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Originally published Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

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Voterama in Congress

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WASHINGTON — Here’s how Washington’s U.S. senators voted on major issues in the week ending June 6. The House was in recess.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS secretary

By a vote of 78 for and 17 against, the Senate on June 5 confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, where she will oversee the Affordable Care Act and other health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. Burwell, 48, had been director of the Office of Management and Budget, president of the Walmart Foundation and head of global development programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Voting yes: Maria Cantwell, D; Patty Murray, D

Sharon Bowen, financial regulator

Voting 48-46, the Senate on June 3 confirmed Sharon Bowen, a securities attorney, as a commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The CFTC is charged with regulating the $600 trillion derivatives industry to guard against fraudulent and abusive practices on Wall Street such as those that helped cause the 2008 financial collapse. The agency says its mission is “to foster transparent, open, competitive and financially sound markets” for both futures and swaps transactions.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray

Keith Harper, human-rights ambassador

By a vote of 52-42, the Senate on June 3 confirmed Keith Harper, a lawyer in private practice and prolific campaign fundraiser for President Obama, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council. A member of the Cherokee nation, Harper becomes the first Native American to hold the rank of ambassador.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray



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