Nov 2015 US Congressional Votes

Nov 23

Recent Senate Votes

EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at existing power plants.

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

EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at new and retrofitted power plants.

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

Recent House Votes

Bank Mortgage Liability — Passage – Vote Passed (255-174, 4 Not Voting)

The bill creates a safe harbor from lawsuits for banks that originate non-qualified mortgages that do not comply with ability-to-repay requirements, as long as the bank retains the mortgage in its own portfolio.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Auto Loans — Passage – Vote Passed (332-96, 5 Not Voting)

The bill nullifies 2013 guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding fair lending practices for indirect auto lenders, after the CFPB determined that car loans provided through auto dealers were artificially high and discriminatory.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Federal Reserve Overhaul — Passage – Vote Passed (241-185, 7 Not Voting)

The bill modifies Federal Reserve operations and oversight in an effort to make it more accountable, including by requiring the Fed to develop detailed strategies with set goals for conducting monetary policy that would be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and requiring the Fed chairman to testify before Congress if GAO determines that the strategy no longer complies with bill requirements. It also provides for GAO audits of all Fed activities, including its deliberations over monetary policy. The legislation requires Fed to conduct cost-benefit analyses of all proposed rules and limits the Fed’s emergency lending powers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Syrian and Iraqi Refugees — Passage – Vote Passed (289-137, 8 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits refugees from Syria or Iraq from being admitted into the United States unless the individual has had a comprehensive background check and the government, including the FBI and national intelligence director, certifies to Congress that he or she does not pose a threat.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 16

Recent Senate Votes

Revised Defense Authorization — Passage – Vote Agreed to (91-3, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation that authorizes $599 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016, $5 billion less than both the president’s overall request and the original conference agreement. It provides $33 billion of the original $38 billion in added funds for defense, including $8 billion through the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The measure authorizes $715 million for Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State, $406 million to train and equip Syrian opposition forces and $300 million for lethal weapons for Ukraine. It modifies the military retirement system, blocks the Pentagon from retiring the A-10 Warthog aircraft and authorizes $11 billion for the F-35 Fighter.

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

Military-Construction-VA Appropriations — Passage – Vote Passed (93-0, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate passed an amended version of the bill that funds veterans’ health programs and military bases. The measure, which contains nearly $80 billion in discretionary funding, also includes language that prohibits transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. homeland and a ban on another round of base closures.

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

Surface Transportation Reauthorization — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (82-7, 11 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to create a conference committee with the House concerning legislation that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for six years.

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

Nov 9

Recent Senate Votes

“Waters of the United States” Definition — Passage – Vote Failed (57-41, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would require the Obama administration to revisit its rule updating federal regulation of streams and wetlands.

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

“Waters of the United States” Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” and what bodies of water are subject to federal regulation.

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

Military-Construction-VA Appropriations – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (93-0, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that funds veterans’ health programs and military bases. The measure, which contains nearly $80 billion in discretionary funding, also includes language that prohibits transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. homeland and a ban on another round of base closures.

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

Recent House Votes

Revised Defense Authorization — Passage – Vote Passed (370-58, 5 Not Voting)

The House agreed to legislation that authorizes $599 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016, $5 billion less than both the president’s overall request and the original conference agreement. It provides $33 billion of the original $38 billion in added funds for defense, including $8 billion through the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The measure authorizes $715 million for Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State, $406 million to train and equip Syrian opposition forces and $300 million for lethal weapons for Ukraine. It modifies the military retirement system, blocks the Pentagon from retiring the A-10 Warthog aircraft and authorizes $11 billion for the F-35 Fighter.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Surface Transportation Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (363-64, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for six years, with policy provisions including those that would replace the Surface Transportation Program with a block grant program, create a new grant program for nationally significant freight and highway projects, and make a number of changes to the environmental review process. It also would liquidate the Federal Reserve’s surplus funds and redirect that money to the General Fund. Future money that would have been deposited in the funds would also be deposited in the General Fund. The more than $325 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization package also contains Senate amendments that offset to cover Highway Trust Fund shortfalls for three years and a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Efforts to fully fund all six years of the reauthorization are expected to be made in conference with the Senate.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 2, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Passage – Vote Passed (74-21, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and it 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

Budget Agreement and Debt Limit — Passage – Vote Agreed to (64-35, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation which suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, and it partially rolls back the sequester of discretionary spending scheduled for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 to increase caps for those two years by a total of $80 billion, split equally between defense and non-defense. It requires additional funding through the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account for both years, as well. It also prevents a sharp increase in Medicare Part B premiums for certain beneficiaries in 2016 and keeps the Social Security disability insurance trust fund solvent until 2022. It includes $79.9 billion in mandatory spending cuts and revenue increases to offset the bill’s costs, and would reduce the deficit by $497 million according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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

Recent House Votes

Retail Investor Protection– Passage – Vote Passed (245-186, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that prohibits the Labor Department from implementing a final rule on fiduciary standards for retirement investment advisers until after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) conducts a study and issues a final rule setting standards of conduct for broker-dealers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Export-Import Bank Reauthorization– Passage – Vote Passed (313-118, 3 Not Voting)

The chamber moved a measure that reauthorizes the official export credit agency of the United States for four years; sets new, lower, lending caps; aims to increase accountability and transparency at the bank; and directs the president to initiate negotiations to reduce and eventually eliminate government export subsidies worldwide.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Budget Agreement and Debt Limit — Passage – Vote Passed (266-167, 2 Not Voting)

The House agreed to legislation which suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, and it partially rolls back the sequester of discretionary spending scheduled for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 to increase caps for those two years by a total of $80 billion, split equally between defense and non-defense. It requires additional funding through the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account for both years, as well. It also prevents a sharp increase in Medicare Part B premiums for certain beneficiaries in 2016 and keeps the Social Security disability insurance trust fund solvent until 2022. It includes $79.9 billion in mandatory spending cuts and revenue increases to offset the bill’s costs, and would reduce the deficit by $497 million according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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