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

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