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HOUSE

HEALTH CARE

COVERAGE STANDARDS:

The House on May 9 voted, 230 for and 183 against, to prohibit states from offering in their health-insurance exchanges diluted versions of the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act. The bill (HR 986) would prohibit the Trump administration from granting waivers allowing states to offer short-term policies that omit or weaken ACA requirements. The law's standards are intended to guarantee coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions while requiring ACA policies to cover "essential health benefits" including pediatric care, mental health and substance-abuse treatments, emergency care, outpatient services and maternity care. Backers of the administration's waiver policy said it gives states flexibility to develop lower-priced coverage alternatives. But critics call such policies "junk insurance" that would eventually bring down the ACA-required coverage by siphoning off healthy and younger policyholders.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate

ARKANSAS

Voting no: Bruce Westerman, R-4

TEXAS

Voting no: Louie Gohmert,

Not voting: John Ratcliffe, R-4

 

DEMOCRATIC STANCE ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS:

Voting 302 for and 117 against, the House on May 9 adopted a Democratic-sponsored amendment to HR 986 (above) that would prohibit the Trump administration from granting Affordable Care Act waivers that would result in state-run exchanges raising the cost of comprehensive coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, thereby imperiling the coverage.

Yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

ARKANSAS

Voting yes: Westerman

TEXAS

Voting no: Gohmert, Ratcliffe

 

REPUBLICAN STANCE ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS:

Voting 182 for and 231 against, the House on May 9 defeated a Republican motion to HR 986 (above) asserting that neither current law nor Trump administration policies would allow state-run insurance exchanges to sell policies under the Affordable Care Act that weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

ARKANSAS

Voting yes: Westerman

TEXAS

Voting yes: Gohmert

Not voting: Ratcliffe

 

$19.1 BILLION
DISASTER RELIEF:

Voting 257 for and 150 against, the House on May 10 passed a bill (HR 2157) that would provide $19.1 billion to homeowners, businesses, farmers, local governments and other entities ravaged by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons in the United States and its territories including Puerto Rico in recent years. The bill drew GOP opposition because it omits $4.5 billion sought by the administration in security funding and humanitarian aid on the southern border.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

ARKANSAS

Voting no: Westerman

TEXAS

Voting no: Gohmert, Ratcliffe

 

ADDED FUNDING FOR BORDER CHILDREN:

Voting 189 for and 215 against, the House on May 10 defeated a Republican motion to add $2.88 billion to HR 2157 (above) for programs to care for more unaccompanied migrant children who have entered the United States at the southern border.

A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

ARKANSAS

Voting yes: Westerman

TEXAS

Voting yes: Ratcliffe

Voting no: Gohmert

 

SENATE

REVIVAL OF EXPORT-IMPORT BANK:

Voting 79 for and 17 against, the Senate on May 7 confirmed Kimberly A. Reed as president of the Export-Import Bank. A federal entity, the bank finances the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad when conventional credit is difficult to obtain because of high political or commercial risks. The bank has been sidelined for nearly four years by congressional conservatives who see it as an instrument of corporate welfare in the service of manufacturers like Boeing, General Electric, John Deere and Caterpillar. By confirming Reed and two other Ex-Im directors this week, the Senate gave the bank the quorum it needs to once again approve deals of more than $10 million. Reed worked most recently as head of the International Food Information Council Foundation.

A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

ARKANSAS

Voting yes: Tom Cotton, R, John Boozman, R

TEXAS

Voting yes: John Cornyn, R

Voting no: Ted Cruz, R

 

KEY VOTES AHEAD

The House will take up healthcare bills in the week of May 13, while the Senate will debate disaster aid and judicial nominations.

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