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Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted the week of Dec. 6 to 12. Look for this roll call report by Targeted News Service (with a week delay) regularly in Sunday Forum.

HOUSE VOTES:

IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION: The House has tabled a resolution (H. Res. 646), sponsored by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, that would have impeached President Trump for allegedly committing high misdemeanors by bringing shame and dishonor to the presidency by making discriminatory statements against various groups. The resolution was not debated on the House floor. The vote to table, on Dec. 6, was 364 yeas to 58 nays.

YEAS: Rokita R-IN (4th), Walorski R-IN (2nd), Visclosky D-IN (1st)

INVESTIGATING VA MEDICAL CENTERS: The House has passed the Enhancing Veteran Care Act (S. 1266), sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. The bill would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to have nonprofit groups that evaluate health care organizations investigate care deficiencies at VA medical centers. The vote, on Dec. 6, was unanimous with 423 yeas.

YEAS: Rokita R-IN (4th), Walorski R-IN (2nd), Visclosky D-IN (1st)

CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY: The House has passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. The bill would stipulate that people who have state concealed carry firearm permits and are visiting a state that allows its residents to carry concealed firearms can carry their firearms while in that state. Hudson said the bill would uphold Second Amendment rights and the constitutional requirement that states give full faith and credit to the laws of other states. An opponent, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said the bill "is dangerous, it is reckless, and it is secretly packaged as a fix to gun violence, but, instead, it is laced with lethal elements of catastrophic proportion." The vote, on Dec. 6, was 231 yeas to 198 nays.

YEAS: Rokita R-IN (4th), Walorski R-IN (2nd)

NAYS: Visclosky D-IN (1st)

BURMA VIOLENCE: The House has passed a resolution (H. Con. Res. 90), sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya group in Burma and calling on Burma's government to stop persecution of the Rohingya, and requesting sanctions against government officials violating the Rohingya's rights. The vote, on Dec. 6, was 423 yeas to 3 nays.

YEAS: Rokita R-IN (4th), Walorski R-IN (2nd), Visclosky D-IN (1st)

CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS: The House has passed the Further Continuing Appropriations Act (H.J. Res. 123), sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., to fund the federal government through December 22 and redistribute Children's Health Insurance Program funds through the end of 2017 to state child health plans that are having emergency funding shortfalls. Frelinghuysen said the bill was necessary giving the prospect of a government shutdown on Dec. 8. An opponent, Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., said Republicans should "engage with Democrats" to shape a bipartisan plan for a fiscal 2018 government budget. The vote, on Dec. 7, was 235 yeas to 193 nays.

YEAS: Rokita R-IN (4th), Walorski R-IN (2nd)

NAYS: Visclosky D-IN (1st)

AID TO VENEZUELANS: The House has passed the Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act (H.R. 2658), sponsored by Rep. Eliot L Engel, D-N.Y. The bill would require the State Department to combat human rights violations by Venezuela's government and work with nongovernmental groups to provide food, medicine, and other goods to Venezuelans, and call on the president to make Venezuela's humanitarian and political crisis a priority for the United Nations Security Council. The vote, on Dec. 7, was 388 yeas to 29 nays.

YEAS: Rokita R-IN (4th), Walorski R-IN (2nd), Visclosky D-IN (1st)

SENATE VOTES:

TAX BILL CONFERENCE: The Senate has passed a motion to go to conference with the House to reconcile the two chambers' versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). A conference supporter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said: "The American people deserve taxes that are lower, simpler, and fairer. By voting for a conference, we will be one step closer to getting it done." An opponent, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said the two versions of the bill would add $1 trillion to $2 trillion to the debt, and "we shouldn't be deficit-financing a tax reform bill." The vote, on Dec. 6, was 51 yeas to 47 nays.

YEAS: Young R-IN

NAYS: Donnelly D-IN

HEALTH INSURANCE AND TAX BILL: The Senate has rejected a motion sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., to insist that the House-Senate conference report for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) not contain any provisions that increase health insurance premiums or increase the number of people without health insurance. Booker said the current versions of the bill "could literally threaten the lives of Americans" by potentially increasing premiums by 10 percent and causing 13 million people to lose insurance coverage. A motion opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said the bill's repeal of health care reform (Obamacare) was needed to stop a deeply regressive tax on those who do not buy health insurance. The vote, on Dec. 6, was 47 yeas to 51 nays.

NAYS: Young R-IN

YEAS: Donnelly D-IN

INTERIOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Joseph Balash to serve as the Interior Department's Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals. A supporter, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said Balash's time as head of Alaska's Department of Natural Resources gave him ample experience with managing government land and mineral resources, making him "super well qualified" for the Interior post. An opponent, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., cited Balash's refusal to recuse himself, if confirmed, from a case in which Alaska was appealing a Bureau of Land Management rejection of the state's bid to obtain Arctic National Wildlife Refuge land for oil and natural gas development. The vote, on Dec. 7, was 61 yeas to 38 nays.

YEAS: Young R-IN, Donnelly D-IN

CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS: The Senate has passed the Further Continuing Appropriations Act (H.J. Res. 123), sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., to fund the federal government through December 22 and redistribute Children's Health Insurance Program funds through the end of 2017 to state child health plans that are having emergency funding shortfalls. A supporter, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the funding was necessary, but also urged Republicans and President Trump to reach a bipartisan budget agreement that replaces the current sequester budget. The vote, on Dec. 7, was 81 yeas to 14 nays.

YEAS: Young R-IN, Donnelly D-IN

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.