Area Votes in Congress
GOP changes to Superfund law. Voting 225-188, the House on Thursday passed a GOP bill (HR 2279) to scale back the federal Superfund law by shifting some of its enforcement authority to states and easing requirements on companies to obtain insurance to pay for cleaning up their own toxic waste. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it is expected to die.
Voting yes: Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Pat Meehan (R., Pa.), Joseph R. Pitts (R., Pa.), and Jon Runyan (R., N.J.).
Democratic Superfund measure. Voting 188-225, the House on Thursday defeated a Democratic bid to prevent HR 2279 (above) from taking effect if it would result in the long-term exposure of vulnerable populations within five miles of waste sites to substances that contaminate drinking water or cause ailments "such as respiratory disease, cancer or reproductive disorders."
A yes vote backed the Democratic motion.
Voting yes: Andrews, Brady, Carney, Cartwright, Fattah, and Schwartz.
Voting no: Dent, Fitzpatrick, Gerlach, LoBiondo, Meehan, Pitts, Runyan, and Smith.
Health-care website security. Voting 291-122, the House on Friday passed a bill (HR 3811) requiring that the Department of Health and Human Services notify individuals within 48 hours if any of their personal information has been stolen by hackers into the Affordable Care Act enrollment website.
A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it is expected to die.
Voting yes: Carney, Cartwright, Dent, Fitzpatrick, Gerlach, LoBiondo, Meehan, Pitts, Runyan, Schwartz, and Smith.
Voting no: Andrews, Brady, and Fattah.
Extended jobless benefits. Voting 60-37, the Senate on Tuesday reached a three-fifths majority needed to advance a bill (S 1845) providing three additional months of checks for 1.3 million of the long-term jobless whose eligibility for extended unemployment benefits expired Dec. 28.
A yes vote was to advance the bill.
Voting yes: Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Thomas Carper (D., Del.), Bob Casey (D., Pa.), Chris Coons (D., Del.), and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.).
Voting no: Pat Toomey (R., Pa.).
Janet Yellen confirmation. The Senate on Monday confirmed, 56-26, Janet L. Yellen, 67, as the 15th chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100-year history. Yellen had been the central bank's vice chair, and before that she was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton and a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
A yes vote was to confirm Yellen to a four-year term as Fed chair, starting Feb. 1.
Voting yes: Booker, Carper, Casey, Coons, and Menendez.
Voting no: Toomey.
This week. The House will take up fiscal 2014 appropriations, while the Senate will debate 2014 appropriations, unemployment compensation and possibly a bill to delay premium increases for federally sponsored flood insurance.