Verona In Washington: Tillerson Confirmation, Stream Pollution, 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 30-February 3, 2017, our senators voted against the confirmations of Rex W. Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, while Rep. Frelinghuysen, who has previously supported environmental protection in the New Jersey Highlands, voted to eliminate a federal rule protecting waterways from pollution by surface coal mining operations. (Senators Booker and Menendez voted against the Senate version of the stream protection bill.) Here is more information on each of the votes, both major and procedural:

On Ordering the Previous Question: H.Res. 71: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 41) providing for congressional …
February 1, 2017 1:46 p.m.e
Passed 231/191
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

H.Res. 71: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 41) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of
February 1, 2017 1:52 p.m.
Passed 231/191
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

On the Nomination PN25: Rex W. Tillerson, of Texas, to be Secretary of State
February 1, 2017 2:31 p.m.
Nomination Confirmed 56/43
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay
This vote confirmed Rex W. Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil, as Secretary of State.

On the Motion to Table PN25: Rex W. Tillerson, of Texas, to be Secretary of State
February 1, 2017 2:59 p.m.
Motion to Table Agreed to 55/43
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

On the Motion to Proceed PN25: Rex W. Tillerson, of Texas, to be Secretary of State
February 1, 2017 3:24 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 53/44
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Yea

On the Motion (Shall the Journal Stand Approved to Date?): Rex W. Tillerson, of Texas, to be Secretary of State
February 1, 2017 3:47 p.m.
Motion Agreed to 54/44
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

On the Motion to Proceed PN37: Elisabeth Prince DeVos, of Michigan, to be Secretary of Education
February 1, 2017 4:12 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 52/47
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

H.J.Res. 41: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers”.
February 1, 2017 4:43 p.m.
Passed 235/187
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
This seeks to repeal a rule, mandated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that requires resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals.

H.J.Res. 38: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.
February 1, 2017 4:50 p.m.
Passed 228/194
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
This joint resolution nullifies the Stream Protection Rule finalized by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 20, 2016. The rule addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites.

On the Motion to Proceed PN37: Elisabeth Prince DeVos, of Michigan, to be Secretary of Education
February 1, 2017 5:53 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 55/42
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

Motion to Proceed on H.J.Res. 38: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.
February 1, 2017 6:24 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 56/42
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

On Ordering the Previous Question: H.Res. 74: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 36) providing for congressional …
February 2, 2017 1:28 p.m.
Passed 230/188
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
This resolution sets the rules for debate for another bill, such as limiting who can submit an amendment and setting floor debate time.

H.Res. 74: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 36) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to “Waste Prevention, Produc
February 2, 2017 1:36 p.m.
Passed 232/190
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

H.J.Res. 38: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.
February 2, 2017 2:37 p.m. — Vote
Bill Passed 54/45
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

On the Motion to Proceed PN30: Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, to be Attorney General
February 2, 2017 3:06 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 53/45
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

Motion to Proceed to Legislative Session
February 2, 2017 3:27 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 51/47
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

On the Motion to Proceed PN33: Thomas Price, of Georgia, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
February 2, 2017 3:46 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 51/48
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

H.J.Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
February 2, 2017 3:56 p.m.
Passed 236/187
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

H.J.Res. 40: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
February 2, 2017 4:07 p.m.
Passed 235/180
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

Motion to Proceed to Legislative Session
February 2, 2017 4:08 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 52/47
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

On the Motion to Proceed PN26: Steven T. Mnuchin, of California, to be Secretary of the Treasury
February 2, 2017 4:32 p.m. — Vote
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 51/48
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

Motion to Proceed to Legislative Session
February 2, 2017 4:53 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 52/48
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

Motion to Proceed on H.J.Res. 41: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers”.
February 2, 2017 5:13 p.m.
Motion to Proceed Agreed to 52/48
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

H.J.Res. 41: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers”.
February 3, 2017 6:34 a.m. — Vote
Joint Resolution Passed 52/47
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Elisabeth DeVos to be Secretary of Education: Elisabeth Prince DeVos, of Michigan, to be Secretary of Education
February 3, 2017 6:56 a.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 52/48
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

H.J.Res. 36: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation”.
February 3, 2017 10:34 a.m.
Passed 221/191
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: 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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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so very much for publishing this information! It is very helpful on so many levels. If there is an opportunity to take the next step and publish bills the representatives are schedule to vote on over the next week or so, that would make it even more amazing.

  2. We’re working on a bill calendar, and on corresponding trackers for Verona’s representatives to the New Jersey state legislature, Assemblymen BettyLou DeCroce and Jay Webber, and Sen. Joe Pennacchio.

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