Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis-Area Members of Congress Vote on Internet Taxes, Food Labeling, Gun-Violence Research

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis-Area Members of Congress Vote on Internet Taxes, Food Labeling, Gun-Violence Research

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How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of Feb. 8-12. The votes and descriptions are compiled by Voterama in Congress, a legislative tracking organization.

HOUSE

Check on Scientific Research * The House voted, 236-178, to require the National Science Foundation to justify how each research project it funds is "demonstrably" in the national interest. Critics saw the bill as a jab at climate-change research. A yes vote was to send HR 3293 to the Senate, where its prospects are uncertain.

Yes * Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin; Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, Ill.; Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill.; Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, Mo.; John Shimkus, R-Collinsville.

No * William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis.

Gun-Violence Research * The House refused, 177-241, to designate gun-violence research as a National Science Foundation priority, so that science could potentially help reduce gun deaths as it has done for smoking and highway mortality. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment to HR 3293 (above).

Yes * Clay.

No * Wagner, Davis, Luetkemeyer, Shimkus, Bost.

Treasury Report on Federal Debt * The House voted, 267-151, to require the next Treasury secretary to provide Congress with a detailed report on the national debt. The secretary's congressional testimony is due 21 to 60 days before the current debt limit is expected to be reached in March 2017. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it appears likely to fail.

Yes * Davis, Bost, Luetkemeyer, Wagner, Shimkus.

No * Clay.

Wages, Wealth, Income Inequality * Voting 171-245, the House rejected a Democratic-sponsored amendment that sought to broaden the Treasury secretary's required report on federal debt (HR 3442, above) to also cover wage and salary disparities, consumer spending and the effect of spending cuts on economic growth. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

Yes * Clay. …

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