Rep. Brenda Lawrence

DETAILS: Rep. Brenda Lawrence
(1954 - ) Michigan
  • United States House of Representatives
  • House Committee on Appropriations
  • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • House Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • Subcommittee on Government Operations
  • Subcommittee on National Security
  • MI - 14 House
    (2015- present)
Rep. Lawrence is FOR
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ISSUES: Rep. Brenda Lawrence

FOR

Military

Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 07/23/2019-11:29pm
  • H.R.3304 To exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-53., 2 months ago
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: Yes
  • 10/16/2019-6:44pm
  • H.J.RES.77 Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.
  • Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 246., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf“>source</a> See More»

FOR Democrats

Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly. See More»

FOR

Cannabis

As medical and recreational marijuana are legalized state by state, there is rising support by voters on both sides to make it fully legal. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2019/02/26/all-presidential-candidates-support-legalizing-marijuana-even-republicans/bK4sQjPIgkzm54kl0dmZoI/story.html“>source</a>
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-9:42pm
  • H.R.1595 To create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers for such businesses, and for other purposes.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

The GOP voter pool is experiencing a shift in recent years. While there are strong concerns about health concerns related to the drug, there is rising support by voters to legalize. Supporters want the rights and power to legalize to remain with the states. See More»

FOR Democrats

The party strongly supports the legalization of cannabis. There is some debate on whether it should be fully decriminalized and regulated by the federal government or if these decisions should be left to each state. See More»

FOR

Health Care

There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2019/10/22/republicans-have-a-health-plan--finally/#280b84667f55“>source</a> See More»

FOR Democrats

Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.forbes.com/sites/teresaghilarducci/2018/07/16/what-is-medicare-for-all/#75eb17dcbd0b“>source</a> See More»

FOR

LGBTQ

The LBGTQ community faces discrimination by some businesses and institutions based on traditional family ideals and religious views. These views have continued to evolve rapidly in the past decade, and there is a shift toward bipartisan support of protections of LGBTQ individuals among voters. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/fifty-years-after-stonewall-widespread-support-for-lgbt-issues-findings-from-american-values-atlas-2018/“>source</a>
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 10/28/2019-11:16pm
  • H.R.2115 To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide greater transparency of discounts provided by drug manufacturers.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance., 3 weeks ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

There is a rise in republican voter interest in protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals. Over half support extra protections to avoid discrimination in workplaces, businesses, and attaining housing. The protection of businesses and institutions based on religious grounds is weakening as religious views evolve. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/fifty-years-after-stonewall-widespread-support-for-lgbt-issues-findings-from-american-values-atlas-2018/“>source</a> See More»

FOR Democrats

Democrats feel a person’s identity should not interfere with their ability to work, vote, marry, attain housing, or other basic life tasks. They focus on equal rights in all areas of life, and do not feel religious beliefs should be a factor when businesses choose to hire or serve an individual. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/fifty-years-after-stonewall-widespread-support-for-lgbt-issues-findings-from-american-values-atlas-2018/“>source</a> See More»

AGAINST

Immigration

The laws regarding how our country works with people who want to enter, both temporarily and for citizenship.
  • VOTE: On Passage: Yes
  • 07/25/2019-9:59pm
  • VOTE: On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: No
  • 07/25/2019-9:44pm
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 07/23/2019-11:18pm
  • H.R.549 To designate Venezuela under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Venezuela to be eligible for temporary protected status under such section, and for other purposes.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary., 3 months ago
  • VOTE: On Agreeing to the Resolution: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-5:48pm
  • VOTE: On Ordering the Previous Question on the Amendment and the Resolution: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-5:37pm
  • H.RES.577 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2203) to increase transparency, accountability, and community engagement within the Department of Homeland Security, provide independent oversight of border security activities, improve training for agents and officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3525) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to establish uniform processes for medical screening of individuals interdicted between ports of entry, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 576) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint of August 12, 2019, made to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community; and for other purposes.
  • Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection., 1 month ago
  • VOTE: On Passage: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-10:07pm
  • VOTE: On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: No
  • 09/25/2019-10:00pm
  • H.R.2203 To increase transparency, accountability, and community engagement within the Department of Homeland Security, provide independent oversight of border security activities, improve training for agents and officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and for other purposes.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans support immigrants entering the country, but they feel it is government responsibility to first look out for American families and workers. Then those who enter the country legally. Then those who enter the country illegally. They feel current immigration laws should be upheld and ‘sanctuary cities’ should be denied federal aid. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf“>source</a> See More»

AGAINST Democrats

Feel the immigration system is broken and needs reform. They focus on ending the 3-10-and permanent bars that prevent immigrants from attaining legal permits and citizenship. Also, they support looser restrictions to aid refugees fleeing violent or unlivable living conditions in their own country, and to have government assistance programs like the affordable care act available to non-citizens. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform/bring-americans-together-and-remove-barriers-to-opportunities/“>source</a> See More»

FOR

Military

Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 07/23/2019-11:29pm
  • H.R.3304 To exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-53., 2 months ago
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: Yes
  • 10/16/2019-6:44pm
  • H.J.RES.77 Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.
  • Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 246., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf“>source</a> See More»

FOR Democrats

Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly. See More»

FOR

Cannabis

As medical and recreational marijuana are legalized state by state, there is rising support by voters on both sides to make it fully legal. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2019/02/26/all-presidential-candidates-support-legalizing-marijuana-even-republicans/bK4sQjPIgkzm54kl0dmZoI/story.html“>source</a>
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-9:42pm
  • H.R.1595 To create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers for such businesses, and for other purposes.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

The GOP voter pool is experiencing a shift in recent years. While there are strong concerns about health concerns related to the drug, there is rising support by voters to legalize. Supporters want the rights and power to legalize to remain with the states. See More»

FOR Democrats

The party strongly supports the legalization of cannabis. There is some debate on whether it should be fully decriminalized and regulated by the federal government or if these decisions should be left to each state. See More»

FOR

Health Care

There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2019/10/22/republicans-have-a-health-plan--finally/#280b84667f55“>source</a> See More»

FOR Democrats

Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.forbes.com/sites/teresaghilarducci/2018/07/16/what-is-medicare-for-all/#75eb17dcbd0b“>source</a> See More»

AGAINST

Immigration

The laws regarding how our country works with people who want to enter, both temporarily and for citizenship.
  • VOTE: On Passage: Yes
  • 07/25/2019-9:59pm
  • VOTE: On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: No
  • 07/25/2019-9:44pm
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 07/23/2019-11:18pm
  • H.R.549 To designate Venezuela under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Venezuela to be eligible for temporary protected status under such section, and for other purposes.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary., 3 months ago
  • VOTE: On Agreeing to the Resolution: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-5:48pm
  • VOTE: On Ordering the Previous Question on the Amendment and the Resolution: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-5:37pm
  • H.RES.577 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2203) to increase transparency, accountability, and community engagement within the Department of Homeland Security, provide independent oversight of border security activities, improve training for agents and officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3525) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to establish uniform processes for medical screening of individuals interdicted between ports of entry, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 576) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint of August 12, 2019, made to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community; and for other purposes.
  • Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection., 1 month ago
  • VOTE: On Passage: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-10:07pm
  • VOTE: On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: No
  • 09/25/2019-10:00pm
  • H.R.2203 To increase transparency, accountability, and community engagement within the Department of Homeland Security, provide independent oversight of border security activities, improve training for agents and officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and for other purposes.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans support immigrants entering the country, but they feel it is government responsibility to first look out for American families and workers. Then those who enter the country legally. Then those who enter the country illegally. They feel current immigration laws should be upheld and ‘sanctuary cities’ should be denied federal aid. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf“>source</a> See More»

AGAINST Democrats

Feel the immigration system is broken and needs reform. They focus on ending the 3-10-and permanent bars that prevent immigrants from attaining legal permits and citizenship. Also, they support looser restrictions to aid refugees fleeing violent or unlivable living conditions in their own country, and to have government assistance programs like the affordable care act available to non-citizens. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform/bring-americans-together-and-remove-barriers-to-opportunities/“>source</a> See More»

FOR

LGBTQ

The LBGTQ community faces discrimination by some businesses and institutions based on traditional family ideals and religious views. These views have continued to evolve rapidly in the past decade, and there is a shift toward bipartisan support of protections of LGBTQ individuals among voters. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/fifty-years-after-stonewall-widespread-support-for-lgbt-issues-findings-from-american-values-atlas-2018/“>source</a>
  • VOTE: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: Yes
  • 10/28/2019-11:16pm
  • H.R.2115 To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide greater transparency of discounts provided by drug manufacturers.
  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance., 3 weeks ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

There is a rise in republican voter interest in protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals. Over half support extra protections to avoid discrimination in workplaces, businesses, and attaining housing. The protection of businesses and institutions based on religious grounds is weakening as religious views evolve. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/fifty-years-after-stonewall-widespread-support-for-lgbt-issues-findings-from-american-values-atlas-2018/“>source</a> See More»

FOR Democrats

Democrats feel a person’s identity should not interfere with their ability to work, vote, marry, attain housing, or other basic life tasks. They focus on equal rights in all areas of life, and do not feel religious beliefs should be a factor when businesses choose to hire or serve an individual. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/fifty-years-after-stonewall-widespread-support-for-lgbt-issues-findings-from-american-values-atlas-2018/“>source</a> See More»

DONORS/LOBBYISTS:
    • Company
    • Amount
    • General Motors Company
    • $35k
    • International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers
    • $20k
    • American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
    • $15k
    • DTE Energy
    • $15k
    • AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
    • $14k
    • CMS ENERGY CORP
    • $13.5k
    • Laborers' International Union of North America
    • $12.5k
    • American Society of Anesthesiologists
    • $12k
    • Quicken Loans Inc.
    • $12k
    • American Federation of Teachers
    • $11k
Based on the July 2019 report, next report due August 20th.
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