WASHINGTON — Here's how Minnesota's members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending April 12.

HOUSE

Return of 'net neutrality' rules: Voting 232 for and 190 against, the House on April 10 passed a bill (HR 1644) that would reinstate and write into law Federal Communications Commission "net neutrality" rules implemented in 2016 during the Obama administration but repealed in 2017 during the Trump administration. The rules require the Internet to be made equally accessible to all users. They prohibit service providers such as Verizon and Comcast from offering faster content delivery to customers in return for higher fees while leaving other customers in a slower lane. The bill gives the FCC permanent authority to prevent Internet gatekeepers from blocking or throttling customer access, and it retains FCC programs that expand broadband access in rural areas and make the Internet more accessible to low-income persons.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Minnesota

Voting yes: Angie Craig, D-2; Dean Phillips, D-3; Betty McCollum, D-4; Ilhan Omar, D-5; Collin Peterson, D-7

Voting no: Jim Hagedorn, R-1, Tom Emmer, R-6, Pete Stauber, R-8

Not voting: None

Internet Tax Freedom Act

Voting 204 for and 216 against, the House on April 10 defeated a Republican motion that would prevent HR 1644 (above) from overriding the Internet Tax Freedom Act, a 1998 law that prohibits state and local taxation of Internet service providers. Democrats said the bill already protects the Internet's tax-free status.

Voting yes: Hagedorn, Craig, Emmer, Stauber

Voting no: Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Peterson

SENATE

David Bernhardt, secretary of the Interior

Voting 56 for and 41 against, the Senate on April 11 confirmed David Bernhardt, 49, as secretary of the Interior. He had been the department's acting secretary and deputy secretary. Republicans lauded Bernhardt's experience in government and as an oil and gas attorney in private practice. But Democrats criticized his record of undermining climate change regulations while advocating oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and in waters off the east and west coasts and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. They also faulted Bernhardt's refusal to fully recuse himself from decisions benefitting clients he represented as an oil lobbyist.

A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Minnesota

Voting yes: None

Voting no: Tina Smith, D; Amy Klobuchar, D

Not voting: None

John Abizaid, ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Voting 92 for and seven against, the Senate on April 10 confirmed John P. Abizaid, 68, a former commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Abizaid, who retired from the military in 2007, had been a fellow with the Hoover Institution think tank, a director of United Services Automobile Association (USAA) financial services firm and advisor to Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.

A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Minnesota

Voting yes: Smith, Klobuchar

Voting no: None

Cheryl Marie Stanton, Labor Department official

Voting 53 for and 45 against, the Senate on April 10 confirmed Cheryl Marie Stanton as administrator of Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, where she will oversee the enforcement of overtime rules, the federal minimum wage, child labor laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, certain immigration statutes and the wage-garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act. Stanton resigned in December as executive director of an agency that administers unemployment benefits in South Carolina. She was an associate counsel to President George W. Bush and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito while he was an appeals judge.

A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Minnesota

Voting yes: None

Voting no: Smith

Not voting: Klobuchar

Key votes ahead

Congress is in Easter-Passover recess until the week of April 29.

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