Scott and Rubio reject bill to fund government and help Ukraine


Here’s a look at how members of Congress in the region voted over the past week.

Along with recorded votes this week, the House also passed the Continuing Appropriations Act Extension Act (HJ Res. 75), providing for further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. .


Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Rick Scott

EXPENSES 2022: The Senate accepted the House amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 2471), sponsored by Rep. Hakeem S. Jeffries, DN.Y., which would fund discretionary federal and state military programs during the fiscal year 2022. One supporter, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., called the legislation “the strongest, boldest and most significant government funding package we’ve seen in a very long time.” The vote on March 10 was 68 yes to 31 no.

AGAINST: Scott R-FL, Rubio R-FL

Other votes

Senate Vote 1:

POSTAL SERVICE CHANGES: The Senate passed the Postal Service Reform Act (HR 3076), sponsored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, DN.Y. The bill would establish a health benefits program for Postal Service workers and retirees while ending the requirement that retirement health benefits be prepaid, and establish new budgeting and reporting requirements of service for the postal service. One supporter, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said the bill was intended to “give the Postal Service the tools it needs to succeed and fulfill its essential mission and hold the USPS accountable for improving performance”. One opponent, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said he failed to adequately improve Postal Service finances while shifting the cost of retiree health benefits to taxpayers. The vote on March 8 was 79 yes to 19 no.

AGAINST: Scott R-FL, Rubio R-FL

Senate Vote 2:

COMMERCIAL DIPLOMACY: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Maria L. Pagan as Deputy Trade Representative of the United States. Pagan, currently a lawyer in the Trade Representative Office, has served as a commercial lawyer for the federal government since the 1990s. One supporter, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Pagan “is an expert on a host of issues ranging from trade in services to government procurement, and she has argued several disputes before the WTO”. The vote on March 10 was 80 to 19 no.


FOR: Rubio R-FL

Senate Vote 3:

ALLOCATED EXPENSES: The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., to the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 2471), which would have prohibited the financing of expenditures allocated to individual appropriations at the request of a member of Congress. Braun said drafting the spending bill just before it was sent to Congress meant lawmakers didn’t have time to consider the proposed earmarked spending. An opponent of the amendment, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said details about the affected spending have been publicly available on the internet since summer 2021. The vote on March 10 was 35 yes versus 64 no.

FOR: Scott R-FL, Rubio R-FL


U.S. Representative Michael Waltz (R-St. Augustine) and U.S. Representative John Rutherford (R-Jacksonville)

House Vote 1:

HOMELAND SECURITY OVERSIGHT: The House passed the DHS Basic Training Accreditation Enhancement Act (HR 5616), sponsored by Rep. Val Butler Demings, D-Fla., to require the Department of Homeland Security to send reports on the accreditation status of its training programs to congressional oversight committees. Demings said tougher credentialing standards for new Homeland Security officers “would position them to effectively protect the American people, our homeland, and our institutions.” The vote on March 7 was 390 yes to 33 no.

FOR: Rutherford R-FL (4th), Waltz R-FL (6th)

Voting 2:

CYBERSECURITY PARTNERSHIPS: The House passed the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act (S. 658), sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to partner with private nonprofit groups for efforts cybersecurity training. One supporter, Rep. John Katko, RN.Y., said the bill “will help provide important training, exercises, technical assistance and other resources to state and local governments, critical infrastructure and to industry partners. The vote on March 7 was 403 yes to 19 no.

FOR: Rutherford R-FL (4th), Waltz R-FL (6th)

Vote in Chamber 3:

TRIBAL BORDER AGENTS: The House passed the Shadow Wolves Improvement Act (HR 5681), sponsored by Rep. John Katko, R.N.Y., to reclassify a special unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (known under the name “Shadow Wolves”) working on Tohono O’ Odham Nation land in southern Arizona as special agents. Katko said the reclassification would improve Shadow Wolves pay and allow for the recruitment of new tribal members into the special unit. The vote on March 8 was 387 yes to 33 no.

DON’T VOTE: Rutherford R-FL (4th)

FOR: R-FL Waltz (6th)

Voting 4:

BLACK COLLEGES: The House passed a resolution (H. Con. Res. 70), sponsored by Rep. Alma S. Adams, DN.C., condemning violence against historically black colleges and universities. Adams called the resolution a necessary response to “recent despicable and cowardly bomb threats against more than 30 historically black colleges and universities.” The vote on March 8 was unanimous with 418 yeses.

DON’T VOTE: Rutherford R-FL (4th)

FOR: R-FL Waltz (6th)

Vote 5:

MILITARY AND SECURITY EXPENSES: The House passed an amendment to a bill (HR 2471), sponsored by Rep. Hakeem S. Jeffries, DN.Y., to fund the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and military and defense programs. national security associates during fiscal year 2022. A supporter, Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, said the spending “provides our military and troops with desperately needed resources” and “also ensures the safety and security of the American people by increasing overall funding for Homeland Security.” 11 percent.” The vote on March 9 was 361 yes to 69 no.

FOR: Rutherford R-FL (4th), Waltz R-FL (6th)

House Vote 6:

DOMESTIC EXPENSES: The House passed an amendment to a bill (HR 2471), sponsored by Rep. Hakeem S. Jeffries, DN.Y., that would fund federal national discretionary programs in fiscal year 2022, including an increase to 11.8% of the financing of the legislative power. and an overall 6.7% increase in funding for non-defence programs. One supporter, Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, DN.Y., called the fundraising an effort to “show how hard government can work again for working people and to achieve the betterment of humanity.” One opponent, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said he increased irresponsible spending while failing to address the border security issue with Mexico. The vote on March 9 was 260 yes to 171 no.

FOR: Rutherford R-FL (4th)

AGAINST: Waltz R-FL (6th)

House Vote 7:

RUSSIAN ENERGY IMPORT: The House passed the Energy Imports from Russia Suspension Act (HR 6968), sponsored by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, to ban imports from Russia of natural gas, oil and petroleum products and other energy resources. Doggett said: “To take the energy out of Putin’s brutal onslaught, we’re putting the energy on our sanctions list. It may cost more to fill your tank, but we have to work to stop Putin’s tanks from getting out of hand. ‘crush families and freedom.’ One opponent, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said, “There’s no way I can vote to trade Putin’s oil for the oil of another tyrant who wants to destroy America.” The vote on March 9 was 414 yes to 17 no.

FOR: Rutherford R-FL (4th), Waltz R-FL (6th)


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