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Below is how Rep. Kirkpatrick would have voted on legislation that came to the House floor this week. She was in Arizona most of the week for family reasons noted in a previous statement.
Monday Suspension Votes
H.R. 3537 Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act – Yes
H.R. 5392 No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered – Yes
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., gave the following statement today after voting in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House:
Nearly two months after President Obama tapped Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Senate has failed to schedule so much as a hearing on his nomination.
The Senate taking a long time to get something done is hardly noteworthy. What is shocking, however, is how boldly and unapologetically Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republican lawmakers have declared their intention to put politics before the functioning of the Supreme Court.
For three months, Senate Democrats have hammered their Republican counterparts over their refusal to take up President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Now House Democrats are looking to do some hammering of their own.
Rep. Kirkpatrick and five colleagues this week introduced a House resolution calling on Senate obstructionists to do their jobs and hold hearings to fill the Supreme Court vacancy before leaving on a lengthy recess in mid-July.
House Democrats hoping to win Senate seats have jumped into the Supreme Court standoff , introducing a bill to force the Senate to stay in session over the summer if it does not consider President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee .
The bill introduced Wednesday would prohibit Congress from adjourning for the summer if the Senate does not hold a hearing on the nominee , Judge Merrick Garland, by July 19. Congress is set to be out of session for the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions in July and to take the entire month of August off.
Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) led 33 of their congressional colleagues in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday, May 16 urging immediate action on a Zika funding supplemental that includes dedicated funding for tribal communities.
In the letter, Kirkpatrick and Grijalva note that tribal communities are “among the most at-risk for tick- and mosquito-borne diseases” and that the Indian Health Service (IHS) lacks “the staffing or resources to undertake needed control operations.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., and Raúl M.
Navajo farmer Martha Curtis was planning to sell organic vegetables and melons to schools last summer when the Gold King Mine pollution drifting downstream from Colorado turned the San Juan River orange.
Fearing poisoned crops, the Navajos dried up irrigation ditches for three weeks.
Curtis and her husband, both retired in Upper Fruitland, New Mexico, lost everything on their 4 acres except for a few ears of corn that she still hasn’t had the heart to pick.
“It hurts,” Curtis said.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., today introduced The American Dream Employment Act, a bill that would allow DREAMers – undocumented young people granted exemption from deportation – to be employed by congressional offices.