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Here’s how Inland-area members of Congress voted on Medicare, Russia

By in Press Enterprise on November 5, 2017

By Staff report

Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Friday, Nov. 3.

HOUSE

MEDICARE COST CONTROLS: The House voted 307-111 Thursday to abolish a panel of health experts from outside the government that was created by the Affordable Care Act to help control Medicare costs. The GOP-drafted bill (HR 849) would eliminate the 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is not yet in operation. The board is empowered to propose cuts in payments to Medicare providers if they are needed to keep per-capita Medicare costs from exceeding projections. Congress would need super-majority votes by both chambers to override the panel’s recommendations. The board is barred from actions that would ration care, change Medicare co-payment or deductible levels or raise premiums levels.

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

Voting yes: Ken Calvert, R-Corona; Paul Cook, R- Yucca Valley; Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands; Norma Torres, D-Pomona; Raul Ruiz, D-La Quinta; and Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine.

Voting no: Mark Takano, D-Riverside.

INDEPENDENT PROBE OF RUSSIAN ELECTION MEDDLING: Voting 230-193, the House on Thursday blocked a Democratic attempt to force floor debate on a bill (HR 356) now in committee that would establish an independent commission for investigating what U.S. intelligence agencies and the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller say was Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Had Democrats prevailed on this vote during debate on H Res 600, they would have had an opportunity to bring the bill to the floor.

A yes vote opposed floor debate on the Democratic-sponsored bill.

Voting yes: Calvert, Cook and Hunter.

Voting no: Aguilar, Torres, Ruiz and Takano.

FOREST MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC LANDS: Voting 232-188, the House on Wednesday passed a bill (HR 2936) that would ease environmental laws to allow commercial logging to be used more extensively to prevent wildfires on Bureau of […]    

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