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How Colorado’s congressional delegation voted this week

Author: Tom Ramstack - December 23, 2017 - Updated: March 28, 2018

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This 2017 file photo shows the U.S. Capitol at dawn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1 in the House.

The Republican-controlled House gave final approval to the $1.5-trillion tax bill promoted by President Donald Trump as the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years. The bill slashes taxes for corporations and wealthy persons but gives only a temporary break to middle-income households. The bill represented the first major victory for a presidential administration besieged by bad public relations. The Senate passed its version of the bill earlier in the week. Trump said during a celebratory speech afterward, “It means jobs, jobs, jobs.” The provision lowering the average tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent is the key component of the bill. Trump said it would encourage corporations to hire more employees while also convincing them to bring $4 trillion they invested abroad to avoid American taxes back to the United States. The bill doubles the standard tax deduction, which is expected to make fewer Americans itemize the deductions they claim on their tax returns.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
No  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

S. 1393: Jobs for Our Heroes Act

This was a vote to pass S. 1393 in the House.

This bill is intended to streamline the process for active-duty military, reservists and veterans to apply for commercial drivers’ licenses. The bill directs the U.S. Transportation Department to establish new standards for veterans and other military personnel to apply for commercial drivers’ licenses. The standards would exempt veterans from parts of civilian commercial vehicle driving tests if they had experience driving similar vehicles while in the armed forces or reserves. In addition, their military training would count as credit towards the commercial motor vehicles minimum requirements to obtain a license. The legislation makes it easier for veterans to receive the DOT-required health examination to hold a commercial driver’s license. The Jobs for Our Heroes Act allows all qualified Veterans Administration medical professionals, including advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, to certify veterans as qualified for commercial drivers’ licenses, instead of physicians only.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

S. 1532: No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act

This was a vote to pass S. 1532 in the House.

This bill represented an effort to fight human trafficking of mostly women and children by clamping down on potential culprits in the transportation and trucking industry. The No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act would bar persons from legally operating commercial motor vehicles if they ever used their vehicles to commit felonies involving human trafficking. It is a response to crime statistics showing an increase in human trafficking. Typically, the traffickers use the nation’s transportation networks to move their victims.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 4375: STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4375 in the House.

This bill is intended to give Congress better information on how to improve investments of tax money into science, technology, engineering and math research and education. It requires the National Science Foundation to report to Congress on the effectiveness of government research and education programs aimed at increasing participation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. “Our nation must be a leader in the STEM fields and this legislation will promote a robust STEM economy that will enhance opportunity for Americans from all walks of life, especially those who have been underrepresented in these increasingly critical fields,” said Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., who introduced the bill. The Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act also requires federal science agencies to collect standardized information, including demographics, on each application for research and developments grants. The information is supposed to give hints on how Congress can better target the money it spends for research and scientists.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 3979: Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3979 in the House.

This bill amends the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer services, community partnership and refuge education programs of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Environmental advocacy groups, such as the American Fisheries Society, said in support of the legislation that wildlife refuges could not operate without volunteers. Last year, about 40,000 volunteers contributed 1.4 million hours of work to maintain refuges and preserve critical habitat. The volunteer work included fish and wildlife population surveys, measures to fight invasive species, leading tours and educational activities, maintaining trails and operating visitor centers. Government staff members do about 80 percent of the work at wildlife refuges but the other 20 percent of service work comes from volunteers, according to the National Wildlife Refuge Association. The association’s government affairs director testified during a congressional hearing that volunteers help to make up for a dramatic shortfall of funding to protect wildlife.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
No  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

Source: GovTrack

Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack