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Votes by St. Louis-area delegation in Congress

Votes by St. Louis-area delegation in Congress

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How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of May 5-9. The votes and descriptions are compiled by DCVotesInCongress, a legislative tracking firm.

Former IRS head Lois Lerner contempt of Congress • The House voted 231-187 to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress over her refusal to answer a House committee’s questions about improper IRS targeting of Tea Party and other groups’ applications for tax-exempt status under Section 501c4 of the tax code. A yes vote was to pass House Resolution 574.

Yes • Wagner, R-Ballwin; Leutkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill.

No • Clay, D-St. Louis; Enyart, D-Belleville.

Appointment of special IRS counsel • The House passed 250-168 a nonbinding measure urging the Department of Justice to relinquish to a special counsel or independent prosecutor its ongoing investigation of the IRS’s targeting of certain groups on the right and left that had applied for tax-exempt status. A yes vote was to adopt House Resolution 565.

Yes • Wagner, R-Ballwin; Leutkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill.

No • Clay, D-St.Louis; Enyart, D-Belleville.

Bipartisan energy efficiency • The Senate advanced 79-20 a bipartisan bill to promote U.S. energy efficiency in residential, commercial and industrial sectors and throughout the federal government, the nation’s largest energy consumer. A yes vote was to advance Senate Bill 2262, which counts on voluntary compliance, not mandates, to reach its goals.

Yes • Blunt, R-Mo.; McCaskill, D-Mo.; Durbin, D-Ill.; Kirk, R-Ill.

Select Benghazi committee • Voting 232-186, the House GOP set up a select committee with no fixed ending date to investigate U.S. government actions after the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. A yes vote was to adopt House Resolution 567.

Yes • Wagner, R-Ballwin; Leutkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill.

No • Clay, D-St. Louis; Enyart, D-Belleville.

Business tax credits • The House voted 274-131 to expand the research-and-development tax credit for businesses and make it permanent instead of subject to periodic renewal as it is now. A yes vote was to pass a GOP-drafted bill adding $156 billion to the national debt through fiscal 2024. It was House Resolution 4438.

Yes • Wagner, R-Ballwin; Leutkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill; Enyart, D-Belleville.

Not voting • Clay, D-St. Louis.

Charter schools funding • The House authorized, 360-45. $300 million per year through fiscal 2020 for charter schools, which enroll about 5 percent of students in K-12 education in the U.S. A yes vote was to send the Senate a bill (House Resolution) to fund learning activities and classroom construction.

Yes • Wagner, R-Ballwin; Leutkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Enyart, D-Belleville.

No • Clay, D-St. Louis; Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill.

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Chuck Raasch is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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