|for the record|
|The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.|
|Subjects:||Antitrust; Disaster relief; Attorneys general; Tax credits; Arrest warrants|
|Date:||Oct 5, 2017|
HouseAviation funding, hurricane tax relief
For: 264 / Against: 155The House passed a catchall bill (H.R. 3823) that would fund federal aviation programs through March, make temporary changes in the tax code to benefit victims of recent hurricanes and extend several specialized medical programs. The bill also would expand the private sector's role in the taxpayer-subsidized National Flood Insurance Program, a residential market private firms historically have shunned as too risky. The tax changes would enable storm victims to use retirement savings for home repairs without having to pay early-withdrawal penalties; provide employers with payroll tax credits to spur hiring in devastated areas; lift caps on charitable deductions to recovery organizations; increase deductions for property repairs; and loosen the rules for child tax credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit for hurricane victims. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
Relief for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
For: 188 / Against: 227The House defeated a motion by Democrats to add unspecified disaster aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to H.R. 3823 (above). That would be in addition to the bill's temporary tax breaks to help those American territories recover from recent hurricanes. Although President Trump has not sent Congress a request for Hurricane Maria disaster aid, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is using funds already in the pipeline to help Puerto Rico recover from the Category 4 storm that devastated the island Sept. 20. A yes vote was to expand the bill to include disaster aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Renewal of home visitation program
For: 214 / Against: 209The House passed a GOP-written bill (H.R. 2824) that would extend the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program through fiscal 2022 on a budget of $400 million per year. The bill drew criticism over a new requirement that jurisdictions, including Indian tribes, provide matching funds if they wish to participate. Under the program, social workers, nurses and educators regularly visit the households of young parents in at-risk communities, helping them to promote the healthy development of their children in a settled home environment, with an emphasis on laying the groundwork for success in school.
Denial of Supplemental Security Income
For: 244 / Against: 171The House passed a GOP-written bill (H.R. 2792) that would require the Social Security Administration to withhold Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments from those who are subject to an active arrest warrant for alleged felonies or parole or probation violations. That would go beyond an existing policy that withholds payments to SSI recipients who are actively fleeing law enforcement. Savings resulting from the change would be used to offset some of the cost of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (H.R. 2824, above). SSI provides income support to tens of millions of impoverished Americans who are blind or severely disabled or at least 65 years of age, with total assets other than homes of less than $2,000. A yes vote was to pass the bill.
SenateAssistant treasury secretary confirmation
For: 87 / Against: 8The Senate confirmed Heath Tarbert, 41, as assistant secretary of the Treasury for international markets. He will head the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which monitors foreign transactions with U.S. companies to determine their impact on U.S. national security. A former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a Justice Department lawyer under President George W. Bush, Tarbert will leave a Washington law firm to join the administration. A yes vote was to confirm Tarbert.
Assistant attorney general confirmation
For: 73 / Against: 21The Senate confirmed Makan Delrahim, 47, as assistant attorney general for antitrust enforcement. He served in the Justice Department's antitrust division under President George W. Bush and also worked as a congressional aide and Washington-based attorney and lobbyist. A yes vote was to confirm Delrahim.
2017 Thomas Voting Reports
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