Jan 2016 US Congressional Votes

Jan 25, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

Disapprove ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule – Cloture on Veto Message – Vote Failed (52-40, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the veto message concerning legislation that would disapprove of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the “waters of the United States” rule that seeks to clarify the federal government’s authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect. Sixty votes were needed to end debate. Failing to invoke cloture essentially upheld the president’s veto of the joint resolution.

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

Jan 18

Recent Senate Votes

Auditing the Federal Reserve – Motion to Proceed – Vote Failed (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the Perdue, R-Ga. motion to proceed to a bill that requires the full audit of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Banks by the Comptroller General for the United States.

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

Recent House Votes

Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules — Passage – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that prevents the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) from issuing any final rules related to coal mining activities near streams, including updating a stream buffer zones (SBZ) rule, until after the National Academy of Sciences submits a study on the effectiveness of existing rules in effect — effectively delaying any new or revised SBZ rules for at least three years.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Disapprove “Waters of the United States” Rule — Passage – Vote Passed (253-166, 14 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a joint resolution which disapproves of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the “waters of the United States” rule that seeks to clarify the federal government’s authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Jan 11

Recent House Votes

Review Federal Regulations for Repeal– Passage – Vote Passed (245-174, 14 Not Voting)

The bill establishes a nine-member commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be immediately repealed and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “Cut-Go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Class-Action Litigation — Passage – Vote Passed (211-188, 1 Present, 33 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it requires quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Adoption – Vote Passed (240-181, 13 Not Voting)

The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the original House bill. The final version repeals or significantly modifies numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law, including the individual and employer mandates, tax subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance from exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It also effectively eliminates more than a dozen taxes included in the law, including the medical device tax, the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, the net investment tax and the additional Medicare tax, and it blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and provides alternative women’s health funding for community health centers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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