BY TARGETED NEWS SERVICE
Sunday, February 10, 2013
2/10/13 at 6:03 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. Funding pediatric re-search: The House has passed the National Pediatric Research Network Act (H.R. 225), sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. The bill would establish a National Pediatric Research Network to fund research into pediatric health conditions and rare diseases. Capps said the net-work "will improve research in clinical trials on pediatric dis-eases, train future pediatric researchers, and disseminate research findings quickly so that all children may benefit." The vote, Feb. 4, was 375 yeas to 27 nays.
Vote 2. Training pediatricians: The House has passed the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act (H.R. 297), sponsored by Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, R-Pa. The bill would reauthorize through 2017 a program for training graduate medical students in children's hospitals. Pitts said: "Far too many children in our nation already lack access to a pediatrician or doctor trained in a pediatric subspecialty. Without CHGME, we will once again be discouraging medical residents from choosing pediatrics." The vote, on Feb. 4, was 352 yeas to 50 nays.
Vote 3. Responsibility for the debt: The House has rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., to the Require a PLAN Act (H.R. 444). The amendment would have inserted a section into the bill's findings, stating that since President Barack Obama took office, Congress has allowed the debt to increase by almost $6 trillion, so that total debt is now greater than the U.S. economy. The vote, on Feb. 6, was 194 yeas to 228 nays.
Vote 4. Basis for a balanced budget: The House has rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., to the Require a PLAN Act (H.R. 444). The amendment would have stated that the deficit reduction proposal set forth by the Simpson-Bowles Commission should be the basis for achieving a balanced budget. The vote, on Feb. 6, was 75 yeas to 348 nays.
Vote 5. Proposing a balanced budget: The House has passed the Require a PLAN Act (H.R. 444), sponsored by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. The bill would require the president to propose a budget by April 1 that identifies a fiscal year in which a balanced budget will be achieved, if the president has not already proposed a fiscal 2014 budget that achieves balance in a future fiscal year. The vote, on Feb. 6, was 253 yeas to 167 nays.
JB: Jim Bridenstine (R)
TC: Tom Cole (R)
JL: James Lankford (R)
FL: Frank Lucas (R)
MM: Markwayne Mullin (R)
Vote 1. Violence Against Women act: The Senate has rejected the Republican substitute amendment, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (S. 47). The substitute amendment would have required annual audits of 10 percent of the groups that receive grants to prevent domestic violence, imposed a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated sexual assault, and imposed a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for fatal interstate domestic violence, without authorizing Indian tribal courts to have jurisdiction over alleged domestic violence cases involving non-Indians but taking place on tribal lands. The vote, on Feb. 7, was 34 yeas to 65 nays.
JI: Jim Inhofe (R)
TC: Tom Coburn (R)