Feb 2017 US Congressional Votes

Feb 20

Recent Senate Votes

Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury – Vote Confirmed (53-47)
The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.

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

Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Vote Confirmed (100-0)
The Senate confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs

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

Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration – Vote Confirmed (81-19)
The Senate confirmed Linda McMahon to be the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

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

Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (57-43)
The Senate passed legislation which would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.

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

Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Vote Confirmed (51-49)
The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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

Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

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

Recent House Votes

Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act – Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)
The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (234-191, 6 Not Voting)
The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Dec. 20, 2016, that exempts local government-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities from certain restrictions and requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (231-193, 7 Not Voting)
The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 30, 2016, that exempts state-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities that don’t offer retirement plans from certain restrictions and requirements under ERISA.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule – Vote Passed (236-189, 6 Not Voting)
The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule – Vote Passed (225-193, 12 Not Voting)
The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Interior Department on Aug. 5, 2016, that prohibits certain predator control practices in national wildlife refuges in Alaska (such as the taking of mother bears and their cubs, the killing of wolves and their pups at den sites, and aerial shooting).

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule – Vote Passed (230-188, 12 Not Voting)
The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Dec. 19, 2016, that modifies eligibility requirements for Title X grants for family planning services to specify that states awarding funds cannot prohibit a health care provider from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Feb 13

Recent Senate Votes

Prohibit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak on Senate Floor When Debating Sen. Sessions Nomination to be U.S. Attorney General – Vote Sustained (49-43, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to sustain the ruling of the presiding officer (Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines) in which he prohibited Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of the debate concerning Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be U.S. attorney general. The presiding officer ruled that Sen. Warren violated Senate rule 19 prohibiting senators from “imputing” one another.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted Not Voting
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General – Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Present)

The Senate confirmed Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. attorney general.

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

Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services – Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

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

Recent House Votes

Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (234-186, 12 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (234-190, 8 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state’s accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state’s statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (240-181, 11 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

February 8

Recent Senate Votes

Confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation – Vote Confirmed (93-6, 1 Present)
The Senate voted to confirm Elaine Chao to be secretary of Transportation.

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

Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State – Vote Confirmed (56-43, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate voted to confirm Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State.

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

Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule – Vote Passed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove the Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.

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

Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule – Vote Passed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.

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

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education – Vote Confirmed (51-50)
The Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos to be secretary of Education. The tie-breaking yes vote was cast by Vice President Mike Pence.

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

Recent House Votes

Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule – Vote Passed (235-187, 10 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule – Vote Passed (228-194, 10 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove the Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (236-187, 9 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (235-180, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Disapprove BLM Methane Rule – Vote Passed (221-191, 20 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued last November that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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