Dec 2016 US Congressional Votes

Dec 13, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Dec 5, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sept 2016 US Congressional Votes

Sept 30

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sept 26

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Sept 21

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Sept 15

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 2016 US Congressional Votes

July 19

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 13, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent House Votes

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

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

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 2016 US Congressional Votes

June 27

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment – Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Grassley, R-Iowa, amendment to the instructions on the McConnell motion to commit, that reauthorizes the National Instant Criminal Background Check System at $125 million annually through fiscal 2020, audits the program and makes federal court information available for the purposes of the program. The underlying bill would fund the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment – Vote Rejected (44-56)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of Being a Terrorist Amendment – Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment to the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that requires law enforcement to be notified of any request to transfer a firearm to a person who is, or who has been within five preceding years, investigated on suspicion of being a terrorist, and authorizes the attorney general to delay firearms transfers for such individuals for up to three business days, allowing for the filing of an emergency petition in court to stop the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearm Transfer Denial and Reasonable Suspicion of an Individual’s Ties to Terrorism Amendment – Vote Rejected (47-53)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that authorizes the attorney general to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that represents a threat to public safety based on reasonable suspicion that the individual has ties to terrorism. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment – Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on “No Fly” or “Selectee” Lists Amendment – Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back to the Senate forthwith with the McConnell, R-Ky., for Collins, R-Maine, amendment that authorizes the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that appears on the “no fly list” or the “selectee list,” notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an individual denied a firearm to petition the decision in a U.S. or state court of appeals. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on “No Fly” or “Selectee” Lists Amendment – Vote Agreed to (67-31, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., for Johnson, R-Wis., amendment to the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee, that allows for the attorney general to block a gun transfer to an individual that is on the “no fly” or “selectee list,” if there is a reasonable basis to believe, based on specific information and evidence, that the individual is in some way related to terrorism, notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an expedited review for a petition on the denial of the transfer that requires a reasonable basis based on specific and articulate information and credible evidence that the transferee is or has been engaged with terrorism in order to uphold the block on the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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

Recent House Votes

Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule – Passage – Vote Failed (239-180, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted on overriding the president’s veto of legislation that disapproved of the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. The resolution disapproved the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee retirement investments to the fiduciary standard under which they must provide investment advice that is in the best interest of the investor “without regard to the financial or other interests” of the financial institution, adviser or other party. A two-thirds vote of both chambers is needed to override a veto.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report -– Adoption – Vote Passed (239-171, 24 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

June 20

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (85-13, 2 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

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

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed to Bill – Vote Agreed to (94-3, 3 Not Voting)

The legislation would fund the Commerce and Justice departments and NASA. It also would include language that would prevent the administration from spending money to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States or find places to house them here.

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

Recent House Votes

IRS and Free Speech – Passage – Vote Passed (240-182, 12 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits the Treasury Department from requiring that the identity of most contributors to 501(c) tax-exempt organizations be included in annual returns, regardless of the size of the contribution — a restriction that would apply to donors to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (282-138, 14 Not Voting)

The measure provides $575.7 billion in discretionary defense spending, including $517.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $58.6 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 14

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Domestic Issues Money Amendment – Vote Rejected (43-55, 2 Not Voting)

The amendment would have increased funding levels for domestic issues by $18 billion above and beyond the current levels specified by the 2015 budget agreement. Sixty votes were needed to end debate on the amendment.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Defense Money Amendment – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The amendment would have redirected $18 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to go to authorizations above and beyond the current levels specified by the 2015 budget agreement. Sixty votes were needed to end debate on the amendment.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Bill – Vote Agreed to (68-23, 9 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

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

Recent House Votes

Ozone Standards – Passage – Vote Passed (234-177, 22 Not Voting)

The measure extends for eight years EPA’s deadlines for implementing its new air pollution standards for ground-level ozone so they wouldn’t have to be implemented until 2025, rather than 2017, and it modifies the general process by which EPA develops National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and other pollutants, including by requiring reviews of pollutant standards every 10 years rather than every five years.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Puerto Rico Aid – Passage – Vote Passed (297-127, 11 Not Voting)

The bill establishes entities and procedures for Puerto Rico to address its current fiscal crisis, including creation of a financial oversight board to oversee and manage the finances of the U.S. territory and a process under which the island’s outstanding debt could be restructured.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (233-175, 26 Not Voting)

The bill provides a total of $3.5 billion for operations of the House of Representatives, joint House-Senate items and legislative branch entities such as the Library of Congress, the Capitol Police, Government Accountability Office and Government Publishing Office. It continues to freeze the pay of lawmakers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 2016 US Congressional Votes

May 30

Recent Senate Votes

Congressional Disapproval of Labor Department Rule on the Term “Fiduciary” – Passage – Vote Passed (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

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

Congressional Disapproval of Agriculture Department Rule on Catfish – Passage – Vote Passed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

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

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

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

Recent House Votes

Zika Vector Control – Passage – Vote Passed (258-156, 19 Not Voting)

The bill temporarily modifies the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to prohibit the EPA or a state government from requiring a permit for the use of registered pesticides near navigable waters. It also temporarily alters the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit the EPA and states from requiring permits for the point source use of a pesticide, or the residue resulting from the use of a pesticide, that is registered under FIFRA.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for District of Columbia Home Rule – Passage – Vote Passed (240-179, 14 Not Voting)

The measure repeals the District of Columbia law that modified D.C.’s home rule charter to allow locally generated funds to be spent without congressional approval, and it modifies the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act to further specify that all city funding is subject to Congress’ annually appropriations process. It also alters the 1973 law to specify that the District has no authority to change the District’s budget process as it relates to congressional review and approval.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Energy Policy Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (241-178, 14 Not Voting)

The bill includes all or parts of 37 House-passed measures including legislation that promote the accelerated development and construction of natural gas pipelines and hydropower projects by increasing the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, require the agency to set hard deadlines for environmental reviews and permitting, and require the designation of at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Vote Agreed to (223-195, 15 Not Voting)

The amendment bars federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. However, the amendment could not violate certain portions of the Constitution.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Failed (112-305, 16 Not Voting)

The bill provides a total of $37.4 billion in funding subject to discretionary caps for fiscal 2017 for the Energy Department and federal water projects. The bill appropriates $6.1 billion in new funding for civil projects of the Army Corps of Engineers. It provides $12.9 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration and almost $6.2 billion for environmental management activities. It also bars the use of funds in the bill to close the Yucca Mountain license application, or to irrevocably remove Yucca Mountain as an option for repository.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 23

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

The military construction and veterans part of the bill would provide a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The transportation section of the bill would provide $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. The overall measure also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

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

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Zika Funding – Vote Agreed to (68-30, 2 Not Voting)

The second-degree amendment to the substitute amendment provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

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

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Cloture on the Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (88-10, 2 Not Voting)

The substitute amendment provides a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding in the military construction and veterans part of the bill for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The amendment also funds the transportation section of the bill with $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. It also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to deal with the Zika virus.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2016 Zika Response Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (241-184, 8 Not Voting)

The bill provides $622 million in supplemental funds to activities to deal with the Zika virus including $503 million in domestic funding and $119 million in international funding — with the cost of that funding being fully offset. The measure rescinds $352 million originally allocated to fight the Ebola virus along with rescinding $270 million in Department of Health and Human Services administrative funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (277-147, 9 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $543.4 billion for the Pentagon’s base, non-war budget that is subject to spending caps. It also includes $58.8 billion for uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for war operations and other anti-terror activities but provides that $23.1 billion of that total be used for non-war, base defense budget needs, including $18 billion for aircraft, ships and other items.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Vote Failed (212-213, 8 Not Voting)

The amendment would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (295-129, 9 Not Voting)

The measure provides a total of $81.5 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2017 to fund military construction projects and programs of the Veterans Affairs Department and provides $102.5 billion in mandatory spending for fiscal 2017 and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

May 16

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (50-42, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (97-2, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

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

Recent House Votes

Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force – Passage – Vote Passed (412-4, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that establishes a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to review, modify and update medical best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction – Passage – Vote Passed (413-5, 15 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a measure that creates two new grant programs in the Justice Department to assist in combating opioid abuse: one to state, local and tribal governments that could be used for a variety of opioid abuse reduction programs and activities and one to assist veterans suffering from opioid abuse.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Efforts – House Amendment to the Senate-Passed Bill – Vote Passed (400-5, 28 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation, as amended, that includes 18 bills previously passed by the chamber. Among other items, it establishes two grant programs to create state systems under which physicians and others who prescribe opioids to patients would at the same time prescribe opioid overdose reversal drugs to those patients thought to be at an elevated risk of overdose. It also creates a grant program to create state systems under which trained pharmacists may dispense reversal drugs to opioid users or families of those at risk of an overdose and authorizes $5 million through fiscal 2019 for those grants.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

April 2016 US Congressional Votes

April 30

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Army Corps of Engineers – Vote Rejected (12-84, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected an amendment by Flake, R-Ariz., to the Alexander, R-Tenn., substitute amendment that would eliminate $69 million from the Army Corps of Engineering construction account.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (50-46, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Reconsideration of Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (52-43, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a reconsideration of the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate.

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

Recent House Votes

Private Market Investors – Passage – Vote Passed (325-89, 19 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that expands 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

Block Fiduciary Rule – Passage – Vote Passed (234-183, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed joint resolution that disapproves the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee such investments to the fiduciary standard and stipulates what types of activities and communications would give rise to fiduciary investment advice responsibilities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Washington D.C. School Vouchers – Passage – Vote Passed (224-181, 28 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a measure that reauthorizes for five years, through fiscal 2021, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program, under which federal funding is provided to eligible students in Washington, D.C., to allow them to attend private schools, and modifies the program to provide for greater student participation and mandates greater accountability by the private schools that participate in the program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 25

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure which authorizes $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology.

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

Energy Policy – Passage – Vote Passed (85-12, 3 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a bill which streamlines the permitting for liquefied natural gas exports, mandates improvements to the electric grid’s reliability and security, raises energy efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Eliminate Funding for Various Commissions – Vote Rejected (25-71, 4 Not Voting)

The chamber rejected an amendment by Joni Ernst, R-Neb., that would have cut $200 million from a number of joint state-federal commissions that promote economic development, infrastructure improvements and job training across four regions of the country.

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

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program – Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected an amendment by Dan Coats, R-Ind., that would have limited the use of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. The vote was subject to a 60-vote threshold.

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

Recent House Votes

IRS Hiring – Passage – Vote Passed (254-170, 9 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a measure which prohibits the IRS from hiring any new employees until the Treasury Department certifies that no IRS worker has serious tax delinquencies. The measure defines such delinquency as an outstanding debt under the Internal Revenue Code for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

IRS Oversight and User Fees – Passage – Vote Passed (245-179, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill which makes Internal Revenue Service spending of the user fees it collects subject to the annual appropriations process, thereby blocking the IRS from spending collected user fees unless Congress provides for such spending in appropriations acts. This restriction would apply to all IRS user fees collected after the date of enactment.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Bar IRS from Rehiring Certain Employees – Passage – Vote Passed (260-158, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure which prohibits the IRS from rehiring former employees who were previously removed or terminated for misconduct. It would apply with respect to any IRS employee removed at any time (before, on or after the date of enactment.)

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 18

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Cloture on Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (94-4, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the Thune, R-S.D. substitute amendment to an unrelated bill (HR 636) consisting of three bills that would reduce taxes on small businesses. The substitute amendment would authorize $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal year 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

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

Recent House Votes

Financial Stability Oversight Council Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (239-179, 15 Not Voting)

The bill modifies the funding of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research by making that funding subject to the annual appropriations process, beginning in fiscal 2017. The annual assessments made on bank holding companies and designated nonbank institutions to raise funding to finance the two entities would continue.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

More Banks Operating Under the Federal Reserve’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy – Passage – Vote Passed (247-171, 15 Not Voting)

The measure requires the Federal Reserve Board to modify its Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement to allow bank and thrift holding companies with assets of up to $5 billion to operate under the policy, up from the current limit of $1 billion.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Broadband Internet Access Regulation – Passage – Vote Passed (241-173, 19 Not Voting)

The measure prohibits the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates that Internet service providers may charge for broadband Internet service.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 12

Recent Senate Votes

Trade Secret Theft – Passage – Vote Passed (87-0, 13 Not Voting)

The Senate passed legislation, as amended, that allows the owner of a trade secret that is misappropriated to bring a civil action if the trade secret is related to interstate or foreign commerce.

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

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Cloture on Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to an unrelated bill (HR 636) consisting of three bills that would reduce taxes on small businesses. The chamber is expected to amend it with language that would authorize $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

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

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Passenger Seat Sizes – Vote Rejected (42-54, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected an amendment that would require the FAA Administrator to prohibit air carriers from reducing the size of seats on passenger aircraft.

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

March 2016 US Congressional Votes

March 21

Recent Senate Votes

King Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (49-40, 11 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John B. King, Jr. to be secretary of Education.

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

Genetically Modified Organism Food Labeling – Cloture – Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to an unrelated bill (S 764) with a Senate amendment containing the genetically modified organism food labeling measure. The amendment would have blocked state and local labeling requirements for genetically engineered food and seeds. It also would have required the Agriculture Department to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and later would have required the department to issue a mandatory standard if there is not at least “70 percent substantial participation” in voluntary labeling. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

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

Recent House Votes

Air Pollution – Passage – Vote Passed (231-183, 19 Not Voting)

The measure establishes separate standards under which electricity-generating power plants that primarily use waste coal as a fuel source could comply with EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule, by blocking reductions in emissions allowances for sulfur dioxide as it relates to the rule and by setting an alternative standard for sulfur dioxide under the rule.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Small Business Broadband Deployment – Passage – Vote Passed (411-0, 22 Not Voting)

The bill exempts, for a period of five years after enactment, small-business broadband Internet access providers that have 250,000 or fewer subscribers from the enhanced disclosure requirements of the Federal Communications Commission 2015 net neutrality rule.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Authorize House Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Immigration Case– Adoption – Vote Passed (234-186, 14 Not Voting)

The measure authorizes the Speaker of the House to file as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court on behalf of the House of Representatives regarding the case United States, et al. v. Texas, et al., in support of the position that the Obama administration in that immigration case acted in a manner that is inconsistent with its duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

March 14

Recent Senate Votes

Opioid Abuse – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (93-3, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture (thus ending debate) on legislation that authorizes the Attorney General and HHS to issue federal grants to states, organizations and local entities for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs.

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

Opioid Abuse – Passage – Vote Passed (94-1, 5 Not Voting)

The measure authorizes the Attorney General and HHS to issue federal grants to states, organizations and local entities for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. It also authorizes grants to expand availability of medication-assisted treatment, creates treatment programs as alternatives to incarceration, makes opioid overdose reversal drugs like naloxone available to first-responders, and mandates investigations into heroin distribution and unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

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

March 7

Recent Senate Votes

Opioid Abuse – Anti-Kickback Penalties – Vote Rejected (46-50, 4 Not Voting)

The amendment would have increased anti-kickback penalties for doctors prescribing opioids and test a model for limiting Medicare opioid prescriptions. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order.

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

Opioid Abuse – Additional Funding – Vote Rejected (48-47, 5 Not Voting)

The amendment would have provided an additional $600 million for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order.

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

Recent House Votes

Ensuring Terminated Providers are Removed from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program – Passage – Vote Passed (406-0, 27 Not Voting)

The bill requires states to notify the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of health care providers who are terminated from the state’s Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program because of fraud or other “for cause” reasons, and for HHS to maintain a database of providers terminated from a state Medicaid or CHIP program or the federal Medicare program in order to prevent such providers from participating in another state’s Medicaid program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Regulatory Action and Kilns – Passage – Vote Passed (238-163, 32 Not Voting)

The measure delays, until after all judicial reviews are completed, new EPA rules that set national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for the manufacturing of brick and structural clay products or clay ceramics. This delay applies only for those existing legal actions filed within 60 days of when EPA’s rule was published in the Federal Register.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 2016 US Congressional Votes

Feb 29

Recent Senate Votes

FDA Commissioner – Nomination – Vote Confirmed (89-4, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

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

Recent House Votes

Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement– Passage – Vote Passed (242-161, 30 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a bill which provides that Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service public lands are to be considered open for recreational hunting, fishing, shooting or similar activities; it allows individuals to carry firearms at Army Corps of Engineers recreational areas; it limits the authority of the EPA to regulate bullets, angling lures and other hunting equipment for toxic substances; and it increases federal funding for states to set up public shooting ranges on public lands.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fraudulent Joinder Prevention – Passage – Vote Passed (229-189, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that establishes new standards in federal diversity jurisdiction proceedings for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit — which if determined to be the case would require that the lawsuit be heard in federal court rather than being returned to state court.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Feb 15

Recent Senate Votes

North Korea Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (96-0, 4 Not Voting)

The measure, as amended, expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (73-22, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Passage – Vote Agreed to (75-20, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Recent House Votes

Limit on National Science Foundation – Passage – Vote Passed (236-178, 19 Not Voting)

The bill allows the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award grants or enter into cooperative agreements for basic research and science education only if it determines that the grant or cooperative agreement promotes the progress of science in the United States and is consistent with the NSF’s mission.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Debt Reduction Plans – Passage – Vote Passed (267-151, 15 Not Voting)

The measure requires the Treasury secretary to appear before Congress within a couple of months before the federal government is projected to reach the legal debt limit and report on the state of the nation’s public debt and the drivers of increasing debt, the impact of increasing debt and the administration’s plans for reducing debt in the short, medium and long terms.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Menu Nutrition Disclosures – Passage – Vote Passed (266-144, 1 Present, 22 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to modify its rules regarding the nutrition information that restaurants and other retail food establishments must provide to customers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

North Korea Sanctions – Concur in the Senate Amendment – Vote Passed (408-2, 23 Not Voting)

The final version of the legislation expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 8

Recent Senate Votes

Energy Policy – Cloture – Vote Rejected (43-54, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. cloture motion to end debate on the energy policy bill that would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

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

Recent House Votes

Affordable Housing – Passage – Vote Passed (427-0, 6 Not Voting)

The measure makes changes to various housing laws to try to extend affordable housing options to more low-income families. The measure allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and the owners of private subsidized housing to verify the income-based eligibility of families through other needs-tested federal programs; changes requirements regarding the inspection of housing units and eases Federal Housing Authority (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation – Presidential Veto Override – Vote Failed (241-186, 6 Not Voting)

The House voted to attempt to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would have repealed or significantly modified numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law. Two-thirds of those members present and voting yes were needed to override the veto.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Iran Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (246-181, 6 Not Voting)

The bill restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – Passage – Vote Passed (265-159, 9 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct reviews of its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome, and to modify or repeal rules based on those reviews.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Financial Institution Customer Protection – Passage – Vote Passed (250-169, 14 Not Voting)

The legislation prohibits federal banking regulators from requesting that financial institutions terminate their relationships with specific customers or groups of customers unless the agency has a material reason for requesting that termination, and it modifies the 1989 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to restrict the conditions under which the Justice Department may conduct investigations involving financial institutions and seek civil penalties, including by limiting the department’s subpoena authority.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 1

Recent Senate Votes

Energy Policy – GAO Report on Energy Production – Vote Agreed to (62-29, 9 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted an amendment to the energy policy bill that requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review and submit a report to Congress on energy production in the United States and the effects of crude oil exports. The initial report must be submitted within one year of the bill’s enactment date and then resubmitted for the following two years.

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

Jan 2016 US Congressional Votes

Jan 25, 2016

Recent Senate Votes

Disapprove ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule – Cloture on Veto Message – Vote Failed (52-40, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the veto message concerning legislation that would disapprove of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the “waters of the United States” rule that seeks to clarify the federal government’s authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect. Sixty votes were needed to end debate. Failing to invoke cloture essentially upheld the president’s veto of the joint resolution.

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

Jan 18

Recent Senate Votes

Auditing the Federal Reserve – Motion to Proceed – Vote Failed (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the Perdue, R-Ga. motion to proceed to a bill that requires the full audit of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Banks by the Comptroller General for the United States.

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

Recent House Votes

Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules — Passage – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that prevents the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) from issuing any final rules related to coal mining activities near streams, including updating a stream buffer zones (SBZ) rule, until after the National Academy of Sciences submits a study on the effectiveness of existing rules in effect — effectively delaying any new or revised SBZ rules for at least three years.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Disapprove “Waters of the United States” Rule — Passage – Vote Passed (253-166, 14 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a joint resolution which disapproves of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the “waters of the United States” rule that seeks to clarify the federal government’s authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Jan 11

Recent House Votes

Review Federal Regulations for Repeal– Passage – Vote Passed (245-174, 14 Not Voting)

The bill establishes a nine-member 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 immediately repealed 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

Class-Action Litigation — Passage – Vote Passed (211-188, 1 Present, 33 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits 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 requires 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

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Adoption – Vote Passed (240-181, 13 Not Voting)

The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the original House bill. The final version repeals or significantly modifies numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law, including the individual and employer mandates, tax subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance from exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It also effectively eliminates more than a dozen taxes included in the law, including the medical device tax, the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, the net investment tax and the additional Medicare tax, and it blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and provides alternative women’s health funding for community health centers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Dec 2015 US Congressional Votes

December 21

Recent Senate Votes

Tax Extenders and Omnibus Appropriations — Passage – Vote Agreed to (65-33, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation that retroactively renews for the current 2015 tax year most of the expired provisions and further extends them for varying periods, including by making more than a dozen permanent and extending most others for two years (2015 and 2016). Those made permanent include taxpayers being able to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, the research and development tax credit, Section 179 capital expensing for businesses, and expanded versions of the child tax credit, Earned Income Tax Credit and American Opportunity Tax Credit for college expenses. It also includes a two-year moratorium on the medical device tax created by the 2010 health care overhaul law. The chamber adopted an amendment that funds government operations through September 30, 2016, at about $1.149 trillion in discretionary spending. It also ends the U.S. ban on crude oil exports; reauthorizes the 9/11 first-responder health care and victim compensation programs; reauthorizes U.S. intelligence programs and provides for a voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing process between the government and the private sector; requires individuals who have been in certain nations, such as Syria and Iraq, to get regular visas that involve in-person interviews with U.S. officials in order to enter the United States. It also includes several other tax provisions, including delaying for two years the health care law’s tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans and phaseouts of wind and solar energy tax credits.

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

Recent House Votes

Tax Extenders — Adoption – Vote Passed (318-109, 6 Not Voting)

The House adopted an amendment that retroactively renews for the current 2015 tax year most of the expired provisions and further extends them for varying periods, including by making more than a dozen permanent and extending most others for two years (2015 and 2016). Those made permanent include taxpayers being able to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, the research and development tax credit, Section 179 capital expensing for businesses, and expanded versions of the child tax credit, Earned Income Tax Credit and American Opportunity Tax Credit for college expenses. It also includes a two-year moratorium on the medical device tax created by the 2010 health care overhaul law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Omnibus Appropriations — Adoption – Vote Passed (316-113, 5 Not Voting)

The chamber adopted an amendment that funds government operations through September 30, 2016, at about $1.149 trillion in discretionary spending, with $1.067 trillion subject to discretionary spending caps, $73.7 billion designated as Overseas Contingency Operations funds, $7.1 billion designated as disaster spending, $698 million designated as emergency spending and $1.5 billion designated as program integrity initiatives. It also ends the U.S. ban on crude oil exports; reauthorizes the 9/11 first-responder health care and victim compensation programs; reauthorizes U.S. intelligence programs and provides for a voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing process between the government and the private sector; requires individuals who have been in certain nations, such as Syria and Iraq, to get regular visas that involve in-person interviews with U.S. officials in order to enter the United States; and reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It also includes several other tax provisions, including delaying for two years the health care law’s tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans and phaseouts of wind and solar energy tax credits.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

December 14

Recent Senate Votes

K-12 Education Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Agreed to (85-12, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 for four years, through fiscal 2020, and modifies programs and policies throughout the law with the overall goal of giving states, school districts, schools, teachers and parents greater control over all aspects of elementary and secondary education. It maintains some federal oversight of state programs through the Education Department’s ability to approve state plans for the use of federal funds, but it places strong restrictions on department actions and control.

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

Recent House Votes

Visa Waiver Program — Passage – Vote Passed (407-19, 7 Not Voting)

The chamber passed legislation that prohibits individuals who have been to specified nations such as Syria and Iraq from entering the United States unless they are interviewed by U.S. officials and get a regular visa, even if they are from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Red River Private Property — Passage – Vote Passed (253-177, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell to current and adjacent landowners the roughly 30,000 acres of federal land along the Red River, which forms part of the border between Texas and Oklahoma.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Trade Enforcement — Passage – Vote Passed (256-158, 19 Not Voting)

The House agreed to the conference report on the bill that includes numerous provisions to facilitate trade and improve U.S. trade enforcement, including formally establishing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and enhancing its authority, including authorizing an automated system for the agency to process imports and exports. It also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and phases out the taxes imposed in seven states in which they were grandfathered.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

December 7

Recent Senate Votes

Budget Reconciliation – Passage – Vote Passed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed the bill that repeals large portions of the 2010 health care overhaul law and cuts off federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. Specifically, it zeroes-out the law’s penalties for noncompliance with the law’s requirements for most individuals to obtain health coverage and employers to offer health insurance. It scraps the law’s Medicaid expansion in 2018, as well as subsidies to help individuals buy coverage through the insurance exchanges. It also eliminates certain taxes included in the law, including the tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans.

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

Surface Transportation Reauthorization– Passage – Vote Agreed to (83-16, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes federal highway and transit programs for five years, through fiscal 2020, at increased funding levels to begin addressing the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs. It transfers more than $70 billion from Treasury’s general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund over that time and fully fund the measure’s estimated $305 billion cost. The measure also reauthorizes Amtrak and restructures its funding to reflect its major lines of business, renews the charter for the Export-Import Bank and rolls back a reduction in the crop insurance program.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization — Passage – Vote Passed (364-58, 11 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a bill that authorizes classified amounts in fiscal 2016 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security Department and other agencies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (242-180, 11 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at existing power plants.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval — Passage – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at new and retrofitted power plants.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

K-12 Education Reauthorization — Passage – Vote Passed (359-64, 10 Not Voting)

The chamber agreed to the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 for four years, through fiscal 2020, and modifies programs and policies throughout the law with the overall goal of giving states, school districts, schools, teachers and parents greater control over all aspects of elementary and secondary education. It maintains some federal oversight of state programs through the Education Department’s ability to approve state plans for the use of federal funds, but it places strong restrictions on department actions and control.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Energy Security and Infrastructure Overhaul — Passage – Vote Passed (249-174, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which promotes the accelerated development and construction of natural gas pipelines and hydropower projects by increasing the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and requiring the agency to set hard deadlines for environmental reviews and permitting, and by requiring the designation of at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built. It also includes numerous provisions intended to increase the security and reliability of the nation’s electrical power grid; revises national energy efficiency standards and requires the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Surface Transportation Reauthorization– Passage – Vote Passed (359-65, 9 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report on the bill that reauthorizes federal highway and transit programs for five years, through fiscal 2020, at increased funding levels to begin addressing the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs. It transfers more than $70 billion from Treasury’s general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund over that time and fully fund the measure’s estimated $305 billion cost. The measure also reauthorizes Amtrak and restructures its funding to reflect its major lines of business, renews the charter for the Export-Import Bank and rolls back a reduction in the crop insurance program.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES