July 2017 US Congressional Votes

July 31

Recent Senate Votes

Bernhardt Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (53-43, 4 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy secretary of the Interior.

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

Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (51-50)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system and by making extensive changes to Medicaid. Vice President Mike Pence voted yes as the tie breaking vote.

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

Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea – Vote Agreed to (98-2)
The Senate passed the bill that would codify certain existing sanctions on Russia, including various sanctions tied to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, and malicious cyber activities relating to the 2016 U.S. elections. The bill would establish multiple new sanctions on Russia, including sanctions on entities conducting malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government and entities which conduct business with the Russian intelligence and defense sectors.

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

Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – “Skinny” Repeal Amendment – Vote Rejected (49-51)
McConnell, R-Ky., second-degree amendment to the McConnell substitute amendment to the bill in which the second-degree amendment would repeal the individual mandate, repeal the employer mandate through 2024, delay the implementation of the medical device tax through 2020, and block, for one year, federal funding from going to certain medical providers that provide abortions. The amendment would ease the waiver process for states to opt out of the requirement that their health insurance providers include certain benefits on their health care plans. Additionally, the amendment would increase the maximum allowable contribution to health savings accounts and would defund the Prevention and Public Health Fund starting in 2019.

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

Recent House Votes

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Arbitration Rule Disapproval – Vote Passed (231-190, 12 Not Voting)
The House passed the joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final arbitration rule which prohibits financial services companies that offer financial products to consumers from using arbitration clauses to stop consumers from being part of a class action lawsuit.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Four Bill Fiscal 2018 Appropriations Minibus – Vote Passed (235-192, 6 Not Voting)
The minibus would include the following appropriations bills: (Defense, Energy-Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction-VA). Defense appropriations (HR 3219) would provide $658.1 billion for the Defense Department and $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism funding. Energy-Water appropriations (HR 3266) would provide $37.6 billion for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers and various programs under the Energy. Legislative branch appropriations (HR 3162) would provide $3.6 billion (excluding Senate only items) for the House and joint operations. Military Construction-VA appropriations (HR 2998) would provide $88.8 billion in discretionary funding with $638 million for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund. It would provide a total of $182.3 billion (in mandatory and discretionary funding) for the Veterans Affairs Department. The bill would provide $1.6 billion in funding to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for procurement, construction and improvement of a barrier along the southern U.S. border.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2018 Intelligence Authorization – Vote Passed (380-35, 18 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would authorize classified amounts of funding through fiscal 2018 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency. The bill would require the director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress multiple reports regarding Russia’s campaigns directed at foreign elections and its efforts related to cyber influence, including an analytical assessment of the most significant Russian influence campaigns, if any, conducted during the three years prior to the bill’s enactment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Veterans Choice Fund Authorization – Vote Passed (414-0, 19 Not Voting)
The House passed the amended bill that would make available an additional $2.1 billion in funding for the Veterans Choice Fund, without fiscal year limitation. The bill would extend until Sept. 30, 2027, the current cap on per-month payment of VA pensions to certain veterans residing at VA nursing care facilities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

July 24

Recent Senate Votes

Shanahan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (92-7, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be deputy secretary of Defense.

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

Bush Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (51-47, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Kenneth Bush to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Recent House Votes

Ozone Standards Implementation – Vote Passed (229-199, 5 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would extend for eight years the deadline for the EPA to implement new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone. The bill would require the EPA to review the national ambient air quality standards for each pollutant every ten years, instead of every five, and would require the agency to evaluate possible adverse effects of standard changes.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure – Vote Passed (254-175, 4 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would establish a new system for the approval and permitting of border-crossing oil and gas pipelines and electrical transmission lines. The bill would require sponsors of border-crossing oil pipelines and electricity transmission facilities that cross the U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico to receive a “certificate of crossing” from the relevant federal agency in order to build or modify their projects.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Agency Coordinating Authority – Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would establish the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the sole lead agency for the permitting of proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

King Cove Land Exchange – Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to convey to the state of Alaska, if requested, 206 acres of federal land within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Izembek Wilderness for the purpose of constructing a single-lane gravel road between the towns of King Cove and Cold Bay, Alaska.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

July 17

Recent Senate Votes

Rao Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-41, 5 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Neomi Rao to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget.

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

Hagerty Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (86-12, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of William Hagerty IV to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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

Recent House Votes

California Drought Prevention – Vote Passed (230-190, 13 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to take certain actions to increase the availability of water for agricultural and other purposes in California’s Central Valley, including a requirement that the maximum amount of water practicable would have to be provided to all individuals or districts that receive water through the Central Valley Project.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – Vote Passed (344-81, 8 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would authorize $688.3 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2018. The total would include $74.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations funds, of which $10 billion would be used for non-war, base defense budget needs; $239.7 billion for operations and maintenance; $10.2 billion for military construction; $142.9 billion for military personnel; and $33.9 billion for defense health care programs. It would authorize $12.5 billion for procurement of F-35 planes, research and development, as well as modifications to existing aircraft, and would prohibit the retirement of the A-10 bomber fleet.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

July 3

Recent Senate Votes

Svinicki Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (88-9, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kristine L. Svinicki to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.Sen. Johnny Isakson voted Not Voting
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Recent House Votes

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitation – Vote Passed (218-210, 6 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would limit to $250,000 the non-economic damages that can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit in which the plaintiff’s health care was paid for in whole or in part via a federal program, subsidy or tax benefit, and would establish a statute of limitations for initiating such lawsuits of either three years following the plaintiff’s injury, or one year after the plaintiff discovers such injury, whichever occurs first.
Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Immigration Law Enforcement Compliance – Vote Passed (228-195, 10 Not Voting)
The House passed a measure that would prohibit federal, state and local governments from restricting any federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with immigration laws or from assisting federal law enforcement entities or officials in their enforcement of such laws.
Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Sentencing Guidelines – Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting)
The House passed legislation that would establish specific possible fines and prison sentences for undocumented immigrants convicted of certain criminal offenses and who illegally return to the United States despite having been previously deported or otherwise excluded from the country.
Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

June 2017 US Congressional Votes

June 26

Recent Senate Votes

Long Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (95-4, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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

Mandelker Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (96-4)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial crimes.

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

Billingslea Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (65-35)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing.

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

Recent House Votes

Federal Lands Vegetation Management Protocol – Vote Passed (300-118, 13 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would allow utilities to submit long-term plans to the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for advance approval of vegetation management and other maintenance activities on electricity right-of-ways on federal lands.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Surface Water Storage Permitting – Vote Passed (233-180, 18 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would establish the Bureau of Reclamation in the Interior Department as the lead agency for the coordination of all reviews, analyses, opinions, statements, permits, licenses or other approvals or decisions required by federal law in order to construct new or expanded surface water storage projects on federal lands.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

State Coordinated Temporary Employment Subsidies – Vote Passed (377-34, 20 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would authorize state demonstration projects within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to temporarily subsidize employment for program beneficiaries with willing employers and would require $100 million in existing TANF funding must be used for grants to states to implement such programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 19

Recent Senate Votes

Rapuano Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (95-1, 4 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano to be assistant secretary of Defense

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

Saudi Arms Sale Disapproval – Motion to Discharge – Vote Rejected (47-53)
Paul, R-Ky., motion to discharge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from further consideration of a joint resolution that would prohibit the proposed sale of laser-guided weapons systems, fighter aircraft, warhead fuze systems, and other weaponry and defense services to Saudi Arabia.

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

Iranian and Russian Sanctions – Vote Passed (98-2)
Passage of the bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activities contributing to an Iranian ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction program, who is involved in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who is responsible for human rights violations, or who contributes to the arming of Iran.

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

Recent House Votes

Health Insurance Tax Credit Verification – Vote Passed (238-184, 8 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would prohibit the advance payment of health insurance premium tax credits to individuals that apply for the credits unless the Treasury Department receives confirmation from the Health and Human Services Department that such an individual’s status as a citizens or lawfully present alien has been verified. If the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) is enacted, the bill (HR 2581) would make verification of an individual’s status mandatory in order to receive advance payment of the new health insurance premium tax credit created by the American Health Care Act.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Veterans Affairs Department Accountability – Vote Passed (368-55, 7 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would expand the VA’s ability to fire, demote and suspend employees for misconduct or poor performance. The bill would authorize the VA to recoup any bonus or relocation expense paid to a VA employee if it deems it appropriate. It would require that the employee be given advance notice and would allow the employee the right to appeal the disciplinary action through procedures set by collective bargaining.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Care Tax Credit Expansion – Vote Passed (267-144, 19 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would modify the definition of a “qualified health plan” to allow, beginning in 2020, for new tax credits proposed by the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) to be used by individuals or families to pay for continued group health coverage under the 1985 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), provided that the AHCA is enacted into law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 12

Recent Senate Votes

Elwood Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (67-33)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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

Iran Sanctions – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (91-8, 1 Not Voting)
Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming of Iran. The bill would also require the departments of Defense and Treasury and the National Intelligence Agency to develop a strategy for deterring Iran from activities or threats against the United States and its allies every two years.

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

Recent House Votes

Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver – Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Financial Regulation Restructuring – Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 2017 US Congressional Votes

May 30

Recent Senate Votes

Branstad Nomination – Vote Confirmed (82-13, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Terry Branstad to be U.S. ambassador to China.

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

Sullivan Nomination – Vote Confirmed (94-6)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State.

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

Thapar Nomination – Vote Confirmed (52-44, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Recent House Votes

Pesticides Regulations – Vote Passed (256-165, 9 Not Voting)

The bill would generally prohibit EPA and states from requiring that entities applying pesticides near navigable waters must first obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act, if the application is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Prosecution of Child Pornography – Vote Passed (368-51, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct, regardless of whether the conduct was initiated for the purposes of producing such content.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Child Abuse Reporting – Vote Passed (415-3, 12 Not Voting)

The bill would require adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to the sport’s governing body, and it would allow victims of abuse to seek damages in court.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

May 23

Recent Senate Votes

Wilson Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (76-22, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Heather Wilson to be secretary of the Air Force.

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

Gottlieb Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (57-42, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

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

Methane Release Limitation Disapproval – Vote Failed (49-51)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify a Bureau of Land Management rule that requires oil and gas operators on public lands to take measures that decrease waste of natural gas.

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

Lighthizer Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (82-14, 4 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative.

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

Rosen Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-42, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be deputy secretary of Transportation.

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

Brand Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department.

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

Recent House Votes

Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion – Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Probation Officer Arrest Authority – Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 8

Recent Senate Votes

State Retirement Plan Disapproval – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)
Passage of the joint resolution that would nullify and disapprove of a Labor Department rule that exempts certain state-administered retirement savings plans from select federal regulations governing pension plans if the state programs meet certain standards.

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

Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – Vote Agreed to (79-18, 3 Not Voting)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – Vote Passed (309-118, 4 Not Voting)
Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill with an amendment that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Care Overhaul – Vote Passed (217-213, 1 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 2017 US Congressional Votes

April 10

Recent Senate Votes

Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court – Nuclear Option – Vote Not Sustained (48-52)

Judgment of the Senate to affirm the ruling of the chair regarding the McConnell, R-Ky., point of order that that the precedent set on November 21, 2013 (that a simple majority is required to invoke cloture on nominations excluding the Supreme Court), applies to cloture votes on all nominations. The ruling of the chair did not stand and the point of order was sustained. This vote sets a precedent for future cloture votes on all judicial nominations which will only need a simple majority to pass.

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

Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)

Confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado to be an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

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

Recent House Votes

Employee Stock Sales – Vote Passed (331-87, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase from $5 million to $10 million the annual amount of securities that privately-held companies can sell for employee compensation without needing to disclose certain information to investors.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Self-Insured Health Plans – Vote Passed (400-16, 13 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would establish that “stop-loss” insurance, coverage that protects businesses from certain large financial risks associated with providing insurance, would not be considered health care insurance under federal law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

March 2017 US Congressional Votes

March 22

Recent Senate Votes

Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

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

Confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence – Vote Confirmed (85-12, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.

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

Confirmation of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be Lieutenant General – Vote Confirmed (86-10, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

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

Recent House Votes

VA Personnel Accountability – Vote Passed (237-178, 14 Not Voting)

The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns – Vote Passed (240-175, 14 Not Voting)

The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition – requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

VA Medical Professional Staffing – Vote Passed (412-0, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

March 14

Recent Senate Votes

Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior – Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

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

Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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

Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

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

Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)

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

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

Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

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

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

Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)

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

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

Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

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

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

Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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

Recent House Votes

Review Federal Regulations for Repeal – Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)

The measure would establish a 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 repealed immediately 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

OMB Regulatory Oversight – Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule – Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Class Action Litigation – Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would prohibit 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 would require 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

Civil Litigation Jurisdiction – Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits – Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party’s attorneys’ fees and other costs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Feb 2017 US Congressional Votes

Feb 20

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Feb 13

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

February 8

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 2017 US Congressional Votes

Jan 30

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 17

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

The bill would expand the circumstances under which events where businesses offer unregistered securities in the private market would not be considered “general solicitations” that otherwise require the issuer to verify that the individuals attending the events are accredited investors.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 9

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Dec 2016 US Congressional Votes

Dec 13, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

Medical Research and Associated Activities – Vote Agreed to (94-5, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would reauthorize the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration, and would modify the FDA’s drug and medical device review and approval process to accelerate the approval and distribution of new drugs and devices. The measure would create three dedicated offset funds within the Treasury into which $6.3 billion would be transferred over 10 years, through 2026. The accounts would include $4.8 billion for NIH medical research, $500 million for FDA approval and review modification and $1 billion for opioid addiction treatment and response. Funding for the accounts would not count against annual discretionary budget caps. Within the NIH funding, $1.8 billion would be for cancer therapy and test development, $1.5 would be for brain-related research and $1.5 billion would be for medical treatments related to genetic characteristics. The measure would also expand the Health and Human Services Department’s oversight of mental health issues, would modify the Medicare program for hospitals, and would allow small employers to provide certain reimbursement plans for employees to purchase their own health insurance. The House replaced the original text of HR 34 with an amendment that consisted of the medical research and expedited drug approval legislative provisions.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (92-7, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted the conference report on the bill that would authorize $611.2 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2017, including $59.5 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. It would authorize $222.4 billion for operations and maintenance; $139.6 billion for military personnel; $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing; $10 billion for ballistic-missile defense; and $33.4 billion for defense health care programs, including $334 million from the overseas operations account. It would prohibit the use of funds for a new round of base closures. The bill would authorize a 2.1 percent pay raise for military personnel. It would elevate U.S. Cyber Command to an independent major command within the Defense Department. It would prohibit detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from being transferred to U.S. soil, and would prohibit the closing of the main base and detention facility at Guantanamo. It would extend, through fiscal 2017, the authority for several bonus and special payments for military members.

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

Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations – Vote Agreed to (61-38, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the original bill that would provide funding for federal government operations until April 28, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.070 trillion. The measure would provide $170 million for repairs to the water system in Flint, Mich., $872 million for medical research, and $45 million for an extension, through April 30, 2017, of health benefits for retired coal miners. The measure would include $10.1 billion in supplemental Overseas Contingency Operations funds for the Defense Department and certain other security-related accounts. It would include $4.1 billion in natural disaster funding to address damage caused by hurricane and flooding events in 2016. The measure would also provide for expedited Senate consideration of legislation to waive the requirement that a former member of the armed forces cannot become secretary of Defense until seven years have lapsed since the person left active duty.

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

Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations – Vote Agreed to (63-36, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the original bill that would provide funding for federal government operations until April 28, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.070 trillion. The measure would provide $170 million for repairs to the water system in Flint, Mich., $872 million for medical research, and $45 million for an extension, through April 30, 2017, of health benefits for retired coal miners. The measure would include $10.1 billion in supplemental Overseas Contingency Operations funds for the Defense Department and certain other security-related accounts. It would include $4.1 billion in natural disaster funding to address damage caused by hurricane and flooding events in 2016. The measure would also provide for expedited Senate consideration of legislation to waive the requirement that a former member of the armed forces cannot become secretary of Defense until seven years have lapsed since the person left active duty.

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

Water Infrastructure Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (69-30, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill that would authorize new water projects for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers, allow for the Corps to conduct feasibility studies for additional projects and deauthorize certain existing projects. It also would modify numerous Corps water resources authorities and seek to ensure that Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending levels are sustained. It would authorize $170 million in aid to Flint, Mich., to repair its lead-contaminated drinking water system, including $100 million to replace its water pipes and other infrastructure, and it would establish several new programs to promote safe drinking water and reduce any concentrations of lead, as well as to test for lead in schools and child care centers. The measure also would take several actions to help California deal with its years-long drought, including by requiring that more northern water be diverted south to drought-stricken areas.

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

Water Infrastructure Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (78-21, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill that would authorize new water projects for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers, allow for the Corps to conduct feasibility studies for additional projects and deauthorize certain existing projects. It also would modify numerous Corps water resources authorities and seek to ensure that Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending levels are sustained. It would authorize $170 million in aid to Flint, Mich., to repair its lead-contaminated drinking water system, including $100 million to replace its water pipes and other infrastructure, and it would establish several new programs to promote safe drinking water and reduce any concentrations of lead, as well as to test for lead in schools and child care centers. The measure also would take several actions to help California deal with its years-long drought, including by requiring that more northern water be diverted south to drought-stricken areas.

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

Recent House Votes

International Insurance Standards – Vote Passed (239-170, 24 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit the United States from agreeing to any proposed international insurance standards until the government had publicly published the proposal, and would prohibit the adoption of any international insurance capital standards until the Federal Reserve had issued domestic capital standards for insurance companies. The measure also would specify objectives for U.S. officials negotiating international insurance standards, and would reduce, from $50 million to $43 million, the maximum amount of money that the Securities and Exchange Commission could deposit into its reserve fund during fiscal 2017.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations – Vote Passed (326-96, 11 Not Voting)

The House agreed to concur in the Senate amendment with an additional amendment that would provide funding for federal government operations until April 28, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.070 trillion. The measure would provide $170 million for repairs to the water system in Flint, Mich., $872 million for medical research, and $45 million for an extension, through April 30, 2017, of health benefits for retired coal miners. The measure would include $10.1 billion in supplemental Overseas Contingency Operations funds for the Defense Department and certain other security-related accounts. It would include $4.1 billion in natural disaster funding to address damage caused by hurricane and flooding events in 2016. The measure would also provide for expedited Senate consideration of legislation to waive the requirement that a former member of the armed forces cannot become secretary of Defense until seven years have lapsed since the person left active duty. The House replaced the amended text of HR 2028 with an amendment that consisted of the continuing appropriations legislative provisions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Water Infrastructure Conference Report – Vote Passed (360-61, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure that would authorize new water projects for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers, allow for the Corps to conduct feasibility studies for additional projects and deauthorize certain existing projects. It also would modify numerous Corps water resources authorities and seek to ensure that Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending levels are sustained. It would authorize $170 million in aid to Flint, Mich., to repair its lead-contaminated drinking water system, including $100 million to replace its water pipes and other infrastructure, and it would establish several new programs to promote safe drinking water and reduce any concentrations of lead, as well as to test for lead in schools and child care centers. The measure also would take several actions to help California deal with its years-long drought, including by requiring that more northern water be diverted south to drought-stricken areas. The House replaced the original text of S 612 with an amendment that consisted of the water infrastructure legislative provisions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Dec 5, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

Health Care Videoconferencing – Passage – Vote Passed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate passed the bill that would require the Health and Human Services secretary to examine distance education models that use videoconferencing to connect medical specialists with multiple other health care professionals. The examination also would need to look at the models’ impacts on: addressing chronic disease, mental disorders, palliative care and other types of care; health care workforce issues; implementing public health programs; and health care services in rural and underserved communities. The secretary would be required to submit a report to Congress based on this examination.

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

Recent House Votes

Medical Research and Associated Activities – Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Additional House Amendment – Vote Passed (392-26, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration, and would modify the FDA’s drug and medical device review and approval process to accelerate the approval and distribution of new drugs and devices. The measure would create three dedicated offset funds within the Treasury into which $6.3 billion would be transferred over 10 years, through 2026. The accounts would include $4.8 billion for NIH medical research, $500 million for FDA approval and review modification and $1 billion for opioid addiction treatment and response. Funding for the accounts would not count against annual discretionary budget caps. Within the NIH funding, $1.8 billion would be for cancer therapy and test development, $1.5 would be for brain-related research and $1.5 billion would be for medical treatments related to genetic characteristics. The measure would also expand the Health and Human Services Department’s oversight of mental health issues, would modify the Medicare program for hospitals, and would allow small employers to provide certain reimbursement plans for employees to purchase their own health insurance. The House replaced the original text of HR 34 with an amendment that consisted of the medical research and expedited drug approval legislative provisions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Additional Committee Funding – Agreeing to Resolution – Vote Passed (234-181, 19 Not Voting)

The House agreed to the resolution that would allow the House Energy and Commerce Committee to spend an additional $800,000 in 2016 to cover expenses incurred by the committee’s select panel investigating alleged sales of fetal tissue.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Banking Regulations – Passage – Vote Passed (254-161, 19 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would modify the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law to eliminate the requirement that the Federal Reserve automatically review bank holding companies with assets greater than $50 billion. The measure would authorize the Financial Stability Oversight Council to require enhanced Federal Reserve supervision and regulation of any bank holding company based on the FSOC’s determination of the individual institution’s riskiness.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Conference Report – Vote Passed (375-34, 25 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report on the bill that would authorize $611.2 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2017, including $59.5 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. It would authorize $222.4 billion for operations and maintenance; $139.6 billion for military personnel; $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing; $10 billion for ballistic-missile defense; and $33.4 billion for defense health care programs, including $334 million from the overseas operations account. It would prohibit the use of funds for a new round of base closures. The bill would authorize a 2.1 percent pay raise for military personnel. It would elevate U.S. Cyber Command to an independent major command within the Defense Department. It would prohibit detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from being transferred to U.S. soil, and would prohibit the closing of the main base and detention facility at Guantanamo. It would extend, through fiscal 2017, the authority for several bonus and special payments for military members.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sept 2016 US Congressional Votes

Sept 30

Recent Senate Votes

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Cloture Motion on Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (45-55)

The Senate voted on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment to the original legislative branch appropriations bill. The substitute amendment would provide funding for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction and military housing for fiscal 2017. It would fund other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at 0.496 percent less than the fiscal 2016 levels, and would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $500 million for Community Development Block Grants to respond to major disasters. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

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

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Cloture Motion on the Bill – Vote Rejected (40-59, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate voted on the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the original legislative branch bill whose text would have been replaced with a new bill that would have funded various government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

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

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism – Veto Override – Vote Not Sustained (97-1, 2 Not Voting)

The bill narrows the immunity of foreign states and their employees from U.S. lawsuits by victims of terrorist acts. U.S. courts could hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for death, damage or physical injury that occur inside the United States due to terrorism and acts of a foreign state or its employees.

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

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Reconsideration of Cloture Motion on Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (77-21, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to reconsider the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment to the original legislative branch appropriations bill. The substitute amendment would provide funding for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction and military housing for fiscal 2017. It would fund other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at 0.496 percent less than the fiscal 2016 levels, and would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $500 million for Community Development Block Grants to respond to major disasters. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

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

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Cloture Motion on Bill – Vote Agreed to (77-21, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate voted on the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the original legislative branch appropriations bill whose text was replaced with legislative language consisting of the continuing federal government funding resolution that funds other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels; provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus; and provides $500 million for the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to major disasters declared in 2016. It also provides for full-year fiscal 2017 funding for military construction and for programs and activities of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department. It appropriates a total of $185 billion for the VA and military construction, including $82.3 billion in discretionary spending subject to caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

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

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Passage – Vote Passed (72-26, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate voted on legislation that funds other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels; provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus; and provides $500 million for the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to major disasters declared in 2016. It also provides for full-year fiscal 2017 funding for military construction and for programs and activities of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department. It appropriates a total of $185 billion for the VA and military construction, including $82.3 billion in discretionary spending subject to caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

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

Recent House Votes

CO-OP Consumer Protection – Passage – Vote Passed (258-165, 8 Not Voting)

The bill would temporarily exempt (through the end of a given year) individuals whose health care coverage is terminated by the closure of a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan from penalties set by the 2010 health care law. The bill’s exemption would apply retroactively to any cancellation that occurred after Dec. 31, 2013, and would also apply to any future cancellations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism – Veto Override – Vote Passed (348-77, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The bill narrows the immunity of foreign states and their employees from U.S. lawsuits by victims of terrorist acts. U.S. courts could hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for death, damage or physical injury that occur inside the United States due to terrorism and acts of a foreign state or its employees.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Water Resource Development – Passage – Vote Passed (399-25, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would authorize 31 Army Corps of Engineers water resources projects, including navigation, flood control, environmental restoration and natural disaster damage projects. The bill also would deauthorize five projects and allows for the Corps to conduct feasibility studies for 29 possible projects. The bill, as amended, would authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to provide additional assistance to any community in any state in which the president has declared an emergency as a result of the presence of chemical, physical or biological constituents, including lead or other contaminants in the water system, for the repair or replacement of public and private infrastructure, and would authorize the appropriation of $170 million for such assistance.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Passage – Vote Passed (342-85, 5 Not Voting)

The bill is the vehicle for the continuing federal government funding resolution that funds other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels; provide $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus; and provide $500 million for the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to major disasters declared in 2016. It also provides for full-year fiscal 2017 funding for military construction and for programs and activities of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department. It appropriates a total of $185 billion for the VA and military construction, including $82.3 billion in discretionary spending subject to caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sept 26

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (89-7, 4 Not Voting)

The bill appropriates $3.5 billion Legislative Branch bill for fiscal 2017, which covers the operations of the House, the Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress and other agencies. The measure is expected to be the vehicle for the continuing resolution that would deal with broader veterans funding and emergency money needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture.

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

Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia – Motion to Table – Vote Agreed to (71-27, 2 Not Voting)

The joint resolution prohibits a roughly $1 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, including well more than a hundred Abrams tanks.

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

Recent House Votes

Legal Challenges to Federal Rules – Vote Passed (244-180, 7 Not Voting)

The bill postpones, until all legal challenges are completed, the implementation of any new federal rule that would have an economic impact of $1 billion or more per year.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Identify Assets of Top Iranians – Vote Passed (282-143, 6 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Treasury secretary to compile and submit to Congress a report detailing the known assets of Iran’s top political and military leaders, how those assets were acquired and for what purposes the assets were used.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Defer Taxing Stock Options for Startups – Vote Passed (287-124, 20 Not Voting)

The bill allows employee stockholders in certain startup businesses to defer income taxes on stock options for up to seven years, when they are more likely to have the funds to make the tax payments.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Bar Ransom Payments for Hostages – Vote Passed (254-163, 14 Not Voting)

The bill specifies that it is the policy of the U.S. government not to pay ransom or release prisoners for the purpose of securing the release of U.S. citizens taken hostage abroad, and it generally prohibits the U.S. government from providing to the government of Iran, either directly or indirectly, any cash or other promissory note. It requires the administration to obtain a Treasury foreign assets license before settling any pending financial claims with Iran, and to publicly disclose each such transaction and payment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sept 21

Recent Senate Votes

Water Resources Development – Motion to Invoke Cloture – Vote Agreed to (94-3, 3 Not Voting)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill which authorizes $10.6 billion in funding for more than 30 Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects under the current law (PL 113-121), including waterways and flood control systems, as well as Environmental Protection Agency drinking water infrastructure programs. The measure authorizes $220 million in recovery assistance, specifically $100 million for water infrastructure improvements available to “states with emergency drinking water situations” via state revolving fund loans; $70 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit subsidies; and $50 million in health screening and education grants. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Water Resources Development – Passage – Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed legislation which authorizes $10.6 billion in funding for more than 30 Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects under the current law (PL 113-121), including waterways and flood control systems, as well as Environmental Protection Agency drinking water infrastructure programs. The measure also authorizes $220 million in recovery assistance, specifically $100 million for water infrastructure improvements available to “states with emergency drinking water situations” via state revolving fund loans; $70 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit subsidies; and $50 million in health screening and education grants.

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

Recent House Votes

Health Expenses Tax Deductions – Vote Passed (261-147, 23 Not Voting)

The legislation repeals the increases in the threshold at which individuals may begin deducting unreimbursed medical expenses from their income as set by the 2010 health care law, thereby rolling the threshold back to 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income for all taxpayers and preventing the threshold from increasing to 10 percent for senior citizens. Under the measure, the medical deduction threshold reverts to 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income beginning with the current 2016 tax year.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation requires each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also prohibits agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Veterans Affairs Department Accountability – Vote Passed (310-116, 5 Not Voting)

The bill expands the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and it overhauls the VA’s current disability appeals process by giving veterans the choice of three “lanes” for appeal when dissatisfied with an initial VA benefits decision. It also includes provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorizes the VA to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, allows the VA to reduce Senior Executive Service (SES) employees’ pensions upon conviction of certain felonies, streamlines disciplinary actions for SES employees and eliminates all bonuses for SES employees for five years.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers – Vote Passed (244-174, 13 Not Voting)

The measure prohibits the Defense Department from transferring or releasing any detainee from the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States, its territories or possessions, or to any foreign country or entity. The blanket prohibition would end on Jan. 21, 2017, or earlier once a Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2017 is enacted.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Sept 15

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report – Vote Rejected (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

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

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill – Vote Rejected (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide billions in discretionary defense spending for the Defense Department. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Recent House Votes

Prevent Government Settlement Donations to 3rd Parties – Passage – Vote Passed (241-174, 16 Not Voting)

The measure prohibits settlement agreements involving the U.S. government from requiring the other party to make a donation to a third party. The bill’s prohibition would not apply if the payment is for restitution to affected parties or remedies actual harm. Under the measure, the prohibition applies only to settlement agreements reached after the bill’s enactment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Ease Stock Listing Requirements for Certain Small Firms – Passage – Vote Passed (236-178, 17 Not Voting)

The bill expands the range of companies that can use Form S-3 to register securities sales, exempts the sale of certain securities from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state regulatory agencies and requires the SEC to revise Regulation D (Reg D) with the goal of loosening restrictions and filing requirements under existing Rule 506 exemptions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Loosen Private Equity Fund Requirements – Passage – Vote Passed (261-145, 25 Not Voting)

The legislation reduces reporting and other requirements effectively placed on private equity funds by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act (PL 111-203), including by eliminating requirements that such funds report annually on their investments and activities and be subject to unannounced, independent annual audits. It also modifies existing requirements under the Investment Advisers Act regarding the relationship between investment fund managers and their investors under the act to largely exempt private equity funds, including by loosening current restrictions on advertising and expanding the circumstances under which funds do not have to notify investors when there is a change in ownership or control.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 2016 US Congressional Votes

July 19

Recent Senate Votes

Opioid Programs – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (90-2, 8 Not Voting)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the conference report on the bill that contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment, particularly access to opioid overdose reversal drugs or medication-assisted treatment that eases withdrawal symptoms, and by establishing or strengthening specific programs for vulnerable groups such as drug-addicted infants. It also requires the Veterans Affairs Department to take several actions to better manage and track the use of opioids by veterans.

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

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Motion to Concur in the House Amendments to the Senate Amendments to the Bill – Vote Agreed to (89-4, 7 Not Voting)

The bill extends the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization through September 2017. It also includes language that would require the FAA to check on security practices in overseas airports that service direct flights to the United States.

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

Opioid Programs – Agreeing to the Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (92-2, 6 Not Voting)

The conference report on the bill contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment, particularly access to opioid overdose reversal drugs or medication-assisted treatment that eases withdrawal symptoms, and by establishing or strengthening specific programs for vulnerable groups such as drug-addicted infants. It also requires the Veterans Affairs Department to take several actions to better manage and track the use of opioids by veterans.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Reconsideration of Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill – Vote Rejected (55-42, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide billions in discretionary defense spending for the Defense Department.

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

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Reconsideration of Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report – Vote Rejected (52-44, 4 Not Voting)

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

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

Recent House Votes

Judicial Deference in Rule-Making – Passage – Vote Passed (240-171, 22 Not Voting)

The bill effectively overturns two Supreme Court decisions that require courts to give substantial deference to an agency’s interpretation of the law it is implementing and to its own interpretation of regulations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Prohibit Purchase of Heavy Water from Iran – Passage – Vote Passed (249-176, 8 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits federal funds from being used to purchase heavy water (a byproduct of nuclear fuel processing) from Iran, or to issue licenses to purchase heavy water.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Abortion Conscience Rights – Passage – Vote Passed (245-182, 6 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits the federal government, as well as state and local governments, from penalizing, retaliating against or otherwise discriminating against a health care provider because the provider does not provide or sponsor abortion coverage. It provides for a complaint process and civil actions for any violations through the Health and Human Services and Justice departments.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods – Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to the Bill – Vote Passed (306-117, 10 Not Voting)

The bill establishes the nation’s first mandatory requirements for food companies to label genetically modified food products. The measure directs the Agriculture Department to create within two years regulations for determining which foods qualify for labeling as genetically modified. The proposal offers food companies the option of on-label disclosure, the use of a symbol developed by the Agriculture Department or electronic bar codes that consumers can scan with their smart phones.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Iran Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (246-179, 8 Not Voting)

The bill generally expands and strengthens existing sanctions against Iran related to its ballistic-missile program, support for international terrorism and its ongoing record of human rights abuses against its own population. Specifically, the measure requires that the president apply terrorism sanctions to the Revolutionary Guards within 120 days of enactment, rather than giving him the discretion available under current law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Interior Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (231-196, 6 Not Voting)

The measure provides a total of $32.1 billion in net discretionary spending subject to budget caps. It increases funding for the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service but cuts funding for EPA, the Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining and the Fish and Wildlife Service. It includes numerous policy provisions including those to prohibit EPA from limiting greenhouse gas emissions for new and existing power plants, limits methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and regulates air emissions from offshore operations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Bar Iran from U.S. Financial System – Passage – Vote Passed (246-181, 6 Not Voting)

The bill codifies existing regulations that prohibit the administration from allowing the U.S. dollar to be used to facilitate trade transactions with Iran, and it upholds Iran’s designation as a “primary money-laundering concern.” The prohibition covers direct dollar transactions and “work-arounds,” including dollar-clearing, dollar-based conversions and dollar-related foreign currency transactions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 13, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

“Sanctuary Cities” – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill – Vote Rejected (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would punish local jurisdictions that decline to comply with federal immigration laws by denying them federal funding.

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

Increase Prison Sentences for Undocumented Criminals – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill – Vote Rejected (55-42, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would increase prison sentences for undocumented criminals who re-enter the United States multiple times. Specifically, it would set a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for immigrants with felony convictions or caught illegally crossing the border two or more times, and a 10-year maximum sentence on immigrants caught re-entering the U.S. three times.

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

Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods – Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Bill with an Additional Amendment – Vote Agreed to (65-32, 3 Not Voting)

The chamber agreed to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with an additional amendment that establishes the nation’s first mandatory requirements for food companies to label genetically modified food products. The measure directs the Agriculture Department to create within two years regulations for determining which foods qualify for labeling as genetically modified. The proposal offers food companies the option of on-label disclosure, the use of a symbol developed by the Agriculture Department or electronic bar codes that consumers can scan with their smart phones.

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

Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods – Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Bill with an Additional Amendment – Vote Agreed to (63-30, 7 Not Voting)

The chamber agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with an additional amendment that establishes the nation’s first mandatory requirements for food companies to label genetically modified food products. The measure directs the Agriculture Department to create within two years regulations for determining which foods qualify for labeling as genetically modified. The proposal offers food companies the option of on-label disclosure, the use of a symbol developed by the Agriculture Department or electronic bar codes that consumers can scan with their smart phones.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill – Vote Rejected (50-44, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide billions in discretionary defense spending for the Defense Department.

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

Recent House Votes

Health Savings Accounts – Passage – Vote Passed (241-181, 11 Not Voting)

The chamber passed legislation which modifies several rules related to health savings accounts (HSAs) including by nearly doubling the maximum contribution limit and allows certain couples to divide up their combined catch-up contributions among either of their HSAs. It also repeals a rule under the 2010 health care law that made over-the-counter medications ineligible for coverage under HSAs and other health-related accounts.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Financial Services Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (239-185, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill which provides a total of $21.7 billion in discretionary funding subject to budget caps. The measure appropriates $11 billion for the IRS, $1.6 billion for the Securities and Exchange Commission and $7.4 billion for the operation of the federal court system, including salaries of judges, magistrates, support personnel and other expenses of the federal judiciary. The legislation also appropriates $692 million for the Executive Office of the President and provides a total of $725 million for federal payments to the District of Columbia.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Opioid Programs – Agreeing to the Conference Report – Vote Passed (407-5, 21 Not Voting)

The chamber agreed to the conference report on the bill which contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment, particularly access to opioid overdose reversal drugs or medication-assisted treatment that eases withdrawal symptoms, and by establishing or strengthening specific programs for vulnerable groups such as drug-addicted infants. It also requires the Veterans Affairs Department to take several actions to better manage and track the use of opioids by veterans.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES