April 2016 US Congressional Votes

April 30

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Army Corps of Engineers – Vote Rejected (12-84, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected an amendment by Flake, R-Ariz., to the Alexander, R-Tenn., substitute amendment that would eliminate $69 million from the Army Corps of Engineering construction account.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (50-46, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Reconsideration of Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (52-43, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a reconsideration of the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate.

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

Recent House Votes

Private Market Investors – Passage – Vote Passed (325-89, 19 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that expands the circumstances under which events where businesses offer unregistered securities in the private market would not be considered “general solicitations” that otherwise require the issuer to verify that the individuals attending the events are accredited investors.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Block Fiduciary Rule – Passage – Vote Passed (234-183, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed joint resolution that disapproves the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee such investments to the fiduciary standard and stipulates what types of activities and communications would give rise to fiduciary investment advice responsibilities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Washington D.C. School Vouchers – Passage – Vote Passed (224-181, 28 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a measure that reauthorizes for five years, through fiscal 2021, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program, under which federal funding is provided to eligible students in Washington, D.C., to allow them to attend private schools, and modifies the program to provide for greater student participation and mandates greater accountability by the private schools that participate in the program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 25

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure which authorizes $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology.

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

Energy Policy – Passage – Vote Passed (85-12, 3 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a bill which streamlines the permitting for liquefied natural gas exports, mandates improvements to the electric grid’s reliability and security, raises energy efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Eliminate Funding for Various Commissions – Vote Rejected (25-71, 4 Not Voting)

The chamber rejected an amendment by Joni Ernst, R-Neb., that would have cut $200 million from a number of joint state-federal commissions that promote economic development, infrastructure improvements and job training across four regions of the country.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program – Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected an amendment by Dan Coats, R-Ind., that would have limited the use of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. The vote was subject to a 60-vote threshold.

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

Recent House Votes

IRS Hiring – Passage – Vote Passed (254-170, 9 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a measure which prohibits the IRS from hiring any new employees until the Treasury Department certifies that no IRS worker has serious tax delinquencies. The measure defines such delinquency as an outstanding debt under the Internal Revenue Code for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

IRS Oversight and User Fees – Passage – Vote Passed (245-179, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill which makes Internal Revenue Service spending of the user fees it collects subject to the annual appropriations process, thereby blocking the IRS from spending collected user fees unless Congress provides for such spending in appropriations acts. This restriction would apply to all IRS user fees collected after the date of enactment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Bar IRS from Rehiring Certain Employees – Passage – Vote Passed (260-158, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure which prohibits the IRS from rehiring former employees who were previously removed or terminated for misconduct. It would apply with respect to any IRS employee removed at any time (before, on or after the date of enactment.)

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 18

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Cloture on Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (94-4, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the Thune, R-S.D. substitute amendment to an unrelated bill (HR 636) consisting of three bills that would reduce taxes on small businesses. The substitute amendment would authorize $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal year 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

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

Recent House Votes

Financial Stability Oversight Council Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (239-179, 15 Not Voting)

The bill modifies the funding of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research by making that funding subject to the annual appropriations process, beginning in fiscal 2017. The annual assessments made on bank holding companies and designated nonbank institutions to raise funding to finance the two entities would continue.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

More Banks Operating Under the Federal Reserve’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy – Passage – Vote Passed (247-171, 15 Not Voting)

The measure requires the Federal Reserve Board to modify its Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement to allow bank and thrift holding companies with assets of up to $5 billion to operate under the policy, up from the current limit of $1 billion.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Broadband Internet Access Regulation – Passage – Vote Passed (241-173, 19 Not Voting)

The measure prohibits the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates that Internet service providers may charge for broadband Internet service.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 12

Recent Senate Votes

Trade Secret Theft – Passage – Vote Passed (87-0, 13 Not Voting)

The Senate passed legislation, as amended, that allows the owner of a trade secret that is misappropriated to bring a civil action if the trade secret is related to interstate or foreign commerce.

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

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Cloture on Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to an unrelated bill (HR 636) consisting of three bills that would reduce taxes on small businesses. The chamber is expected to amend it with language that would authorize $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

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

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Passenger Seat Sizes – Vote Rejected (42-54, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected an amendment that would require the FAA Administrator to prohibit air carriers from reducing the size of seats on passenger aircraft.

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

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