Votes in Congress by area representatives, senators, on abortion, gender bias, cabinet confirmations –

Washington • St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of Jan. 23-27. The votes and descriptions are compiled by Voterama in Congress, a legislative tracking organization.


Abortions, Affordable Care Act • The House on Jan. 24 voted, 238-183, to prohibit taxpayer-subsidized insurance in Affordable Care Act marketplaces from covering abortions. A yes vote was to pass HR 7 over arguments that policyholders already pay the share of their premium applicable to reproductive care. The bill could face a Democratic-led filibuster in the Senate.

Yes • Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro; Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin; John Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville; Jason Smith, R-Cape Girardeau.

No •– William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis.

Gender Bias, Affordable Care Act • The House on Jan. 24 defeated, 187-235, a Democratic bid to ensure that HR 7 (above) would not result in women paying higher premiums than men for the same coverage under the Affordable Care Act or any replacement law. A yes vote backed the Democratic motion.

Yes • Clay.

No • Shimkus, Davis, Luetkemeyer, Wagner, Smith, Bost.

Donald Trump’s Tax Returns • The House on Jan. 24 blocked, 233-187, a parliamentary move by Democrats aimed at forcing floor debate on a bill now in committee that would require presidents and presidential candidates to release their tax returns for the preceding three years. A yes vote was to quash a Democratic bid for disclosure of President Donald Trump’s tax returns. (HR 7)

Yes • Wagner, Smith, Bost, Davis, Shimkus, Luetkemeyer.

No •  Clay.


Mike Pompeo, CIA Director • The Senate on Jan. 23 confirmed, 66-32, Mike Pompeo, 53, a GOP congressman from Kansas, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A yes vote backed Pompeo over Democratic questions about where he stands on torture, data collections on U.S. citizens, Guantanamo Bay and other post-9/11 security issues.

Yes • Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

No • Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

Nikki Haley, U.N. Ambassador • The Senate on Jan. 24 confirmed, 96-4, Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, 45, had been governor of South Carolina. A yes vote backed Haley over Democratic charges that she lacks international experience and does not grasp foreign affairs beyond the level of GOP talking points.

Yes • Blunt, Durbin, Duckworth, McCaskill.

Key Votes Ahead

In the week of Jan. 30, the Senate will conduct confirmation votes on Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson and other Trump Administration cabinet picks. The House schedule was to be announced.


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