WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would require stricter verification standards be put in place before people could become eligible for health insurance subsidies. By a 235-191 vote, the House approved the No Subsidies Without Verification Act, which comes in response to an administration rule giving states flexibility to determine who is eligible for the subsidies. The bill’s Republican supporters maintain that this flexibility opens the door for widespread fraud, and that careful verification is required. Five Democrats joined 230 Republicans in voting for the measure, while all 191 no votes were cast by Democrats.
U.S. House vote
• No Subsidies Without Verification Act
Walden (R) Y
Blumenauer (D) N
Bonamici (D) N
DeFazio (D) N
Schrader (D) N
The Senate spent much of the week preparing for a vote on President Barack Obama’s resolution on the authorization to use military force to intervene in Syria. When a last-minute diplomatic alternative postponed that vote, the Senate ended up taking only a roll-call vote.
On Thursday, it confirmed Valerie Caproni to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, by a 73-24 margin. Fifty-one Democrats and 22 Republicans voted yes, while one Democrat — Oregon’s Jeff Merkley — and 23 Republicans voted no.
U.S. Senate vote
• Confirm Valerie Caproni as a District Judge
Merkley (D) N
Wyden (D) Y
— Andrew Clevenger, The Bulletin