Voterama In Congress

WASHINGTON — Here’s how Minnesota’s members of Congress voted on major issues in the legislative week ending Jan. 8.

HOUSE Objecting to Arizona’s electoral votes

Voting 121 for and 303 against, the House on Jan. 6 defeated a bid to reject Arizona’s 11 electoral votes won by President-elect Joe Biden. Opponents of accepting, or certifying, the votes said Congress should appoint a commission to audit the 2020 presidential balloting in Arizona and five other states Biden narrowly carried. The objection was sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The vote occurred about nine hours after a violent, armed mob of Trump supporters streamed through the Capitol, destroying property, defiling historical spaces and forcing lawmakers to shelter in place for extended periods, many behind barricaded doors.

A yes vote was to reject Arizona’s electoral votes.

Minnesota

Voting yes: Jim Hagedorn, R-1; Michelle Fischbach, R-7

Voting no: Angie Craig, D-2; Dean Phillips, D-3; Betty McCollum, D-4; Ilhan Omar, D-5; Tom Emmer, R-6; Pete Stauber, R-8

Not voting: None

Objecting to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes

Voting 138 for and 282 against, the House on Jan. 7 defeated a bid to deny certification of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes won by Biden. Lodged by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., the objection was part of an effort by congressional allies of President Trump to nullify Biden’s victory based on unsubstantiated claims of irregularities that state and federal courts have universally rejected.

A yes vote was to reject Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.

Minnesota

Voting yes: Hagedorn, Fischbach

Voting no: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar, Emmer, Stauber

Adopting 117th Congress House rules

Voting 217 for and 206 against, the House on Jan. 4 adopted rules to govern its operations during the 117th Congress. The package (H Res 8) was added to a body of standing rules that has controlled House proceedings since the 1st Congress in 1789. The new rules would require committees to disclose “truth in testimony” information in real time about witnesses at hearings. This would inform members and the public — before and during the sessions — about any financial or fiduciary interest witnesses have in the topic under discussion.A yes vote was to adopt the rules package.

(More details can be found in the online version of this story at mankatofreepress.com.)

Minnesota

Voting yes: Craig, Phillips, McCollum, Omar

Voting no: Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber

SENATE Objecting to Arizona’s electoral votes

Voting six for and 93 against, the Senate on Jan. 6 defeated a bid to deny certification of Arizona’s 11 electoral votes (see House issue above). The votes against certification were cast by Republicans Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Roger Marshall of Kansas, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas.

A yes vote was to reject Arizona’s electoral votes.

Minnesota

Voting yes: None

Voting no: Tina Smith, D, Amy Klobuchar, D

Not voting: None

Objecting to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes

Voting seven for and 92 against, the Senate on Jan. 7 turned back a challenge to the certification of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election (see House issue above).

A yes vote was to reject Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.

Minnesota

Voting yes: None

Voting no: Smith, Klobuchar

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