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WASHINGTON — Here’s how the state’s members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Friday, May 17.


Dodd-Frank financial rules

By a vote of 235 for and 161 against, the House on Friday passed a bill (HR 1062) imposing time-consuming requirements on the Securities and Exchange Commission as it puts the 2010 financial-regulation law known as Dodd-Frank into effect. In part, the bill would require the SEC, an independent agency, to conduct cost-benefit analyses of Dodd- Frank’s impact on free-market forces such as capital formation and market liquidity. Dodd-Frank was enacted in response to the Wall Street meltdown in 2007 and the Great Recession that followed. The SEC has issued more than half of the 400-plus rules needed to implement the 2,300-page law.

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The bill also requires the SEC to conduct cost-benefit analyses every five years of every regulation it has issued on any subject since 1933. The bill provides no new funding to cover its projected cost of $26 million and addition of 20 SEC staff members.

Voting yes: Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas; Doc Hastings, R-Pasco; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane; Dave Reichert, R-Auburn

Voting no: Suzan DelBene, D-Medina; Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens; Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor; Jim McDermott, D-Seattle; Adam Smith, D-Bellevue; Denny Heck, D-Olympia

First responders, foreign takeovers

By a vote of 179 for and 217 against, the House on Friday defeated a Democratic bid to prevent HR 1062 (above) from reducing the Security and Exchange Commission’s ability to safeguard the pensions of first responders and teachers or protect U.S. companies from foreign takeovers.

Voting yes: DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, McDermott, Smith, Heck

Voting no: Herrera Beutler, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert

Cost-benefit analyses

Voting 165-233, the House on Friday defeated a Democratic bid to replace HR 1062 (above) with a nonbinding description of the multiple cost-benefit analyses that the Securities and Exchange Commission already is required to conduct in regulating the financial-services industry.

Voting yes: DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, McDermott, Smith, Heck

Voting no: Herrera Beutler, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert

2010 health-law repeal

By a vote of 229-195, the House on Thursday passed a GOP bill (HR 45) to repeal the sweeping health law enacted in 2010 and upheld last year by the Supreme Court. House Republicans now have conducted three votes to repeal the law and more than 30 to change it. The law is designed to provide more than 30 million legal U.S. residents with health insurance they did not have at the time of enactment. Some parts are already in operation, and the law’s two most expansive sections will take effect in 2014. They are an enlargement of Medicaid and the opening of exchanges — online marketplaces — in all states, where the uninsured can buy health policies at affordable rates.

Voting yes: Herrera Beutler, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert

Voting no: DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, McDermott, Smith, Heck


Corps of Engineers projects

By a vote of 83 for and 14 against, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill (S 601) overseeing nearly 700 Army Corps of Engineers water projects costing tens of billions of dollars that directly benefit every state. Now awaiting House action, the bill authorizes or reauthorizes projects for flood control, navigation, shoreline protection, environmental restoration, harbor maintenance, levee safety, wastewater treatment, and lock and dam upgrades. It authorizes $12.5 billion over 10 years for new projects on top of a backlog of unfinished projects budgeted at $60 billion.

The bill contains no earmarks; puts environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act on a fast track; expedites rules for Great Lakes harbor dredging; bolsters the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and allows premium increases to take effect for the National Flood Insurance Program.

Voting yes: Maria Cantwell, D

Not voting: Patty Murray, D

Medicare, Medicaid administration

By a vote of 91-7, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Marilyn B. Tavenner, 61, as chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency with jurisdiction over health care for one in three Americans. In addition to administering Medicare and Medicaid, the agency oversees the Children’s Heath Insurance Program and runs part of the 2010 health law. Tavenner had been acting director of the CMS, and before that she was a nurse, hospital administrator and the top health official for Virginia.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray

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