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This week's highlights of Congress

VOTES IN CONGRESS - WEEK OF 3/13/17-3/17/17:

On resolution to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees. It contains a number of provisions that would strengthen V-A’s ability to identify staffing shortages, recruit employees to fill vacant positions, quickly on-board new hires, and retain high-performing workers across the country. It also contains provisions that would improve leadership and accountability throughout the V-A system and increase the number of veterans in the federal workforce.

House Passed 412 to 0

Tennessee

Yes       Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes       Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

On Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

Veteran’s Affairs has been effectively banning from gun ownership veterans who receive disability benefits and use a fiduciary to help manage those benefits This bill prohibits, in any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of the right to receive or transport firearms without the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others.

House passed 240 to 175

Tennessee

Yes       Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes       Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

 

On Veterans Affairs Accountability First Act of 2017

The legislation would allow the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to quickly fire, demote or suspend VA employees and recoup bonuses. It has widespread support among veterans’ organizations that see the measure as a tool to root out “bad apples” and a perceived culture of corruption within the department.

House Passed 237 to 178

Tennessee

Yes       Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes       Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

 

On nomination of Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Jr., in the Army, as Lieutenant General

Senate nomination confirmed 86 to 10

Tennessee

Did not vote    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Did not vote    Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

Yes       Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

Yes       Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

 

On nomination of Daniel Coats of Indiana as Director of National Intelligence

Senate nomination confirmed 85 to 12

Tennessee

Did not vote    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Did not vote    Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

Yes       Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

Yes       Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

 

On a resolution nullifying Department of Labor rule related to drug testing of applicants for unemployment compensation. The resolution would roll back the labor department rule under the Obama administration limiting the ability of states to drug test people who file for unemployment insurance.

Senate passed 51 to 48

Tennessee

Yes       Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Yes       Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

No        Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

No        Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

 

On nomination of Seema Verma of Indiana as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Senate nomination confirmed 55 to 43

Tennessee

Yes       Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Yes       Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

No        Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

No        Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

 


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