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WASHINGTON — Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending May 14.
Crackdown on Debt Collectors: Voting 215-207, the House on May 13 passed a bill (HR 2547) that would prohibit abusive practices by private firms that collect debt from consumers, student-loan borrowers and others seriously in arrears. In part, the bill would require a two-year grace period before efforts to collect medical debt can begin and allow co-signers as well as borrowers of private student loans to discharge debt on the basis of total and permanent disability. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-15th Dist.: No. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-15th Dist.: No.
Workplace Accommodations for Pregnancy: Voting 315-101, the House on May 14 passed a bill (HR 1065) that would require private-sector firms and government agencies with at least 15 employees to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for workers and job applicants who are pregnant or have recently given birth. The bill would not require employers to make accommodations that impose undue hardship on their operations. GOP critics said it gave insufficient protection to religious organizations. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate. Kelly: No. Thompson: Did not vote.
Nullifying Trump Administration Banking Rule: Voting 52-47, the Senate on May 11 nullified a six-months-old Trump administration rule that has made it easier for state-regulated predatory lenders to use short-term alliances with national banks and federal savings associations to avoid state banking regulations including usury rules capping interest rates. The federal institutions involved in such arrangements are not answerable to state regulations. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published the rule on Oct. 30, 2020. A yes vote was to nullify the rule. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa.: Yes. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.: No.
Andrea Palm, Deputy Health Secretary: Voting 61-37, the Senate on May 11 confirmed Andrea J. Palm, 47, as deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Palm was a senior HHS staff member and White House aide and during the Obama administration, and she worked under Hillary Clinton when she represented New York in the Senate. Palm worked most recently as secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee. Casey: Yes. Toomey: No.
Cindy Marten, Deputy Education Secretary: Voting 54-44, the Senate on May 11 confirmed Cindy M. Marten as deputy secretary of the Department of Education. She was superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District between 2013-2021. A former classroom teacher and school principal, Marten is a literacy specialist who served as president of the San Diego Council of Literacy Professionals. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee. Casey: Yes. Toomey: No.
KEY VOTES AHEAD
The House will take up bills to address hate crimes against Asian-Americans and establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in the week of May 17, while the Senate will vote on Biden administration nominees.
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