ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Contact your legislators at the U.S. Capitol
Zip codes: House 20515, Senate 20510
Capitol operator: (202) 224-3121
DEAL TO OPEN GOVERNMENT, PAY DEBT: Voting 285 for and 144 against, the House on Oct. 16 sent President Obama a bill (HR 2775) to fund all federal agencies on a stopgap basis, raise the $16.7 trillion national debt limit and end a fiscal and political impasse that had crippled the U.S. government since Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year. The bill funds the entire government through Jan. 15 at a sequester-level rate of $986 billion annually and authorizes Treasury borrowing through Feb. 7 to meet U.S. financial obligations. The bill also requires a House-Senate conference committee to produce by Dec. 13 a long-term budget blueprint that sets discretionary spending limits and revenue targets and recommends fiscal policies. Additionally, the bill requires the administration to take further steps to verify the incomes of individuals and households applying for subsidies to buy health insurance in Affordable Care Act exchanges.
A yes vote was to send the bill to the White House.
YES: LUJAN GRISHAM, LUJÃN NO: PEARCE
INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES: Voting 233 for and 160 against, the House on Oct. 14 passed a Republican measure (HJ Res 80) to fully fund and thus reopen the Indian Health Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education during a partial government shutdown then in its 14th day. This stopgap appropriation sought to fund these agencies for Native Americans at sequestration levels through Dec. 15.
This was the 14th and final bill passed by House Republicans since Oct. 1 to fund specific agencies or programs while leaving the remainder of the government closed. The Democratic-led Senate shelved all of these piecemeal measures on grounds that the entire government deserved to be reopened.
A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it was shelved.
YES: PEARCE NO: LUJAN GRISHAM, LUJÃN
DEAL TO END SHUTDOWN, RAISE DEBT CAP: Voting 81 for and 18 against, the Senate on Oct. 16 sent the House a bill (HR 2775, above) to end a 16-day partial closure of federal agencies and avert a U.S. debt default the next day or soon thereafter. In addition to provisions noted above, the bill authorizes $350 million for rebuilding roads and bridges in flooded areas of Colorado, retroactively pays the salaries of an estimated 800,000 civil servants furloughed during the shutdown and approves a $174,000 death benefit for the widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. The bill also provides $3.1 million for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board, a panel established in 2004 to protect citizens’ rights against intrusions by post-9/11 laws such as the USA Patriot Act. Additionally, the bill authorizes $2.2 billion to advance the Olmsted Locks and Dam navigation project on the lower Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois.
A yes vote was to send the bill to the House.
YES: UDALL, HEINRICH