Highlights from the Week
On November 14, 2023, HR 6126 was tabled in the Senate in relation to the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024. The vote passed by a narrow margin of 51 to 48. The bill's intention was to table a motion in order of proceeding a bill which authorizes billions in fiscal year 2024 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD), and Department of State regarding the response to the Israel attacks. More specific components of the bill highlight replacing funding for defense articles provided to Israel, as well as The Foreign Military Financing Program. The bill was also previously passed in the House on November 2, 2023 by a vote of 226 to 196. To learn more about the bill, its tabling in the Senate, and how your Representatives voted, click here. To read a statement from President Pro Tempore, Senator Patty Murray of Washington, click here. To read a statement from Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas, click here. To read a statement from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, click here. Lastly, to read a statement from Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio, click here.
On November 13, 2023, the United States House of Representatives brought up a vote to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. By a vote of 209 to 201, the House voted to send back articles of impeachment to the House Homeland Security Committee. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia introduced the resolution, citing a “record number of illegal border crossings, an influx of drugs, and his ‘open border policies’” among other accusations. To read the resolution, as well as how your representatives voted, click here. To read a statement from Representative Greene, click here. To read a statement from Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, click here. To read a statement from Representative Darrell Issa of California, click here. To read a statement from Representative Cliff Bentz of Oregon, click here. To read a statement from Representative Shri Thanedar of Michigan, click here. Lastly, to read a statement from Representative Bill Pascrell of New Jersey, click here.
On November 14, 2023, the United States House of Representatives passed the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act of 2024. This bill, which was passed on a vote of 336 to 95, provides funding for the government until January 19, 2024 and effectively prevents the government from an impending shutdown. It was later passed by the United States Senate on November 15 by a vote of 87 to 11. This legislation is a part of what Speaker Mike Johnson dubs a “two-track” plan to continue government spending until January 19 for four federal agencies and until February 2 for the rest, all at current spending levels. To read the bill, as well as how your representatives and senators voted on it, click here. To read a statement from Speaker Johnson, click here. To read a statement from Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, click here. To read a statement from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, click here. To read a statement from Representative Tim Burchett of Tennessee, click here. Lastly, to read a statement from Representative Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts, click here.
By the Elections Research team: Nick, Zachary, Caleb, Seth, Jessica, and Max and Elections Research interns Ionut, Spencer, Molly, Rachel, Emma, Kaia, and Brenda
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Public Statements: See highlights from the week for notable statements.
States: 15 new votes were added.
Illinois House Concurrence (Action by which one house agrees to a proposal or action that the other chamber has approved) passed HB 2473 - Authorizes Construction of New Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Massachusetts House passed H 4135 - Amends and Updates Various State Gun Control Laws
Michigan Senate passed HB 5210 - Authorizes the Michigan Public Service Commission Power Over Clean-Energy Projects
Texas Senate passed SB 3 - Appropriates $1.5 Billion for the Construction of a Border Wall
Minnesota Governor signed HF 1938 - Amends State Tax Policies and Rebate Check Requirements
U.S. Congress: 2 new votes were added.
Senate Joint Resolution (A legislative proposal that requires approval of both Chambers and signature of the President) passed S J Res 38 - A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Highway Administration relating to “Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Electric Vehicle Chargers”
House Resolution Sent to Committee (The bill is assigned to a committee for study, the bill is put on calendar to be voted on, debated or amended) H Res 863 - Impeaching Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, for high crimes and misdemeanors
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
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