Legislative Roll Call (June 24 -June 28)

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Legislative Roll Call (June 24 -June 28)


Evansville Courier & Press, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending June 28.

HOUSE

OIL DRILLING, FINANCIAL RULES: Voting 256 for and 171 against, the House on June 27 passed a Republican bill (HR 1613) to implement a Gulf of Mexico deepwater-drilling treaty in a way that would exempt U.S. oil companies from transparency rules in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law. Those rules require companies to disclose publicly how much they pay the U.S. government or foreign governments for rights to extract oil, gas and minerals. They are included in a pact signed by the U.S. and Mexico in February 2012 to open 1.5 million acres spanning their nautical boundary in the western gulf to energy development. Sponsors of this bill said the rules could put U.S. oil firms at a disadvantage in their bidding for leases under the treaty, while opponents noted that Pemex, Mexico's state-owned oil company, will be subject to the same disclosure requirements.

INDIANA

Voting yes:Jackie Walorski, R-2, Marlin Stutzman, R-3, Todd Rokita, R-4, Susan Brooks, R-5, Luke Messer, R-6, Larry Bucshon, R- 8, Todd Young, R-9 Voting no: Peter Visclosky, D-1, Andre Carson, D- 7

KENTUCKY

Voting yes: Ed Whitfield, R-1, Brett Guthrie, R-2, Thomas Massie, R-4, Harold Rogers, R-5, Andy Barr, R-6 Voting no: John Yarmuth, D- 3

ILLINOIS

Voting yes: Dan Lipinski, D-3, Peter Roskam, R-6, Rodney Davis, R-13, Randy Hultgren, R-14, Adam Kinzinger, R-16, Cheri Bustos, D- 17, Aaron Schock, R-18, John Shimkus, R-19 Voting no: Bobby Rush, D- 1

Robin Kelly, D-2, Mike Quigley, D-5, Danny Davis, D-7, Tammy Duckworth, D-8, Jan Schakowsky, D-9, Brad Schneider, D-10, Bill Foster, D-11, Bill Enyart, D-12

BP OIL-SPILL LESSONS

Voting 194 for and 232 against, the House on June 27 defeated a bid to ensure that safety lessons from the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 are applied to deepwater drilling in the western gulf that occurs under HR 1613 (above). This motion by Democrats also sought to require companies responsible for spills to pay all cleanup costs. The U.S.-Mexico treaty at the heat of the bill allows each nation to answer to its own environmental and safety laws. Some U.S. regulations already have been toughened in response to BP's spill of nearly five million barrels of oil into the gulf over 87 days three years ago, the largest environmental disaster in U. …

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