Here’s this week’s roll call, courtesy of GoErie.com. It was, in my view, a pretty dismal week for GT. He voted against mandatory paid medical leave, against safety protections for pesticide discharges, and (shocking) against disclosure of campaign contributions by pesticide firms. He also missed a vote relating to President Trump’s tax returns, for reasons that are not yet clear to me.
WASHINGTON — Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending May 26. Congress is in Memorial Day recess until the week of June 5.
Mandatory paid medical leave: Voting 231 for and 188 against, the House on May 24 blocked a Democratic bid to force floor consideration of a bill (HR 1516) now in committee that would require private-sector employers of 15 or more workers to award at least one hour of paid medical leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees could use the leave to meet their own medical needs or care for family members, among other purposes. The bill requires firms with fewer than 15 workers to provide at least 56 hours of unpaid medical leave per year. This vote occurred during debate on H Res 352. A yes vote opposed floor consideration of the bill.
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist.: Yes.
Deregulation of pesticide discharges: Voting 256 for and 165 against, the House on May 24 passed a GOP-drafted bill (HR 953) that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring permits under the Clean Water Act for discharges into waterways of pesticides that have been approved for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
Campaign contributions by pesticide firms: Voting 183 for and 230 against, the House on May 24 defeated a Democratic proposal that relief under HR 953 (above) not apply to discharges of pesticides manufactured or distributed by political contributors to the president or any federal official involved with regulation of the pesticide. A yes vote was to adopt the Democratic measure.
Child pornography: The House on May 25 passed, 368 for and 51 against, a bill (HR 1761) that would redefine “intent” in the federal child-exploitation statute in a way that makes it easier to prosecute producers of child pornography. The bill drew opposition on grounds it would weaken efforts to reform for mandatory-minimum sentencing. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
Sexual abuse in Olympic sports: The House on May 25 passed, 415 for and three against, a bill (HR 1973) that would require the governing boards of U.S. Olympic Committee affiliates to promptly report charges of sexual abuse of their athletes to law enforcement. The bill is a response to disclosures that groups such as USA Gymnastics ignored or failed to adequately address complaints by hundreds of underage girls and young women over 20 years of abuse by coaches, trainers and medical personnel. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
President Trump’s tax returns: Voting 225 for and 187 against, the House on May 24 blocked a Democratic attempt to force consideration of a resolution directing the Ways and Means Committee to use its authority under law to obtain from the Treasury copies of President Trump’s tax returns from 2006 through 2015, privately review the documents and then “report the information therein” to the full House. A yes vote opposed disclosure of the president’s tax returns.
Thompson: Did not vote.