Jan 2017 US Congressional Votes

Jan 30

Recent Senate Votes

GAO Access and Oversight Act – Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The bill would grant the Government Accountability Office access to the National Directory of New Hires. The directory contains information from states about new employees.

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

Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense – Vote Confirmed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of Defense.

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

Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security – Vote Confirmed (88-11, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security.

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

Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Vote Confirmed (66-32, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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

Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations – Vote Confirmed (96-4)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley to be the representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of ambassador, and the representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

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

Recent House Votes

Abortion Funding – Vote Passed (238-183, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It also would not allow federal medical facilities and health professionals from providing abortion services, and prohibit individuals and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health overhaul law to purchase health care plans that cover abortions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 17

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Klobuchar Amendment Concerning Drug Importation – Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)

The amendment would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.

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

Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution – Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

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

Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver – Vote Passed (81-17, 2 Not Voting)

The bill would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

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

Recent House Votes

Private Market Investors – Vote Passed (344-73, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would expand 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

Regulatory Accountability – Vote Passed (238-183, 13 Not Voting)

The bill would modify the federal rule-making process with a focus on reducing the possible economic costs of federal regulations, allowing more legal challenges to rules and increasing transparency. Among its provisions, it would require agencies to estimate the cost of proposed regulations and consider lower-cost alternatives, creating additional steps that agencies must follow when proposing “major” or “high impact” rules, including an opportunity for the public to challenge agency justifications and findings. It also automatically would postpone the implementation of new federal rules costing $1 billion or more until all legal challenges are resolved, and it effectively would overturn two Supreme Court decisions that require courts to give substantial deference to an agency’s interpretation of a rule or underlying law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

SEC Cost-Benefit Analyses – Vote Passed (243-184, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct cost-benefit analyses of new regulatory proposals and existing rules, and to modify or rescind those found to have a negative impact.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

CFTC Reauthorization – Vote Passed (239-182, 13 Not Voting)

The bill would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through fiscal 2021 and amend the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. Among its provisions, it would ease certain regulatory requirements to ensure that some “end users” of derivatives are not regulated as swaps dealers, require the CFTC to conduct cost-benefit analyses of its proposed rules and allow for the development of rules regarding the interaction of U.S. swaps rules to international requirements.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution – Vote Passed (227-198, 10 Not Voting)

The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver – Vote Passed (268-151, 1 Present, 14 Not Voting)

The bill that would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 9

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the measure allowing for Senate debate on the concurrent resolution itself. The legislation would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

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

Recent House Votes

Objecting to the United Nations Security Council Resolution Vote 2334 Concerning Israeli-Palestinian Peace – Vote Passed (342-80, 4 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The House agreed to this resolution which would express the sense of the House that the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which criticized Israel for its continued expansion of settlements in occupied territories, and which the United States abstained from vetoing in the Security Council, undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and veto U.N. Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to Israeli-Palestinian final status issues, or that are one-sided and anti-Israel.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Executive Regulations – Vote Passed (237-187, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify the federal rule-making process by preventing “major rules”, those generally having an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, from being implemented unless Congress enacts legislation approving them.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Midnight Rules – Vote Passed (238-184, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would permit a new Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to disapprove, en bloc, multiple regulations issued by a president in his final year in office, rather than just a single regulation at a time for rules issued during the final 60 session days of the previous Congress.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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