Dec 2016 US Congressional Votes

Dec 22

Recent Senate Votes

Tax Overhaul – Motion to Recede and Concur – Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion that the Senate recede from its amendment and concur in the bill with a further amendment. The bill would revise the federal income tax system by lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; lowering individual tax rates through 2025; limiting state and local deductions to $10,000 through 2025; decreasing the limit on deductible mortgage debt through 2025; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would repeal personal exemptions and would roughly double the standard deduction through 2025. It would raise the child tax credit to $2,000 through 2025, would repeal the alternative minimum tax for corporations and provide for broader exemptions to the tax for individuals through 2025. It would double individual exemptions to the estate tax and gift tax through 2025, and would establish a new top tax rate for “pass-through” business income through 2025.

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

Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Motion to Concur – Vote Agreed to (66-32, 2 Not Voting)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Jan. 19, 2018. The bill, as amended, would authorize $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program, $2.9 billion in mandatory funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and $550 million in funding to Community Health Centers through Mar. 31. The bill would exempt funding provided to the Children’s Health Insurance Fund and other health programs, as well as the tax overhaul package, from statutory pay-as-you-go requirements. It would provide $4.7 billion in emergency supplemental funds for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. It would also extend authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through Jan. 19, including FISA Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to obtain data from electronic service providers or non-U.S. persons who reside outside the U.S.

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

Recent House Votes

Tax Overhaul – Motion to Concur – Vote Passed (224-201, 7 Not Voting)
Brady, R-Texas, motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the tax overhaul that would revise the federal income tax system by: lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; lowering individual tax rates through 2025; limiting state and local deductions to $10,000 through 2025; decreasing the limit on deductible mortgage debt through 2025; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would repeal personal exemptions and would roughly double the standard deduction through 2025. It would raise the child tax credit to $2,000 through 2025, would repeal the alternative minimum tax for corporations and provide for broader exemptions to the tax for individuals through 2025. It would double individual exemptions to the estate tax and gift tax through 2025, and would establish a new top tax rate for “pass-through” business income through 2025. It would effectively eliminate the penalty for not purchasing health insurance under the 2010 health care overhaul law in 2019. It would also open portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (231-188, 13 Not Voting)
Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with a further House amendment that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Jan. 19, 2018. The bill, as amended, would authorize $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program, $2.9 billion in mandatory funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and $550 million in funding to Community Health Centers through Mar. 31. The bill would exempt funding provided to the Children’s Health Insurance Fund and other health programs, as well as the tax overhaul package, from statutory pay-as-you-go requirements. It would provide $4.7 billion in emergency supplemental funds for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. It would also extend authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through Jan. 19, including FISA Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to obtain data from electronic service providers or non-U.S. persons who reside outside the U.S.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Supplemental Disaster Appropriations – Vote Passed (251-169, 12 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would make further supplemental appropriations for fiscal 2018 for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and wildfires that occurred in calendar year 2017. The bill would authorizes $81 billion in aid for ongoing response and recovery from 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, and would authorize Puerto Rico to use surplus toll credits to cover the local share of federal highway emergency relief. The bill would remove a cap on federal highway assistance to U.S. territories for fiscal 2018 and 2019.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Dec 18

Recent Senate Votes

Grasz Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (50-48, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Leonard S. Grasz to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

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

Willett Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (50-47, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Don R. Willett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

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

Ho Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (53-43, 4 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed James C. Ho to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

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

Recent House Votes

Mortgage Lender Escrow Requirement Exemption – Vote Passed (294-129, 8 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would exempt lenders with assets of $10 billion or less from the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul requirement that such lenders establish escrow accounts for the first five years of so-called “high-priced” mortgage loans, if the lenders hold the loan on its own balance sheet for three years after the loan is made.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Iranian Asset Report Requirement – Vote Passed (289-135, 7 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would require the Treasury Department to report to Congress on assets held in U.S. and foreign financial institutions that are under direct or indirect control certain high ranking Iranian officials, and how sanctions may be used to prevent the funds from being used to contribute to the continued development of ballistic missile technology by Iran.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Privacy Notice Requirement Exemption – Vote Passed (275-146, 10 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would exempt vehicle financial companies that have not changed their privacy policies, including companies that share or sell information on consumers to unaffiliated third parties, from the requirement that such companies provide annual written privacy notices to consumers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Iranian Aircraft Purchase Transactions – Vote Passed (252-167, 12 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would require the Treasury secretary to report to Congress on any U.S. or foreign financial institutions that are involved in financing the purchase or export of aircraft on behalf of Iran, and to certify that such transactions pose no money-laundering or terrorism-financing risk.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Dec 12

Recent Senate Votes

Nielsen Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of Homeland Security.

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

Balash Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (61-38, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed Joseph Balash to be assistant secretary of the Interior.

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

Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Agreed to (81-14, 5 Not Voting)
The House passed the joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Dec. 22, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.23 trillion for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2018 spending bills. The bill also would allow state Children’s Health and Insurance Programs to receive extra redistribution funds beyond what is currently allowed, supporting the program’s operations through the end of December.

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

Recent House Votes

Tax Overhaul – Motion to Request Conference – Vote Passed (222-192, 19 Not Voting)

Brady, R-Texas, motion that the House disagree with the Senate amendment and request a conference with the Senate on the bill that would revise the federal income tax system by lowering individual and corporate tax rates, repealing various deductions through 2025.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Between States – Vote Passed (231-198, 4 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would permit any individual authorized by their home state to carry a concealed handgun to also carry that concealed weapon in any other state that permits the carrying of concealed weapons. The bill also would require a twice-annual certification by all federal agencies, federal courts and state governments, in coordination with the Department of Justice, to verify that all relevant data has been reported and uploaded to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System regarding individuals who are not eligible to purchase firearms.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Small Business Mergers Regulatory Exemption – Vote Passed (426-0, 6 Not Voting)
The House passed the bill that would exempt brokers handling mergers and acquisitions from Securities and Exchange Commission registration requirements in cases in which the company being sold does not have any class of securities required to be registered with the SEC and in the prior fiscal year, the company’s earnings, before interest or taxes, are less than $25 million or gross revenue is less than $250 million.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (235-193, 5 Not Voting)
The House passed the joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Dec. 22, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.23 trillion for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2018 spending bills. The bill also would allow state Children’s Health and Insurance Programs to receive extra redistribution funds beyond what is currently allowed, supporting the program’s operations through the end of December.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Dec 5

Recent Senate Votes

Tax Overhaul – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (52-48)
McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that 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.

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

Tax Overhaul – Education Savings Accounts – Vote Agreed to (51-50)
Cornyn, R-Texas, for Cruz, R-Texas, amendment to the McConnell, R-Ky., for Hatch, R-Utah, substitute amendment, that would allow tuition expenses or the cost of school supplies for secondary public, private or religious school to be treated the same as higher education expenses for certain tax purposes. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie and voted in the affirmative.

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

Tax Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (51-49)
Passage of the bill, as amended, that would revise the federal income tax system by lowering individual and corporate tax rates, repealing various deductions through 2025, specifically by eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes through 2025, increasing the deduction for pass-through entities and raising the child tax credit through 2025. It would also open parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

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

Recent House Votes

National Forest Mining – Vote Passed (216-204, 13 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would prohibit the designation of national monuments and the withdrawal of lands in the National Forest System in the state of Minnesota from mineral and geothermal leases without the approval of Congress. It would designate any mineral leases issued within the boundaries of the National Forest System lands in Minnesota as indeterminate preference right leases.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Federal Workforce Probationary Period Extension – Vote Passed (213-204, 16 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would increase to two years the probationary period for newly hired federal employees, for any individuals promoted to a supervisory or managerial role, and for any individual appointed to the Senior Executive Service. It would also establish a system in which supervisors would be notified near the end of an employee’s probationary period.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

EPA Brownfields Program Reauthorization – Vote Passed (409-8, 16 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would authorize $250 million annually, through fiscal 2022, for assistance with environmental assessment, cleanup and job training activities at the EPA’s brownfields program sites, and would increase, to $500,000 per site, the amount available for remediation grants for brownfield sites.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Manufactured Housing Lending Regulation – Vote Passed (256-163, 14 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill would change the definitions of “mortgage originator” and “loan originator” to exempt companies that manufacture homes and sell manufactured homes from various mortgage-related regulatory requirements. It would increase the maximum allowable rates and fees that may be applied to a manufactured home loan before the loan is classified as a high-cost mortgage.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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