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Indy Congressional Tracker: FISA vote, judicial nominees dominate week in D.C.
By
Riley Snyder
Jackie Valley
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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.

SEN. DEAN HELLER

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.

SEN. CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO

Legislation co-sponsored:

REP. JACKY ROSEN

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.

REP. DINA TITUS

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.

REP. RUBEN KIHUEN

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

REP. MARK AMODEI

Legislation co-sponsored:

INDY FAST FACTS Mark Amodei Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: June 12, 1958 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) University of Pacific (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada Republican Party chairman (2010-2011) State senator, Capital District (1998-2010) Assemblyman (1996-1999) Total donations: $3,430,447 (2009-2018) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands $42,100 Barrick Gold $39,000 Sierra Nevada Corp $36,500 Hartman & Hartman $35,700 American Society of Anesthesiologists $35,000 Last Report: 12/31/17 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dina Titus Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 1st Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2013-present Birthdate: May 23, 1950 Education: College of William and Mary (B.A.) University of Georgia (M.A.) Florida State University, Tallahassee (Ph.D.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District (2009-2010) State Senator, District 7 (1989-2008) Total donations: $8,029,822 (2007-2018) Top donors:  MGM Resorts International $131,060 University of Nevada $60,269 Rocky Research $58,300 Carpenters & Joiners Union $57,500 Barrick Gold $52,500 Last Report: 12/31/17 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $3,220,875 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $66,800 Omni New York $32,400 Varian Medical Systems $23,100 Last Report: 12/31/17 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Ruben Kihuen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birhdate: April 25, 1980 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) Other public offices held: State Senator, District 10 (2010-2016) State Assemblyman, District 11 (2007-2010) Total donations: $987,929 (2012-2018) Top donors: Naqvi Injury Law $10,800 Border Health $10,000 Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC $10,000 Tpp Export America $10,000 UNITE HERE $10,000 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit:  Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Catherine Cortez Masto Job: U.S. Senator Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: March 29, 1964 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Gonzaga University (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada State Attorney General (2007-2015) Total donations: $20,597,201 (2011-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,679 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $76,542 University of Nevada $56,579 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $115,200 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,000 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
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