Here’s a look at how Southwest Florida’s members of Congress voted over the previous week.
CYBERCRIMES The House passed the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act (H.R. 1616), sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas. The bill would authorize for the next five years the National Computer Forensics Institute in Alabama, which trains law enforcement officers and other officials in the judicial system on cybercrime issues. The vote, on May 16, was 408 yeas to 3 nays. YEAS: Francis Rooney, R-Naples. NOT VOTING: Thomas Rooney, R-Okeechobee
MAINE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: The House passed the Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act (H.R. 1177), sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine. The bill would order the Agriculture Department to remove a deed restriction on land next to the airport in Old Town, Maine, that has prevented the land from being sold and developed by private business. The vote, on May 17, was 418 yeas to 1 nay. YEAS: Francis Rooney, R-Naples, Thomas Rooney, R-Okeechobee
PUNISHING MURDERS OF POLICE: The House passed the Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 115), sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. The bill would add the killing or attempted killing of law enforcement officers or other first responders to the list of additional aggravating factors for juries to consider in federal capital punishment cases. The vote, on May 18, was 271 yeas to 143 nays. YEAS: Francis Rooney, R-Naples. NOT VOTING: Thomas Rooney, R-Okeechobee
MEMORIALIZING FIRST RESPONDERS: The House passed the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (H.R. 1892), sponsored by Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., to authorize orders by governors to have the U.S. flag flown at half-staff to mark the deaths of first responders who have died on the job. The vote, on May 18, was 411 yeas to 1 nay. YEAS: Francis Rooney, R-Naples, Thomas Rooney, R-Okeechobee
DEPUTY TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen to serve as deputy secretary of transportation. The vote, on May 16, was 56 yeas to 42 nays. NAYS: Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, YEAS: Marco Rubio, R-West Miami
ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel L. Brand to serve as associate attorney general. The vote, on May 18, was 52 yeas to 46 nays. NAYS: Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, YEAS: Marco Rubio, R-West Miami
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