Sept 2013 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Continuing Resolution – Vote Agreed to (54-44, 2 Not Voting)

After receiving the House approved stopgap spending measure that removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Senate passed an amended version on a completely party-line vote, 54-44. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah were the only members who did not vote on the bill. The Senate-approved version eliminated the House language to defund the Affordable Care Act and would fund the government only through Nov. 15 at an annualized rate of $986.3 billion.

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

Recent House Votes

Continuing Resolution – Medical Device Tax Repeal Amendment – Vote Passed (248-174, 9 Not Voting)

After the Senate amended and approved its version of the government funding legislation, the House voted on two amendments to the legislation in the early hours of Sunday. The first vote approved Minnesota Republican Erik Paulsen’s amendment that would remove the medical device tax implemented to help fund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 17 Democrats joined Republicans to approve the amendment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Continuing Resolution – Defunding of the Affordable Care Act Amendment – Vote Passed (231-192, 8 Not Voting)

The second amendment, sponsored by Republican Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, would reinstate the House language eliminated in the Senate bill to remove funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Only 2 Democrats (Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina) and 2 New York Republicans (Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna) crossed party lines to vote in favor of or against the amendment, respectively.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Sept 23, 2013

Recent House Votes

Mineral Development Bill – Vote Passed (246-178, 8 Not Voting)

In a party-line vote, the House passed legislation that would speed up reviews of mineral exploration and mining permits. All House Republicans were joined by 15 Democrats in voting for the bill. Opponents cited provisions that limit a previous environmental law’s safeguard regulations over exploration and permitting.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nutrition Assistance – Vote Passed (217-210, 6 Not Voting)

The House chose to split agriculture policy from food aid early in the summer, resulting in the passage of a farm bill without nutrition assistance in July. Last week, under threat of veto from the White House, the House approved a nutrition bill that results in a $40 billion reduction in the program over the next ten years, which is about 5% of current spending on nutrition assistance. The House bill would also seek to make permanent the separation of farm and nutrition legislation by authorizing the former through fiscal year 2018 and the latter only through fiscal year 2016. It would also remove the policy of states qualifying people for food aid based on non-cash aid or services they receive from other programs for low-income people. The Senate approved their comprehensive farm and nutrition legislation in June. The Senate bill and the two House bills will now go to a conference committee to try and produce a final piece of legislation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Continuing Resolution – Vote Passed (230-189, 13 Not Voting)

At the end of last week, the House passed legislation to fund the government through December 15. The resolution removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a key victory for the House Republicans that align with the various tea party groups. It also authorizes the Treasury Department to continue borrowing above the $16.7 trillion statutory debt limit once it is reached, through December 15, 2014. Scott Rigell of Virginia was the only Republican to vote in opposition of the resolution, and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Jim Matheson of Utah were the only Democrats to vote in favor. Next, the Senate will debate the resolution and likely send a version back to the House with funding for the Affordable Care Act reinstated. Congress has until October 1, the start of the next fiscal year, to approve a continuing resolution and avoid a government shutdown.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Upcoming Votes

Continuing Resolution – H.J.RES.59

The Senate will debate and likely vote on the continuing resolution passed by the House last week.

Continuing Resolution – H.J.RES.59

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has warned members that they may have to be in session this upcoming weekend to consider the continuing resolution after the Senate makes its changes and sends it back to the House.

Sept 16, 2013

Recent House Votes
Health Care Subsidy – Vote Passed (235-191, 6 Not Voting)

Returning last week from the August recess, the House passed a bill that would block premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the 2010 health care reform law until a program to verify household income and other qualifications for the subsidies is certified as operational. Only five Democrats joined the entire Republican caucus to vote in favor of the legislation sponsored by Tennessee Republican Diane Black. The Senate is unlikely to vote on the bill, and the White House administration has already vowed to veto it.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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