Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Votes in Congress

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Votes in Congress

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Week of Sept. 23


Repeal of Medical Devices Tax * The House voted, 248-174, on Sunday to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that is projected to raise $3 billion annually in funding for the 2010 health law. The repeal was added to a GOP measure, later sent to the Senate, to fund the government between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. (HJ Res 59)

Yes * Wagner (R-Mo.), Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Smith (R-Mo.), Enyart, (D-Ill.), Shimkus (R-Ill.), Davis (R-Ill.)

No * Clay (D-Mo.)

Delay of Health Law * Members voted, 231-192, on Sunday to delay for one year, until 2015, parts of the Affordable Care Act such as the individual mandate that have not yet taken hold. A yes vote was to pass an amendment that also allows employers and insurers to refuse to cover items and procedures that conflict with their religious beliefs. (HJ Res 59)

Yes * Wagner (R-Mo.), Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Smith (R-Mo.), Shimkus (R-Ill.), Davis (R-Ill.).

No * Clay (D-Mo.), Enyart, (D-Ill.)

Uninterrupted Military Funding * The House passed, 423-0, on Sunday a bill to ensure that funding for salaries of uniformed and civilian military personnel and payments to military contractors would continue in the event of a government shutdown. A yes vote was to send HR 3210 to the Senate.

Yes * Clay (D-Mo.), Wagner (R-Mo.), Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Smith (R- Mo.), Enyart, (D-Ill.), Shimkus (R-Ill.), Davis (R-Ill.)

No * None.

Copper, Water Dispute * Members defeated, 191-217, a bid to protect local water quality and supplies in the event Resolution Copper Mining opens a mine in southeastern Arizona as a result of a land-swap bill (HR 351) that remained in House debate. A yes vote backed the measure over arguments that water issues will be fully addressed if the project goes forward.

Yes * Clay (D-Mo.), Enyart, (D-Ill.)

No * Wagner (R-Mo.), Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Smith (R-Mo.), Shimkus (R-Ill.), Davis (R-Ill.)

Federal Helium Reserve * Members passed, 367-0, a bill to avert the planned closure of the Federal Helium Reserve on Oct. …

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