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

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)

Senators passed a bill on Monday that, as amended, would extend unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

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


Equal Pay ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

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.

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)

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.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

MegaVote: Congressional Votes as of March 17, 2014

 

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)

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.

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)

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.

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


Flood Insurance Rates ? Passage – Vote Passed (72-22, 6 Not Voting)

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.

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)

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.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Federal Water Rights ? Passage – Vote Passed (238-174, 19 Not Voting)

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.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Medicare Doc Fix ? Passage – Vote Passed (238-181, 12 Not Voting)

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.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 

Recent Congressional Votes and Upcoming Bills from MegaVote

February 10, 2014

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Farm and Nutrition Programs Conference Report ? Passage
  • Senate: Unemployment Benefits ? Cloture
  • Senate: Baucus Nomination ? Confirmation
  • House: Recreational Shooting on Federal Lands ? Passage
  • House: California Water Resources ? Passage
  • House: Public Land Management ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Military Retirement Pay
  • House: Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013
Recent Senate Votes
Farm and Nutrition Programs Conference Report ? Passage – Vote Agreed to (68-32)

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to adopt the conference report on the bill that would reauthorize most federal farm and nutrition programs through fiscal 2018, sending the measure to the president. Senators agreed to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $8 billion over 10 years. The bill would also reauthorize sugar and dairy subsidy programs, replace $5 billion in direct payments to farmers with two new subsidies to cover losses. It also would create a new crop insurance program for producers that would cover losses over 14 percent.

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


Unemployment Benefits ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-40, 2 Not Voting)

A motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would extend eligibility for unemployment benefits through March 31, 2014 failed on Thursday, the third such cloture vote to fail in the Senate. Four Republicans ? Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska ? voted with Democrats and Independents to end debate on the bill.

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


Baucus Nomination ? Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (96-0, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed overwhelmingly the nomination of Sen. Max Baucus of Montana to be the U.S. ambassador to the People?s Republic of China on Thursday. Baucus voted present on his own nomination.

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


Recent House Votes
Recreational Shooting on Federal Lands ? Passage – Vote Passed (268-154, 9 Not Voting)

House members passed a slate of measures designed to make hunting, target shooting, and fishing easier on federally-managed lands. The Sportsmen?s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act would exempt ammunition and fishing equipment from the Toxic Substances Control Act, increase public funds for the construction of shooting ranges on federal lands, make permanent the electronic duck stamp licensing system, and allow firearms on water projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


California Water Resources ? Passage – Vote Passed (229-191, 11 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would change the Interior Department?s water management practices around the San Joaquin Valley of California. The bill would require the department to increase the total water delivery capacity of the Central Valley Project by 800,000 acre-feet by September 30, 2018. It would also limit the enforcement and consideration of some environmental laws in completing this delivery.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted Not Voting


Public Land Management ? Passage – Vote Passed (220-194, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Thursday that would exempt public land access, land conveyances, and land restoration activities from federal environmental review requirements. The bill would also extend the term of new grazing permits on federal lands from 10 to 20 years and allow currently expired or transferred permits to remain in effect until new ones are issued. It would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from acquiring new land until it creates a website database that lists all BLM lands suitable for disposal. The bill also would require a comprehensive plan and budget for state and federal efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and instruct the Agriculture Department to implement a lumber salvage program in California’s Stanislaus National Forrest.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Military Retirement Pay – S.1963

The Senate will vote Monday for cost-of-living increases to military pay.


Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013 – H.R.3193

Later this week, the House will consider a bill making changes to financial regulations for small capitalization firms.

 

Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills from MegaVote Nov. 18th

November 18, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Nomination of Cornelia ?Nina? Pillard to US Court of Appeals ? Cloture
  • House: Health Care Reform Implementation Delay ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Drug Quality and Security
  • Senate: Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization
  • House: Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform

Recent Senate Votes
Nomination of Cornelia ?Nina? Pillard to US Court of Appeals ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-41, 1 Present, 2 Not Voting)

President Barack Obama?s nominee for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, legal scholar Cornelia ?Nina? Pillard, failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture for a final vote. Pillard is currently a professor at Georgetown University and has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past. Only two Senate Republicans ? Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine ? voted with Democrats in favor of the Pillard nomination. Republicans have blocked nominations to the Court three times this year, Caitlin J. Halligan in March, Patricia Millett in October and Pillard. Republicans are continuing to argue that the circuit?s workload does not warrant filling any of the three vacant seats. After the vote, Senate Democrats revisited the idea of changing Senate rules to forbid filibusters of executive nominations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised to bring the nomination of another potential member of the court, Robert L. Wilkins, to the floor shortly.

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


Recent House Votes
Health Care Reform Implementation Delay ? Passage – Vote Passed (261-157, 12 Not Voting)

Amidst the Obama Administration’s struggles to launch the new online federal insurance exchange, 39 Democrats crossed party lines Friday to pass a bill that would allow Americans to keep their current medical plans through 2014. The measure would effectively delay key coverage requirements imposed on health care plans by 2010 reform measures. The bill allows insurers to continue to sell plans to individual consumers that went into effect at the beginning of this calendar year through 2014 outside of the health care exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2014, the law mandates that individuals buy government-approved coverage plans that meet a more rigorous standard of quality than many insurers currently offer. The legislation, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., was a response to the cancellation of a raft of health plans not in compliance with the law’s requirement that policies offer a comprehensive set of benefits. The cancellations prompted an outcry and raised questions about repeated assurances, from Obama and other Democrats, that Americans who liked their health insurance plans would be able to keep them under the new law. The Senate isn’t expected to take up the measure, and the White House on Nov. 14 threatened a veto if it got that far. Democratic Senators, however, are sponsoring similar measures that would allow consumers to retain their current coverage.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Drug Quality and Security – H.R.3204

This week, the Senate could hold a final vote on a bill to reform compounding drug pharmacies that passed cloture last week.


Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization – S.1197

The chamber will also consider legislation to authorize the defense programs for fiscal 2014 that may force a weekend session.


Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform – H.R.1900

The House will take up a measure to speed up the permit process for oil and gas drilling and natural gas pipeline construction.

Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills from MegaVote as of 9/30/2013

September 30, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Continuing Resolution
  • House: Continuing Resolution ? Medical Device Tax Repeal Amendment
  • House: Continuing Resolution ? Defunding of the Affordable Care Act Amendment

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Continuing Resolution
  • House: Continuing Resolution
Recent Senate Votes
Continuing Resolution – Vote Agreed to (54-44, 2 Not Voting)

After receiving the House approved stopgap spending measure that removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Senate passed an amended version on a completely party-line vote, 54-44. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah were the only members who did not vote on the bill. The Senate-approved version eliminated the House language to defund the Affordable Care Act and would fund the government only through Nov. 15 at an annualized rate of $986.3 billion.

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

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Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills from MegaVote

 

July 29, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Student Loan Interest Rates ? Passage
  • House: Defense Appropriations ? NSA Phone Record Collection Amendment
  • House: Defense Appropriations?Final Passage
  • House: Coal Ash Regulations ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Transportation & HUD Appropriations
  • House: Transportation & HUD Appropriations

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Recent Congressional Votes from MegaVote as of July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Pritzker Nomination ? Confirmation
  • Senate: Foxx Nomination ? Confirmation
  • Senate: Immigration Bill ? Passage
  • House: Offshore Drilling Bill ? Passage

Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are in recess until Monday, July 8.

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Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills from MegaVote

 

May 13, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Internet Sales Tax ? Final Passage
  • Senate: Water Infrastructure Projects ? Amendment Vote
  • House: Private Sector Comp Time ? Final Passage
  • House: Debt Payment Prioritization ? Final Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Water Resources Development Act of 2013
  • Senate: Nominations
  • House: To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
  • House: SEC Regulatory Accountability Act

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Recent Congressional Votes from MegaVote as of April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: OMB Director ? Confirmation
  • Senate: Internet Sales Tax ? Cloture Motion
  • House: High-Risk Insurance Pools ? Rule Vote
  • House: FAA Furloughs ? Suspension Vote
  • House: Federal Helium Sales ? Suspension Vote
Congress is in recess until Monday, May 6.

Recent Senate Votes
OMB Director ? Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (96-0, 4 Not Voting)

Last week, the Senate unanimously confirmed Sylvia Matthews Burwell to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The office oversees development of the president?s annual budget proposals and oversees the performance of federal agencies.

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


Internet Sales Tax ? Cloture Motion – Vote Agreed to (63-30, 7 Not Voting)

Before leaving for a week-long recess, the Senate also approved a motion to invoke cloture on S. 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. S. 743 would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales and use taxes on purchases made by their residents. President Obama supports the measure, saying it would “level the playing field” for brick-and-mortar retailers. The bill is expected to pass when the Senate returns; House action is uncertain.

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


Recent House Votes
High-Risk Insurance Pools ? Rule Vote – Vote Passed (225-189, 18 Not Voting)

The House was expected to pass a bill to transfer funds from one Obamacare-created program to another last week, but after agreeing to a framework for debating the measure with this vote, Republican leaders concluded they did not have enough votes and pulled it from the floor. H.R. 1549 would transfer approximately $3.6 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was created to fund various eponymous initiatives, to the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which was created to provide health insurance coverage to individuals who could not obtain such insurance until 2014, when another Obamacare program, the health insurance exchanges, are scheduled to begin operation. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if and when it does come up again.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


FAA Furloughs ? Suspension Vote – Vote Passed (361-41, 30 Not Voting)

Responding to rising anger with flight delays around the country, Congress acted with rare celerity to avert further furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA had been forced to reduce the hours of its air traffic controllers as a result of the sequester. After several days of thousands of passengers experiencing delays (and presumably well aware that they would hear about it from constituents during the recess), the Senate passed a bill (S. 853) by unanimous consent allowing FAA to transfer up to $253 million to ?prevent reduced operations and staffing.? Because the bill could be seen as a spending measure (though it spends no new funds), Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. secured unanimous consent that a House-passed bill with identical text t o S. 853 would automatically pass the Senate as well. The House passed such a bill last Friday; it is expected to clear the Senate when that body meets in pro forma session on Tuesday, April 30. The White House stated last week that the President will sign the bill when it reaches his desk.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Federal Helium Sales ? Suspension Vote – Vote Passed (394-1, 37 Not Voting)

In its final action of the week, the House passed a bill creating a framework for winding down operation of the Federal Helium Reserve. Under current law, the Reserve is mandated to cease commercial helium sales once it pays off its debt, which is expected to occur by October 2013. According to the House Natural Resources committee, the scheduled closure would cut domestic helium supplies in half. H.R. 527 would keep the reserve open with new operating instructions until its capacity is 3 billion cubic feet (down from 10 billion cubic feet at present), at which time commercial sales will no longer be authorized and remaining supplies will only be available for national security and scientific needs. Neither the administration nor Senate leaders have staked out positions on the measure.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 

Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Legislation from MegaVote as of 1-28-2013

 

 

January 28, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Temporary Rules Changes
  • Senate: Permanent Rules Changes
  • House: Short-Term Suspension of Debt Limit ? Final Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
  • Senate: To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes.

Editor’s Note: The House is in Recess until Monday, February 4.

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