Two Nevada delegates threw their support behind timely measures that address issues making headlines across the country — sexual harassment and mass shootings.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is co-sponsoring two resolutions that would require training for Senate members and staffers to prevent sexual or other forms of harassment. Both resolutions have bipartisan support, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, is the primary sponsor for S.Res. 330, while Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, put forward S.Res. 323. Klobuchar’s resolution passed unanimously Thursday in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jacky Rosen signed on as a co-sponsor for a bill that would require the U.S. attorney general to study whether a person’s history of domestic violence can indicate the likelihood of him or her committing a mass shooting.
The measures followed a week in which more unsettling news broke on those topics: Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors. And, on Sunday, a gunman opened fire in a Texas church, killing 26 people, including children. The shooter had a domestic violence conviction in 2014 while serving in the Air Force.
Heller and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin introduced a bill that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to report “major adverse actions” by VA employees to the National Practitioner Data Bank and individual state licensing boards. It would also prohibit the agency from signing settlements with fired or dismissed VA employees that seal records related to serious medical misconduct.
Cortez Masto and Heller also split on most of the roll call votes in the Senate this week, agreeing to move forward on two of the executive branch nomination votes out of 8 cast throughout the week.
Nevada’s four House members also rarely presented a unified front throughout the week, voting as a block on only four of 16 roll call votes this week.
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
- S. 2107 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Under Secretary of Health to report major adverse personnel actions involving certain health care employees to the National Practitioner Data Bank and to applicable State licensing boards, and for other purposes.
- S. 2081 – A bill to amend the loan counseling requirements under the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
- S. 1621 – Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017
- S. 2086 – A bill to amend the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 to extend and modernize the sugar program, to extend and subsequently repeal the feedstock flexibility program for bioenergy producers, to extend and subsequently replace flexible marketing allotments for sugar, and for other purposes.
- S. 2097 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the administration of State homes furnishing care to veterans under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
- S. 2116 – A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to increase the asset threshold with respect to the on-site examination of certain insured depository institutions.
SEN. CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO
- S. 1693 – Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
- S. 2076 – A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and for other purposes.
- S. 591 – Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017
- S. 1591 – Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea (BRINK) Act of 2017
- S. 1188 – Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2017
- S.Res. 323 – A resolution requiring sexual harassment training for Members, officers, employees, interns, and fellows of the Senate and a periodic survey of the Senate.
- S. 2109 – A bill to count revenues from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that certain proprietary institutions of higher education are allowed to receive for purposes of section 487 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
- S.Res. 328 – A resolution recognizing November 25, 2017, as “Small Business Saturday” and supporting the efforts of the Small Business Administration to increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses.
- S.Res. 330 – A resolution mandating anti-harassment training for Senators and officers, employees, and interns of, and detailees to the Senate.
REP. RUBEN KIHUEN:
- H.R. 4281 – To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to expand access to capital for rural-area small businesses, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1772 – AIM HIGH Act
- H.R. 4363 – To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veterans conservation corps, and for other purposes.
REP. JACKY ROSEN:
- H.R. 4240 – Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017
- H.R. 1300 – United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2017
- H.R. 2044 – America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act
- H.R. 4195 – Congress Leads by Example Act of 2017
- H.R. 4290 – To require the Attorney General to study whether an individual’s history of domestic violence can be used to determine the likelihood of such individual committing a mass shooting.
- H.R. 3345 – Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act
- H.R. 4081 – Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2017
REP. DINA TITUS:
- H.R. 3222 – Do No Harm Act
- H.Res. 393 – Expressing support for addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict in a concurrent track with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and commending Arab and Muslim-majority states that have improved bilateral relations with Israel.
- H.R. 4334 – To provide for certain reporting requirements relating to medical care for women veterans provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and through contracts entered into by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with non-Department medical providers, and for other purposes.
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