Roll Call: Week of June 26

Here’s last week’s roll call, courtesy of GoErie.com. GT remains thoroughly uninterested in President Trump’s tax returns.

WASHINGTON — Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending June 23. In the week of June 26, the Senate will debate a bill that partially replaces the Affordable Care Act, while the House schedule was to be announced.

Forest fires, environmental rules: Voting 300 for and 118 against, the House on June 21 passed a bill (HR 1873) that would waive environmental rules to speed the removal of dead trees and combustible vegetation adjacent to power lines in utility rights of way on federal land. Backers called the bill an important fire-prevention measure on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management property. But foes said its loose definition of land “adjacent” to power lines would lead to clear-cutting in the name of fire prevention. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist.: Yes.

Water projects, environmental rules: Voting 233 for and 180 against, the House on June 22 passed a bill (HR 1654) that would ease environmental rules in order to give state and local authorities more freedom to build dams and reservoirs on federal land in western states. The Bureau of Reclamation would be put in charge of a “one-stop shop” permitting process created by the bill to expedite projects on Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture land. Also under the bill, scientific data used by federal agencies to underpin environmental rulings would have to be publicly disclosed. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Thompson: Yes.

Protection of commercial fisheries: Voting 179 for and 232 against, the House on June 22 defeated an amendment that sought to prevent HR 1654 (above) from expediting any water project on federal land that is likely to diminish fish populations essential to the economic survival of commercial fisheries. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

Thompson: No.

GOP tax overhaul, Trump returns: Voting 227 for and 188 against, the House on June 21 blocked a Democratic bid for floor debate on a measure delaying the GOP’s planned overhaul of the tax code until after President Trump has released his personal returns for 2006-2015 and business returns or return information for the 500-plus companies worldwide that he either controls or serves in an official capacity. A yes vote opposed floor debate on whether to compel business and personal tax disclosures by Trump.

Thompson: Yes.

Wage subsidies for welfare recipients: Voting 377 for and 34 against, the House on June 23 passed a bill (HR 2842) that would allocate $100 million over one year for subsidizing up to half the wages of welfare recipients hired by companies and other employers for work-training and apprenticeship programs. States would administer the venture within the federally funded welfare program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Thompson: Yes.

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