BY TARGETED NEWS SERVICE
Sunday, November 18, 2012
11/18/12 at 4:45 AM
WASHINGTON - Here is how Oklahoma's members of the House of Representatives and Senate voted on key bills and amendments last week. A "Y" means the member voted for the measure; an "N" means the member voted against the measure; a "?" means the member did not vote.
Vote 1: Paying federal contract workers: The House has passed the Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act (H.R. 6371), sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. The bill would transfer the responsibility for processing payment claims by workers at federal construction contractors from the General Accountability Office to the Department of Labor. The vote on Tuesday was 361 yeas to 3 nays.
Vote 2: Mark Twain coins: The House has agreed to the Senate amendments to the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2453), sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo. The bill would direct the Treasury Secretary to mint $5 gold coins and $1 silver coins to commemorate Mark Twain, with proceeds to be used to fund projects related to Mark Twain and his legacy. The vote on Thursday was 370 yeas to 19 nays.
DB: Dan Boren (D)
TC: Tom Cole (R)
JL: James Lankford (R)
FL: Frank Lucas (R)
JS: John Sullivan (R)
Vote 1: Hunting, fishing on federal lands: The Senate has approved a motion to consider the Sportsmen's Act (S. 3525), sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. The bill would expand access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing, and promote the conservation of land and wildlife. The vote on Tuesday was 92 yeas to 5 nays.
Vote 2: Cybersecurity: The Senate has rejected a motion to close debate on the Cybersecurity Act (S. 3414), sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, ID-Conn. The bill would have established voluntary measures for promoting cybersecurity in critical infrastructure industries, established a National Cybersecurity Council to coordinate and organize cybersecurity efforts, and established a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications. Lieberman said the bill would protect America from cyber attack, the most serious threat to national security and the economy, by helping "create and improve our defenses before a catastrophic cyber attack occurs." An opponent, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, criticized the bill for giving the Department of Homeland Security chief responsibility for cybersecurity in light of Homeland Security's previous management failings, as well as for restricting the sharing of information on cyber threats. The vote on Wednesday was 51 yeas to 47 nays, with a three-fifths majority required to close debate.
Vote 3: Sportsmen's Act: The Senate has approved cloture of debate on the Sportsmen's Act (S. 3525), sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. The bill would expand access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing, and promote conservation. The vote on Thursday was 84 yeas to 12 nays, with a three-fifths majority required to close debate.
JI: Jim Inhofe (R)
TC: Tom Coburn (R)