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Megavote Recent & Upcoming Congressional Votes as of January 26, 2015

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January 26, 2015In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change
  • Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change
  • Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline – Energy Efficiency Standards
  • House: Gas Pipeline Permit Deadlines ? Passage
  • House: Federal Abortion Funding Ban ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline
  • House: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act
  • House: LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act

Recent Senate Votes
Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change – Vote Rejected (50-49, 1 Not Voting)
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The Senate rejected a Schatz, D-Hawaii, amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and that human activity significantly contributes to it. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the amendment to 60 votes.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change – Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)
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The Senate agreed to table (kill) a Sanders, I-Vt., amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and caused by human activities. It also would urge the U.S. to overhaul its energy system away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Keystone XL Pipeline – Energy Efficiency Standards – Vote Agreed to (94-5, 1 Not Voting)
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The Senate adopted a Portman, R-Ohio, amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would would direct the General Services Administration to establish best practices regarding energy-efficiency in commercial real estate buildings, including those that house federal agencies. It would require the GSA to incorporate energy-efficiency standards into its building leasing program for federal agencies.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Gas Pipeline Permit Deadlines ? Passage – Vote Passed (253-169, 11 Not Voting)
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The House passed a bill that would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny a natural gas pipeline project within one year after receiving a completed application. Federal agencies responsible for issuing permits would have to issue a ruling within 90 days of when FERC issues its final environmental statement for the project.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Federal Abortion Funding Ban ? Passage – Vote Passed (242-179, 12 Not Voting)
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The House passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities or staff to provide abortion coverage and services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the woman. It also would prohibit individuals and small business from receiving federal subsidies and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health care overhaul to purchase plans that cover abortions.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Keystone XL Pipeline – S1
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The Senate will consider a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Human Trafficking Prioritization Act – HR514
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The House will consider a bill to prioritize the fight against human trafficking within the Department of State according to congressional intent in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 without increasing the size of the Federal Government.
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LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act – HR351
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The House will consider a bill to provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas.
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The News with Sen. Cruz – January 23, 2015

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bills to Protect National Security,
Support Men and Women in Uniform

On Thursday, Sen. Cruz introduced two bills to protect our national security and support our men and women in uniform. First, the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA), will prevent Americans who are fighting alongside a terrorist organization overseas from reentering the United States and recognizes such actions as a renunciation of U.S. citizenship. Second, the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, cosponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, provides that members of our military deployed to combat the spread of Ebola be entitled to the same tax benefits as those serving in a combat zone.

“America continues to suffer the consequences of the failed Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy,” said Sen. Cruz. “From Syria to Iraq to Yemen, it is clear that when America withdraws from the world, the world becomes a more dangerous place. We must take bold action to protect our homeland by declaring that Americans who have traveled abroad to fight with radical Islamic terrorists have renounced their citizenship, and we must preempt any of their efforts to re-enter the country and launch further attacks on Americans.”

Sen. Cruz continued, “While we take steps to protect Americans at home, we must never forget that once our Armed Forces are deployed in harm’s way, Congress and the Commander-in-Chief have a responsibility to support them and their families who remain behind. That’s why I am also reintroducing the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, to give our troops the appropriate recognition for their service in the fight against Ebola.” Read the full release here.

CLICK HERE to read more on Sen. Cruz Commends 2015 March for Life, & Response to Obama’s State of the Union Address…

Louie Gohmert Votes “NO” on Bill He Co-Sponsored…

U.S. House Representative Louie Gohmert votes “NO” on bill HR5759 which he co-sponsored
WATCH VIDEO BELOW of Rep. Louie Gohmert on the House Floor explaining why he had to vote against HR5759.

The immigration bill that the House passed yesterday would nullify Obama’s executive action on immigration, but it was criticized by many Republicans because it’s a bill the Senate doesn’t have to take up, and in fact, the Senate will not consider it. Many Republicans are still hoping that the House takes up a must-pass spending bill next week that prevents the administration from implementing Obama’s immigration plan.

But Republicans like Gohmert were also critical of the substance of the bill. Gohmert noted that the bill was re-written in the House Rules Committee to say the president cannot exempt whole classes of people from immigration laws, except if there are “humanitarian purposes where the aliens are at imminent risk of serious bodily harm or death.”

Gohmert said he cosponsored the original bill, but that he could not support this change. He said the exception language might even be used by Obama to justify Obama’s recent action if it ever became law.

“The bill that I was willing to cosponsor completely changed in the addition of that exception,” he said.

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Louie Gohmert says GOP leaders abused House procedures to quickly pass flawed defense, immigration bills
Read more here…

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Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills as of 7/28/2014 from MegaVote

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July 28, 2014

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Insourcing Incentives – Cloture
  • House: Higher Education Tax Credits – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • House: 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act

Recent Senate Votes
Insourcing Incentives – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (93-7)
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The Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would give businesses a tax credit for up to 20 percent of the expenses incurred to bring work done in foreign countries back into the United States, if the business also increases its number of full-time employees. It also would prohibit tax deductions for expenses incurred when moving jobs outside the U.S.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Higher Education Tax Credits – Passage – Vote Passed (227-187, 18 Not Voting)
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The House passed a bill that would modify and make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit for tuition and higher-education expenses. It would eliminate the “above the line” higher-education tax deduction for qualified tuition and repeal the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO


Upcoming Votes
21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act – HR4315
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The House will consider a bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species.
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Recent Congressional Votes From MegaVote as of June 30, 2014

 

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In this MegaVote Texas’ 1st Congressional District for June 30, 2014:

Recent Congressional Votes
• Senate: Workforce Training Reauthorization – Passage
• House: CFTC Reauthorization – Passage
• House: Trans-National Pipelines – Passage
• House: Liquefied Natural Gas Exports – Passage
• House: Oil and Gas Exploration – Passage

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Editor’s Note: Both chambers are in recess until the week of July 7.
Recent Senate Votes
Workforce Training Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
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Recent House Votes
CFTC Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (265-144, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and would largely exempt end users or nonfinancial companies that use derivatives to hedge risks from tough rules on derivatives under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES
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Trans-National Pipelines – Passage – Vote Passed (238-173, 20 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require future oil and gas pipeline projects and power lines that cross international borders to be reviewed by the State or Energy secretary within 120 days of the environmental review, unless the agency finds the project is not in the public interest of the United States. It would eliminate the current system created by executive orders under which a presidential permit must be issued.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES
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Liquefied Natural Gas Exports – Passage – Vote Passed (266-150, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. It would require that all applications publicly disclose the specific nation or nations that would receive the proposed export of liquefied natural gas.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES
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Oil and Gas Exploration – Passage – Vote Passed (229-185, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish a five-year program for oil and gas leasing. The bill would double the cap for offshore oil and gas revenue sharing to $1 billion and require at least 25 percent of eligible federal land be made available each year to lease for oil and gas exploration.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES
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Recent Congressional Votes from Mega Vote as of June 23, 2014

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In This MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District on June 23, 2014

Recent Congressional Votes
• Senate: Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Minibus ‘Shell’ – Cloture
• House: Fiscal 2015 Defense Appropriations – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills
•Senate: Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization
•House: CFTC Reauthorization

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Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Minibus ‘Shell’ – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would that would provide for $51.2 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other science agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. The bill is intended to serve as the legislative vehicle for the Senate’s Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture spending bills for fiscal 2015.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

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Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2015 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (340-73, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $570.4 billion in non-war discretionary funding for the Defense Department in fiscal 2015. It also would provide $79.4 billion in fiscal 2015 for contingency funds to support operations in Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

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Upcoming Votes
Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization – HR803

The Senate is expected to vote on this bill that would overhaul and reauthorize the 1998 Workforce Investment Act.

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CFTC Reauthorization – HR4413

The House is expected to vote on this bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and shield nonfinancial companies from some of the rules on derivatives in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul.

Recent Congressional Votes from MegaVote as of 4/14/2014

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April 14, 2014

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Unemployment Benefits Extension ? Passage
  • Senate: Equal Pay ? Cloture
  • House: Budget Resolution ? Passage

Editor’s Note: Both the House and Senate are in recess until the week of April 28.

Recent Senate Votes
Unemployment Benefits Extension ? Passage – Vote Passed (59-38, 3 Not Voting)
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Senators passed a bill on Monday that, as amended, would extend unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Equal Pay ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (53-44, 3 Not Voting)
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The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (PL 75-718), requiring employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications in similar jobs have a business justification. The bill would also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees seeking salary information to investigate gender discrimination in wages.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted Not Voting
Sen. John Cornyn voted Not Voting


Recent House Votes
Budget Resolution ? Passage – Vote Passed (2019-205, 8 Not Voting)
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On Thursday, the House adopted a concurrent resolution that would provide $2.842 trillion to fund the federal government in fiscal 2015. The resolution assumes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years and reductions in personal and corporate tax rates.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

Exclusive: Ted Cruz’s 2014 Prediction

What a GOP Majority Should Do, and a Confession About His Boots

NEW ORLEANS — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to the Big Easy to thank and encourage conservatives attending The Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank meeting. After his remarks and a lengthy Q&A about a range of issues, he sat down with The Foundry’s Genevieve Wood for an exclusive interview about the upcoming elections, his thoughts on a Republican-led Senate and a confession about his boots. Watch the interview below.

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What If Hillary Does Not Run?

Call this a table-top political war game exercise. Everyone is assuming, myself included, that Hillary Clinton is, at minimum, running in 2016 and, perhaps likely, is a strong favorite for the nomination. That being said, what if she decides not to run, for health reasons or otherwise?

 

Call this a table-top political war game exercise. Everyone is assuming, myself included, that Hillary Clinton is, at minimum, running in 2016 and, perhaps likely, is a strong favorite for the nomination. That being said, what if she decides not to run, for health reasons or otherwise?
Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2014/03/what-if-hillary-clinton-doesnt-run/#trsC0FlkBwhDAKTG.99

MegaVote: Congressional Votes as of March 17, 2014

 

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March 17, 2014

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions ? Passage
  • Senate: Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization ? Enzi Amendment
  • Senate: Flood Insurance Rates ? Passage
  • House: Ukraine Resolution ? Passage
  • House: Federal Water Rights ? Passage
  • House: Medicare Doc Fix ? Passage

Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are in recess until March 24.

Recent Senate Votes
Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions ? Passage – Vote Passed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)
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Senators finished work on reforming the military’s practices for reporting and prosecuting sexual assaults within its ranks on Monday, passing a bill written by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO. The bill would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to require special victims’ counsels in sexual assault cases and forbid using the defendant?s military record in defense arguments. The bill would also require the evaluation of whether commanding officers have established a climate in which allegations of sexual assault are properly managed and fairly evaluated and a victim can report criminal activity without fear of retaliation or ostracism.
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Sen. Ted Cr uz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization ? Enzi Amendment – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)
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On Wednesday, the Senate agreed to an amendment (S.AMDT.2812) offered by Senator Michael Enzi, R-Wy., to the reauthorization of child care block grant programs. The amendment requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of Education, to conduct a review of Federal early learning and care programs and make recommendations for streamlining the various programs. The block grant program was reauthorized through Fiscal Year 2019 on Thursday.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Flood Insurance Rates ? Passage – Vote Passed (72-22, 6 Not Voting)
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Senators approved a bill to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program’s full actuarial rates. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Recent House Votes
Ukraine Resolution ? Passage – Vote Passed (402-7, 1 Present, 20 Not Voting)
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The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation for their actions in Crimea.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Federal Water Rights ? Passage – Vote Passed (238-174, 19 Not Voting)
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On Thursday, House members passed a bill that would prohibit Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from making any transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right a condition of the issuance of any permit, lease, or other use agreement concerning federal lands. The law would apply to lands covered by interstate water rights compacts as well.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Medicare Doc Fix ? Passage – Vote Passed (238-181, 12 Not Voting)
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On Friday, the House agreed to repeal the sustainable growth rate model of physicians’ compensation rates under Medicare. The bill would establish a single conversion rate of cost increases for physicians’ services at .5 percent through 2018 and would completely freeze updates thereafter through 2023. The bill would also require certain federal agencies to perform studies of access to health care and cost controls for some procedures under Medicare.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES