Important Votes of the Week
H.R. 4924/ H.Res. 724 – The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act. This bill, which I coauthored, will overhaul the deeply flawed process for responding to harassment and discrimination in Congress. This is not only a triumph of bipartisanship, it’s a victory for the American public – which made it clear that they have had enough of Members using taxpayer funds to cover up their abuses and misdeeds. The CAA Reform Act is based on the ME TOO Congress Act I introduced last fall, and builds on that legislation by empowering survivors, holding Members of Congress accountable, and providing better transparency. I could not be more pleased that this bill was passed by voice vote.
HR 1892 - The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This is a two-year budget deal that raises budget caps by $300 billion in the next two years, increases the debt ceiling and includes nearly $90 billion in disaster relief. About $165 billion would go to the Pentagon and $131 billion to non-defense programs. However, it only funds the government until the end of March, and does not protect DACA recipients. I voted NO because I could not in good conscience support such dysfunctional governance and because I stand with our Dreamers.
H.R. 1153 - Mortgage Choice Act of 2017. This bill would weaken consumer protections included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), by allowing lenders to hide true costs of a mortgage in loan documents, and to stop ensuring that borrowers have the ability to repay these loans. To prevent consumers from being preyed upon by predatory lenders, I voted NO.