WASHINGTON —Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
Along with roll call votes this week, the House also, early on Jan. 7, chose its speaker for the 118th Congress. The vote was 216 for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, 212 for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and 6 voting present.
HOUSE RULES: The House has passed a resolution (H. Res. 5), sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., to adopt a set of rules governing the House in the 118th Congress. The rules include ending proxy voting for representatives, time requirements for legislation to be considered before coming to a floor vote, and measures to cut spending. Scalise said of the desirability of a new rules package: “The way that this House has been running for the last few years has not been designed to address the problems of the people across this country.” An opponent, Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., called the rules an attempt “to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, attack women’s access to abortion, make it easier for big oil companies to pollute, and interfere in ongoing criminal investigations into President Trump.” The vote, on Jan. 9, was 220 yeas to 213 nays.
NAYS: Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-3rd
CUTTING IRS FUNDING: The House has passed the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act (H.R. 23), sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., to cancel additional funding for the Internal Revenue Service that was included in last year’s Inflation Reduction Act. Smith called the IRS “an out-of-control agency that is perhaps most in need of reform” rather than expanded funding to conduct more audits of middle-class families. An opponent, Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., said the cut, by decreasing tax collections from the wealthy, “is bad for middle-class families, it is bad for small businesses, who are then asked to pay more when the people at the top don’t pay their fair share.” The vote, on Jan. 9, was 221 yeas to 210 nays.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON CHINA: The House has passed a resolution (H. Res. 11), sponsored by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to create a House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party. The select committee would investigate technological and military competition with China, and offer policy recommendations on the matter. McCarthy called the threat posed by China “an issue that transcends our political parties, and creating the select committee on China is our best avenue for addressing it.” An opponent, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said he feared the committee would be “a platform to unleash anti-Asian hate and division.” The vote, on Jan. 10, was 365 yeas to 65 nays.
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