WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how Maine’s members of Congress voted over the previous week.
After the one Senate amendment vote last Friday, the House and Senate went into recess. The two chambers will return to session this week.
There were no key votes in the House.
Senate vote 1
MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1790), that would have barred funding under the bill for military hostilities against Iran.
Udall said the block would merely reinforce constitutional strictures against the executive branch starting a war without constitutional authorization, while leaving the military free to take self-defense actions against Iranian attacks.
An amendment opponent, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said it “would dramatically limit the existing authority that the Constitution provides to the president to respond to Iran.”
The vote, on June 28, was 50 yeas to 40 nays, with a three-fifths majority required for approval. Both U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, were among the yeas.