Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week (Nov. 26-Dec. 2):
Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act (HR 550) — Sponsored by Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), HR 550 requires the Health and Human Services Department to take measures to improve vaccination administration monitoring systems, including authorizing $400 million of grants to states for that purpose.” The vote passed on Nov. 30, 294-130.
Derek Kilmer (D-WA, Sixth) Yes
Future Uses of Technology Upholding Reliable and Enhanced Networks Act (HR 4045) — The House has passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Michael F. Doyle (D-Pa.) that would create the 6G Task Force at the Federal Communications Commission. The vote passed on Dec. 1, 394-27.
American Cybersecurity Literacy Act (HR 4055) — Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), this bill would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to adopt a cybersecurity literacy campaign to educate the general public of ways to reduce cybersecurity risks. The vote passed on Dec. 1, 408-17.
The House passed bill HR 4352 sponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), one that would override a 2009 Supreme Court ruling and allow the Interior Department to take land into trust on behalf of American Indian tribes regardless of when the tribes were recognized by the federal government. The vote passed on Dec. 1, 302-127.
Further Extending Government Funding Act (HR 6119) — Sponsored by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), this bill would extend appropriations for federal government programs through Feb. 18, 2022. The vote passed on Dec. 2, 221-212.
Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (HR 2930) — Sponsored by Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-N.M.) this legislation would bar the exportation of illegally acquired American Indian tribal materials. The vote passed on Dec. 2, 364-57.
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Brian Nelson to be the Treasury Department’s under secretary for terrorism and financial crimes. Nelson, a longtime official in California’s Justice Department whose assignments there included money laundering and transnational crime, is currently chief legal officer for the organizing committee for the 2028 summer Olympics. The vote passed on Dec. 2, 50-49.
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Yes
Patty Murray (D-WA) Yes
Further Extending Government Funding Act (HR 6119) — The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) that would have barred funding for enforcement of the Biden administration’s various federal government and private employer COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Marshall said: “No precedent exists in American history for punishing private employers who don’t enforce government vaccine edicts.” An amendment opponent, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the requirements among “the strongest tools we have to get people vaccinated, keep them safe, and end this pandemic once and for all.” The vote failed on Dec. 2, 48-50.
Further Extending Government Funding Act (HR 6119) — Sponsored by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), the Senate passed legislation to extend appropriations for federal government programs through Feb. 18, 2022. The vote passed on Dec. 2, 69-28.
Cantwell (D-WA) Yes
Murray (D-WA) Yes