The House was in recess this week.

Along with roll-call votes this week, the Senate also passed the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act to establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants; the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act to require the secretary of veterans affairs to hire additional veterans justice outreach specialists to provide treatment court services to justice-involved veterans; and a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin and her contributions to music, civil rights, and Detroit.

U.S. SENATE

Identifying POWs and MIAs: The Senate has passed an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that would increase by $10 million funding for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which identifies U.S. prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. The vote, on Aug. 20, was unanimous with 85 yeas.

Yeas: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, both R-N.C.

Suicide prevention: The Senate has passed an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act to increase funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by $2.8 million, offset by cuts in funding for other programs. The vote, on Aug. 21, was unanimous with 95 yeas.

Yeas: Burr, Tillis

Funding Planned Parenthood: The Senate has rejected an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that would have blocked federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The vote, on Aug. 23, was 45 to 48.

Yeas: Burr, Tillis

Military spending: The Senate has passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act to authorize $675 billion of fiscal 2019 spending at the Defense Department and defense programs at the Energy Department, as well as $179 billion of spending at the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. The vote, on Aug. 23, was 85 to 7.

Yeas: Burr, Tillis

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