Voterama In Congress

WASHINGTON — Here’s how Minnesota’s members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending Sept. 13.

HOUSE Drilling ban in Arctic wildlife refuge

Voting 225 for and 193 against, the House on Sept. 12 passed a bill (HR 1146) that would prohibit oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on Alaska’s North Slope. This would repeal a mandate in the Republicans’ 2017 tax-cut law that would open the refuge’s pristine coastal plain to energy development. The plain accounts for 1.5 million of ANWR’s 19.3 acres. The area where drilling would be centered consists of a 2,000-acre footprint plus thousands of adjacent acres to accommodate roads, gravel pits, housing and other support facilities. A Department of the Interior plan to start offering leases this year faces court challenges.

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

Voting no: Jim Hagedorn, R-1; Tom Emmer, R-6; Collin Peterson, D-7; Pete Stauber, R-8

Not voting: None

Arctic drilling, Russian energy

Voting 189 for and 229 against, the House on Sept. 12 defeated a Republican motion that sought to prevent HR 1146 (above) from taking effect unless President Trump certifies it would not result in a net increase of American oil and natural gas imports from Russia.

A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

Minnesota

Voting yes: Hagedorn, Emmer, Stauber

Voting no: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Peterson

Drilling ban in eastern Gulf of Mexico

Voting 248 for and 180 against, the House on Sept. 11 passed a bill (HR 205) that would permanently prohibit the federal government from awarding leases for oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. This would replace a temporary moratorium slated to expire June 30, 2022. The protected waters extend at least 125 miles from the Florida coastline and include a 122,000-square-mile military testing range stretching from the Florida Panhandle to the Florida Keys.

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

Minnesota

Voting yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar

Voting no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Peterson, Stauber

Drilling ban off Atlantic, Pacific

Voting 238 for and 189 against, the House on Sept. 11 passed a bill (HR 1941) would prohibit the federal government from awarding leases for oil and gas development at least through 2024 in the Outer Continental Shelf off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The OCS typically begins three-to-nine nautical miles from the U.S. shoreline and reaches outward for at least 200 nautical miles. The bill would thwart Trump administration plans to open certain OCS areas along both coasts to oil and gas exploration as part of a five-year federal energy plan now in the works.

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

Minnesota

Voting yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar

Voting no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Peterson, Stauber

Offshore drilling, gasoline prices

Voting 194 for and 233 against, the House on Sept. 11 defeated a Republican motion to prevent a ban on offshore oil and gas drilling (HR 1941, above) from taking effect without presidential certification that it would not contribute to an increase in the national average price of gasoline.

A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

Minnesota

Voting yes: Hagedorn, Emmer, Stauber

Voting no: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Peterson

SENATE Michelle Bowman, Fed Reserve governor

Voting 60 for and 31 against, the Senate on Sept. 12 confirmed Michelle Bowman to a 14-year term on the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors starting Feb. 1, 2020. Until then, she will continue to fill an unexpired term on the board.

Bowman was the top banking regulator in Kansas and a community bank executive before joining the Fed in November 2018. She held posts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security in the George W. Bush administration.

A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Minnesota

Voting yes: None

Voting no: Tina Smith, D

Not voting: Amy Klobuchar, D

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