Here’s this week’s roll call, courtesy of GoErie.com. As you’ll see, GT voted yes on more death sentences, and yes on warrantless arrests by probation officers; he voted no on an independent commission to investigate Russian meddling in our democracy, and no on disclosure of President Trump’s tax returns. Go figure.
WASHINGTON — Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending May 19. The Senate will debate Trump administration nominations in the week of May 22, while the House schedule was to be announced.
Death sentence expansion: Voting 271 for and 143 against, the House on May 18 passed a bill (HR 115) that would authorize federal courts deciding whether to impose the death penalty to treat as an “aggravating circumstance” the murder or attempted murder of nonfederal police or first responders. This would raise from 16 to 17 the number of aggravating factors upon which federal judges and juries can base capital-punishment decisions. A yes vote was to send the GOP-sponsored bill to the Senate.
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist.: Yes.
Warrantless arrests by probation officers: Voting 229 for and 177 against, the House on May 19 passed a GOP-sponsored bill (HR 1039) that would authorize federal probation officers to make on-the-spot arrests without warrants of hostile third parties they see as hampering their work with probationers. While backers called this an important protective measure, critics said it could violate constitutional safeguards against unreasonable searches and seizures. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
Russian election meddling: Voting 230 for and 189 against, the House on May 17 blocked a Democratic bid to force floor consideration of a bill (HR 356) now in committee that would create an independent commission for probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election by electronic means such as hacking and spreading false information. The bill has 197 Democratic sponsors along with Republican sponsors Walter Jones of North Carolina and Justin Amash of Michigan. A yes vote was to keep the bill in committee.
Disclosure of Donald Trump’s tax returns: Voting 226 for and 188 against, the House on May 18 blocked a parliamentary attempt by Democrats to force floor debate on a bill (HR 305) now in committee that would require President Trump and future presidential nominees to disclose their three most recent federal tax returns. A yes vote opposed floor consideration of the disclosure bill.