May 2016 US Congressional Votes

May 30

Recent Senate Votes

Congressional Disapproval of Labor Department Rule on the Term “Fiduciary” – Passage – Vote Passed (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

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

Congressional Disapproval of Agriculture Department Rule on Catfish – Passage – Vote Passed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 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

Recent House Votes

Zika Vector Control – Passage – Vote Passed (258-156, 19 Not Voting)

The bill temporarily modifies the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to prohibit the EPA or a state government from requiring a permit for the use of registered pesticides near navigable waters. It also temporarily alters the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit the EPA and states from requiring permits for the point source use of a pesticide, or the residue resulting from the use of a pesticide, that is registered under FIFRA.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for District of Columbia Home Rule – Passage – Vote Passed (240-179, 14 Not Voting)

The measure repeals the District of Columbia law that modified D.C.’s home rule charter to allow locally generated funds to be spent without congressional approval, and it modifies the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act to further specify that all city funding is subject to Congress’ annually appropriations process. It also alters the 1973 law to specify that the District has no authority to change the District’s budget process as it relates to congressional review and approval.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Energy Policy Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (241-178, 14 Not Voting)

The bill includes all or parts of 37 House-passed measures including legislation that promote the accelerated development and construction of natural gas pipelines and hydropower projects by increasing the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, require the agency to set hard deadlines for environmental reviews and permitting, and require the designation of at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Vote Agreed to (223-195, 15 Not Voting)

The amendment bars federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. However, the amendment could not violate certain portions of the Constitution.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Failed (112-305, 16 Not Voting)

The bill provides a total of $37.4 billion in funding subject to discretionary caps for fiscal 2017 for the Energy Department and federal water projects. The bill appropriates $6.1 billion in new funding for civil projects of the Army Corps of Engineers. It provides $12.9 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration and almost $6.2 billion for environmental management activities. It also bars the use of funds in the bill to close the Yucca Mountain license application, or to irrevocably remove Yucca Mountain as an option for repository.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 23

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

The military construction and veterans part of the bill would provide a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The transportation section of the bill would provide $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. The overall measure also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

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

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Zika Funding – Vote Agreed to (68-30, 2 Not Voting)

The second-degree amendment to the substitute amendment provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

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

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Cloture on the Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (88-10, 2 Not Voting)

The substitute amendment provides a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding in the military construction and veterans part of the bill for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The amendment also funds the transportation section of the bill with $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. It also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to deal with the Zika virus.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2016 Zika Response Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (241-184, 8 Not Voting)

The bill provides $622 million in supplemental funds to activities to deal with the Zika virus including $503 million in domestic funding and $119 million in international funding — with the cost of that funding being fully offset. The measure rescinds $352 million originally allocated to fight the Ebola virus along with rescinding $270 million in Department of Health and Human Services administrative funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (277-147, 9 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $543.4 billion for the Pentagon’s base, non-war budget that is subject to spending caps. It also includes $58.8 billion for uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for war operations and other anti-terror activities but provides that $23.1 billion of that total be used for non-war, base defense budget needs, including $18 billion for aircraft, ships and other items.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Vote Failed (212-213, 8 Not Voting)

The amendment would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (295-129, 9 Not Voting)

The measure provides a total of $81.5 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2017 to fund military construction projects and programs of the Veterans Affairs Department and provides $102.5 billion in mandatory spending for fiscal 2017 and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

May 16

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (50-42, 8 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.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (97-2, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to 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.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure 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.

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

Recent House Votes

Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force – Passage – Vote Passed (412-4, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that establishes a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to review, modify and update medical best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction – Passage – Vote Passed (413-5, 15 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a measure that creates two new grant programs in the Justice Department to assist in combating opioid abuse: one to state, local and tribal governments that could be used for a variety of opioid abuse reduction programs and activities and one to assist veterans suffering from opioid abuse.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Efforts – House Amendment to the Senate-Passed Bill – Vote Passed (400-5, 28 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation, as amended, that includes 18 bills previously passed by the chamber. Among other items, it establishes two grant programs to create state systems under which physicians and others who prescribe opioids to patients would at the same time prescribe opioid overdose reversal drugs to those patients thought to be at an elevated risk of overdose. It also creates a grant program to create state systems under which trained pharmacists may dispense reversal drugs to opioid users or families of those at risk of an overdose and authorizes $5 million through fiscal 2019 for those grants.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Feb 2016 US Congressional Votes

Feb 29

Recent Senate Votes

FDA Commissioner – Nomination – Vote Confirmed (89-4, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

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

Recent House Votes

Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement– Passage – Vote Passed (242-161, 30 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a bill which provides that Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service public lands are to be considered open for recreational hunting, fishing, shooting or similar activities; it allows individuals to carry firearms at Army Corps of Engineers recreational areas; it limits the authority of the EPA to regulate bullets, angling lures and other hunting equipment for toxic substances; and it increases federal funding for states to set up public shooting ranges on public lands.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fraudulent Joinder Prevention – Passage – Vote Passed (229-189, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that establishes new standards in federal diversity jurisdiction proceedings for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit — which if determined to be the case would require that the lawsuit be heard in federal court rather than being returned to state court.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Feb 15

Recent Senate Votes

North Korea Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (96-0, 4 Not Voting)

The measure, as amended, expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (73-22, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Passage – Vote Agreed to (75-20, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Recent House Votes

Limit on National Science Foundation – Passage – Vote Passed (236-178, 19 Not Voting)

The bill allows the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award grants or enter into cooperative agreements for basic research and science education only if it determines that the grant or cooperative agreement promotes the progress of science in the United States and is consistent with the NSF’s mission.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Debt Reduction Plans – Passage – Vote Passed (267-151, 15 Not Voting)

The measure requires the Treasury secretary to appear before Congress within a couple of months before the federal government is projected to reach the legal debt limit and report on the state of the nation’s public debt and the drivers of increasing debt, the impact of increasing debt and the administration’s plans for reducing debt in the short, medium and long terms.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Menu Nutrition Disclosures – Passage – Vote Passed (266-144, 1 Present, 22 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to modify its rules regarding the nutrition information that restaurants and other retail food establishments must provide to customers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

North Korea Sanctions – Concur in the Senate Amendment – Vote Passed (408-2, 23 Not Voting)

The final version of the legislation expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 8

Recent Senate Votes

Energy Policy – Cloture – Vote Rejected (43-54, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. cloture motion to end debate on the energy policy bill that would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

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

Recent House Votes

Affordable Housing – Passage – Vote Passed (427-0, 6 Not Voting)

The measure makes changes to various housing laws to try to extend affordable housing options to more low-income families. The measure allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and the owners of private subsidized housing to verify the income-based eligibility of families through other needs-tested federal programs; changes requirements regarding the inspection of housing units and eases Federal Housing Authority (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation – Presidential Veto Override – Vote Failed (241-186, 6 Not Voting)

The House voted to attempt to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would have repealed or significantly modified numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law. Two-thirds of those members present and voting yes were needed to override the veto.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Iran Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (246-181, 6 Not Voting)

The bill restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – Passage – Vote Passed (265-159, 9 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct reviews of its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome, and to modify or repeal rules based on those reviews.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Financial Institution Customer Protection – Passage – Vote Passed (250-169, 14 Not Voting)

The legislation prohibits federal banking regulators from requesting that financial institutions terminate their relationships with specific customers or groups of customers unless the agency has a material reason for requesting that termination, and it modifies the 1989 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to restrict the conditions under which the Justice Department may conduct investigations involving financial institutions and seek civil penalties, including by limiting the department’s subpoena authority.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 1

Recent Senate Votes

Energy Policy – GAO Report on Energy Production – Vote Agreed to (62-29, 9 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted an amendment to the energy policy bill that requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review and submit a report to Congress on energy production in the United States and the effects of crude oil exports. The initial report must be submitted within one year of the bill’s enactment date and then resubmitted for the following two years.

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

Jan 2016 US Congressional Votes

Jan 25, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

Disapprove ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule – Cloture on Veto Message – Vote Failed (52-40, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the veto message concerning legislation that would disapprove of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the “waters of the United States” rule that seeks to clarify the federal government’s authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect. Sixty votes were needed to end debate. Failing to invoke cloture essentially upheld the president’s veto of the joint resolution.

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

Jan 18

Recent Senate Votes

Auditing the Federal Reserve – Motion to Proceed – Vote Failed (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the Perdue, R-Ga. motion to proceed to a bill that requires the full audit of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Banks by the Comptroller General for the United States.

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

Recent House Votes

Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules — Passage – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that prevents the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) from issuing any final rules related to coal mining activities near streams, including updating a stream buffer zones (SBZ) rule, until after the National Academy of Sciences submits a study on the effectiveness of existing rules in effect — effectively delaying any new or revised SBZ rules for at least three years.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Disapprove “Waters of the United States” Rule — Passage – Vote Passed (253-166, 14 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a joint resolution which disapproves of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the “waters of the United States” rule that seeks to clarify the federal government’s authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Jan 11

Recent House Votes

Review Federal Regulations for Repeal– Passage – Vote Passed (245-174, 14 Not Voting)

The bill establishes a nine-member commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be immediately repealed and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “Cut-Go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Class-Action Litigation — Passage – Vote Passed (211-188, 1 Present, 33 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it requires quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Adoption – Vote Passed (240-181, 13 Not Voting)

The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the original House bill. The final version repeals or significantly modifies numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law, including the individual and employer mandates, tax subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance from exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It also effectively eliminates more than a dozen taxes included in the law, including the medical device tax, the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, the net investment tax and the additional Medicare tax, and it blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and provides alternative women’s health funding for community health centers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Dec 2015 US Congressional Votes

December 21

Recent Senate Votes

Tax Extenders and Omnibus Appropriations — Passage – Vote Agreed to (65-33, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation that retroactively renews for the current 2015 tax year most of the expired provisions and further extends them for varying periods, including by making more than a dozen permanent and extending most others for two years (2015 and 2016). Those made permanent include taxpayers being able to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, the research and development tax credit, Section 179 capital expensing for businesses, and expanded versions of the child tax credit, Earned Income Tax Credit and American Opportunity Tax Credit for college expenses. It also includes a two-year moratorium on the medical device tax created by the 2010 health care overhaul law. The chamber adopted an amendment that funds government operations through September 30, 2016, at about $1.149 trillion in discretionary spending. It also ends the U.S. ban on crude oil exports; reauthorizes the 9/11 first-responder health care and victim compensation programs; reauthorizes U.S. intelligence programs and provides for a voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing process between the government and the private sector; requires individuals who have been in certain nations, such as Syria and Iraq, to get regular visas that involve in-person interviews with U.S. officials in order to enter the United States. It also includes several other tax provisions, including delaying for two years the health care law’s tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans and phaseouts of wind and solar energy tax credits.

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

Recent House Votes

Tax Extenders — Adoption – Vote Passed (318-109, 6 Not Voting)

The House adopted an amendment that retroactively renews for the current 2015 tax year most of the expired provisions and further extends them for varying periods, including by making more than a dozen permanent and extending most others for two years (2015 and 2016). Those made permanent include taxpayers being able to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, the research and development tax credit, Section 179 capital expensing for businesses, and expanded versions of the child tax credit, Earned Income Tax Credit and American Opportunity Tax Credit for college expenses. It also includes a two-year moratorium on the medical device tax created by the 2010 health care overhaul law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Omnibus Appropriations — Adoption – Vote Passed (316-113, 5 Not Voting)

The chamber adopted an amendment that funds government operations through September 30, 2016, at about $1.149 trillion in discretionary spending, with $1.067 trillion subject to discretionary spending caps, $73.7 billion designated as Overseas Contingency Operations funds, $7.1 billion designated as disaster spending, $698 million designated as emergency spending and $1.5 billion designated as program integrity initiatives. It also ends the U.S. ban on crude oil exports; reauthorizes the 9/11 first-responder health care and victim compensation programs; reauthorizes U.S. intelligence programs and provides for a voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing process between the government and the private sector; requires individuals who have been in certain nations, such as Syria and Iraq, to get regular visas that involve in-person interviews with U.S. officials in order to enter the United States; and reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It also includes several other tax provisions, including delaying for two years the health care law’s tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans and phaseouts of wind and solar energy tax credits.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

December 14

Recent Senate Votes

K-12 Education Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Agreed to (85-12, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 for four years, through fiscal 2020, and modifies programs and policies throughout the law with the overall goal of giving states, school districts, schools, teachers and parents greater control over all aspects of elementary and secondary education. It maintains some federal oversight of state programs through the Education Department’s ability to approve state plans for the use of federal funds, but it places strong restrictions on department actions and control.

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

Recent House Votes

Visa Waiver Program — Passage – Vote Passed (407-19, 7 Not Voting)

The chamber passed legislation that prohibits individuals who have been to specified nations such as Syria and Iraq from entering the United States unless they are interviewed by U.S. officials and get a regular visa, even if they are from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Red River Private Property — Passage – Vote Passed (253-177, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell to current and adjacent landowners the roughly 30,000 acres of federal land along the Red River, which forms part of the border between Texas and Oklahoma.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Trade Enforcement — Passage – Vote Passed (256-158, 19 Not Voting)

The House agreed to the conference report on the bill that includes numerous provisions to facilitate trade and improve U.S. trade enforcement, including formally establishing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and enhancing its authority, including authorizing an automated system for the agency to process imports and exports. It also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and phases out the taxes imposed in seven states in which they were grandfathered.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

December 7

Recent Senate Votes

Budget Reconciliation – Passage – Vote Passed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed the bill that repeals large portions of the 2010 health care overhaul law and cuts off federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. Specifically, it zeroes-out the law’s penalties for noncompliance with the law’s requirements for most individuals to obtain health coverage and employers to offer health insurance. It scraps the law’s Medicaid expansion in 2018, as well as subsidies to help individuals buy coverage through the insurance exchanges. It also eliminates certain taxes included in the law, including the tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans.

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

Surface Transportation Reauthorization– Passage – Vote Agreed to (83-16, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes federal highway and transit programs for five years, through fiscal 2020, at increased funding levels to begin addressing the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs. It transfers more than $70 billion from Treasury’s general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund over that time and fully fund the measure’s estimated $305 billion cost. The measure also reauthorizes Amtrak and restructures its funding to reflect its major lines of business, renews the charter for the Export-Import Bank and rolls back a reduction in the crop insurance program.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization — Passage – Vote Passed (364-58, 11 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a bill that authorizes classified amounts in fiscal 2016 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security Department and other agencies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (242-180, 11 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at existing power plants.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at new and retrofitted power plants.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

K-12 Education Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (359-64, 10 Not Voting)

The chamber agreed to the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 for four years, through fiscal 2020, and modifies programs and policies throughout the law with the overall goal of giving states, school districts, schools, teachers and parents greater control over all aspects of elementary and secondary education. It maintains some federal oversight of state programs through the Education Department’s ability to approve state plans for the use of federal funds, but it places strong restrictions on department actions and control.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Energy Security and Infrastructure Overhaul — Passage – Vote Passed (249-174, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which promotes the accelerated development and construction of natural gas pipelines and hydropower projects by increasing the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and requiring the agency to set hard deadlines for environmental reviews and permitting, and by requiring the designation of at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built. It also includes numerous provisions intended to increase the security and reliability of the nation’s electrical power grid; revises national energy efficiency standards and requires the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Surface Transportation Reauthorization– Passage – Vote Passed (359-65, 9 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes federal highway and transit programs for five years, through fiscal 2020, at increased funding levels to begin addressing the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs. It transfers more than $70 billion from Treasury’s general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund over that time and fully fund the measure’s estimated $305 billion cost. The measure also reauthorizes Amtrak and restructures its funding to reflect its major lines of business, renews the charter for the Export-Import Bank and rolls back a reduction in the crop insurance program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 2015 US Congressional Votes

Nov 23

Recent Senate Votes

EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at existing power plants.

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

EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at new and retrofitted power plants.

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

Recent House Votes

Bank Mortgage Liability — Passage – Vote Passed (255-174, 4 Not Voting)

The bill creates a safe harbor from lawsuits for banks that originate non-qualified mortgages that do not comply with ability-to-repay requirements, as long as the bank retains the mortgage in its own portfolio.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Auto Loans — Passage – Vote Passed (332-96, 5 Not Voting)

The bill nullifies 2013 guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding fair lending practices for indirect auto lenders, after the CFPB determined that car loans provided through auto dealers were artificially high and discriminatory.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Federal Reserve Overhaul — Passage – Vote Passed (241-185, 7 Not Voting)

The bill modifies Federal Reserve operations and oversight in an effort to make it more accountable, including by requiring the Fed to develop detailed strategies with set goals for conducting monetary policy that would be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and requiring the Fed chairman to testify before Congress if GAO determines that the strategy no longer complies with bill requirements. It also provides for GAO audits of all Fed activities, including its deliberations over monetary policy. The legislation requires Fed to conduct cost-benefit analyses of all proposed rules and limits the Fed’s emergency lending powers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Syrian and Iraqi Refugees — Passage – Vote Passed (289-137, 8 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits refugees from Syria or Iraq from being admitted into the United States unless the individual has had a comprehensive background check and the government, including the FBI and national intelligence director, certifies to Congress that he or she does not pose a threat.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 16

Recent Senate Votes

Revised Defense Authorization — Passage – Vote Agreed to (91-3, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation that authorizes $599 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016, $5 billion less than both the president’s overall request and the original conference agreement. It provides $33 billion of the original $38 billion in added funds for defense, including $8 billion through the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The measure authorizes $715 million for Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State, $406 million to train and equip Syrian opposition forces and $300 million for lethal weapons for Ukraine. It modifies the military retirement system, blocks the Pentagon from retiring the A-10 Warthog aircraft and authorizes $11 billion for the F-35 Fighter.

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

Military-Construction-VA Appropriations — Passage – Vote Passed (93-0, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate passed an amended version of the bill that funds veterans’ health programs and military bases. The measure, which contains nearly $80 billion in discretionary funding, also includes language that prohibits transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. homeland and a ban on another round of base closures.

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

Surface Transportation Reauthorization — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (82-7, 11 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to create a conference committee with the House concerning legislation that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for six years.

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

Nov 9

Recent Senate Votes

“Waters of the United States” Definition — Passage – Vote Failed (57-41, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would require the Obama administration to revisit its rule updating federal regulation of streams and wetlands.

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

“Waters of the United States” Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” and what bodies of water are subject to federal regulation.

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

Military-Construction-VA Appropriations – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (93-0, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that funds veterans’ health programs and military bases. The measure, which contains nearly $80 billion in discretionary funding, also includes language that prohibits transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. homeland and a ban on another round of base closures.

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

Recent House Votes

Revised Defense Authorization — Passage – Vote Passed (370-58, 5 Not Voting)

The House agreed to legislation that authorizes $599 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016, $5 billion less than both the president’s overall request and the original conference agreement. It provides $33 billion of the original $38 billion in added funds for defense, including $8 billion through the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The measure authorizes $715 million for Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State, $406 million to train and equip Syrian opposition forces and $300 million for lethal weapons for Ukraine. It modifies the military retirement system, blocks the Pentagon from retiring the A-10 Warthog aircraft and authorizes $11 billion for the F-35 Fighter.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Surface Transportation Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (363-64, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for six years, with policy provisions including those that would replace the Surface Transportation Program with a block grant program, create a new grant program for nationally significant freight and highway projects, and make a number of changes to the environmental review process. It also would liquidate the Federal Reserve’s surplus funds and redirect that money to the General Fund. Future money that would have been deposited in the funds would also be deposited in the General Fund. The more than $325 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization package also contains Senate amendments that offset to cover Highway Trust Fund shortfalls for three years and a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Efforts to fully fund all six years of the reauthorization are expected to be made in conference with the Senate.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 2, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Passage – Vote Passed (74-21, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and it would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.

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

Budget Agreement and Debt Limit — Passage – Vote Agreed to (64-35, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation which suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, and it partially rolls back the sequester of discretionary spending scheduled for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 to increase caps for those two years by a total of $80 billion, split equally between defense and non-defense. It requires additional funding through the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account for both years, as well. It also prevents a sharp increase in Medicare Part B premiums for certain beneficiaries in 2016 and keeps the Social Security disability insurance trust fund solvent until 2022. It includes $79.9 billion in mandatory spending cuts and revenue increases to offset the bill’s costs, and would reduce the deficit by $497 million according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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

Recent House Votes

Retail Investor Protection– Passage – Vote Passed (245-186, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that prohibits the Labor Department from implementing a final rule on fiduciary standards for retirement investment advisers until after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) conducts a study and issues a final rule setting standards of conduct for broker-dealers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Export-Import Bank Reauthorization– Passage – Vote Passed (313-118, 3 Not Voting)

The chamber moved a measure that reauthorizes the official export credit agency of the United States for four years; sets new, lower, lending caps; aims to increase accountability and transparency at the bank; and directs the president to initiate negotiations to reduce and eventually eliminate government export subsidies worldwide.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Budget Agreement and Debt Limit — Passage – Vote Passed (266-167, 2 Not Voting)

The House agreed to legislation which suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, and it partially rolls back the sequester of discretionary spending scheduled for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 to increase caps for those two years by a total of $80 billion, split equally between defense and non-defense. It requires additional funding through the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account for both years, as well. It also prevents a sharp increase in Medicare Part B premiums for certain beneficiaries in 2016 and keeps the Social Security disability insurance trust fund solvent until 2022. It includes $79.9 billion in mandatory spending cuts and revenue increases to offset the bill’s costs, and would reduce the deficit by $497 million according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Oct 2015 US Congressional Votes

Oct 26

Recent Senate Votes

“Sanctuary Cities” — Cloture – Vote Failed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would withhold federal funds from cities and jurisdictions that do not comply with certain federal immigration laws. The measure would also set sentencing requirements for individuals who repeatedly re-enter the United States illegally after deportation.

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

Cybersecurity Information Sharing — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (83-14, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Burr, R-N.C., substitute amendment to the bill that would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.

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

Recent House Votes

Debt Prevention — Passage – Vote Passed (235-194, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that allows the Treasury Department, once the statutory debt limit is reached, to continue borrowing above that limit in order to pay the principal and interest on both government debt held by the public as it comes due and on obligations held by the Social Security trust fund.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (240-191, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that reauthorizes the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program for five years, through fiscal 2021. It is a federally funded program under which eligible students in Washington, D.C., can receive vouchers to attend private schools and is the nation’s only federally funded private school voucher program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production — Passage – Vote Passed (254-177, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that reclassifies certain mining operations as “infrastructure projects” in order to allow the permitting for mining on federal lands to be conducted under a streamlined permitting process created for infrastructure projects by a 2012 presidential order.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Care Reconciliation — Passage – Vote Passed (240-189, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that repeals key elements of the 2010 health care overhaul law including the individual and employer mandates and the medical device and “Cadillac” taxes, and it blocks for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Oct 13

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization — Adoption – Vote Agreed to (70-27, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany the bill that would reauthorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

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

Fiscal 2016 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations — Cloture – Vote Rejected (49-47, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $35.4 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2016 for the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional authorities.

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

Recent House Votes

Establishing a Select Investigative Panel Under the House Energy and Commerce Committee–Adoption – Vote Passed (242-184, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted a resolution which created the Select Investigative Panel on Abortion and Fetal Tissue Donation under the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This select panel will be allowed to investigate and report on all issues related to medical procedures and practices involving fetal tissue donation and procurement, federal funding and support for abortion providers, and late-term abortions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Homebuyers Assistance Act — Passage – Vote Passed (303-121, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which effectively delays until Feb. 1, 2016, implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s integrated rules regarding lender disclosures to consumers applying for home mortgage loans, prohibiting enforcement of the rules and lawsuits against lenders until then as long as the lender makes a good-faith effort to comply with the rules.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Oct 5

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Government Funding — Passage – Vote Agreed to (78-20, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed the bill to provide funding for federal government operations until December 11. The measure does not include any provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood. It directs the Homeland Security Department Inspector General to review the data and methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to classify personnel as law enforcement officers, and requires TSA to reclassify any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified.

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

Fiscal 2016 Military Construction-VA Appropriations Cloture – Vote Rejected (50-44, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $77.6 billion for military construction and veterans’ issues. The measure also would provide $8.1 billion overall for military construction projects and $163.8 billion for the Veterans’ Affairs Department.

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

Recent House Votes

Women’s Health — Passage – Vote Passed (236-193, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which allows states to exclude from a state’s Medicaid contracts those medical providers who also perform abortions, thereby permitting states to deny non-abortion health care reimbursements to organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Specifically, it expands the exceptions for which a state is not required to provide reimbursement under its state Medicaid plans to medical assistance for services “by any individual or entity based on the individual’s or entity’s involvement in abortions.”

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Federal Government Funding — Passage – Vote Passed (277-151, 6 Not Voting)

The House agreed to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to legislation, known as the ?clean continuing resolution?, which provides funding for federal government operations until December 11. The measure does not include any provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood. It directs the Homeland Security Department Inspector General to review the data and methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to classify personnel as law enforcement officers, and requires TSA to reclassify any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization — Adoption – Vote Passed (270-156, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report to accompany the bill that authorizes $604.2 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016 and allows $38.3 billion of the $89.2 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funds to be used for additional base defense needs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Victims of Iranian Terrorism — Passage – Vote Passed (251-173, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure that prohibits the President from waiving sanctions or refraining to applying sanctions pursuant to the Iran Nuclear Agreement until Iran pays the legal terrorism-related judgments it owes. Under the measure, the president must certify to Congress that the Iranian government has paid all of its outstanding judgments before sanctions against Iran could be lifted or assets released.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Sept 2015 US Congressional Votes

September 28, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Twenty-Week Abortion Ban- Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later, except in cases of rape, incest against a minor or when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger. Specifically, it would provide an exemption for pregnancies that are the result of rape against adult women if the woman obtained counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours before the abortion.

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

Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the intended legislative vehicle for the bill that would provide nearly $576 billion in discretionary spending for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $86.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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

Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations ?Shell?– Cloture – Vote Rejected (47-52, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the Cochran, R-Miss., substitute amendment no. 2669 that would provide continuing appropriations for government operations through Dec. 11, 2015, at an annual rate of about $1.017 trillion. It also would prohibit for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood or its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform, or fund other entities that perform, abortions during that period. The substitute amendment would redirect $235 million to community health centers.

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

Recent House Votes

Environmental Reviews — Passage – Vote Passed (233-170, 31 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would modify the environmental review process for federally-funded projects and for federal permits for private projects by setting deadlines on agency reviews, and by limiting the grounds for civil actions against an environmental review or permit approval. The lead agency – which would need to set a review schedule and oversee the preparation of a single environmental review document that would satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements – would have two years to complete the review, with the option to extend the review period by one year. When multiple agencies have jurisdiction over a project, the agencies would need to conduct their portions of the NEPA review concurrently, instead of sequentially.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

September 21, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Iran Nuclear Agreement Disapproval Resolution ?Shell?– Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.

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

Recent House Votes

Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions – Vote Passed (241-185, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would change federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that file frivolous civil lawsuits. The sanctions would need to include monetary payments to the other party to cover the other party’s attorney fees and costs. The bill also would eliminate the so-called “safe harbor” clause by removing the ability of parties to withdraw or correct claims considered frivolous within 21 days of filing.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Planned Parenthood Funding Moratorium — Passage – Vote Passed (241-187, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that, during that period, they will not perform abortions or provide funds to other entities that perform abortions. The prohibition would apply to all federal funds, including Medicaid. The bill would provide exceptions for abortions provided in the case of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Failed Abortions — Passage – Vote Passed (248-177, 1 Present, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require health care practitioners to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion as they would give to any other infant born at the same gestational age. The bill also would require health care practitioners to ensure that these infants are immediately sent to a hospital.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

September 14, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Iran Nuclear Agreement Disapproval Resolution ‘Shell’ – Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-42)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.

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

Recent House Votes

Iran Nuclear Agreement Approval ? Passage – Vote Failed (162-269, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The House rejected a bill that would express Congress’ approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Delay Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief — Passage – Vote Passed (247-186)

The House passed a bill that would delay until Jan. 21, 2017, the authority of the president to waive, suspend, or reduce existing sanctions on Iran or on Iranian officials or individuals slated to be granted relief from sanctions under the Iran nuclear agreement.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Aug 2015 US Congressional Votes

Aug 10

Recent Senate Votes

Prohibit Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America – Vote Rejected (53-46, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to legislation that would prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of the organization’s affiliates, subsidiaries, successors or clinics. The bill would state that it shall not be interpreted to reduce overall federal funding available for women’s health or to affect abortion-related limitations in appropriations laws.

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

Aug 3

Recent Senate Votes

Surface Transportation Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (65-34, 1 Not Voting)

That Senate passed a bill as amended, that would provide a six-year authorization of highway and transit programs, with a roughly $45 billion package of offsets, enough to cover three years of shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. The measure would authorize for the federal-aid highway program from the Highway Trust Fund $39.6 billion in fiscal 2016, with levels annually increasing to $45.7 billion in fiscal 2021.

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

Three-Month Surface Transportation Extension and Veterans Health Care – Passage – Vote Passed (91-4, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would extend the authorization for federal-aid highway and transit programs through Oct. 29, 2015. Authority to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund would also be extended through that date. The bill would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and cover projected shortfalls so that construction projects could continue to be fully funded during that time (the amount transferred would cover projected trust fund shortfalls through the end of the year). The measure also would allow the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to use $3.4 billion from the Veterans Choice Fund to pay for care provided – from May 1 to Oct. 1, 2015 – to veteran patients by non-VA providers under VA Care in the Community programs.

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

Recent House Votes

Congressional Approval of Major Rules – Vote Passed (243-165, 25 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would amend the Congressional Review Act to require Congress to approve all executive agency regulatory proposals categorized as “major rules” before their implementation and would also create an expedited consideration process for joint congressional resolutions of approval. The bill defines “major rules” as regulations with an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, and would not require congressional approval of regulations that are not categorized as “major rules” or of rule proposals issued by the Federal Reserve or the Federal Open Market Committee.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Veterans Affairs Accountability and Highway Transportation Funding – Passage – Vote Passed (385-34, 1 Present, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for three months, through October 2015, and would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover shortfalls during that time. The bill also would authorize the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to use $3.4 billion to pay for veteran care through non-VA providers and instruct the VA to consolidate all non-VA programs into a single program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Veterans Affairs Accountability – Passage – Vote Passed (256-170, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would expand the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to remove or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct. The bill would also protect VA whistleblowers that report misconduct, modify the Senior Executive Service performance appraisal process, establish an 18-month probationary period for new VA employees, and place limits on administrative leave and bonuses within the VA.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO