Oct 2015 US Congressional Votes

Oct 26

Recent Senate Votes

“Sanctuary Cities” — Cloture – Vote Failed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would withhold federal funds from cities and jurisdictions that do not comply with certain federal immigration laws. The measure would also set sentencing requirements for individuals who repeatedly re-enter the United States illegally after deportation.

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

Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (83-14, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Burr, R-N.C., substitute amendment to the bill that would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.

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

Recent House Votes

Debt Prevention — Passage – Vote Passed (235-194, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that allows the Treasury Department, once the statutory debt limit is reached, to continue borrowing above that limit in order to pay the principal and interest on both government debt held by the public as it comes due and on obligations held by the Social Security trust fund.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (240-191, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that reauthorizes the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program for five years, through fiscal 2021. It is a federally funded program under which eligible students in Washington, D.C., can receive vouchers to attend private schools and is the nation’s only federally funded private school voucher program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production — Passage – Vote Passed (254-177, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that reclassifies certain mining operations as “infrastructure projects” in order to allow the permitting for mining on federal lands to be conducted under a streamlined permitting process created for infrastructure projects by a 2012 presidential order.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Care Reconciliation — Passage – Vote Passed (240-189, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that repeals key elements of the 2010 health care overhaul law including the individual and employer mandates and the medical device and “Cadillac” taxes, and it blocks for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Oct 13

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization — Adoption – Vote Agreed to (70-27, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany the bill that would reauthorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

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

Fiscal 2016 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations — Cloture – Vote Rejected (49-47, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $35.4 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2016 for the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional authorities.

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

Recent House Votes

Establishing a Select Investigative Panel Under the House Energy and Commerce Committee–Adoption – Vote Passed (242-184, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted a resolution which created the Select Investigative Panel on Abortion and Fetal Tissue Donation under the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This select panel will be allowed to investigate and report on all issues related to medical procedures and practices involving fetal tissue donation and procurement, federal funding and support for abortion providers, and late-term abortions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Homebuyers Assistance Act — Passage – Vote Passed (303-121, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which effectively delays until Feb. 1, 2016, implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s integrated rules regarding lender disclosures to consumers applying for home mortgage loans, prohibiting enforcement of the rules and lawsuits against lenders until then as long as the lender makes a good-faith effort to comply with the rules.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Oct 5

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Government Funding — Passage – Vote Agreed to (78-20, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed the bill to provide funding for federal government operations until December 11. The measure does not include any provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood. It directs the Homeland Security Department Inspector General to review the data and methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to classify personnel as law enforcement officers, and requires TSA to reclassify any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified.

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

Fiscal 2016 Military Construction-VA Appropriations Cloture – Vote Rejected (50-44, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $77.6 billion for military construction and veterans’ issues. The measure also would provide $8.1 billion overall for military construction projects and $163.8 billion for the Veterans’ Affairs Department.

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

Recent House Votes

Women’s Health — Passage – Vote Passed (236-193, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which allows states to exclude from a state’s Medicaid contracts those medical providers who also perform abortions, thereby permitting states to deny non-abortion health care reimbursements to organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Specifically, it expands the exceptions for which a state is not required to provide reimbursement under its state Medicaid plans to medical assistance for services “by any individual or entity based on the individual’s or entity’s involvement in abortions.”

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Federal Government Funding — Passage – Vote Passed (277-151, 6 Not Voting)

The House agreed to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to legislation, known as the ?clean continuing resolution?, which provides funding for federal government operations until December 11. The measure does not include any provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood. It directs the Homeland Security Department Inspector General to review the data and methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to classify personnel as law enforcement officers, and requires TSA to reclassify any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization — Adoption – Vote Passed (270-156, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report to accompany the bill that authorizes $604.2 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016 and allows $38.3 billion of the $89.2 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funds to be used for additional base defense needs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Victims of Iranian Terrorism — Passage – Vote Passed (251-173, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure that prohibits the President from waiving sanctions or refraining to applying sanctions pursuant to the Iran Nuclear Agreement until Iran pays the legal terrorism-related judgments it owes. Under the measure, the president must certify to Congress that the Iranian government has paid all of its outstanding judgments before sanctions against Iran could be lifted or assets released.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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