Feb 2016 US Congressional Votes

Feb 29

Recent Senate Votes

FDA Commissioner – Nomination – Vote Confirmed (89-4, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

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

Recent House Votes

Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement– Passage – Vote Passed (242-161, 30 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a bill which provides that Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service public lands are to be considered open for recreational hunting, fishing, shooting or similar activities; it allows individuals to carry firearms at Army Corps of Engineers recreational areas; it limits the authority of the EPA to regulate bullets, angling lures and other hunting equipment for toxic substances; and it increases federal funding for states to set up public shooting ranges on public lands.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fraudulent Joinder Prevention – Passage – Vote Passed (229-189, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that establishes new standards in federal diversity jurisdiction proceedings for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit — which if determined to be the case would require that the lawsuit be heard in federal court rather than being returned to state court.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Feb 15

Recent Senate Votes

North Korea Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (96-0, 4 Not Voting)

The measure, as amended, expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (73-22, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Passage – Vote Agreed to (75-20, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Recent House Votes

Limit on National Science Foundation – Passage – Vote Passed (236-178, 19 Not Voting)

The bill allows the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award grants or enter into cooperative agreements for basic research and science education only if it determines that the grant or cooperative agreement promotes the progress of science in the United States and is consistent with the NSF’s mission.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Debt Reduction Plans – Passage – Vote Passed (267-151, 15 Not Voting)

The measure requires the Treasury secretary to appear before Congress within a couple of months before the federal government is projected to reach the legal debt limit and report on the state of the nation’s public debt and the drivers of increasing debt, the impact of increasing debt and the administration’s plans for reducing debt in the short, medium and long terms.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Menu Nutrition Disclosures – Passage – Vote Passed (266-144, 1 Present, 22 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to modify its rules regarding the nutrition information that restaurants and other retail food establishments must provide to customers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

North Korea Sanctions – Concur in the Senate Amendment – Vote Passed (408-2, 23 Not Voting)

The final version of the legislation expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 8

Recent Senate Votes

Energy Policy – Cloture – Vote Rejected (43-54, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. cloture motion to end debate on the energy policy bill that would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

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

Recent House Votes

Affordable Housing – Passage – Vote Passed (427-0, 6 Not Voting)

The measure makes changes to various housing laws to try to extend affordable housing options to more low-income families. The measure allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and the owners of private subsidized housing to verify the income-based eligibility of families through other needs-tested federal programs; changes requirements regarding the inspection of housing units and eases Federal Housing Authority (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation – Presidential Veto Override – Vote Failed (241-186, 6 Not Voting)

The House voted to attempt to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would have repealed or significantly modified numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law. Two-thirds of those members present and voting yes were needed to override the veto.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Iran Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (246-181, 6 Not Voting)

The bill restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – Passage – Vote Passed (265-159, 9 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct reviews of its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome, and to modify or repeal rules based on those reviews.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Financial Institution Customer Protection – Passage – Vote Passed (250-169, 14 Not Voting)

The legislation prohibits federal banking regulators from requesting that financial institutions terminate their relationships with specific customers or groups of customers unless the agency has a material reason for requesting that termination, and it modifies the 1989 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to restrict the conditions under which the Justice Department may conduct investigations involving financial institutions and seek civil penalties, including by limiting the department’s subpoena authority.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 1

Recent Senate Votes

Energy Policy – GAO Report on Energy Production – Vote Agreed to (62-29, 9 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted an amendment to the energy policy bill that requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review and submit a report to Congress on energy production in the United States and the effects of crude oil exports. The initial report must be submitted within one year of the bill’s enactment date and then resubmitted for the following two years.

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

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