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Greetings,

Last night, we watched an unfortunate scheme between the Washington Cartel and big businesses play out. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party: the Washington party.

Rather than making backdoor deals, Republicans ought to be fighting for the conservative principles upon which they were elected – and that is exactly what I remain committed to doing.

Please keep reading for an update on the latest in the Senate.

Keep Texas strong,

TC Sig
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Sen. Cruz: The IRS’ Abuse of Power Is Profoundly Dangerous to Liberty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today held a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative groups.

In his opening statement, Sen. Cruz remarked, “If the IRS has become a partisan arm of the Democratic National Committee, there can be no stronger argument for ending the IRS as we know it, so that no Administration, Democrat or Republican, can use the IRS to target its political opponents. If a Republican president did this, as Richard Nixon tried, I can assure you I would be every bit as loud and clear that it is an abuse of power. And for a Democratic Administration to do this and to find Democratic defenders of this abuse of power is profoundly dangerous to the liberty that is the basis for the incredible miracle we call the United States of America.”

Read full release here.

Sen. Cruz Calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to Enforce the Criminal Laws and Investigate Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today attended the Students for Life of America #WomenBetrayed Rally on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol and delivered the following remarks.

Watch Video of Cruz’s remarks is available here.

“We are here today rallying for life.

“The past several weeks we’ve seen a series of videos come out of Planned Parenthood that are nothing short of horrifying. These are videos of senior Planned Parenthood officials laughing, swilling chardonnay, and casually, callously, heartlessly, bartering and selling body parts of unborn children.

Read full release here.

Sen. Cruz: McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Pushed Through Another Win for the Washington Cartel

Sen. Cruz last night issued the following statement after a disappointing vote in the Senate to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, a Washington institution that has become synonymous with cronyism and corruption:

“Tonight, the McConnell-Reid leadership team pushed through another win for the Washington Cartel, and they did so at the taxpayers’ expense. By casting votes in favor of cronyism and special interests, the Senate made clear what group matters most to them… and the answer is not the American people.

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: Today’s Events Show the McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party: The Washington Party

After speaking on the Senate floor on Sunday, Sen. Cruz issued the following statement:

“Senate leadership consists of the McConnell-Reid leadership team. They operate as a team. They support the same priorities. If you look at what has occurred in the United States Senate since the Republicans took a majority, we immediately returned after winning a historic majority to pass a trillion dollar ‘cromnibus’ bill filled with corporate welfare and pork. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. Then, the so-called Republican majority voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Then, just moments ago, the so-called Republican majority voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, an egregious example of cronyism and corporate welfare. 

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: Corrupt Ex-Im Deal Proves We Have Government Of, By, and For the Lobbyists

On Friday, Sen. Cruz gave a powerful floor speech shining a light on the corrupt deal struck by Senate Republican leadership to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

“It’s not that this majority doesn’t get things done. It does get things done, but it listens to one and only one voice. That is the voice of the Washington Cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, of  the big money and big corporations…,” Sen. Cruz said. 

Read the full statement here.

Sen. Cruz to Senate Leadership: Keep the Export-Import Bank Expired

Sen. Cruz on Wednesday called on Senate leadership to prove that there was no corrupt deal to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to be attached to S. 22, the highway reauthorization bill. Sen. Cruz also announced his intent to file eight amendments to the bill. The amendments would advance conservative policies addressing illegal immigration, Obamacare, Second Amendment rights, federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and the Iranian nuclear deal, among other policy priorities.

“I fully intend to take this opportunity to stand for liberty and to stand against cronyism and the Washington Cartel of career politicians and lobbyists in our nation’s capital,” said Sen. Cruz. “About a month ago, there was a great battle in Congress over Trade Promotion Authority. Leadership insisted there was no corrupt deal to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. That is great news, and I salute them for saying there is no corrupt deal. Now is the opportunity to prove it. I call on Senate leadership to stop any deal that would allow a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank on this bill.”

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: How Many Criminal Illegal Aliens Did the Obama Administration Release?

Sen. Cruz questioned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña on Tuesday in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing regarding the Administration’s failure to enforce immigration law against criminal illegal aliens. 

“Ms. Saldaña, I will note in your opening statement here, you said after listening to the victims’ families you were so sorry for their losses, and yet the Obama Administration keeps doing it. When I asked you how many murderers were released yesterday, you don’t know,” Sen. Cruz asked. “There is a reason the American people are upset. If President Obama had the courage of his convictions, he would come and look in the eyes of these men and women who have lost their sons, their daughters, their mothers, their sisters, their brothers, and the Administration would stop releasing murderers and rapists.”

Read the full release here. Full footage of Sen. Cruz’s questioning in today’s hearing can be found here.

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Salmon Introduce “Kate’s Law,” the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act

On Tuesday, Sen. Cruz introduced “Kate’s Law,” the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015 as a companion to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.). The bill would amend federal law to impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for any illegal reentry offense. The bill is named for Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who tragically died in the arms of her father on a San Francisco pier after being shot by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions and had been deported from the United States five times.

“Too many Americans have been victimized by illegal aliens who had previously been deported. We must send the message that defiance of our laws will no longer be tolerated. Of course, stiff penalties alone will not suffice. Congress must also discourage cities from harboring illegal aliens, and it must hold this Administration accountable for its failure—if not its outright refusal—to enforce federal immigration laws and ensure the safety and security of the American people. I am honored to work with Rep. Salmon on this legislation and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to address these problems,” Sen. Cruz said.

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz Files DOTCOM Act as Amendment to Highway Bill

Sen. Cruz on Thursday filed the DOTCOM Act as an amendment to the highway reauthorization bill. Cruz’s amendment is identical to the version of the DOTCOM Act being considered by the Senate with one exception: it requires Congress to have an affirmative up or down vote on the Obama Administration’s plan to give away the Internet.

“There has been a persistent pattern for a number of years of Congress acquiescing and handing over our authority. The Constitution gives legislative authority to this body, and over and over again members of this body have been willing to give away our Constitutional authority. If it is a good idea consistent with U.S. national security interests to hand over and give away the Internet, then Congress should debate that and approve it,” Sen. Cruz said.’’

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz: The Court Has Declared Itself a Super-Legislature

Sen. Cruz on Wednesday held a hearing, “With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions,” in the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts. The hearing focused on the Supreme Court’s recent lawless decisions ending traditional marriage and rewriting Obamacare to save it.

“The Court today is not a body of jurists. It is not a body of judges following the law, but rather it has declared itself, in effect, a super-legislature,” Sen. Cruz said. “Justice Scalia powerfully wrote in dissent that the decisions of the Court this term are a fundamental threat to our democracy, that five unelected lawyers have declared themselves the rulers of 320 million Americans.”

Read the full release here.

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill Renaming Block In Front of Cuban Embassy after Oswaldo Payá

Following last week’s opening of the Cuban Embassy, Sen. Cruz on Wednesday introduced legislation to rename the street where the embassy is located as “Oswaldo Payá Way” in honor of Cuba’s late leader in democratic movements. The bill serves as a tribute to those who have contested the cruelty and oppression of the Castro regime.

“The opening of the Cuban Embassy is yet another example of the Administration’s long, slow capitulation to oppressive dictatorships around the globe. The Castros may have come to power before the President was born, but they remain at heart the same brutal thugs they were when they imprisoned and tortured my Tía Sonia 50 years ago,” Sen. Cruz said. “There is absolutely no reason to legitimize and enrich them now, and it is my hope that this gesture will reassure those fighting for freedom in Cuba that there are still some in the United States who stand with them.”

Sen. Cruz, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) also sent a letter to Sec. John Kerry on Wednesday requesting an investigation into potentially aggressive behavior toward Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and Rosa María Paya, daughter of Orlando Payá, by a member of the State Department.

Read the full release here.

 Sen. Cruz Sends Letters to NIH, StemExpress about Potential Violations of Federal Law

In light of recent revelations that a senior official with Planned Parenthood admitted to working with abortion providers to potentially violate federal and state laws, Sen. Cruz sent letters last Monday to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress. The letters request documents and additional information from NIH and StemExpress in order to determine their potential involvement in Planned Parenthood’s possible illegal conduct.

After sending the letters, Sen. Cruz remarked, “The recent revelation by Planned Parenthood that it encourages its affiliates to perform abortions in certain ways in order to maximize profit is not only abhorrent, it may also violate federal law. 

Read the full release and letters in their entirety here.

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Ratcliffe Introduce Bill to Abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On the fourth anniversary of the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Sen. Cruz and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas-04) introduced legislation to eliminate it. The CFPB, like the Dodd-Frank legislation which created it, is just another example of the cronyism that infects our nation’s capital. The CFPB was sold as an entity to help consumers by regulating and reining in larger financial institutions. Ironically, the Bureau has had the opposite effect. Now five years after Dodd-Frank’s passage, big banks have only gotten bigger and the number of smaller banks and options for consumers have only decreased. 

“Don’t let the name fool you, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does little to protect consumers. The agency continues to grow in power and magnitude without any accountability to Congress and the people. The only way to stop this runaway agency is by eliminating it altogether,” Sen. Cruz stated.

Read the full release here.

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Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Votes

April 27, 2015In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Human Trafficking Victims’ Fund – Passage
  • Senate: Lynch Nomination ? Cloture
  • House: Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution

Recent Senate Votes
Human Trafficking Victims’ Fund – Passage – Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would establish a Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund, to which both new criminal penalties and, as amended, matching funds from already appropriated money for community health centers would be transferred. Amounts originating from criminal fines would be prohibited from being used for health care or medical services.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted Not Voting
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Lynch Nomination ? Cloture – Vote Agreed to (66-34)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture, thus limiting debate, on President Obama’s nomination of Loretta E. Lynch of New York to be Attorney General.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards ? Passage – Vote Passed (235-183, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would formally establish three advisory boards with which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) must consult on matters regarding small businesses, credit unions and community banks. The measure is offset by limiting funding for the CFPB in future years.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act – H.R.1191

The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution – S.CON.RES.11

The House may take up the conference report for the concurrent resolution that would set forth the congressional budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills

April 20, 2015

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Medicare Payments to Physicians – Passage
  • House: Manufactured Housing High-Cost Mortgages – Passage
  • House: State and Local Sales Tax Deductions – Passage
  • House: Estate Tax Repeal ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
  • House: Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act
  • House: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act
  • House: Protecting Cyber Networks Act

Recent Senate Votes
Medicare Payments to Physicians – Passage – Vote Passed (92-8)

The Senate passed a bill that would repeal the sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with a system in which physicians could choose to participate in either a reimbursement method where their payments would be subject to adjustments based on performance or a method where they would move away from the fee-for-service structure. It would provide for a 10-year transition period under which Medicare reimbursement rates would gradually increase annually until 2020 and then remain stable for five years. The bill is cleared for the president.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Manufactured Housing High-Cost Mortgages – Passage – Vote Passed (263-162, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify federal rules regarding high-cost-mortgages as they apply to manufactured housing, specifically by changing the definitions of “high-cost mortgage” and “mortgage originator” under federal law to reduce associated regulatory requirements. The measure would change the definition of high-cost mortgage by increasing the maximum rates and fees that a lender may charge on loans for manufactured housing without that mortgage being considered a high-cost mortgage.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


State and Local Sales Tax Deductions – Passage – Vote Passed (272-152, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would make permanent the ability of taxpayers to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, which expired at the end of 2014. The measure would be effective for tax years beginning with 2015.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Estate Tax Repeal ? Passage – Vote Passed (240-179, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. The measure also would repeal the generation-skipping transfer tax and reduce the top marginal rate for the federal gift tax from 40 percent to 35 percent.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act – S.178

The bill would provide justice for the victims of trafficking.


Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act – H.R.471

The bill would improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, and for other purposes.


Energy Efficiency Improvement Act – S.535

The bill would promote energy efficiency.


Protecting Cyber Networks Act – H.R.1560

The bill would improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and for other purposes.

Recent Congressional Votes as of March 30, 2015 from MegaVote

March 30, 2015In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Adoption
  • House: Ukraine Military Assistance ? Passage
  • House: Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning ? Passage

Editor’s Note: Both chambers are in recess until Monday, April 13.

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Adoption – Vote Agreed to (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed adopted the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets over the next 10 years. It would allow $523 billion for defense discretionary spending and $493.5 billion for non-defense spending in fiscal 2016, the statutory level set by the 2011 budget law.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Ukraine Military Assistance ? Passage – Vote Passed (348-48, 36 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution stating that the House of Representatives “strongly urges” the president to fully and immediately exercise authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons systems in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to defend their sovereign territory from the “unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning ? Passage – Vote Passed (420-0, 12 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to annually submit to Congress a future-years veterans program with its budget request. The program would reflect estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations for that fiscal year and succeeding four fiscal years, and would include a five-year plan for the department to meet its commitment to veterans, including the resources needed to do so.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

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)

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.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change – Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

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.

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


Keystone XL Pipeline – Energy Efficiency Standards – Vote Agreed to (94-5, 1 Not Voting)

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.

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)

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.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Federal Abortion Funding Ban ? Passage – Vote Passed (242-179, 12 Not Voting)

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.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Keystone XL Pipeline – S1

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.


Human Trafficking Prioritization Act – HR514

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.


LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act – HR351

The House will consider a bill to provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas.

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

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)

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.

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)

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.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO


Upcoming Votes
21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act – HR4315

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.

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.