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Updated: May 30, 2013 3:10PM



WASHINGTON — This is how Northwest Indiana’s congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski, Republican, and Peter J. Visclosky, Democrat, and U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, Democrat, and Dan Coats, Republican — voted on key legislation last week.

House

COMMEMORATING VICTIMS OF 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHURCH BOMBING: The House passed a bill (H.R. 360), sponsored by Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala. The bill would award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, four African-American girls who died in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, on Sept. 15, 1963. Sewell said: “While we recognize that this medal cannot in any way replace the lives lost nor the injuries suffered as a result of the horrific bombing, I hope this medal serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of the many sacrifices made and the great achievements obtained so that this Nation could live up to its ideals of equality and justice for all.” The vote, on April 24, was unanimous with 420 yeas.

Votes: Visclosky, yea; Walorski, did not vote

Senate

CONFIRMING EIGHTH CIRCUIT JUDGE: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jane Kelly to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit. A supporter, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, cited Kelly’s more than two decades of experience as an assistant federal public defender in the Northern District of Iowa. Harkin called Kelly a “person of truly outstanding intellect and character, with a reputation as an extremely talented lawyer with a deep sense of compassion and fairness. Not surprisingly, she enjoys wide bipartisan support from the Iowa legal community.” The vote, on April 24, was unanimous with 96 yeas.

Votes: Coats, yea; Donnelly, yea

OMB DIRECTOR: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. A supporter, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., cited Burwell’s experience as Deputy OMB Director at the end of the Clinton administration, and with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wal-Mart Foundation. Carper praised Burwell’s leadership and multitasking abilities, both of which will help OMB as it works to find ways to cut the budget deficit and put government on a more sustainable fiscal footing. The vote, on April 24, was unanimous with 96 yeas.

Votes: Coats, yea; Donnelly, yea

INTERNET SALES TAXES: The Senate approved a cloture motion to end debate on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743), sponsored by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. The bill would authorize state and local governments to adopt their own sales taxes for purchases made on the Internet from retail sellers located in other jurisdictions with have $1 million or more in annual sales. Enzi said the bill would give state and local government the chance to collect sales tax revenue needed to maintain vital services in local communities. An opponent, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the bill would wrongly place the burden of collecting sales taxes on private business, and would drive economic activity outside the U.S. by forcing domestic retailers to try to comply with the complex tax rules imposed by thousands of taxing jurisdictions within the U.S. The vote, on April 25, was 63 yeas to 30 nays, with a three-fifths majority required to end debate.

Votes: Coats, nay; Donnelly, yea



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