Verona In Washington: Jobs For Veterans, Confirmations, Trump Rollbacks

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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 February 13-17, our senators voted on the confirmations of four Trump administration Cabinet nominees, supporting one nominee but rejecting three others, while our congressman supported a bi-partisan bill to improve the job prospects for veterans and continued to vote for the unwinding of several measures put in place under the Obama administration:

Here is more information on legislative action by Verona’s federal representatives, both major and procedural:

H.R. 244: HIRE Vets Act
Feb 13, 2017 6:54 p.m.
Passed 409/1
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

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On the Nomination PN26: Steven T. Mnuchin, of California, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Feb 13, 2017 7:04 p.m. 
Nomination Confirmed 53/47
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

H.R. 974: BRAVE Act
Feb 13, 2017 7:11 p.m.
Passed 407/0
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

On the Nomination PN39: David J. Shulkin, of Pennsylvania, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Feb 13, 2017 7:39 p.m.
Nomination Confirmed 100/0
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Yea
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Yea

On Ordering the Previous Question: H.Res. 123: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 43)
Feb 15, 2017 1:18 p.m.
Passed 233/190
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

H.Res. 123: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 43) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements.
Feb 15, 2017 4:53 p.m.
Passed 233/188
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

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H.J.Res. 67: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees.
Feb 15, 2017 1:25 p.m.
Passed 234/191
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

H.J.Res. 66: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees.
Feb 15, 2017 5:02 p.m.
Passed 231/193
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.
Feb 15, 2017 5:10 p.m.
Passed 236/189
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

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On the Nomination PN54: Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Feb 16, 2017 10:42 a.m.
Nomination Confirmed 51/49
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

S. 382: A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters.
Feb 15, 2017 — Introduced
Sponsor: Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.

S. 433: A bill for the relief of Malachy McAllister, Nicola McAllister, and Sean Ryan McAllister.
Sponsor: Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
Feb 16, 2017 — Introduced
This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.

S. 424: A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to include certain Federal positions within the definition of law enforcement officer for retirement purposes, and for other purposes.
Feb 16, 2017 — Introduced
Sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.

Motion to Invoke Cloture re Nomination of Scott Pruitt, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Feb 16, 2017 11:16 a.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 54/46
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

H.J.Res. 69: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”.
Feb 16, 2017 3:16 p.m.
Passed 225/193
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting
Feb 16, 2017 3:27 p.m.
Passed 230/188
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

On the Motion (Motion to Extend Debate Re: Pruitt Nomination): Scott Pruitt, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Feb 17, 2017 12:35 p.m.
Motion Rejected 47/51
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Yea
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Yea

On the Nomination PN44: Scott Pruitt, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Feb 17, 2017 1:03 p.m.
Nomination Confirmed 52/46
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

Motion to Invoke Cloture on Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Commerce
Feb 17, 2017 1:17 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 66/31
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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