June 2015 US Congressional Votes

June 29, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Public Safety Employee Withdrawals – Trade Promotion Authority – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (60-37, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill. The House amendment would grant Trade Promotion Authority, under which implementing legislation for trade agreements negotiated by the administration would be considered by Congress under expedited procedures and could not be amended.

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

Recent House Votes

IPAB Repeal – Passage – Vote Passed (244-154, 35 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul that created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is designed to recommend cost-cutting measures if Medicare spending exceeds a target growth rate. The cost of repealing IPAB would be offset by rescinding an estimated $8.8 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created under the 2010 health care overhaul.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

EPA Carbon Emission Rules — Passage – Vote Passed (247-180, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would postpone the dates by when states and existing fossil-fuel power plants must comply with current or future EPA rules to reduce carbon emissions until all judicial challenges are completed, and it allows state governors to opt out of developing an emissions reduction plan or complying with a federal plan for existing plants if he or she determines that the requirement would have an adverse effect on electricity ratepayers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 22, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (71-25, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would authorize approximately $612 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $88.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. Excluding Overseas Contingency Operations funding, the bill would authorize, within the Senate Armed Services Committee’s jurisdiction, approximately: $134.1 billion for operations and maintenance, roughly $112.2 billion for procurement,$ 135.5 billion for military personnel, $8.3 billion for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure, roughly $70.9 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $32.2 billion for the Defense Health Program.

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

Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture – Vote Rejected (50-45, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to the intended legislative vehicle for the bill that would provide nearly $576 billion in discretionary spending for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $86.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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

Recent House Votes

U.S. Citizens in Iran – Passage – Vote Passed (391-0, 42 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran should immediately release U.S. citizens Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini and provide all known information on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (247-178, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize classified amounts in FY 2016 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security Department and other agencies. The measure covers general intelligence operations, including signals intelligence, clandestine human intelligence programs and analysis, and covert action programs, as well as research and development and projects to improve information dissemination.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Iraq Troop Withdraw – Passage – Vote Failed (139-288, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House rejected a concurrent resolution that would direct the president to withdraw U.S. forces deployed to Iraq in support of operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, other than armed forces required to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel within 30 days of enactment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

June 15, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization — Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-40, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on amendment no. 1569, as modified, to substitute amendment no. 1463 that would require several national security entities to develop and promulgate procedures to promote the timely sharing of classified and declassified cyber threat indicators between government and the private sector.

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

Recent House Votes

CFTC Operations – Passage – Vote Passed (246-171, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) through fiscal 2019 and amend the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. The bill would make numerous changes to CFTC operations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations – Vote Passed (216-210, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would appropriate $108.7 billion in fiscal 2016, including $55.3 billion in discretionary spending, for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Police Body Cameras – Passage – Vote Passed (421-6, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt a resolution that would recognize the potential for the use of body-worn cameras by on-duty law enforcement officers to improve community relations, increase transparency and protect.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Meat Labeling – Passage – Vote Passed (300-131, 2 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal U.S. country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken that is sold in the United States.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (278-149, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $578.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Defense department in fiscal 2016. The total would include $490.2 billion in base Defense department funds and $88.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account, and would provide that $37.5 billion in OCO funding be used in support of base budget requirements.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 1, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Patriot Act Reauthorization – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (77-17, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to 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 YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Patriot Act Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (67-32, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency’s bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and limiting collection of other bulk data. The measure would require the NSA to obtain approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to examine the calling records of individual target telephone numbers on a case-by-case basis, before the request for information is made to a phone company, and limit the associated calling records of a telephone number that may be examined to two “hops” from the suspect’s number – essentially codifying proposals made by the president in 2014.

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

Recent House Votes

Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (225-152, 55 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act through fiscal year 2019. The measure would authorize $397 million annually through fiscal year 2019 for federal activities to carry out the law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Fiscal 2016 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations — Passage – Vote Passed (242-183, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $51.4 billion in discretionary funds in fiscal 2016 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. It would provide roughly $8.2 billion for the Commerce Department and roughly $27.9 billion for the Justice Department, including $8.5 billion for the FBI, $7.2 billion for the federal prison system and roughly $2 billion for state and local enforcement and crime prevention grant programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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