Nov 2016 US Congressional Votes

Nov 20

Recent Senate Votes

Kan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (90-7, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Derek Kan to be undersecretary of Transportation for policy.

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

Bradbury Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (50-47, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven Bradbury to be general counsel of the Department of Transportation.

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

Esper Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (89-6, 5 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Mark T. Esper to be secretary of the Army.

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

Zatezalo Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of David G. Zatezalo to be assistant secretary of Labor for mine safety and health.

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

Otting Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-43, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Joseph Otting to be Comptroller of the Currency.

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

Recent House Votes

Flood Insurance Reauthorization – Vote Passed (237-189, 7 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill, as amended, would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program through fiscal 2022 and would make modifications to the program, including: raise annual surcharges and reserve fund assessments on federal flood insurance policyholders, raise rates on properties that incur multiple losses, establish an annual deductible for severe and extreme repetitive loss properties and end the requirement that flood insurance be purchased for commercial and multifamily properties located in flood risk zones.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization-Conference Report – Vote Passed (356-70, 7 Not Voting)
Adoption of the conference report on the bill would authorize $692.1 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2018, including $65.7 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, and for the general war on terror. It would authorize $241.2 billion for operations and maintenance; $146.2 billion for military personnel; 10.7 billion for military construction and family housing; $15 billion for ballistic-missile defense; and $33.9 billion for defense health care programs, including $396 million from the overseas operations account. It also would prohibit the use of funds for a new round of base closures. It would authorize $8 billion for various cybersecurity programs. The bill would authorize a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. It also 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.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Tax Overhaul – Vote Passed (227-205, 2 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would revise the federal income tax system by: lowering individual and corporate tax rates; consolidating the current seven tax income rates into four rates; eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes; limiting certain deductions for property taxes and home mortgages; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would eliminate personal exemptions and would nearly double the standard deduction. It would raise the child tax credit through 2022, repeal the alternative minimum tax, repeal the estate tax in 2025 and reduce the gift tax rate in 2025. It would establish a new top tax rate for pass-through business income and would modify tax credits related to energy production.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Nov 13

Recent Senate Votes

Gibson Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (91-7, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Gibson to be deputy chief management officer of the Defense Department.

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

Engel Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (51-47, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven Engel to be an assistant Attorney General.

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

Wehrum Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (49-47, 4 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of William Wehrum to be an assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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

Recent House Votes

Joint Employer Definition – Vote Passed (242-181, 9 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would define a joint employer as an entity with actual, direct and immediate control over employees, with significant control over essential terms of employment such as hiring, determining pay and benefits, day-to-day supervision of employees, and assigning individual work schedules.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Hydropower Regulation – Vote Passed (257-166, 9 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would specify a variety of timeframes and procedures for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to follow in carrying out required permitting and licensing activities for non-federal hydropower projects and would make FERC the lead agency for coordinating all applicable federal authorizations. It would extend, from three years to four, the duration of a preliminary permit for proposed non-federal hydropower projects and would allow project sponsors to initiate construction up to 10 years after a proposed project receives a license from FERC.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Securities Regulations Exemptions – Vote Passed (232-188, 12 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would require an issuer of securities to meet a specific set of criteria in order for the issuer’s transactions to constitute a sale of “nonpublic” securities that are exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission and from state regulation. It would require each purchaser to have a substantive pre-existing relationship with an officer or certain shareholders of the issuer, permit no more than 35 purchasers under the exemption over the preceding 12 months, and would cap, at $500,000, the total aggregate amount of securities sold in the 12-month period preceding the transaction.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Nov 7

Recent Senate Votes

Barrett Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Amy C. Barrett to be U.S. circuit judge for the Seventh Circuit.

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

Larsen Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (60-38, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Joan L. Larsen to be U.S. circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit.

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

Eid Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-41, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Allison H. Eid to be U.S. circuit judge for the Tenth Circuit.

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

Bibas Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (53-43, 4 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Stephanos Bibas to be U.S. circuit judge for the Third Circuit.

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

Recent House Votes

Wildfire Funding and Environmental Reviews – Vote Passed (232-188, 12 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would allow for a presidential declaration of a major disaster with regard to wildfires, which would allow for the release of funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund to fight major wildfires, and would modify the disaster cap under the Budget Control Act to account for expected wildfire funding needs. It also would exempt various forest management activities from filing environmental impact statements and would provide for expedited timber salvage operations and reforestation activities after catastrophic events.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Independent Payment Advisory Board Repeal – Vote Passed (307-111, 14 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would repeal provisions of the 2010 health overhaul law that provide for the creation of Independent Payment Advisory Board, which would recommend cost-cutting measures if Medicare spending exceeds a target growth rate.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

CHIP and Community Health Centers Funding Reauthorization – Vote Passed (242-174, 16 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill, as amended, would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal 2022, and would increase funding from $21.5 billion in fiscal 2018 to $25.9 billion in fiscal 2022. It would also provide $3.6 billion annually for community health centers through fiscal 2019, and would extend funding for a number of other public health programs through fiscal 2019. It also would eliminate, through fiscal 2019, scheduled cuts in Medicaid funding to hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured and low-income patients.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Oct 2016 US Congressional Votes

Oct 9

Recent Senate Votes

Pai Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (52-41, 7 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Ajit V. Pai to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission.

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

Quarles Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (65-32, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System.

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

Cissna Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-43, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to be director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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

Recent House Votes

Abortion Ban – Vote Passed (237-189, 7 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later, and it imposes criminal penalties on medical professionals who violate the ban.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2018 Budget Resolution – Vote Passed (219-206, 9 Not Voting)
The House adopted the concurrent resolution that would provide for $3.2 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2018, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume $1.22 trillion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2018. It would assume the repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul law. It also would propose reducing spending on mandatory programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and changing programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps). It would call for restructuring Medicare into a “premium support” system beginning in 2024. It would also require the House Ways and Means Committee to report out legislation under the budget reconciliation process that would provide for a revenue-neutral, comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code and would include instructions to 11 House committees to trigger the budget reconciliation process to cut mandatory spending.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Oct 2

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – Vote Agreed to (89-8, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate passed the bill that would authorize $692 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2018, including $60 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

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

Francisco Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (50-47, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Noel J. Francisco to be Solicitor General of the United States.

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

Delrahim Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (73-21, 6 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Makan Delrahim to be an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

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

Recent House Votes

Maternal and Infant Home Visit Program – Vote Passed (214-209, 10 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would authorize, through fiscal 2022, $400 million a year for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. The bill would require entities that receive grants under the program to continue to demonstrate improvements in applicable benchmarks and guidelines.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

FAA Short Term Reauthorization, Flood Insurance and Hurricane Tax Adjustments – Vote Passed (264-155, 14 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would extend through March 31, 2018, various expiring authorities, programs and activities for the Federal Aviation Administration. The measure would also extend multiple health care programs and would establish the basis for the development of a private flood insurance market. It would modify tax provisions for individuals living in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and would allow the federal government to reimburse the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for any disaster tax relief that those islands provide their citizens.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Parole Violators’ Benefits Revocation – Vote Passed (244-171, 18 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would prohibit, beginning in 2021, the payment of social security benefits to an individual who is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for committing a felony or for violating a condition of parole or probation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Sept 2017 US Congressional Votes

Sept 18

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – Vote Agreed to (61-36, 3 Not Voting)
Corker, R-Tenn., motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., for Paul, R-Ky., amendment to the McCain, R-Ariz., modified substitute amendment to the bill. The Paul amendment would sunset, six months after enactment, the 2001 authorization for the use of military force in Afghanistan and the 2002 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq.

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

Patenaude Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (80-17, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Pamela H. Patenaude to be deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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

Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – Vote Agreed to (84-9, 7 Not Voting)
Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McCain, R-Ariz., modified substitute amendment that would authorize $692 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2018.

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

Recent House Votes

Criminal Gang Members – Vote Passed (233-175, 25 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would define a criminal gang as a group of five or more persons that has the primary purpose of the commission of one or more certain criminal offenses and would prohibit individuals defined as foreign criminal gang members from entering the United States.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations – Vote Passed (211-198, 25 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill, as amended, that would provide $1.23 trillion for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2018 spending bills, including $621.5 billion for defense and $511 billion for nondefense discretionary spending.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Sept 11

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (80-17, 3 Not Voting)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with a Senate amendment that would make available $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 to partially cover the costs of responding to multiple natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. The amendment would suspend the public debt limit from the bill’s date of enactment until Dec. 8, 2017, and would provide for government operations to be funded at fiscal 2017 levels until Dec. 8.

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

Recent House Votes

Emergency Hurricane Harvey Supplemental Appropriations – Vote Passed (419-3, 11 Not Voting)
Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution that would provide for the House to concur in the Senate amendments to a bill (HR 601) that would codify practices and programs at the United States Agency for International Development related to U.S. education assistance abroad, with further amendment that would appropriate $7.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 as an initial payment to cover the costs of responding to Hurricane Harvey. The total would include $7.4 billion for the Homeland Security Department’s Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support ongoing hurricane response efforts. It would also include $450 million for the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program to assist small businesses and homeowners.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (316-90, 27 Not Voting)
Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would make available $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 to partially cover the costs of responding to multiple natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. The measure would suspend the public debt limit from the bill’s date of enactment until Dec. 8, 2017, and would provide for government operations to be funded at fiscal 2017 levels until Dec. 8, 2017.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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