Jan 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage – Vote Passed (67-32, 1 Not Voting)

Senators on Thursday voted to delay increases to premiums billed by the National Flood Insurance Program until after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes a study on flood insurance affordability. The bill would require FEMA to certify its flood mapping approach before certain rate changes are made and would allow insurance agents and brokers to sell insurance in multiple states without additional licensing.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Federal Abortion Funding – Passage – Vote Passed (227-188, 1 Present, 15 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, House members passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities, or staff to provide abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the mother. The District of Columbia would also be prohibited from using local funds for covering abortion procedures.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Farm Programs Conference Report – Passage – Vote Passed (251-166, 14 Not Voting)

The House voted to adopt the conference report on the five-year agricultural and nutritional programs bill on Wednesday, bringing to a close a six-month standoff between it and the Senate. The compromise conference report bridged differences between the chambers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program funding levels and direct payments to farm owners, the two most contentious issues holding up the bill’s final passage. The conference report cuts SNAP benefits by $8 billion over 10 years and replaces direct payment programs with new subsidy and crop insurance programs to cover farm revenue losses.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Jan 20, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Omnibus Appropriations – passage – Vote Agreed to (72-26, 2 Not Voting)

One day after it passed the House, the Senate on Thursday cleared the omnibus appropriations package that would fund every corner of the federal government through September. Senators voted, 72-26 , to endorse the $1.1 trillion omnibus, sending the measure to the president’s desk. The bill retained funding for the 2010 health care reform laws.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Omnibus Appropriations – passage – Vote Passed (359-67, 7 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the House voted to pass roughly $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending for the remainder of fiscal 2014. The vote bundled together 12 separate bills to fund federal departments and agencies. More than half of the funds will go to the Department of Defense, the war in Afghanistan, and other counterterrorism operations. With the vote, the House stuck to the deal over top-line discretionary spending struck between House and Senate appropriators in December.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Jan 13, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Reserve Chair Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-26, 18 Not Voting)

On Monday, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the next four years. Only 11 Republican Senators voted in support of her nomination.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

U.S. Court of Appeals Nomination – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (55-38, 1 Present, 6 Not Voting)

Senators agreed to invoke cloture and end debate on Thursday on the nomination of Robert L. Wilkins to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. As in other cloture votes since the Senate changed its filibuster rules on judicial nominees in November, Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted with Democrats to end debate. The Senate is expected to confirm this nomination today.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted NO
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Recent House Votes

Solid Waste Disposal Regulations – Passage – Vote Passed (225-188, 19 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill along party lines on Thursday to alter the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in overseeing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. The measure requires the EPA to get states’ approval to add sites to a priority list within its Superfund cleanup program and would allow states to add potential cleanup sites to the list. It also would allow the EPA to review and revise waste disposal regulations and would eliminate the federal government’s claims to sovereign immunity from state enforcement actions over Superfund cleanups of sites on federal property.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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