WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

Along with roll call votes last week, the Senate also passed the BUILD Act (S. 1479), to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act to modify provisions relating to grants; and passed the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766), to direct the president to establish guidelines for covered U.S. foreign assistance programs.

There were no key votes in the House this week.


Senate Vote 1

NEBRASKA DISTRICT JUDGE: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Nebraska district. A supporter, Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., praised Rossiter’s experience with diverse legal issues as a private practice lawyer in the state, and said “his outstanding intellect, skill, and judgment” would serve the Nebraska court well. The vote, on June 27, was unanimous with 90 yeas.

YEAS: Susan Collins, R-Maine; Angus King, I-Maine

Senate Vote 2

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VA, ZIKA FUNDING BILL: The Senate has rejected a cloture motion to end debate on the conference report with the House for the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 2577). The bill would provide $82.5 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction programs in fiscal 2017, and provide $1.1 billion to fund programs for responding to the Zika virus outbreak. A supporter of ending debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill was needed to deal with the impending public health crisis from Zika. An opponent, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the bill a bid “to use a real-life public health crisis to push the radical Republican agenda,” with insufficient funding for Zika programs, and reduced funding for Planned Parenthood and health care for veterans. The vote, on June 28, was 52 yeas to 48 nays, with a three-fifths majority required to end debate.

YEAS: Collins

NAYS: King

Senate Vote 3

OVERSIGHT BOARD FOR PUERTO RICO: The Senate has concurred in the House amendment to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (S. 2328). The bill would create an oversight board for managing Puerto Rico’s budget and debt and give the board powers that include approving the territory’s annual budgets and ordering spending reductions, and restructuring its debt. A supporter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the board and a planned audit of Puerto Rico’s budget would “bring desperately needed transparency and reform to Puerto Rico’s fiscal operations,” helping the territory put its finances in order and improving life for Puerto Ricans. A bill opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the board would take away Puerto Rico’s democratic rights by giving the board budgetary power, and cut funding for vital programs that alleviate the poverty of Puerto Rico’s elderly, sick, and child populations. The vote, on June 29, was 68 yeas to 30 nays.

YEAS: Collins, King

Senate Vote 4

GMO LABELING AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD: The Senate has agreed to a motion to consider the House message accompanying a bill (S. 764) that would bar states from adopting their own rules mandating labeling for food that contains genetically modified organisms. A motion opponent, Sen. Barbara A. Boxer, D-Calif., questioned whether the bill would also be used to stop federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The vote, on June 29, was 68 yeas to 29 nays.

YEAS: Collins, King