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Indy Congressional Tracker: Kihuen keeps low profile, House rejects resolution for Trump's impeachment

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As Rep. Ruben Kihuen avoided the limelight this week in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, his legislative activity dipped as well.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev. speaks to the media during Immigrant Heritage Month celebration at the Asian Culture Alliance/Center on Saturday, June 10, 2017. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

The Democratic congressman didn’t sponsor or co-sponsor any bills this week — nor did he participate in two roll call votes. But he wasn’t the only Nevada delegate who missed floor activity: Republican Rep. Mark Amodei also didn’t participate in two roll call votes.

The House took 19 roll call votes total this week, including a few that garnered a bit more attention than others.

Three out of Nevada’s four delegates — Amodei, Kihuen and fellow Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen — voted to table a resolution that sought to impeach President Donald Trump. The resolution, which was introduced by Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas, stated that Trump “has harmed the society of the United States” and “brought shame and dishonor” to the country’s highest public office. It was opposed by Democratic House leadership, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said that it wasn’t the time to pursue articles of impeachment against the president.

In a statement, Democratic Rep. Dina Titus said she voted against tabling the impeachment proceedings against Trump because “the House has the constitutional right and obligation to pursue impeachment if the evidence shows wrongdoing by the president.” A spokesman for Titus did not respond to a follow-up email asking if Titus believed Trump should be impeached.

Rosen, who is running for Senate in 2018, said in a statement that Trump was responsible for promoting “white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia” during the presidential campaign and while in office, but wanted to focus on solving problems while in office

“The President's time in office has raised serious concerns about his capacity for moral leadership, but I believe my number one focus in Congress must be to do what I can to solve problems and get results for hardworking families in Nevada,” she said.

Rosen also broke with the majority of her party and joined with 14 Democrats to vote in favor of a 2-week funding bill — passed on 235-193 vote — designed to stave off a government shutdown that would have occured on Saturday. The measure was less controversial in the Senate, passing on a 81-14 margin with both Nevada senators voting in favor.

For a more comprehensive look at what Nevada’s delegates did or did not support this week, check out The Nevada Independent’s congressional vote tracker and round-up of sponsored legislation below:

SEN. DEAN HELLER

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • S. 2185 - A bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, and for other purposes.
  • S. 498 - BEST Practices Act
  • S. 2155 - Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
  • S. 2205 - A bill to improve access by Indian tribes to support from the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support program (E-rate) of the Federal Communications Commission, and for other purposes.

SEN. CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • S. 298 - Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act
  • S. 540 - Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017

REP. JACKY ROSEN

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • H.R. 632 - Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act
  • H.R. 4396 - ME TOO Congress Act
  • H.R. 4571 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to expand eligibility for the TRICARE program to include certain veterans entitled to benefits under the Medicare program due to conditions or injuries incurred during service in the Armed Forces and to waive the Medicare part B late enrollment penalty for such veterans, and for other purposes.
  • H.Con.Res. 95 - Expressing support for the use of public-private partnerships to bring computer science education to more K-12 classrooms.

REP. DINA TITUS

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • H.R. 4300 - Admiral Lloyd R. "Joe" Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act
  • H.R. 4473 - Veteran Entrepreneurs Act of 2017
  • H.R. 4007 - To revise the quorum requirement for the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
  • H.Res. 653 - Recognizing the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the celebration of "Human Rights Day".

REP. MARK AMODEI

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • H.R. 548 - Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act of 2017
  • H.R. 4143 - Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act of 2017
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