Feb 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Veterans Benefits — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

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

Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave – Vote Rejected (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veterans benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.

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

Debt Limit – Passage – Vote Agreed to (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

One day after the House voted to raise the U.S. Treasury’s debt limit, the Senate finalized an extension of the limit through March 15, 2015. The final vote fell along party lines, with both independent Senators voting with the Democratic caucus to approve the motion to concur.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Recent House Votes

Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage – Vote Passed (295-114, 21 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made “unlocking” cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Eminent Domain Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage – Vote Passed (236-179, 15 Not Voting)

A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House on Thursday. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency’s rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Debt Limit – Passage – Vote Passed (221-201, 10 Not Voting)

The House narrowly passed an extension of the U.S. Treasury’s temporary debt limit on Tuesday by agreeing to a previous Senate bill. The debt limit extension raised the debt limit through March 15, 2015. House members did not add on conditions to raising the debt limit or additional policy requirements to the Senate legislation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 10, 2014

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. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

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. Saxby Chambliss voted NO
Sen. Johnny Isakson 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. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson 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. Sanford Bishop Jr. 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. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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