US CAPITOL BUILDING
Associated Press

Here’s how members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation voted on major issues in the week ending Jan. 13.

Note: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, voted. By custom, the speaker does not vote except in rare circumstances.

HOUSE

Extension of Warrantless Surveillance Program: The House on Jan. 11 approved, 256-164, a six-year extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is a key government tool for detecting and preventing foreign-based terrorist attacks on the United States, but also a target of criticism that it imperils the privacy rights of innocent Americans. A yes vote was to pass S 139.

Voting yes: Paul Ryan, R-1, Glenn Grothman, R-6, Mike Gallagher, R-8

Voting no: Mark Pocan, D-2, Gwen Moore, D-4, James Sensenbrenner, R-5, Sean Duffy, R-7

Not voting: Ron Kind, D-3

Privacy Rights in Surveillance Law: Voting 183-233, the House on Jan. 11 defeated an amendment that sought to better protect the Fourth Amendment privacy rights of innocent Americans whose voice and digital communications with foreigners are inadvertently swept up in collections of data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment to S 139 (above).

Voting yes: Pocan, Moore, Sensenbrenner

Voting no: Ryan, Grothman, Duffy, Gallagher

Not voting: Kind

Limits on FBI Searches: Voting 189-227, the House on Jan. 11 refused to expand the types of FBI searches of commercial telecom databases that require specific search warrants under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The underlying bill (S 139, above) requires the FBI to obtain FISA-court warrants based on probable cause for searches targeting Americans in investigations linked to national security and foreign intelligence. This measure sought to require such warrants for all FBI searches of FISA databases. A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

Voting yes: Pocan, Moore

Voting no: Sensenbrenner, Grothman, Duffy, Gallagher

Not voting: Kind

Labor Rights on Tribal Lands: The House on Jan. 10 voted, 239-173, to remove Indian reservations from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. The bill would repeal collective-bargaining rights and other federally guaranteed workplace protections now available to 600,000 or more employees of tribal casinos, at least three-fourths of whom are not tribal members. A yes vote was to send S 140 to the Senate.

Voting yes: Moore, Sensenbrenner, Grothman, Duffy, Gallagher

Voting no: Pocan

Not voting: Kind

SENATE

Extension of Warrantless Surveillance Program: The Senate on Jan. 11 voted, 68 for and 27 against, to start legislative action on a House-passed measure (S 139, above) that would extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) through 2023, with debate and a final vote on the bill expected within days.

Voting yes: Ron Johnson, R

Voting no: Tammy Baldwin, D

KEY VOTES AHEAD

The House will debate banking deregulation and abortion in the week of Jan. 15, while the Senate will take up an extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Both chambers will vote on stopgap funding to avert a partial government shutdown at week’s end.

— Thomas Voting Reports

0
0
0
2
1