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Verona In Washington: Confirmation Votes, Abortion Funding Bans & More

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NJWashingtonCollage“Verona In Washington” is a new weekly column summing up the activity of Verona’s representatives in Congress: Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez (D), Sen. Cory Booker (D) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11). During the week of January 23-27, 2017, they voted on the confirmations of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4) to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as well as on a measure to permanently ban federal funding for abortions. Here is more information on each of the votes:

H.R. 423: Anti-Spoofing Act of 2017
January 23, 2017 6:51 p.m. 
Passed 398/5
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
“Spoofing” occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally. Under the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules prohibit any person or entity from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value. If no harm is intended or caused, spoofing is not illegal. Anyone who is illegally spoofing can face penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation.

On the Nomination PN43: Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
January 23, 2017 7:01 p.m.
Nomination Confirmed 66/32
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay
This vote confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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H.R. 582: Kari’s Law Act of 2017
January 23, 2017 7:04 p.m.
Passed 408/0
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
H.R. 582 requires all Multi-Line Telephone Systems (MLTS) to have a default configuration that allows users to directly dial 9-1-1, without the need for additional digits or prefix, from any phone with dialing facilities. In addition, the MLTS must be configured to notify a designated central point of contact when someone initiates a call to 9-1-1 using the system.

In December 2013, Kari Hunt was killed by her estranged husband in a motel room in Texas. Her daughter repeatedly attempted to dial 9-1-1 from the motel room, but was unable to reach emergency responders because the motel’s MLTS required users to dial “9” to reach an outside line.

On Ordering the Previous Question: H.Res. 55: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 7) to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.
January 24, 2017 2:04 p.m.
Passed 233/187
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

H.Res. 55: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 7) to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.
January 24, 2017 2:11 p.m.
Passed 236/183
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H.R. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017
January 24, 2017 4:40 p.m.
Failed 187/235
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Nay

H.R. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017
January 24, 2017 4:48 p.m.
Passed 238/183
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye
H.R. 7 would make permanent policies enacted for more than thirty years on a case-by-case basis that prohibit federal funding of abortion including health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

For more than three decades, various appropriations riders have been enacted to prohibit federal funding of abortion. The “Hyde amendment” was first enacted in 1976, and is generally included as part of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Act. It prohibits both the direct use of federal funds for abortion services and federal subsidies for plans that include abortion coverage, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger. H.R. 7 would make this permanent.

On the Nomination PN51 and PN50: Nikki R. Haley, of South Carolina, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations

January 24, 2017 5:31 p.m.
Nomination Confirmed 96/4
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Yea
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Yea

Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez is a Democrat who has represented New Jersey in the United States Senate since 2006. You can read more about Menendez’ record on GovTrack, an independent developer of open data resources on Congress.

Sen. Cory Booker is a Democrat who has represented New Jersey in the United States Senate since 2013. You can read more about Booker’s record on GovTrack, an independent developer of open data resources on Congress.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican, represents New Jersey’s 11th Congressional district. Verona has been part of this district since a gerrymandering in 2012. You can read more about Frelinghuysen’s record on GovTrack, an independent developer of open data resources on Congress.

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