July 2015 US Congressional Votes

July 27

Recent Senate Votes

Surface Transportation Reauthorization ‘Shell’ – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (67-26, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on amendment no. 2327 to the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment, as modified, that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The McConnell substitute amendment would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs, with enough offsets to cover three years of shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund.

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

Recent House Votes

Coal Combustion Residuals – Passage – Vote Passed (258-166, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish minimum federal standards regarding the disposal and storage of coal combustion residuals (CCR) that would codify parts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule regarding coal ash, while superseding other elements of the rule. Additionally, the bill would permit states to create their own coal ash permit programs, but would provide for EPA oversight of the bill’s standards in cases when a state lacks its own program or fails to meet the standards set in the bill.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Genetically Engineered Food – Passage – Vote Passed (275-150, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Agriculture Department to establish a voluntary national genetically engineered (GE) food certification program under which food producers could label their product as including or not including genetically modified ingredients. The program created under the bill would pre-empt related state and local laws and prohibits mandatory labeling of GE or non-GE food.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sanctuary Cities – Passage – Vote Passed (241-179, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would withhold certain federal law enforcement grants to state and local governments that bar their officials from taking certain immigration-related actions, such as gathering or maintaining information on the immigration or citizenship status of individuals or sharing such information with federal immigration authorities. The withheld federal law enforcement grants include the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (which allows states to enter into a contractual arrangement with the federal government for compensation for the incarceration of undocumented criminal immigrants), the Community-Oriented Policing Services program (COPS, which helps support the hiring of police officers at the state and local level) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG, which supports a range of programs, including prosecutions and courts).

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 20

Recent Senate Votes

No Child Left Behind Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (81-17, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the law that authorizes federal spending on kindergarten through high school. It would let states decide how to judge schools’ success and wouldn’t require any type of teacher evaluation. It would require states to continue testing students annually, but would leave it up to states to decide what weight those scores have when rating schools.

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

Recent House Votes

Veterans Loans – Passage – Vote Passed (410-1, 22 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would permanently waive the guarantee fee for veterans and their spouses applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) express loans, beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The bill defines eligibility for the waiver based on the veteran status of the loan applicant, rather than whether the business is considered a veteran-owned small business.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Transportation Funding and California Drought – Passage – Vote Passed (312-119, 2 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs through Dec. 18, 2015 and would transfer $8.1 billion in funding from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls over that time. The measure completely offsets the cost of the proposed funding transfer by extending for two years the current budgetary treatment of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fees as mandatory savings and through several tax compliance provisions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

California Drought – Passage – Vote Passed (245-176, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require that more water from Northern California be pumped south for agricultural uses in the Central Valley in times of drought, and would require the Interior and Commerce departments to approve any emergency projects or operations that would quickly provide additional water to those users. The bill would also implement a coordinated environmental review process to expedite the environmental review of certain water projects, such as dams and water storage facilities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 13

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (81-15, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to insist upon the Senate amendment and agree to the request by the House for a conference on the measure that would authorize funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016. The motion also would authorize the presiding officer to appoint conferees.

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

Recent House Votes

Elementary and Second Education Act Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (218-213, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill, as amended, that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and would make fundamental changes to many of its programs through Fiscal 2019. The bill would allow Title I funding to follow individual students to other schools, and eliminates more than 65 elementary and secondary education programs and merges their funding. In addition, the new Title I block grant would give states greater flexibility in how funds are used.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

National Forest Management – Passage – Vote Passed (262-167, 4 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill, as amended, that modify federal forest management practices to increase timber production on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands as a means of promoting greater forest health and reducing wildfires, and it seeks to end the “borrowing” of fire prevention funding for fire suppression efforts by providing funding to fight certain catastrophic wildfires from FEMA’s disaster relief fund. The bill would also provide for expedited actions by federal agencies by expanding the types of forestry activities that can occur without environmental impact statements and by accelerating environmental reviews for salvage operations and reforestation activities after catastrophic events.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Medical Funding and Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (344-77, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify current federal processes involving medical research, developing drugs and other treatments, and testing and approving those drugs and treatments in an effort to accelerate the development and delivery of cures to diseases and medical conditions. It would also reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years and includes numerous initiatives to promote medical research and attract young scientists, and it reauthorizes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) activities for five years and modifies elements of FDA’s drug and medical device review and approval process to accelerate the approval and distribution of new drugs and medical devices for diseases and conditions that don’t currently have treatments.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 2015 US Congressional Votes

June 29, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Public Safety Employee Withdrawals – Trade Promotion Authority – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (60-37, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill. The House amendment would grant Trade Promotion Authority, under which implementing legislation for trade agreements negotiated by the administration would be considered by Congress under expedited procedures and could not be amended.

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

Recent House Votes

IPAB Repeal – Passage – Vote Passed (244-154, 35 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul that created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is designed to recommend cost-cutting measures if Medicare spending exceeds a target growth rate. The cost of repealing IPAB would be offset by rescinding an estimated $8.8 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created under the 2010 health care overhaul.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

EPA Carbon Emission Rules — Passage – Vote Passed (247-180, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would postpone the dates by when states and existing fossil-fuel power plants must comply with current or future EPA rules to reduce carbon emissions until all judicial challenges are completed, and it allows state governors to opt out of developing an emissions reduction plan or complying with a federal plan for existing plants if he or she determines that the requirement would have an adverse effect on electricity ratepayers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 22, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (71-25, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would authorize approximately $612 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $88.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. Excluding Overseas Contingency Operations funding, the bill would authorize, within the Senate Armed Services Committee’s jurisdiction, approximately: $134.1 billion for operations and maintenance, roughly $112.2 billion for procurement,$ 135.5 billion for military personnel, $8.3 billion for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure, roughly $70.9 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $32.2 billion for the Defense Health Program.

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

Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture – Vote Rejected (50-45, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a 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

Recent House Votes

U.S. Citizens in Iran – Passage – Vote Passed (391-0, 42 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran should immediately release U.S. citizens Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini and provide all known information on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (247-178, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize classified amounts in FY 2016 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, 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. The measure covers general intelligence operations, including signals intelligence, clandestine human intelligence programs and analysis, and covert action programs, as well as research and development and projects to improve information dissemination.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Iraq Troop Withdraw – Passage – Vote Failed (139-288, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House rejected a concurrent resolution that would direct the president to withdraw U.S. forces deployed to Iraq in support of operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, other than armed forces required to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel within 30 days of enactment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

June 15, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization — Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-40, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on amendment no. 1569, as modified, to substitute amendment no. 1463 that would require several national security entities to develop and promulgate procedures to promote the timely sharing of classified and declassified cyber threat indicators between government and the private sector.

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

Recent House Votes

CFTC Operations – Passage – Vote Passed (246-171, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) through fiscal 2019 and amend the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. The bill would make numerous changes to CFTC operations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations – Vote Passed (216-210, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would appropriate $108.7 billion in fiscal 2016, including $55.3 billion in discretionary spending, for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Police Body Cameras – Passage – Vote Passed (421-6, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt a resolution that would recognize the potential for the use of body-worn cameras by on-duty law enforcement officers to improve community relations, increase transparency and protect.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Meat Labeling – Passage – Vote Passed (300-131, 2 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal U.S. country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken that is sold in the United States.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (278-149, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $578.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Defense department in fiscal 2016. The total would include $490.2 billion in base Defense department funds and $88.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account, and would provide that $37.5 billion in OCO funding be used in support of base budget requirements.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 1, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Patriot Act Reauthorization – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (77-17, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency’s bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data.

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

Patriot Act Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (67-32, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency’s bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and limiting collection of other bulk data. The measure would require the NSA to obtain approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to examine the calling records of individual target telephone numbers on a case-by-case basis, before the request for information is made to a phone company, and limit the associated calling records of a telephone number that may be examined to two “hops” from the suspect’s number – essentially codifying proposals made by the president in 2014.

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

Recent House Votes

Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (225-152, 55 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act through fiscal year 2019. The measure would authorize $397 million annually through fiscal year 2019 for federal activities to carry out the law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Fiscal 2016 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations — Passage – Vote Passed (242-183, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $51.4 billion in discretionary funds in fiscal 2016 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. It would provide roughly $8.2 billion for the Commerce Department and roughly $27.9 billion for the Justice Department, including $8.5 billion for the FBI, $7.2 billion for the federal prison system and roughly $2 billion for state and local enforcement and crime prevention grant programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 2015 US Congressional Votes

May 26, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Trade Promotion Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would set specific conditions on the president of the United States when negotiating foreign trade agreements and grant Congress final approval on any agreement reached by the participating parties without amendment in an up or down vote. The bill would also extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program through June 30, 2021 at a level of $450 million a year.

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

Patriot Act Reauthorization — Cloture – Vote Rejected (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency’s bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data.

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

Two-Month FISA Reauthorization – Cloture – Vote Rejected (45-54, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on bill that would amend the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to extend until July 31, 2015, expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

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

Recent House Votes

Anti-Human Trafficking Programs and Victims Fund – Passage – Vote Passed (420-3, 9 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would authorize a number of programs to combat sex trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors. The bill would include provisions that would establish a fund to support trafficking victims, create a new victim-centered grant program to provide assistance to states and local law enforcement to bolster the investigation and prosecution of sex trafficking, and to help victims of such crimes; and bolster the ability of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking, including by targeting individuals who purchase sex from human trafficking victims.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (357-67, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $3.3 billion for legislative branch operations, excluding Senate operations, in fiscal 2016. The total would include $1.2 billion for House operations, $591 million in net appropriations for the Library of Congress, $522 million for the Government Accountability Office, $492 million for the Architect of the Capitol and $369 million for the Capitol Police. As amended, the bill would provide no funding for the Open World Leadership Center.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Science Programs Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (217-205, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $32.9 billion over fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 for a number of agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities. Within that total, the bill would annually authorize for those two fiscal years: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation, roughly $7.9 billion for various Energy Department activities, $939 million for the National institute of Standards and Technology and $5 million for the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 18

Recent Senate Votes

Trade Promotion Authority – Cloture – Vote Rejected (52-45, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would set specific conditions on the president of the United States when negotiating foreign trade agreements and grant Congress final approval on any agreement reached by the participating parties without amendment in an up or down vote.

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

Recent House Votes

Waters of the United States – Passage – Vote Passed (261-155, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would effectively block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing a proposed rule regarding the definition of the “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The bill would require the agencies to withdraw the proposal and develop a new rule with consultation from state and local officials and stakeholders.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Twenty-Week Abortion Ban – Passage – Vote Passed (242-184, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban. It would provide exceptions for cases in which the woman’s life is in danger as well as for pregnancies that are a result of rape if, as amended, for pregnancies that are a result of rape against an adult woman, the woman received counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours prior to the abortion.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Iran Nuclear Agreement Congressional Review – Passage – Vote Passed (400-25, 7 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendments to the bill that would require that Congress be given an opportunity to review any final international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program before the president could waive or suspend any sanctions on Iran that were imposed by Congress. Under the bill, Congress would have an initial 30 days to review any final nuclear pact with Iran, during which time the president could waive executive branch sanctions against Tehran – but could not use his authority to grant national security waivers for sanctions enacted into law by Congress.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (269-151, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $604.2 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $89.2 billion for overseas contingency operations, of which $38.3 billion would be authorized for non-war base budget operations and maintenance. Excluding the war funding, the bill would authorize roughly: $136.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $109.7 billion for procurement, $136.4 billion for military personnel, $7.3 billion for military construction and family housing, $68.4 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $31.7 billion for the Defense Health Program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 11

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to Wyoming Sen. Michael B. Enzi’s motion to proceed to the conference report on the concurrent resolution that would reduce spending by $5.3 trillion over the next 10 years, including $2 trillion in reductions from repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul.

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

Iran Nuclear Agreement – Passage – Vote Passed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would give Congress the right to deny Iran relief from statutory sanctions if two-thirds majorities from both chambers oppose the terms of a final nuclear deal. The bill would also require detailed reports on Iran’s support of global terrorism and fulfillment of commitments under any agreement.

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

May 4

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2016 Military Construction – VA Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (255-163, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $171.1 billion in fiscal 2016 for the Veterans Affairs department, military construction and military housing. It would provide $76.6 billion in discretionary spending, including $60.2 billion for veterans’ health programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

D.C. Reproductive Health Law – Passage – Vote Passed (228-192, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for disapproval and repeal of the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on an individual’s reproductive health decisions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (240-177, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $36.1 billion in fiscal 2016 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities. It would provide $29.0 billion for the Energy Department, of which $12.3 billion would be designated for the National Nuclear Security Administration. It also would provide $5.6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers and $1.1 billion for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 2015 US Congressional Votes

April 27, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Human Trafficking Victims’ Fund – Passage – Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would establish a Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund, to which both new criminal penalties and, as amended, matching funds from already appropriated money for community health centers would be transferred. Amounts originating from criminal fines would be prohibited from being used for health care or medical services.

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

Lynch Nomination – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (66-34)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture, thus limiting debate, on President Obama’s nomination of Loretta E. Lynch of New York to be Attorney General.

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

Recent House Votes

Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards – Passage – Vote Passed (235-183, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would formally establish three advisory boards with which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) must consult on matters regarding small businesses, credit unions and community banks. The measure is offset by limiting funding for the CFPB in future years.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 20, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Medicare Payments to Physicians – Passage – Vote Passed (92-8)

The Senate passed a bill that would repeal the sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with a system in which physicians could choose to participate in either a reimbursement method where their payments would be subject to adjustments based on performance or a method where they would move away from the fee-for-service structure. It would provide for a 10-year transition period under which Medicare reimbursement rates would gradually increase annually until 2020 and then remain stable for five years. The bill is cleared for the president.

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

Recent House Votes

Manufactured Housing High-Cost Mortgages – Passage – Vote Passed (263-162, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify federal rules regarding high-cost-mortgages as they apply to manufactured housing, specifically by changing the definitions of “high-cost mortgage” and “mortgage originator” under federal law to reduce associated regulatory requirements. The measure would change the definition of high-cost mortgage by increasing the maximum rates and fees that a lender may charge on loans for manufactured housing without that mortgage being considered a high-cost mortgage.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

State and Local Sales Tax Deductions – Passage – Vote Passed (272-152, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would make permanent the ability of taxpayers to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, which expired at the end of 2014. The measure would be effective for tax years beginning with 2015.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Estate Tax Repeal – Passage – Vote Passed (240-179, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. The measure also would repeal the generation-skipping transfer tax and reduce the top marginal rate for the federal gift tax from 40 percent to 35 percent.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

March 2015 US Congressional Votes

March 30

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Adoption – Vote Agreed to (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed adopted the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets over the next 10 years. It would allow $523 billion for defense discretionary spending and $493.5 billion for non-defense spending in fiscal 2016, the statutory level set by the 2011 budget law.

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

Recent House Votes

Ukraine Military Assistance – Passage – Vote Passed (348-48, 36 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution stating that the House of Representatives “strongly urges” the president to fully and immediately exercise authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons systems in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to defend their sovereign territory from the “unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.”

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning – Passage – Vote Passed (420-0, 12 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to annually submit to Congress a future-years veterans program with its budget request. The program would reflect estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations for that fiscal year and succeeding four fiscal years, and would include a five-year plan for the department to meet its commitment to veterans, including the resources needed to do so.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

March 23

Recent Senate Votes

Human Trafficking Restitution Fund – Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture, and thus limiting debate, on the bill that would use fines and penalties against sex-trafficking perpetrators for more restitution and assistance funds for victims.

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

Recent House Votes

Volunteer Firefighters’ Healthcare – Passage – Vote Passed (415-0, 17 Not Voting)

The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that qualified services rendered as a bona fide volunteer to an eligible employer do not count as employee hours of service for the purposes of the employer mandate under the 2010 health care overhaul.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

EPA Rule-Making Guidelines – Passage – Vote Passed (241-175, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other covered action unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public so the research can be independently analyzed and reproduced.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

NLRB Case Representation Procedures – Passage – Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval and nullification of the National Labor Relations Board rule relating to case representation procedures.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

March 9

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Veto – Vote Not Sustained (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate’s vote to override President Obama’s Feb. 24, 2015 veto of the bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state failed.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations– Motion to Recede and Concur – Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion made by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho., to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill (HR 240) that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The motion cleared the bill for the president.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Amtrak Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (316-101, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize Amtrak through fiscal 2019, and restructure funding according to Amtrak’s major lines of business. It would authorize funds for Amtrak operating expenses in the Northeast corridor at the following levels: $439 million for fiscal 2016, $464 million for fiscal 2017, $480 million for fiscal 2018 and $498 million for fiscal 2019; and for Amtrak operating expenses within the national network at the following levels: $973 million for fiscal 2016, $974 million for fiscal 2017, $985 million for fiscal 2018 and $997 million for fiscal 2019.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

March 2

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill would include $12.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection; $6 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $7.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, including fees; $10 billion for the Coast Guard; $1.7 billion for the Secret Service; and $10.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including $6.4 billion for emergency disaster relief.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2015 Homeland Department Continuing Resolution – Passage – Vote Failed (203-224, 6 Not Voting)

The House rejected a joint resolution that would make further continuing appropriations for the Homeland Security Department for fiscal 2015. The measure would extend funding for the department for three weeks, through March 19, 2015.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Education Savings Plan Expansion – Passage – Vote Passed (401-20, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would permanently expand the use of “529” educational savings plans by allowing tax-free distributions for students to buy computers and software. It also would eliminate the requirement that multiple 529 accounts held by a beneficiary be treated as a single account and exempt from taxation any amounts that are refunded from colleges as long as the beneficiary re-contributes the funds back into a 529 account within 60 days.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 2015 US Congressional Votes

Feb 16, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Child Pornography Victims Restitution – Passage – Vote Passed (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would expand restitution for victims of child pornography. The bill would expand a victim’s losses to include medical services, therapy, rehabilitation, transportation, child care and lost income. It also would allow defendants who have contributed to the same victim’s losses to spread the cost of restitution among themselves and establish minimum award levels for certain offenses.

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

Recent House Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Passed (270-152, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. It also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Small Business Tax Extenders – Passage – Vote Passed (272-142, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would that would make permanent increased expensing limitations in the tax code that allow small businesses to deduct up to $500,000 of their equipment costs for a maximum of $2 million worth of property. The bill would make permanent the reduced recognition period for S corporations under which they could be taxed for sales of certain assets. It would make permanent a tax break for the charitable contributions of S corporations and allow them to qualify for the same tax exemptions that apply to individuals for charitable contributions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 9, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations – Cloture – Vote Rejected (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill also would bar the use of funds to implement the administration’s immigration policies or to grant any federal benefit to any illegal immigrant as a result of those policies. Sixty votes were required.

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

Recent House Votes

Healthcare Overhaul Repeal – Passage – Vote Passed (239-186, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul. The bill would delay the repeal by 180 days after enactment and direct several House committees to submit alternative legislation with a number of provisions, including ones to increase economic growth by eliminating certain regulations; lower health care premiums through increased competition; overhaul the medical liability system; and provide states greater flexibility to administer Medicaid programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Small Business Regulatory Revisions – Passage – Vote Passed (260-163, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would give the Small Business Administration new authority to ensure that federal agencies comply with a 1980 law requiring that they be flexible in taking regulatory actions that affect small businesses, including by getting more directly involved with an agency’s reviews of proposed rules and requiring SBA to convene panels of small entities to review rules proposals.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 2, 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Passed (62-36, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. It also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

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

Recent House Votes

Liquefied Natural Gas Exports – Passage – Vote Passed (277-133, 23 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to make a decision on pending applications to export liquefied natural gas within 30 days of the bill’s enactment or at the end of the public comment period, whichever is later. Under the bill, applications would have to publicly disclose the countries that would receive the proposed exports.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 2015 US Congressional Votes

Jan 26

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change – Vote Rejected (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a Schatz, D-Hawaii, amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and that human activity significantly contributes to it. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the amendment to 60 votes.

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

Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change – Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to table (kill) a Sanders, I-Vt., amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and caused by human activities. It also would urge the U.S. to overhaul its energy system away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy.

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

Keystone XL Pipeline – Energy Efficiency Standards – Vote Agreed to (94-5, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted a Portman, R-Ohio, amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would would direct the General Services Administration to establish best practices regarding energy-efficiency in commercial real estate buildings, including those that house federal agencies. It would require the GSA to incorporate energy-efficiency standards into its building leasing program for federal agencies.

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

Recent House Votes

Gas Pipeline Permit Deadlines – Passage – Vote Passed (253-169, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny a natural gas pipeline project within one year after receiving a completed application. Federal agencies responsible for issuing permits would have to issue a ruling within 90 days of when FERC issues its final environmental statement for the project.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Federal Abortion Funding Ban – Passage – Vote Passed (242-179, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities or staff to provide abortion coverage and services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the woman. It also would prohibit individuals and small business from receiving federal subsidies and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health care overhaul to purchase plans that cover abortions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 19

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (63-32, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline.

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

Recent House Votes

Rulemaking Process Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (250-175, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify the federal rulemaking process by requiring agencies to estimate the cost of proposed regulations and consider new criteria, including potential costs and benefits of alternatives. The bill would create additional steps that agencies must follow when proposing major rules with annual costs of more than $100 million, or high-impact rules with annual costs of more than $1 billion, including an advanced-notice comment period to determine whether the rule-making process should proceed.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (236-191, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. As amended the bill would bar the use of funds to implement the administration’s immigration policies or to grant any federal benefit to any illegal immigrant as a result of those policies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Financial Regulatory Revisions – Passage – Vote Passed (271-154, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify numerous requirements under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul. It would delay until July 2019 a requirement under the Volcker rule that banks sell off collateralized loan obligations, the complex securitization vehicles that are backed predominantly by commercial loans and exempt non-financial companies from margin requirements under the law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Jan 12

Recent Senate Votes

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (93-4, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would extend the Terrorism Insurance Act for six years, through 2020, and raise the threshold of insured losses at which federal assistance kicks in, reducing the share of losses that federal assistance will cover and increasing the amounts that the government recoups from the insurance industry. It also would clarify that certain entities, or so-called “end users”, who trade in derivatives are not subject to margin requirements for those derivatives.

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

Recent House Votes

Healthcare Employer Mandate – Passage – Vote Passed (252-172, 5 Not Voting)

This bill would modify who is covered as a full-time employee under the employer mandate in the 2010 health care law by replacing the 30 hour-a-week threshold with 40 hours per week. It also would change how companies calculate how many of their employees can be counted under the employer mandates’ 50-employee threshold.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Passed (266-153, 1 Present, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. It also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Dec 2014 US Congressional Votes

The 113th Congress has come to a close. The 114th Congress will convene on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Dec 22,2014
Recent Senate Votes

Confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be Surgeon General – Vote Confirmed (51-43, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Dec 15
Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations – Motion to Concur – Vote Agreed to (56-40, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide about $1 trillion in discretionary appropriations in fiscal 2015 for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2015 spending bills, thus clearing the measure for the President’s signature.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (219-206, 10 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with a House amendment that would provide about $1 trillion in discretionary appropriations in fiscal 2015 for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2015 spending bills.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Dec 8

Recent House Votes

Executive Action on Immigration – Passage – Vote Passed (219-197, 3 Present, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the executive branch from exempting or deferring from deportation any immigrants considered to be unlawfully present in the United States. It also would prohibit the administration from treating those immigrants as if they were lawfully present or had lawful immigration status.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization – Motion to Concur – Vote Passed (300-119, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment with a House amendment and pass the bill that would authorize $495.9 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget, $17.5 billion for national security programs within the Energy Department and $63.7 billion to support Overseas Contingency Operations including $5.1 billion to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 2014 US Congressional Votes

Nov 24, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Failed (59-41)

The Senate rejected a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for passage of the bill to 60 votes.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Surveillance Authorities – Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-42)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to a bill that would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata by intelligence agencies. It would allow intelligence agencies to query data held by telephone companies if the government can demonstrate the search is needed to fight terrorism.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted NO
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Recent House Votes

EPA Research Standards – Passage – Vote Passed (237-190, 7 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other regulatory impact analysis or guidance unless all scientific and technical information used to support the research results is made publicly available and can be independently analyzed and reproduced. It also would clarify that environmental research law does not require the disclosure of information that is prohibited by law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Nov 17

Recent Senate Votes

Child Care and Development Block Grant – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (96-1, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to invoke cloture on a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would reauthorize, through fiscal 2019, the Child Care and Development Block Grant program and institute new educational, health and safety standards on child care providers that receive funds.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Passed (252-161, 1 Present, 20 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. It also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sept 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Equal Pay – Cloture – Vote Rejected (52-40, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would require employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications and in similar jobs have a business justification. It would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information and authorize the Labor secretary to seek additional compensatory or punitive damages in a sex discrimination action.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Fiscal 2015 Continuing Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (78-22)

The Senate voted to clear for the president’s signature a joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations until Dec. 11, 2014, at an annualized rate of $1.012 trillion. It would provide $88 million for government efforts to fight the Ebola virus, provide U.S. border agencies with budget flexibility to maintain current border protection and enforcement activities and extend the Export-Import Bank’s operating authority through June 30, 2015.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2015 Continuing Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (319-108, 4 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations until Dec. 11, 2014, at an annualized rate of $1.012 trillion. It would provide $88 million for government efforts to fight the Ebola virus, provide U.S. border agencies with budget flexibility to maintain current border protection and enforcement activities, and extend the Export-Import Bank’s operating authority through June 30, 2015.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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Recent Senate Votes

Campaign Finance Constitutional Amendment – Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow federal and state lawmakers to set limits on money raised and spent by candidates and others to influence elections. The amendment would give Congress and the states the power to distinguish between people and “corporations or other artificial entities created by law” and to block such entities from spending money on elections.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted NO
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Recent House Votes

Water Regulation – Passage – Vote Passed (262-152, 17 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing an expansion of the federal water pollution law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Plan Extensions – Passage – Vote Passed (247-167, 17 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would allow health insurers to continue providing any group health plans offered in 2013 to existing or new enrollees, even if the plans do not comply with the coverage requirements under the 2010 health care law. The measure also would consider those plans as grandfathered and thus not subject to penalties for not complying with the law’s individual mandate.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO