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Indy Congressional Tracker: Nevada delegates rarely voted in unified front this week
By
Megan Messerly
Riley Snyder
Jackie Valley
The U.S. Capitol building as seen on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (Geoff Livingston/Courtesy under Creative Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; https://flic.kr/p/SCLbyg)

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

Legislation sponsored:

  • 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.

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • 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

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • 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:

Legislation sponsored:

  • 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.

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • 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:

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • 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:

Legislation co-sponsored:

  • 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.
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: $8,158,737 (2007-2018) Top donors:  MGM Resorts International $136,060 University of Nevada $62,859 Carpenters & Joiners Union $60,000 Rocky Research $58,300 Painters & Allied Trades Union $57,000 Last Report: 5/23/18 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: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 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: $20,683,341 (2011-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,735 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $77,798 University of Nevada $57,754 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 $117,900 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,500 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
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