For the

week
ending
May 2
N Y N Y Y
Veterans, Medical Marijuana: Members
refused, 195-222, to permit federal veterans’
doctors to counsel patients on the use of
medical marijuana for ills such as post-
traumatic stress disorder. A yes vote
supported marijuana counseling by the
Veterans Health Administration. (HR 4486)
Y Y Y Y Y
Fiscal 2015 Veterans’ Budget: The House
voted, 416-1, to appropriate $64.7 billion for
the Department of Veterans Affairs and $6.6
billion for military construction in fiscal 2015.
A yes vote was to pass a bill (HR 4486) with
extra funds to reduce a deep backlog of
veterans’ medical claims.
N Y N Y Y
Technology Advice to Congress: The
House refused, 164-248, to reinstate the
Office of Technology Assessment, which
existed from 1972 to 1995 to advise members
on the technological aspects of key issues. A
yes vote was to revive the OTA on a $2.5
million annual budget. (HR 4487)
Y N N N Y
Leased Vehicles: The House refused, 196
-221, to end the use of publicly funded leased
vehicles by some members. A yes vote was
to include all members in a system in which
they use personal (not leased) vehicles for
official business with per-mile reimbursement
for their expenses. (HR 4487)
Y N Y N Y
Expatriates’ Health Insurance: The House
voted, 268-150, to exempt Americans abroad
and foreigners in the U.S. from requirements
of the Affordable Care Act. A yes vote was to
pass the bill over arguments its main
objective was to benefit certain U.S.
insurance companies. (HR 4414)
Y Y
Federal Minimum Wage: Senators failed, 54
-42, to reach 60 votes for ending GOP
blockage of a bill to increase the minimum
wage from its present $7.25 per hour to
$10.10 per hour. A yes vote backed a bill also
raising the “tipped minimum wage” received
by restaurant workers. (S 2223)
In the week of May 5, the House will debate bills on charter schools
and business taxes and vote on a contempt-of-Congress citation against
former IRS official Lois G. Lerner. The Senate will take up a bill to
promote residential and industrial energy efficiencies.
KEY VOTES AHEAD
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