Capitol Link: How Arizona legislators voted

The U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Here is how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Feb. 17.

House

Probe of Trump-Russia Ties: Voting 233-190, the House on Feb. 15 blocked a bid by Democrats to force floor debate on a bill now in committee that would create a “National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election” for investigating ties between associates of candidate Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials starting months before election day. A yes vote was to quash a Democratic bid for a bipartisan, outside probe of the Trump-Russia connection. (H Res 123)

Voting yes: Martha McSally, R-2, Paul Gosar, R-4, Andy Biggs, R-5, David Schweikert, R-6, Trent Franks, R-8

Voting no: Tom O’Halleran, D-1, Raul Grijalva, D-3, Ruben Gallego, D-7, Kyrsten Sinema, D-9

Expanded Opportunities for Retirement Savings: The House on Feb. 15 killed, 231-193, a Department of Labor rule that would help states set up privately run IRA-style retirement plans for private-sector workers who lack access to such plans at work because their employers have not established them. A yes vote was to adopt HJ Res 66 on grounds that these ventures would poorly protect workers’ investments.

Yes: McSally, Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, Franks

No: O’Halleran, Grijalva, Gallego, Sinema

Jobless Benefits, Drug Tests: Voting 236-189, the House on Feb. 15 nullified as too weak and narrowly drawn a Department of Labor rule naming occupations such as aviation, railroading and pipeline safety for which states can require recipients of jobless checks to pass drug tests. A yes vote was to send HJ Res 42 to the Senate.

Yes: McSally, Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, Franks

No: O’Halleran, Grijalva, Gallego, Sinema

Clampdown on Planned Parenthood: The House on Feb. 16 nullified, 230-188, a rule affirming Planned Parenthood’s eligibility to receive Title X family-planning funds despite efforts by some states to deny the funding because it provides abortions. A yes vote was to adopt HJ Res 43 over arguments it was misguided because Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds for its abortion services.

Yes: McSally, Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, Franks

No: O’Halleran, Grijalva, Gallego, Sinema

Methods of Killing Animals: The House on Feb. 16 nullified, 225-193, a Bureau of Fish and Wildlife rule that would ban inhumane methods of killing bears, wolves and coyotes on the 16 federal wildlife refuges covering 77 million acres in Alaska. A yes vote was to adopt HJ Res 69 on grounds that less restrictive state laws should take precedence.

Yes: Gosar, Biggs, Schweikert, Franks

No: O’Halleran, McSally, Grijalva, Gallego, Sinema

SENATE

Serious Mental Issues, Gun Checks: The Senate on Feb. 15 nullified, 57-43, a rule under which the Social Security Administration notifies the FBI system of gun background checks about persons receiving benefits due to serious mental issues, so that they cannot buy firearms. A yes vote opposed the rule as violative of both gun and disability rights. (HJ Res 40)

Yes: John McCain, R, Jeff Flake, R

Steven Mnuchin Confirmation: The Senate on Feb. 13 confirmed, 53-47, Steven T. Mnuchin, 54, as the 77th secretary of the Treasury. He was a Wall Street partner and owned hedge funds and a bank. A yes vote was to confirm Mnuchin over criticism that his OneWest Bank harshly foreclosed on tens of thousands of homeowners.

Yes: McCain, Flake

Scott Pruitt Confirmation: Voting 52-46, the Senate on Feb. 17 confirmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. A yes vote backed Pruitt, 48, over Democrats’ criticism of his siding with oil, gas and agribusiness interests on many environmental issues.

Yes: Jeff Flake, R

Not voting: McCain, R

Mick Mulvaney Confirmation: The Senate on Feb. 16 confirmed, 51-49, Mick Mulvaney as Office of Management and Budget director. A yes vote backed Mulvaney, 49, over Democrats’ criticism of his calls for privatizing Medicare and raising the Social Security retirement age.

Yes: Jeff Flake, R

Not voting: McCain, R