How Washington state’s members of the U.S. House voted in the week ending Jan. 8. The Senate took no record votes in the week.
WASHINGTON — Here’s how Washington state’s U.S. House members voted on major issues in the week ending Jan. 8. The Senate conducted no record votes last week.
Repeal of Affordable Care Act
By a vote of 240 for and 181 against, the House on Jan. 6 gave final congressional approval to a Republican bill (HR 3762) that would repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act while defunding the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for one year. The bill would effectively kill the 2010 health law by eliminating tax penalties necessary to enforce its individual and employer mandates and repealing taxes on medical-device manufacturers and high-priced “Cadillac” health plans that yield revenue to fund the law.
Voting yes: Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas; Dan Newhouse, 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
Commission on federal regulations
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Voting 245 to 174, the House on Jan. 7 passed a bill (HR 1155) that would establish a commission with a $6 million annual budget and subpoena power to review federal regulations and target for repeal those judged to be outdated and overly costly to the economy. The bill’s cost-benefit analyses would measure the economic impact of federal rules on companies but not the cost to the public if a rule were to be repealed. Also under the bill, agencies could not adopt a new regulations without repealing existing ones to offset the cost. The executive branch issues several hundred new regulations each year to implement laws passed by Congress.
Voting yes: Herrera Beutler, Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert
Voting no: DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, McDermott, Heck
Not voting: Smith
By a vote of 173 for and 245 against, the House on Jan. 7 defeated an amendment to prohibit HR 1155 (above) from authorizing the repeal of any Food and Drug Administration regulation designed to ensure food safety in the United States.
Voting yes: DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, McDermott, Heck
Voting no: Herrera Beutler, Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert
Not voting: Smith