March 2016 US Congressional Votes

March 21

Recent Senate Votes

King Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (49-40, 11 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John B. King, Jr. to be secretary of Education.

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

Genetically Modified Organism Food Labeling – Cloture – Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to an unrelated bill (S 764) with a Senate amendment containing the genetically modified organism food labeling measure. The amendment would have blocked state and local labeling requirements for genetically engineered food and seeds. It also would have required the Agriculture Department to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and later would have required the department to issue a mandatory standard if there is not at least “70 percent substantial participation” in voluntary labeling. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

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

Recent House Votes

Air Pollution – Passage – Vote Passed (231-183, 19 Not Voting)

The measure establishes separate standards under which electricity-generating power plants that primarily use waste coal as a fuel source could comply with EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule, by blocking reductions in emissions allowances for sulfur dioxide as it relates to the rule and by setting an alternative standard for sulfur dioxide under the rule.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Small Business Broadband Deployment – Passage – Vote Passed (411-0, 22 Not Voting)

The bill exempts, for a period of five years after enactment, small-business broadband Internet access providers that have 250,000 or fewer subscribers from the enhanced disclosure requirements of the Federal Communications Commission 2015 net neutrality rule.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Authorize House Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Immigration Case– Adoption – Vote Passed (234-186, 14 Not Voting)

The measure authorizes the Speaker of the House to file as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court on behalf of the House of Representatives regarding the case United States, et al. v. Texas, et al., in support of the position that the Obama administration in that immigration case acted in a manner that is inconsistent with its duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

March 14

Recent Senate Votes

Opioid Abuse – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (93-3, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture (thus ending debate) on legislation that authorizes the Attorney General and HHS to issue federal grants to states, organizations and local entities for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs.

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

Opioid Abuse – Passage – Vote Passed (94-1, 5 Not Voting)

The measure authorizes the Attorney General and HHS to issue federal grants to states, organizations and local entities for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. It also authorizes grants to expand availability of medication-assisted treatment, creates treatment programs as alternatives to incarceration, makes opioid overdose reversal drugs like naloxone available to first-responders, and mandates investigations into heroin distribution and unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

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

March 7

Recent Senate Votes

Opioid Abuse – Anti-Kickback Penalties – Vote Rejected (46-50, 4 Not Voting)

The amendment would have increased anti-kickback penalties for doctors prescribing opioids and test a model for limiting Medicare opioid prescriptions. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order.

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

Opioid Abuse – Additional Funding – Vote Rejected (48-47, 5 Not Voting)

The amendment would have provided an additional $600 million for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order.

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

Recent House Votes

Ensuring Terminated Providers are Removed from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program – Passage – Vote Passed (406-0, 27 Not Voting)

The bill requires states to notify the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of health care providers who are terminated from the state’s Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program because of fraud or other “for cause” reasons, and for HHS to maintain a database of providers terminated from a state Medicaid or CHIP program or the federal Medicare program in order to prevent such providers from participating in another state’s Medicaid program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Regulatory Action and Kilns – Passage – Vote Passed (238-163, 32 Not Voting)

The measure delays, until after all judicial reviews are completed, new EPA rules that set national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for the manufacturing of brick and structural clay products or clay ceramics. This delay applies only for those existing legal actions filed within 60 days of when EPA’s rule was published in the Federal Register.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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