Stefanik votes to remove wolves from endangered list

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik speaks with the Enterprise editorial board Oct. 5, 2018, at the newspaper’s Saranac Lake office. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in five roll-call votes last week, the first time in more than a month that Congress has held a session.

Stefanik, R-Willsboro, voted for a resolution to bring the Manage our Wolves Act forward for discussion. The bill would remove gray wolves from the list of endangered species.

The resolution to proceed with the Manage our Wolves Act also included a section to the rule that the War Powers Resolution did not apply to another House resolution withdrawing U.S. troops from Yemen. According to reporting from the Intercept, the resolution to withdraw troops — House Concurrent Resolution 138 — is allowed to circumvent committee approval under the War Powers Resolution.

The vote to move the Manage Our Wolves Act forward prevents it being brought to the floor, and therefore prevents a vote on whether troops should be withdrawn from Yemen.

Because names are recorded only in roll calls, the following list does not include any bills that were passed in other kinds of votes, such as voice votes.

Stefanik voted to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate Amendment on the Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act. It passed, 375-1.

She voted to suspend the rules and pass to rename the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Congressman Lester Wolff National Wildlife Refuge. It passed, 385-4.

She voted for the Manage our Wolves Act. It passed, 196-180.

She voted to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act. It passed, 375-1.

Also last week, Stefanik won a victory within the House Republican conference with a resolution that forces Republi-can leaders to step down if they decide to run for higher office.

“The leadership amendment is a common sense proposal to ensure House Republican leaders are focused on advancing our legislative agenda, and Rep. Stefanik is pleased it was passed unanimously,” a spokesman for Stefanik wrote in an email to the Times.