May 2015 US Congressional Votes

May 26, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Trade Promotion Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would set specific conditions on the president of the United States when negotiating foreign trade agreements and grant Congress final approval on any agreement reached by the participating parties without amendment in an up or down vote. The bill would also extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program through June 30, 2021 at a level of $450 million a year.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Patriot Act Reauthorization — Cloture – Vote Rejected (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency’s bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO
Sen. David Perdue voted NO

Two-Month FISA Reauthorization – Cloture – Vote Rejected (45-54, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on bill that would amend the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to extend until July 31, 2015, expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Recent House Votes

Anti-Human Trafficking Programs and Victims Fund – Passage – Vote Passed (420-3, 9 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would authorize a number of programs to combat sex trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors. The bill would include provisions that would establish a fund to support trafficking victims, create a new victim-centered grant program to provide assistance to states and local law enforcement to bolster the investigation and prosecution of sex trafficking, and to help victims of such crimes; and bolster the ability of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking, including by targeting individuals who purchase sex from human trafficking victims.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (357-67, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $3.3 billion for legislative branch operations, excluding Senate operations, in fiscal 2016. The total would include $1.2 billion for House operations, $591 million in net appropriations for the Library of Congress, $522 million for the Government Accountability Office, $492 million for the Architect of the Capitol and $369 million for the Capitol Police. As amended, the bill would provide no funding for the Open World Leadership Center.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Science Programs Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (217-205, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $32.9 billion over fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 for a number of agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities. Within that total, the bill would annually authorize for those two fiscal years: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation, roughly $7.9 billion for various Energy Department activities, $939 million for the National institute of Standards and Technology and $5 million for the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 18

Recent Senate Votes

Trade Promotion Authority – Cloture – Vote Rejected (52-45, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would set specific conditions on the president of the United States when negotiating foreign trade agreements and grant Congress final approval on any agreement reached by the participating parties without amendment in an up or down vote.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Recent House Votes

Waters of the United States – Passage – Vote Passed (261-155, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would effectively block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing a proposed rule regarding the definition of the “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The bill would require the agencies to withdraw the proposal and develop a new rule with consultation from state and local officials and stakeholders.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Twenty-Week Abortion Ban – Passage – Vote Passed (242-184, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban. It would provide exceptions for cases in which the woman’s life is in danger as well as for pregnancies that are a result of rape if, as amended, for pregnancies that are a result of rape against an adult woman, the woman received counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours prior to the abortion.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Iran Nuclear Agreement Congressional Review – Passage – Vote Passed (400-25, 7 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendments to the bill that would require that Congress be given an opportunity to review any final international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program before the president could waive or suspend any sanctions on Iran that were imposed by Congress. Under the bill, Congress would have an initial 30 days to review any final nuclear pact with Iran, during which time the president could waive executive branch sanctions against Tehran – but could not use his authority to grant national security waivers for sanctions enacted into law by Congress.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (269-151, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $604.2 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $89.2 billion for overseas contingency operations, of which $38.3 billion would be authorized for non-war base budget operations and maintenance. Excluding the war funding, the bill would authorize roughly: $136.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $109.7 billion for procurement, $136.4 billion for military personnel, $7.3 billion for military construction and family housing, $68.4 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $31.7 billion for the Defense Health Program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 11

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to Wyoming Sen. Michael B. Enzi’s motion to proceed to the conference report on the concurrent resolution that would reduce spending by $5.3 trillion over the next 10 years, including $2 trillion in reductions from repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Iran Nuclear Agreement – Passage – Vote Passed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would give Congress the right to deny Iran relief from statutory sanctions if two-thirds majorities from both chambers oppose the terms of a final nuclear deal. The bill would also require detailed reports on Iran’s support of global terrorism and fulfillment of commitments under any agreement.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

May 4

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2016 Military Construction – VA Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (255-163, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $171.1 billion in fiscal 2016 for the Veterans Affairs department, military construction and military housing. It would provide $76.6 billion in discretionary spending, including $60.2 billion for veterans’ health programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

D.C. Reproductive Health Law – Passage – Vote Passed (228-192, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for disapproval and repeal of the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on an individual’s reproductive health decisions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (240-177, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $36.1 billion in fiscal 2016 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities. It would provide $29.0 billion for the Energy Department, of which $12.3 billion would be designated for the National Nuclear Security Administration. It also would provide $5.6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers and $1.1 billion for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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