Sept 2015 US Congressional Votes

September 28, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Twenty-Week Abortion Ban- Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later, except in cases of rape, incest against a minor or when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger. Specifically, it would provide an exemption for pregnancies that are the result of rape against adult women if the woman obtained counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours before the abortion.

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

Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., 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

Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations ?Shell?– Cloture – Vote Rejected (47-52, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the Cochran, R-Miss., substitute amendment no. 2669 that would provide continuing appropriations for government operations through Dec. 11, 2015, at an annual rate of about $1.017 trillion. It also would prohibit for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood or its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform, or fund other entities that perform, abortions during that period. The substitute amendment would redirect $235 million to community health centers.

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

Recent House Votes

Environmental Reviews — Passage – Vote Passed (233-170, 31 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would modify the environmental review process for federally-funded projects and for federal permits for private projects by setting deadlines on agency reviews, and by limiting the grounds for civil actions against an environmental review or permit approval. The lead agency – which would need to set a review schedule and oversee the preparation of a single environmental review document that would satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements – would have two years to complete the review, with the option to extend the review period by one year. When multiple agencies have jurisdiction over a project, the agencies would need to conduct their portions of the NEPA review concurrently, instead of sequentially.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

September 21, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Iran Nuclear Agreement Disapproval Resolution ?Shell?– Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.

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

Recent House Votes

Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions – Vote Passed (241-185, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would change federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that file frivolous civil lawsuits. The sanctions would need to include monetary payments to the other party to cover the other party’s attorney fees and costs. The bill also would eliminate the so-called “safe harbor” clause by removing the ability of parties to withdraw or correct claims considered frivolous within 21 days of filing.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Planned Parenthood Funding Moratorium — Passage – Vote Passed (241-187, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that, during that period, they will not perform abortions or provide funds to other entities that perform abortions. The prohibition would apply to all federal funds, including Medicaid. The bill would provide exceptions for abortions provided in the case of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Failed Abortions — Passage – Vote Passed (248-177, 1 Present, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require health care practitioners to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion as they would give to any other infant born at the same gestational age. The bill also would require health care practitioners to ensure that these infants are immediately sent to a hospital.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

September 14, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Iran Nuclear Agreement Disapproval Resolution ‘Shell’ – Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-42)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.

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

Recent House Votes

Iran Nuclear Agreement Approval ? Passage – Vote Failed (162-269, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The House rejected a bill that would express Congress’ approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Delay Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief — Passage – Vote Passed (247-186)

The House passed a bill that would delay until Jan. 21, 2017, the authority of the president to waive, suspend, or reduce existing sanctions on Iran or on Iranian officials or individuals slated to be granted relief from sanctions under the Iran nuclear agreement.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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