United States House of Representatives
GOP Immigration Overhaul
By a vote of 193 for and 231 against, the House on June 21 rejected an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws reflecting the views of some conservative Republicans. The measure (HR 4760) would authorize $24.8 billion over five years for tighter security on the border with Mexico, including construction of walls or other barriers, while enabling nearly 700,000 of the undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” to remain in the United States indefinitely if they renew their legal status every three years. The bill would also tighten standards for granting asylum, limit visas for family members of legal immigrants, terminate a lottery system for that awards more than 50,000 visas annually, require employers to use the government’s online system to verify the legal status of prospective employees and restructure the visa program for agricultural workers. A yes vote was to pass the bill.
- Voting yes: Bost, Rodney Davis, Hultgren, Shimkus, Kinzinger, LaHood
- Voting no: Rush, Kelly, Lipinski, Gutierrez, Quigley, Danny Davis, Krishnamoorthi, Schakowsky, Schneider, Foster, Bustos
- Not voting: None
Bid for Passage of ‘Dreamers’ Bill
Voting 191 for and 234 against, the House on June 21 defeated Democratic bid to amend HR 4760 so that it would grant permanent legal status and a path to citizenship to as many as two million so-called “dreamers” who were brought illegally to the United States as children and face potential deportation under a Trump administration directive. Democrats offered their measure (HR 3440) to replace language in the underlying bill giving 690,000 dreamers a legal status short of citizenship they would have to renew every three years or face deportation. A yes vote was to advance the Democrats’ dreamers bill.
- Voting yes: Rush, Kelly, Lipinski, Gutierrez, Quigley, Danny Davis, Krishnamoorthi, Schakowsky, Schneider, Foster, Bustos
- Voting no: Roskam, Bost, Rodney Davis, Hultgren, Shimkus, Kinzinger, LaHood
- Not voting: None
United States Senate
Budget for Energy and Veterans’ Programs
The Senate voted, 92 for and three against, to advance a $145.4 billion appropriations bill (HR 5895) for fiscal 2019 that includes $70 billion-plus billion for veterans’ health care, $14 billion for securing America’s nuclear arsenal and $7.2 billion for Army Corps of Engineers public-works projects. A yes vote was to advance the bill toward final passage in the following week.
- Voting yes: Richard Durbin
- Voting no: None
- Not voting: Tammy Duckworth