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3/14/2017 U.S. House/Senate Votes & Upcoming Bills

March 14, 2017

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior
  • Senate: Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Senate: Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy
  • Senate: Disapprove Labor Law Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • House: Review Federal Regulations for Repeal
  • House: OMB Regulatory Oversight
  • House: Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule
  • House: Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations
  • House: Class Action Litigation
  • House: Civil Litigation Jurisdiction
  • House: Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence
  • Senate: Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army
  • House: Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns
  • House: VA Personnel Accountability
  • House: VA Medical Professional Staffing

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior – Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

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


Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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

 


Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

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

 


Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove, under the Congressional Review Act, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

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

 


Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

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

 


Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

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

 


Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state’s accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state’s statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

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

 


Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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

 


Recent House Votes
Review Federal Regulations for Repeal – Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)

The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “cut-go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO
 


OMB Regulatory Oversight – Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget?s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule – Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Class Action Litigation – Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would prohibit federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it would require quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Civil Litigation Jurisdiction – Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits – Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party’s attorneys’ fees and other costs.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Upcoming Votes
Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence – PN41

The Senate will take up the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.
 


Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army – PN87

The Senate will take up the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

 


Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns – HR1181

The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition ? requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.

 


VA Personnel Accountability – HR1259

The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.

 


VA Medical Professional Staffing – HR1367

The measure would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.

2/23/2017 U.S. House/Senate Votes & Upcoming Bills

February 23, 2017

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury
  • Senate: Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Senate: Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  • Senate: Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Senate: Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • House: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act
  • House: Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
  • House: Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule
  • House: Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule
  • House: Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule

Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are not doing legislative business in their respective chambers this week.

 

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury – Vote Confirmed (53-47)

The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.

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


Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Vote Confirmed (100-0)

The Senate confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs

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

 


Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration – Vote Confirmed (81-19)

The Senate confirmed Linda McMahon to be the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

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

 


Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (57-43)

The Senate passed legislation which would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.

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

 


Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Vote Confirmed (51-49)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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

 


Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

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

 


Recent House Votes
Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act – Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (234-191, 6 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Dec. 20, 2016, that exempts local government-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities from certain restrictions and requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (231-193, 7 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 30, 2016, that exempts state-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities that don’t offer retirement plans from certain restrictions and requirements under ERISA.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule – Vote Passed (236-189, 6 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule – Vote Passed (225-193, 12 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Interior Department on Aug. 5, 2016, that prohibits certain predator control practices in national wildlife refuges in Alaska (such as the taking of mother bears and their cubs, the killing of wolves and their pups at den sites, and aerial shooting).

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule – Vote Passed (230-188, 12 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Dec. 19, 2016, that modifies eligibility requirements for Title X grants for family planning services to specify that states awarding funds cannot prohibit a health care provider from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


 

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October 26, 2015

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: “Sanctuary Cities” — Cloture
  • Senate: Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Cloture
  • House: Debt Prevention — Passage
  • House: District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program Reauthorization — Passage
  • House: National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production — Passage
  • House: Health Care Reconciliation — Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • House: Retail Investor Protection

Recent Senate Votes
“Sanctuary Cities” — Cloture – Vote Failed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would withhold federal funds from cities and jurisdictions that do not comply with certain federal immigration laws. The measure would also set sentencing requirements for individuals who repeatedly re-enter the United States illegally after deportation.
Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (83-14, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Burr, R-N.C., substitute amendment to the bill that would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.
Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Debt Prevention — Passage – Vote Passed (235-194, 5 Not Voting)
The House passed legislation that allows the Treasury Department, once the statutory debt limit is reached, to continue borrowing above that limit in order to pay the principal and interest on both government debt held by the public as it comes due and on obligations held by the Social Security trust fund.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (240-191, 3 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that reauthorizes the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program for five years, through fiscal 2021. It is a federally funded program under which eligible students in Washington, D.C., can receive vouchers to attend private schools and is the nation’s only federally funded private school voucher program.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production — Passage – Vote Passed (254-177, 3 Not Voting)
The House passed legislation that reclassifies certain mining operations as “infrastructure projects” in order to allow the permitting for mining on federal lands to be conducted under a streamlined permitting process created for infrastructure projects by a 2012 presidential order.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Health Care Reconciliation — Passage – Vote Passed (240-189, 5 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that repeals key elements of the 2010 health care overhaul law including the individual and employer mandates and the medical device and “Cadillac” taxes, and it blocks for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Cybersecurity Information Sharing – S754
The measure would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and it would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.


Retail Investor Protection – HR1090
The bill would prohibit the Labor Department from implementing a final rule on fiduciary standards for retirement investment advisers until after the Securities and Exchange Commission conducts a study and issues a final rule setting standards of conduct for broker-dealers.

 

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.

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.