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Even in a week filled with tense negotiations over the future of a compromise immigration bill and with the clock ticking before the federal government runs out of money, the congressional delegation stayed busy in Washington D.C. over the last five days.

Among the most noteworthy votes taken during the week was a measure reauthorizing a wide-sweeping program that allows intelligence agencies to broadly monitor communications from suspected terrorists and foreign advisories under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. Privacy and digital rights advocates have opposed the practices allowed under the bill, which serves as the basis for several programs run by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, a freshman who has announced her intentions to run against Republican Sen. Dean Heller in 2018, was one of 55 House Democrats to vote for the reauthorization, which passed on a 256-164 vote.

“Reauthorizing this section of FISA is critical to helping our intelligence community foil terrorist attacks and investigate national security threats,” Rosen said in an emailed statement. “This bill included reforms aimed at protecting our privacy and civil liberties that I believe must be preserved.”

Democratic Reps. Dina Titus and Ruben Kihuen voted against the measure — in a statement, Titus said she couldn’t support a bill that “subjects the communications of Americans to warrantless searches.”

“This bill’s provisions that address warrantless searches fall short,” she said in a statement. “That is why I voted for an amendment, which Republicans defeated, that would have instituted meaningful warrant requirements relating to the communications of U.S. citizens.”

Republican Rep. Mark Amodei voted for the reauthorization bill.

In a relative rarity, Nevada’s two senators — Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Dean Heller — voted in tandem on all votes cast this week in the Senate. Heller skipped four votes this week, including two judicial nomination votes, to appear at a military-themed event with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.

For a full rundown of what measures our state’s delegates threw their support behind this week, check out The Nevada Independent’s congressional vote tracker and other information below.


Legislation co-sponsored:

  • S. 1693 – Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
  • S. 2304 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to protect veterans from predatory lending, and for other purposes.


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Legislation sponsored:

  • H.R. 4783 – To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to improve the scheduling of appointments, the accountability of third party administrators, and payment to providers under such Act, and for other purposes.

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • H.R. 975 – Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2184 – Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act of 2017
  • H.R. 4115 – PARTNERS Act
  • H.R. 4253 – American Promise Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3174 – CHANCE in TECH Act
  • H.R. 3492 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand educational assistance to veterans who pursue certain apprenticeship programs, to establish a pilot program for veterans to pursue certification programs in computer numerically controlled machining, and for other purposes.
  • H.Res. 686 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Korean American Day.


Legislation co-sponsored:

  • H.R. 4253 – American Promise Act of 2017
  • H.R. 4779 – To protect States and individuals in States that have laws which permit the use of cannabis, and for other purposes.


Legislation co-sponsored:

  • H.R. 1227 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017
  • H.Res. 252 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the challenges posed to long-term stability in Lebanon by the conflict in Syria and supporting the establishment of safe zones in Syria.
  • H.R. 4253 – American Promise Act of 2017


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