Capital Correspondence: How your federal officials voted the week ending Oct. 12; How your federal officials voted the week ending Oct. 12.

How your federal officials voted the week ending Oct. 12.

U.S. SENATE

Confirming Justice Brett Kavanaugh: Voting 50-48, the Senate on Oct. 6 confirmed Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, 53, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat voting for Kavanaugh and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican present in the chamber who did not vote for him. Murkowski voted "no" when the roll was called, then withdrew that vote as a courtesy to Montana Republican Steve Daines, a Kavanaugh backer who was absent from Washington due to his daughter's wedding. The "pairing" between Murkowski and Daines had no effect on the outcome of the confirmation vote. Murkowski was officially recorded as "present" for the roll call. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Voting yes: Burr, Tillis

Short-Term Insurance, Pre-Existing Conditions: Voting 50-50, the Senate on Oct. 10 affirmed a new Trump administration rule allowing states to authorize the sale of "short-term, limited-duration" health insurance, which costs far less than Affordable Care Act policies because it omits ACA coverage requirements including one that protects consumers with pre-existing conditions. Critics call this "junk insurance" that would weaken the 2010 health law by siphoning off younger and healthier individuals, while supporters say it offers an affordable choice to persons seeking relief from the ACA's tangle of regulations. A yes vote was to nullify the Trump rule during debate on SJ Res 63.

Voting no: Richard Burr, R; Thom Tillis, R

Funding Water Infrastructure: Voting 99-1, the Senate on Oct. 10 passed a multi-year bill (S 3021) that would authorize $4.4 billion for drinking water programs and $3.7 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects while also funding efforts to help localities upgrade sewage systems, fix irrigation systems, cope with rising sea levels and deal with storm-water runoff. A yes vote was to send the bill to President Trump.

Voting yes: Burr, Tillis 

Jeffrey Clark, Assistant Attorney General: Voting 52-45, the Senate on Oct. 11 confirmed Jeffrey B. Clark, a partner in a Washington law firm, as assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Voting yes: Burr, Tillis

Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General: The Senate on Oct. 11 confirmed, 50-47, Eric S. Dreiband, a lawyer in private practice in Washington and former general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee.

Voting yes: Burr, Tillis