Key votes ahead

In the week of March 10, the House will take up Medicare payment rates to doctors and the protection of private water rights, while the Senate will debate child care and development grants to states. Both chambers will vote on a bill imposing economic sanctions on Russia.


Here’s how Arizona’s members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending March 7.



Voting 385 for and 23 against, the House on March 6 passed a bipartisan bill (HR 4152) to allocate up to $1 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds to guarantee private-sector loans obtained by Ukraine to salvage its economy. Now awaiting Senate action, the bill would add Ukraine to the list of countries eligible for loan guarantees from a U.S. Department of State fund established for that purpose.

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

Yes: Ann Kirkpatrick, D-1, Ron Barber, D-2, Raul Grijalva, D-3, Matt Salmon, R-5, David Schweikert, R-6, Trent Franks, R-8, Kyrsten Sinema, D-9

No: None

Not voting: Paul Gosar, R-4, Ed Pastor, D-7


Voting 229 for and 179 against, the House on March 6 passed a bill (HR 2641) to scale back the National Environmental Policy Act as a regulator of large construction projects in America. The 1969 NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the environmental consequences of projects they are building, authorizing by permit or helping to fund. 

This bill sets a fast-track schedule for completing reviews, limits the number of reviews per project, authorizes states to prepare certain environmental assessments, and allows agencies to accept secondary rather than original analyses of environmental impacts.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it is expected to die.

Yes: Salmon, Schweikert, Franks

No: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Grijalva, Sinema

Not voting: Gosar, Pastor


Voting 187 for and 220 against, the House on March 6 refused to exempt from HR 2641 (above) projects that involve building nuclear-power plants in earthquake-fault zones.

A yes vote was in opposition to fast-track reviews of nuclear construction in earthquake-prone areas.

Yes: Kirkpatrick, Grijalva, Sinema

No: Salmon, Schweikert, Franks

Not voting: Barber, Gosar, Pastor


Voting 306 for and 91 against, the House on March 4 passed a bill (HR 3370) to cap National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium increases at 18 percent per year per property. This would undercut reforms enacted in 2012 to trim the program’s debt, which stands at $24 billion, due largely to covering damages from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Sandy in 2012.

The bill would also repeal a trigger in the 2012 law that subjects newly sold properties to premiums based on risk rather than subsidies.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where progress is expected.

Yes: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Grijalva, Sinema

No: Salmon, Schweikert, Franks

Not voting: Gosar, Pastor



Voting 55 for and 45 against, the Senate on March 6 failed to reach the 60 votes needed to advance a bill (S 1752) to transfer the military’s handling of sexual-assault cases and certain other major offenses from the chain of command to outside military prosecutors, who would determine whether to file charges.

All 100 senators then voted to pass a competing bill (S 1917) that would grade commanders on their record of preventing or dealing with sexual misconduct in their ranks, among other provisions. 

A yes vote was to remove prosecutorial decisions from the chain of command.

No: John McCain, R, Jeff Flake, R


Voting 47 for and 52 against, the Senate on March 5 failed to reach a majority needed to end a GOP-led filibuster against the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile as assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Adegbile, 47, drew criticism over his contribution to a 2009 NAACP Legal Defense Fund brief that argued the jury received improper instructions in the trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal on charges of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. 

A yes vote was to advance the nomination.

No: McCain, Flake