Thursday, January 17, 2019

ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS: Rep. Schweikert Added To The Trade and Tax Subcommittees

5:10pm: Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD6) is on the Ways and Means Committee. Yesterday, he was named to the Tax and Trade Subcommittees. Schweikert said he is looking forward to both subcommittees, especially because "trade is particularly important for our state."

4:30pm: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD2) was named to the Appropriations Committee earlier this week. Today, she learned that she will also sit on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. An Arizonan has not been on the powerful Appropriations Committee during the last two Congresses (since the late Ed Pastor retired).

4:05pm: Not surprisingly, Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally split their votes this afternoon on a bill to ban federal funding for abortion services. The vote was 48-47, and it needed 60 votes to close debate.

Two Democrats (Manchin and Casey) did vote for cloture, while two Republicans (Murkowski and Collins) voted to kill the bill.

Today's vote was largely symbolic, in advance of tomorrow's March For Life in Washington. The landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case legalizing some abortions was decided on January 22, 1973.

Text of the failed bill can be found here.

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