June 2016 US Congressional Votes

June 27

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment – Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Grassley, R-Iowa, amendment to the instructions on the McConnell motion to commit, that reauthorizes the National Instant Criminal Background Check System at $125 million annually through fiscal 2020, audits the program and makes federal court information available for the purposes of the program. The underlying bill would fund the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment – Vote Rejected (44-56)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of Being a Terrorist Amendment – Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment to the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that requires law enforcement to be notified of any request to transfer a firearm to a person who is, or who has been within five preceding years, investigated on suspicion of being a terrorist, and authorizes the attorney general to delay firearms transfers for such individuals for up to three business days, allowing for the filing of an emergency petition in court to stop the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearm Transfer Denial and Reasonable Suspicion of an Individual’s Ties to Terrorism Amendment – Vote Rejected (47-53)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that authorizes the attorney general to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that represents a threat to public safety based on reasonable suspicion that the individual has ties to terrorism. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment – Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on “No Fly” or “Selectee” Lists Amendment – Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back to the Senate forthwith with the McConnell, R-Ky., for Collins, R-Maine, amendment that authorizes the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that appears on the “no fly list” or the “selectee list,” notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an individual denied a firearm to petition the decision in a U.S. or state court of appeals. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on “No Fly” or “Selectee” Lists Amendment – Vote Agreed to (67-31, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., for Johnson, R-Wis., amendment to the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee, that allows for the attorney general to block a gun transfer to an individual that is on the “no fly” or “selectee list,” if there is a reasonable basis to believe, based on specific information and evidence, that the individual is in some way related to terrorism, notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an expedited review for a petition on the denial of the transfer that requires a reasonable basis based on specific and articulate information and credible evidence that the transferee is or has been engaged with terrorism in order to uphold the block on the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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

Recent House Votes

Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule – Passage – Vote Failed (239-180, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted on overriding the president’s veto of legislation that disapproved of the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. The resolution disapproved 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 retirement investments to the fiduciary standard under which they must provide investment advice that is in the best interest of the investor “without regard to the financial or other interests” of the financial institution, adviser or other party. A two-thirds vote of both chambers is needed to override a veto.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report -– Adoption – Vote Passed (239-171, 24 Not Voting)

The conference report on the bill provides $1.1 billion in supplemental funding for the government to prepare for and respond to the public health threat posed by the Zika virus, and it provides a total of $185 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction in fiscal 2017 — including $82.5 billion in discretionary spending subject to the budget caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The Zika funding includes $933 million in domestic funding and $175 million for international activities, with approximately $750 million of the total being offset through rescissions to Ebola, Affordable Care Act, and other Health and Human Services Department funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

June 20

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (85-13, 2 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed to Bill – Vote Agreed to (94-3, 3 Not Voting)

The legislation would fund the Commerce and Justice departments and NASA. It also would include language that would prevent the administration from spending money to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States or find places to house them here.

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

Recent House Votes

IRS and Free Speech – Passage – Vote Passed (240-182, 12 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits the Treasury Department from requiring that the identity of most contributors to 501(c) tax-exempt organizations be included in annual returns, regardless of the size of the contribution — a restriction that would apply to donors to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (282-138, 14 Not Voting)

The measure provides $575.7 billion in discretionary defense spending, including $517.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $58.6 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 14

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Domestic Issues Money Amendment – Vote Rejected (43-55, 2 Not Voting)

The amendment would have increased funding levels for domestic issues by $18 billion above and beyond the current levels specified by the 2015 budget agreement. Sixty votes were needed to end debate on the amendment.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Defense Money Amendment – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The amendment would have redirected $18 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to go to authorizations above and beyond the current levels specified by the 2015 budget agreement. Sixty votes were needed to end debate on the amendment.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Bill – Vote Agreed to (68-23, 9 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

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

Recent House Votes

Ozone Standards – Passage – Vote Passed (234-177, 22 Not Voting)

The measure extends for eight years EPA’s deadlines for implementing its new air pollution standards for ground-level ozone so they wouldn’t have to be implemented until 2025, rather than 2017, and it modifies the general process by which EPA develops National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and other pollutants, including by requiring reviews of pollutant standards every 10 years rather than every five years.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Puerto Rico Aid – Passage – Vote Passed (297-127, 11 Not Voting)

The bill establishes entities and procedures for Puerto Rico to address its current fiscal crisis, including creation of a financial oversight board to oversee and manage the finances of the U.S. territory and a process under which the island’s outstanding debt could be restructured.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (233-175, 26 Not Voting)

The bill provides a total of $3.5 billion for operations of the House of Representatives, joint House-Senate items and legislative branch entities such as the Library of Congress, the Capitol Police, Government Accountability Office and Government Publishing Office. It continues to freeze the pay of lawmakers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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