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WASHINGTON — Here’s how Washington state’s 12 members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Aug. 1. Congress has now begun its five-week summer recess.

House

Endangered Species Act

By a vote of 233 for and 190 against, the House on July 29 passed a Republican-drafted bill (HR 4315) requiring the Department of the Interior to publish online the scientific basis of all new “endangered species” and “threatened species” designations under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bill also requires the department to treat data from state, local and tribal governments as “best available science” in making decisions on species protection. In addition, the bill puts a $125-per-hour cap on government payments of “prevailing attorney fees” in litigation challenging endangered-species designations.

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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

Dispute over findings

Voting 204 to 215, the House on July 29 refused to strip HR 4315 (above) of a requirement that Endangered Species Act administrators accept data submitted by state, local and tribal governments as the “best available scientific and commercial data” even if it has not been subjected to peer review. In the scientific community, peer review is a discipline in which new research is not accepted as valid until it is evaluated by other experts in the same field.

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

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

Veterans’ health care

By a vote of 420 for and five against, the house on July 30 adopted the conference report on a bipartisan bill (HR 3230) appropriating $17 billion to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) improve its medical services and rebound from a scandal that involved lengthy waits for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, falsification of records to give the appearance of prompt care, payment of unwarranted bonuses to managers who covered up problems, and the apparently forced resignation of Eric Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs.

Voting yes: DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, McDermott, Smith, Heck, Herrera Beutler, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert

Lawsuit against Obama

On a nearly party-line vote of 225 to 201, members on July 30 authorized a Republican-drafted, House of Representatives lawsuit against President Obama on grounds that he overstepped his constitutional powers by acting on his own to delay the start of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate from Jan. 1, 2014, To Jan. 1, 2015, or later. The measure (HR 676) did not need Senate concurrence and took effect immediately. All but five of the 230 Republicans who voted supported the resolution, and all 196 Democrats who voted opposed the measure.

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

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

Pesticide regulation

Voting 267 to 161, the House on July 31 passed a bill (HR 935) that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring permits under the Clean Water Act for discharges into navigable waters of pesticides authorized for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act. Clean Water Act permits still would be required for discharges regulated by that law as municipal or industrial waste or stormwater.

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

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

Border Crisis funding

The House on Aug. 1 passed, 223-189, a bill to appropriate $694 million for dealing with a surge of illegal child immigrants from Central America across the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill funds temporary care for the refugees along with measures to speed their deportation and tighten the border. A yes vote was to send HR 5230 to the Senate, where it could be merged with other legislation.

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

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

Not voting: McDermott

‘Dreamers’ phaseout

The House on Aug. 1 voted, 216- 192, to phase out the administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which individuals brought illegally to the U.S. as children and who see America as their home — so-called “dreamers” — can qualify for work permits and temporary protection from deportation. A yes vote was to send HR 5272 to the Senate, where it is likely to die.

Voting yes: Herrera Beutler, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers

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

Not voting: McDermott

Senate

Highway Trust Fund

By a vote of 79 for and 18 against, the Senate on July 29 sent back to the House a bill (HR 5021) to add $8.1 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to finance road, bridge and mass-transit construction through Dec. 19. That ending date would provide an incentive for Congress to agree on a more permanent means of adequately funding highway and transit infrastructure as part of a multiyear transportation bill that is on the table. The short-term funding bill would pay for itself with provisions including an improvement in Internal Revenue Service collections of unpaid taxes. The House version of HR 5021 would finance the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015, enabling the current Congress to avoid action on permanent funding. The highway fund is projected to run dry in August.

Voting yes: Maria Cantwell, D; Patty Murray, D

State control of highway funds

By a vote of 28 for and 69 against, the Senate on July 29 defeated an amendment to HR 5021 (above) that would devolve all federal highway and mass-transit programs except the Interstate Highway System to the states over five years. Under the amendment, the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon would be reduced to 3.7 cents by 2019. By then, states and localities would be in charge of managing and funding their transportation networks other than interstate highways.

Voting no: Cantwell, Murray

Veterans’ health care

Voting 91 to 3, the Senate on July 31 adopted the conference report on a bill (HR 3230, above) to appropriate $17 billion for improvement of veterans’ medical care.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray

Border crisis funding

Voting 50 to 44, the Senate on July 31 failed to reach the 60 votes needed to advance a bill (S 2648) providing emergency appropriations to help agencies deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America who have illegally entered the U.S. The bill would appropriate $2.7 billion, mainly for border security and resources to care for the children while immigration judges determine whether they qualify for asylum or refugee status or face deportation.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray

Highway Trust Fund revisited

By a vote of 81 for and 13 against, the Senate on July 31 withdrew its amendments to the House version of the Highway Trust Fund, HR 5021 (above), after the House refused a vote to reconsider, and the measure was sent to the president.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray