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Senators vote on FBI director, labor and energy officials

Here’s how area senators voted on major issues in the week ending Aug. 4. The House was in recess.

Senate

Christopher Wray, FBI director: Voting 92 for and five against, the Senate on Aug. 1 confirmed Christopher A. Wray, 50, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He replaces James B. Comey, Jr., who was fired by President Trump on May 9. Wray served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division under President George W. Bush.

A yes vote was to confirm Wray.

Voting yes: Thad Cochran, R; Roger Wicker, R

Voting no: None

Food and Drug Administration user fees: Voting 94 for and one against, the Senate on Aug. 3 passed a bill (HR 2430) that would authorize the Food and Drug Administration to collect more than $5 billion over five years in user fees on companies seeking federal approval of brand-name and generic drugs, medical devices and biotechnology products. The revenue is expected to fund about 25 percent of the overall FDA budget. The bill also expands patient access to highly experimental clinical trials; expedites the development of drugs for treating cancer in children; promotes competition in developing generic drugs; speeds the development of over-the-counter hearing aids; cracks down on counterfeit drugs; spurs advances in medical imaging and addresses the rising cost of prescription drugs, among hundreds of other provisions.

A yes vote was to send the bill to President Donald Trump.

Voting yes: Cochran, Wicker

Voting no: None

Marvin Kaplan, Labor Relations official: Voting 50 for and 48 against, the Senate on Aug. 2 confirmed Marvin Kaplan, chief counsel at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board. The addition of Kaplan means the five-person panel now has two GOP and two Democratic members, with President Trump expected to put the board under Republican control when he appoints its fifth member. The NLRB is charged with overseeing collective bargaining and resolving workplace disputes between labor and management under terms of the 1935 National Labor Relations Act.

A yes vote was to confirm Kaplan.

Voting yes: Cochran, Wicker

Voting no: None

Dan Brouillette, deputy energy secretary: Voting 79 for and 17 against, the Senate on Aug. 3 confirmed Dan R. Brouillette as deputy secretary of energy, the second-ranking post at the Department of Energy. In previous government positions, Brouillette was an assistant secretary of energy, staff director of the House Energy and Commerce committee and state energy regulator in Louisiana. He worked most recently in the financial services industry.

A yes vote was to confirm Brouillette.

Voting yes: Cochran, Wicker

Voting no: None

Thomas Voting Reports Inc.

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