RECENT VOTES

Russia Sanctions

On Tuesday the House passed H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act under suspension of the rules. We don’t typically include suspension bills in these reports but this one is worth noting. H.R. 3364 advances sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The sanctions against Russia have to do with Ukraine and with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The legislation specifically prohibits President Trump from waiving these sanctions. This is unprecedented. In past administrations Congress trusted Presidents of both parties to adjust sanctions “in the national interest” as circumstances changed. This week, Congress insisted the Executive could make no changes without Legislative approval. The Senate also overwhelmingly passed this legislation. The President has not decided yet if he will sign it. In fact, officials have hinted he may veto it. As you can see, it passed the House by a veto-proof majority. H.R. 3364 makes it harder for Trump to go easy on Russia. I voted YES. H.R. 3364 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

229

3

0

7

DEMOCRAT

190

0

0

4

TOTAL

419

3

0

11

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

9

0

0

0