Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Key Local Members' Votes in Congress on Gun Violence, Trump Nominations

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Key Local Members' Votes in Congress on Gun Violence, Trump Nominations

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How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of Nov. 6-10.

HOUSE

Select House Committee on Gun Violence * The House on Nov. 7 blocked, 233-182, an attempt by Democrats to force floor debate on a measure (H Res 367) now in committee that would establish the Select Committee for Gun Violence Prevention comprised of six Republican and six Democratic members. Had Democrats prevailed on this vote during debate on H Res 607, they would have had an opportunity to bring the bill to the floor. A yes vote opposed floor debate on the gun measure.

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

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

Workplace liability for joint employers * Voting 242-181, the House on Nov. 7 passed a bill (HR 3441) that would change the National Labor Relations Board's "joint employer" standard in a way that lessens the rights of workers to file actions against employers. The standard comes into play when at least two businesses share control of workers, which occurs, for example, when companies outsource hiring to staffing agencies or use contract employees. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

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

No * Clay.

Expedited hydropower approvals * The House on Nov. 8 voted, 257-166, to name the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the lead agency for licensing hydropower projects. A yes vote was to pass HR 3043 over arguments it imperils state, local and tribal water rights and environmental protection.

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

No * Clay.

Deregulation of stock sales * The House on Nov. 9 voted, 232-188, to allow certain startups to sell relatively small sums of stock in private transactions free of Securities and Exchange Commission registration rules. Under the bill, firms would be exempt from registering securities if the aggregate amount of the private offering is less than $500,000 over 12 months and there are 35 or fewer purchasers, each of whom has a pre-existing relationship with the issuer. …

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