Here’s how Washington state’s U.S. senators voted on major issues in the week ending Jan. 22. The House was in recess.

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Here’s how Washington state’s U.S. senators voted on major issues in the week ending Jan. 22. The House was in recess.

Iraqi, Syrian refugee screening

The Senate on Jan. 20 failed, 55-43, to reach 60 votes to advance a bill (HR 4038) that would require the heads of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence agencies to OK all refugee applicants from Iraq and Syria. This would add layers to the existing two-year-long process that requires clearances by seven departments and agencies.

A yes vote was to advance the bill to full debate.

Voting no: Maria Cantwell, D; Patty Murray, D

Clean Water Act, presidential veto

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Voting 52-40, the Senate on Jan. 21 failed to advance to a direct vote that would seek to override President Obama’s veto of a bill related to the 1972 Clean Water Act. This ended a Republican bid (SJ Res 22) to kill an Environmental Protection Agency rule protecting waters upstream of navigable waters under the act.

A yes vote was in opposition to the EPA’s new headwaters rule.

Voting no: Cantwell, Murray

Federal Judge Wilhelmina Wright

By a vote of 58-36, the Senate on Jan. 19 confirmed Wilhelmina Marie Wright as a federal judge for the District of Minnesota. She was nominated nine months ago by President Obama. Wright, 52, has been a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2012, the first African-American woman to serve on that court. She previously served on lower courts in Minnesota and as a federal prosecutor there.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray

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