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

HOUSE VOTES:

COMMERCE AND DIPLOMACY: The House has passed the Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act (H.R. 1704), sponsored by Rep. Michael T. McCaul, R-Texas. The bill would establish an Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Matters at the State Department, and state that a principal duty of U.S. diplomatic missions to foreign countries is the promotion of U.S. economic and commercial interests in foreign lands. McCaul said of the need for economic diplomacy: "If America does not step up its economic engagement in the world, this vacuum will be filled by others, with a potentially devastating impact on American national security." The vote, on May 7, was 400 yeas to 16 nays.
YEAS: Steil R-WI (1st)



INFORMATION ABOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: The House has passed the Orange Book Transparency Act (H.R. 1503), sponsored by Rep. Robin L. Kelly, D-Ill., to update the Food and Drug Administration's Orange Book of information resources regarding prescription drugs and generic drugs, including patent expirations and the availability of generics. Kelly said that by improving the Orange Book, the bill "will more efficiently achieve lowered costs and higher quality life-saving medicines for consumers. It will enhance market competition by getting generic drugs to market more rapidly." The vote, on May 8, was unanimous with 422 yeas.
YEAS: Steil R-WI (1st)



SUPPORT FOR TAIWAN: The House has passed a resolution (H. Res. 2733), sponsored by Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., to reaffirm the United States' commitment to Taiwan and the implementation of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. A supporter, Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J., said that given China's continued threat to Taiwan's democracy, the resolution's statement of support for Taiwan was a timely way to show "our shared commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law." The vote, on May 7, was unanimous with 414 yeas.
YEAS: Steil R-WI (1st)



PREEXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS: The House has passed the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act (H.R. 986), sponsored by Rep. Ann M. Kuster, D-N.H. The bill would void regulatory guidance issued last October that would change the health care reform (Obamacare) law's criteria for granting waivers exempting states from insurance standards to include short-term, limited-duration insurance and association health plans as acceptable coverage. Kuster said the guidance encouraged states "to promote junk health plans through these waivers in order to circumvent essential health benefits and protections for preexisting conditions." A bill opponent, Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., said the waivers maintained "important protections for patients with preexisting conditions" and held the promise of improving health care by promoting choice and competition. The vote, on May 9, was 230 yeas to 183 nays.
NAYS: Steil R-WI (1st)

Along with roll call votes this week, the House also passed the Taiwan Assurance Act (H.R. 2002), to foster security in Taiwan; and the Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act (H.R. 1328), to establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth.



SENATE VOTES:


APPEALS COURT JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Joseph F. Bianco to serve as a judge on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Bianco, a judge on the U.S. district court for the eastern district of New York since 2006, was previously an assistant U.S. attorney and deputy assistant attorney general. The vote, on May 8, was 54 yeas to 42 nays.
YEAS: Johnson R-WI
NAYS: Baldwin D-WI


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Kimberly A. Reed to serve as president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank for a term ending in January 2021. Reed, formerly the president of the International Food Information Council Foundation, also ran a community development financing fund at the Treasury Department and was a counsel to several House committees from 1997 to 2004. A supporter, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said that if confirmed to head the Export-Import Bank, Reed would support "strong standards of conduct, increased transparency, sound risk management practices, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse." The vote, on May 8, was 79 yeas to 17 nays.
YEAS: Johnson R-WI, Baldwin D-WI



EXPORT-IMPORT BANK BOARD: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Spencer Bachus III to serve as a board member on the U.S. Export-Import Bank for a term ending in January 2023. Bachus was a House member representing an Alabama district from 1993 to 2015. A supporter, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said Bachus was "a pragmatic conservative and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to promoting economic opportunity." The vote, on May 8, was 72 yeas to 22 nays.
YEAS: Johnson R-WI, Baldwin D-WI



EXPORT-IMPORT BANK BOARD: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Judith DelZoppo Pryor to serve as a board member on the U.S. Export-Import Bank for a term ending in January 2021. Pryor was the vice president of external affairs at the federal government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 2010 to 2017, and previously was an executive at various technology and other international businesses. A supporter, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said Pryor had shown "a commitment to particularly help raise awareness of the Export-Import Bank's financing products for small businesses and community banks." The vote, on May 8, was 77 yeas to 19 nays.
YEAS: Johnson R-WI, Baldwin D-WI



EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CHAIR: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Janet Dhillon to serve as chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term ending in mid-2022. Dhillon has been a general counsel for Burlington Stores, JC Penney, and US Airways in the past 13 years. An opponent, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said Dhillon's time representing the interests of large corporations raised fears that if confirmed, she "will put the interests of corporations over those of employees." The vote, on May 8, was 50 yeas to 43 nays.
YEAS: Johnson R-WI
NAYS: Baldwin D-WI



SECOND APPEALS COURT JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Michael H. Park to serve as a judge on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Park has been variously a private practice lawyer in New York City, Justice Department lawyer, and clerk for current Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito over the past 18 years. The vote, on May 9, was 52 yeas to 41 nays.
YEAS: Johnson R-WI
NAYS: Baldwin D-WI

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