

NAYS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 7: LABOR, HEALTH, EDUCATION: The House has passed the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4502), sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. The bill would provide fiscal 2022 funding for the Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education Departments. DeLauro said: "With investments in education, nutrition assistance, and rural and underserved communities, we are providing every American the resources they need." An opponent, Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, criticized the bill's funding of abortion, reversal of recent gains in U.S. energy independence, and generally excessive increase in spending. The vote, on July 29, was 219 yeas to 208 nays.

NAYS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 8: AFGHANISTAN AND CAPITOL RIOT RESPONSE: The House has passed the Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 3237), sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. The bill would spend about $2 billion in fiscal 2021 on various measures to increase security at the Capitol building following the January 6 riot, as well as actions related to the U.S. military leaving Afghanistan. DeLauro said: "In those harrowing moments of January 6, the men and women of the Capitol Police protected us. They said yes. Now, we must protect them." The vote, on July 29, was 416 yeas to 11 nays.

YEAS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

House Vote 9: MEMORIALIZING 9/11 ATTACKS: The House has passed a bill (H.R. 2278), sponsored by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., to designate the September 11th National Memorial Trail Route, which would be a National Park Service tour route linking the three sites of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in Pennsylvania, New York City, and Arlington, Va. Connolly said: "The trail provides trail-goers with a chance to reflect and learn about our nation's resilience and perseverance following that dreadful day." The vote, on July 29, was unanimous with 423 yeas.

YEAS: Mullin R-OK (2nd)

SENATE VOTES:

Senate Vote 1: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Todd Kim to serve as an assistant attorney general, heading the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Justice Department. Kim has been a lawyer in the Division, a private practice attorney, and solicitor general for Washington, D.C. A supporter, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he "will bring back integrity, expertise, and a renewed commitment to enforcing our nation's environmental and natural resources law." The vote, on July 27, was 58 yeas to 41 nays.

NAYS: Inhofe R-OK, Lankford R-OK

Senate Vote 2: LABOR BOARD MEMBER: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Gwynne Wilcox to serve on the National Labor Relations Board for a five-year term ending in summer 2023. A supporter, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Wilcox's "experience as a field attorney for the NLRB, as a lawyer representing workers before the Board, and defending healthcare workers and protecting their rights makes clear that she has the right qualifications and values for this job." The vote, on July 28, was 52 yeas to 47 nays.

NAYS: Inhofe R-OK, Lankford R-OK

Senate Vote 3: SECOND LABOR BOARD MEMBER: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of David Prouty to serve on the National Labor Relations Board for a five-year term ending in summer 2026. Prouty, currently general counsel for a branch of the Service Employee International Union, was previously a main lawyer for the Major League Baseball Players Association. A supporter, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Prouty had "spent a lifetime defending the rights of organized labor across the country." The vote, on July 28, was 53 yeas to 46 nays.

NAYS: Inhofe R-OK, Lankford R-OK

Senate Vote 4: INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING: The Senate has passed a motion to begin consideration of the Invest in America Act (H.R. 3684), sponsored by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore. The bill would authorize through fiscal 2026 $715 billion of spending on drinking water and wastewater programs and various Transportation Department programs, including new mass transit and climate change programs at the agency. The vote to consider the bill, on July 28, was 67 yeas to 32 nays.

NAYS: Inhofe R-OK, Lankford R-OK

Senate Vote 5: AFGHANISTAN AND CAPITOL RIOT RESPONSE: The Senate has passed the Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 3237). A supporter, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., called the bill a response "to immediate security needs, the urgently needed funding to safeguard the Capitol, ensure National Guard readiness, and protect our allies in Afghanistan." The vote, on July 29, was unanimous with 98 yeas.

YEAS: Inhofe R-OK, Lankford R-OK

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