Sept 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Equal Pay – Cloture – Vote Rejected (52-40, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would require employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications and in similar jobs have a business justification. It would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information and authorize the Labor secretary to seek additional compensatory or punitive damages in a sex discrimination action.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Fiscal 2015 Continuing Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (78-22)

The Senate voted to clear for the president’s signature a joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations until Dec. 11, 2014, at an annualized rate of $1.012 trillion. It would provide $88 million for government efforts to fight the Ebola virus, provide U.S. border agencies with budget flexibility to maintain current border protection and enforcement activities and extend the Export-Import Bank’s operating authority through June 30, 2015.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2015 Continuing Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (319-108, 4 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations until Dec. 11, 2014, at an annualized rate of $1.012 trillion. It would provide $88 million for government efforts to fight the Ebola virus, provide U.S. border agencies with budget flexibility to maintain current border protection and enforcement activities, and extend the Export-Import Bank’s operating authority through June 30, 2015.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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Recent Senate Votes

Campaign Finance Constitutional Amendment – Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow federal and state lawmakers to set limits on money raised and spent by candidates and others to influence elections. The amendment would give Congress and the states the power to distinguish between people and “corporations or other artificial entities created by law” and to block such entities from spending money on elections.

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

Recent House Votes

Water Regulation – Passage – Vote Passed (262-152, 17 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing an expansion of the federal water pollution law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Health Plan Extensions – Passage – Vote Passed (247-167, 17 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would allow health insurers to continue providing any group health plans offered in 2013 to existing or new enrollees, even if the plans do not comply with the coverage requirements under the 2010 health care law. The measure also would consider those plans as grandfathered and thus not subject to penalties for not complying with the law’s individual mandate.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Aug 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

McDonald Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Robert Alan McDonald of Ohio to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Veterans Benefits – Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (91-3, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to adopt the conference report on a bill that would provide for $10 billion in emergency spending for care at non-Veterans Affairs facilities and allow veterans to obtain health care at such facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or can’t get an appointment at a VA clinic within 30 days. It would provide for $5 billion in spending for expedited authority to hire more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and would authorize leases for the opening of 27 new VA health facilities. The bill is cleared for the president’s signature.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization – Motion to Recede – Vote Agreed to (81-13, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to agree to a motion to recede from the Senate amendment and thus clear for the president’s signature a bill that would reauthorize the federal-aid highway and transit programs for eight months, through May 31, 2015, and transfer $10.8 billion in other federal funds to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Veterans Benefits – Conference Report – Vote Passed (420-5, 7 Not Voting)

The House voted to suspend the rules and adopt the conference report on a bill that would authorize $10 billion in emergency spending for care at non-Veterans Affairs facilities and allow veterans to obtain health care at such facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or can’t get an appointment at a VA clinic within 30 days. It would provide $5 billion for expedited authority to hire more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and would authorize leases for the opening of 27 new VA health facilities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Litigation Against President – Adoption – Vote Passed (225-201, 6 Not Voting)

The House voted to adopt a resolution that would authorize the speaker of the House to file a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the House against the president and other administration officials for failing “to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States” to implement provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul or related laws.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Supplemental Border Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (223-189, 20 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would provide $694 million for federal agencies involved in border control and the housing and care of unaccompanied migrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border for the rest of fiscal 2014, including $405 million for Homeland Security Department border security and law enforcement activities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 28,2014

Recent Senate Votes
Insourcing Incentives – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (93-7)

The Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would give businesses a tax credit for up to 20 percent of the expenses incurred to bring work done in foreign countries back into the United States, if the business also increases its number of full-time employees. It also would prohibit tax deductions for expenses incurred when moving jobs outside the U.S.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes
Higher Education Tax Credits – Passage – Vote Passed (227-187, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify and make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit for tuition and higher-education expenses. It would eliminate the “above the line” higher-education tax deduction for qualified tuition and repeal the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

July 14

Recent Senate Votes
Castro Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (71-26, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Julian Castro of Texas to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Donovan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (75-22, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Shaun Donovan of New York to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes
Workforce Investment Reauthorization – Motion to Concur – Vote Passed (415-6, 11 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (253-170, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $34.0 billion in fiscal 2015 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

June 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Workforce Training Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Minibus ‘Shell’ – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would that would provide for $51.2 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other science agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. The bill is intended to serve as the legislative vehicle for the Senate’s Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture spending bills for fiscal 2015.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

CFTC Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (265-144, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and would largely exempt end users or nonfinancial companies that use derivatives to hedge risks from tough rules on derivatives under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Trans-National Pipelines – Passage – Vote Passed (238-173, 20 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require future oil and gas pipeline projects and power lines that cross international borders to be reviewed by the State or Energy secretary within 120 days of the environmental review, unless the agency finds the project is not in the public interest of the United States. It would eliminate the current system created by executive orders under which a presidential permit must be issued.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Liquefied Natural Gas Exports – Passage – Vote Passed (266-150, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. It would require that all applications publicly disclose the specific nation or nations that would receive the proposed export of liquefied natural gas.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Oil and Gas Exploration – Passage – Vote Passed (229-185, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish a five-year program for oil and gas leasing. The bill would double the cap for offshore oil and gas revenue sharing to $1 billion and require at least 25 percent of eligible federal land be made available each year to lease for oil and gas exploration.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (340-73, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $570.4 billion in non-war discretionary funding for the Defense Department in fiscal 2015. It also would provide $79.4 billion in fiscal 2015 for contingency funds to support operations in Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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Recent Senate Votes

Veterans Benefits – Passage – Vote Passed (93-3, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill to allow veterans experiencing long wait times or who live more than 40 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility to see doctors outside the VA health system, as long as the doctors participate in the Medicare program or are at a federally qualified health center, Defense Department facility or a facility funded by the Indian Health Service. It would also authorize the VA secretary to demote or fire poor-performing Senior Executive Service employees.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Fischer Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (63-24, 13 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Stanley Fischer of New York to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Burwell Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (78-17, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell of West Virginia to be secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2014 NASA Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (401-2, 28 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $17.6 billion for NASA for fiscal 2014.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (229-192, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $105.5 billion in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

June 2, 2014

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (321-87, 23 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to provide $51.2 billion in discretionary funds in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies, such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2014-2015 Intelligence Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (345-59, 27 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to authorize classified amounts for fiscal 2014 and 2015 for 16 intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) and foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department and Homeland Security Department.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

May 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Water Projects – Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (91-7, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted the conference report on a bill authorizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects – costing an estimated $12 billion. It would also require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Water Projects – Conference Report – Vote Passed (412-4, 15 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report on a bill authorizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects – costing an estimated $12 billion. It would also require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

NSA Metadata Collection – Passage – Vote Passed (303-121, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit the government’s bulk collection and storage of business records, including telephone metadata, and instead require the government, except in cases of emergency, to receive pre-approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to conduct a search of call detail records for individual target phone numbers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (325-98, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to authorize $592.9 billion for defense programs in fiscal year 2015, including $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The bill would authorize a 1.8 percent pay increase for military personnel and prohibit a new round of Base Realignment and Closure.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

May 12, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Energy-Efficient Building Codes –Cloture – Vote Agreed to (79-20, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to a bill that would promote updates to state building codes to encourage energy savings and provide incentives for energy-efficient manufacturing.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Benghazi Select Committee–Passage – Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting)

The House approved a resolution establishing a 12-member panel to examine both the events that led to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as the Obama administration’s response to it and to subsequent congressional inquiries.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Research Tax Credit –Passage – Vote Passed (274-131, 26 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would permit companies that incur research and development expenses in the United States to deduct up to 20 percent of the amount in which their qualified research expenses exceed a calculated base amount for the current taxable year. It would also permanently extend and expand a tax break for university and corporate research expenses that expired in December 2013. Sixty-two Democrats joined all but one Republican to support the bill.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Charter School Program Expansion–Passage – Vote Passed (360-45, 27 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to require the Education secretary to consolidate the federal Charter Schools Program, which gives grants to states to open charter schools, and the Charter School Credit Enhancement Program, which assists schools in acquiring better credit terms for facilities, into one program, and direct a certain percentage of funds into national charter school management activities.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

May 5, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Friedland Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (51-40, 9 Not Voting)

On Monday, the Senate approved the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to be a judge on the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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

Minimum Wage Increase – Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

Senators failed to invoke cloture for a bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 last Wednesday.

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

Recent House Votes

Mil Con/Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (416-1, 14 Not Voting)

The House approved a bill on Wednesday to provide $165 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction, and military housing. The bill would provide $58.7 billion in advance appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for certain VA medical care programs. Only Rep. Raul Labrador, R.-Idaho voted against the measure.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (402-14, 15 Not Voting)

House members voted to approve $3.3 billion to fund the legislative branch of the federal government, excluding the Senate, in 2015. The bill includes money for the Library of Congress, Government Accountability Office, Architect of the Capitol, and Capitol Police.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

April 2014 US Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Unemployment Benefits Extension – Passage – Vote Passed (59-38, 3 Not Voting)

Senators passed a bill on Monday that, as amended, would extend unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

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

Equal Pay – Cloture – Vote Rejected (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (PL 75-718), requiring employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications in similar jobs have a business justification. The bill would also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees seeking salary information to investigate gender discrimination in wages.

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

Recent House Votes

Budget Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (219-205, 8 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the House adopted a concurrent resolution that would provide $2.842 trillion to fund the federal government in fiscal 2015. The resolution assumes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years and reductions in personal and corporate tax rates.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

April 7, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Unemployment Benefits – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (61-35, 4 Not Voting)

Senators voted to invoke cloture on an amended bill that would extended eligibility for long-term unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

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

Recent House Votes

Ukraine Aid – Passage – Vote Passed (378-34, 19 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House agreed to concur with a Senate amendment and pass a package of $150 million in aid and loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government. The vote required a two-thirds majority under the suspension of House rules. President Obama signed the bill into law on April 3.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Employee Hours Rules – Passage – Vote Passed (248-179, 4 Not Voting)

House members voted on Thursday to change the number of hours employees must work to qualify for mandatory employer coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law would define full-time employees as those working 40 hours a week, ten more hours than as defined under current law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

March 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Ukraine Aid – Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (98-2)

The Senate agreed upon a substitute amendment offered by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. to a Ukrainian aid package on Thursday. As amended, the bill would offer $150 million in aid to the Ukrainian government and offer loan guarantees from unobligated funds in the State Department budget. It would expand visa restrictions, freeze the assets of Russian officials and require the Defense Department to review Russian military capabilities annually through 2020. As amended, the bill passed by voice vote later that day.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Unemployment Benefits – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (65-34, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on a bill that would exempt volunteer service hours by firefighters and other first responders from the 30-hour-a-week threshold under the 2010 health care reform laws that established a full-time employer mandate for health coverage. The bill is intended to serve as a legislative vehicle to extend expired long-term unemployment benefits.

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

Recent House Votes

National Monument Designations – Passage – Vote Passed (222-201, 8 Not Voting)

The House narrowly approved a bill on Wednesday to limit the power of the president to designate national monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The bill would limit presidential authority to one designation per state over a four-year term. It also would require an environmental impact statement for designations over 5,000 acres and a cost estimate study for the proposed monument. Sites less than 5,000 acres would expire after three years without a full environmental review, but could be made permanent if the environmental review process was used.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Ukraine Aid—Passage – Vote Passed (399-19, 13 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the House approved a $120 million aid package to Ukraine and expanded sanctions against Russian government officials in the wake of that country’s annexation of Crimea. The bill easily cleared the two-thirds majority required for passage under a suspension of House rules.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

March 17, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions – Passage – Vote Passed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)

Senators finished work on reforming the military’s practices for reporting and prosecuting sexual assaults within its ranks on Monday, passing a bill written by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO. The bill would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to require special victims’ counsels in sexual assault cases and forbid using the defendant’s military record in defense arguments. The bill would also require the evaluation of whether commanding officers have established a climate in which allegations of sexual assault are properly managed and fairly evaluated and a victim can report criminal activity without fear of retaliation or ostracism.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization – Enzi Amendment – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the Senate agreed to an amendment (S.AMDT.2812) offered by Senator Michael Enzi, R-Wy., to the reauthorization of child care block grant programs. The amendment requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of Education, to conduct a review of Federal early learning and care programs and make recommendations for streamlining the various programs. The block grant program was reauthorized through Fiscal Year 2019 on Thursday.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Flood Insurance Rates – Passage – Vote Passed (72-22, 6 Not Voting)

Senators approved a bill to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program’s full actuarial rates. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Ukraine Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (402-7, 1 Present, 20 Not Voting)

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation for their actions in Crimea.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Federal Water Rights – Passage – Vote Passed (238-174, 19 Not Voting)

On Thursday, House members passed a bill that would prohibit Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from making any transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right a condition of the issuance of any permit, lease, or other use agreement concerning federal lands. The law would apply to lands covered by interstate water rights compacts as well.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Medicare Doc Fix – Passage – Vote Passed (238-181, 12 Not Voting)

On Friday, the House agreed to repeal the sustainable growth rate model of physicians’ compensation rates under Medicare. The bill would establish a single conversion rate of cost increases for physicians’ services at .5 percent through 2018 and would completely freeze updates thereafter through 2023. The bill would also require certain federal agencies to perform studies of access to health care and cost controls for some procedures under Medicare.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

March 10, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Adegbile Nomination – Cloture – Vote Rejected (47-52, 1 Not Voting)

Senators rejected invoking cloture on the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be assistant attorney general for civil rights.

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

Military Prosecutions – Cloture – Vote Rejected (55-45)

On Thursday, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would require decisions to prosecute felony-level crimes in the military, except those unique to the armed forces, be made by experienced commissioned officers who are not in the alleged perpetrator’s chain of command.

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

Recent House Votes

Environmental Reviews – Passage – Vote Passed (229-179, 22 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would expedite the environmental review process for federally funded projects and limit grounds for legal action against the review or permit approval process by outside groups. Agencies would have up to two years to complete environmental reviews. Only groups whose public comments on the review or permitting process that provide adequate notice of the issue being used to bring a civil action would be allowed legal standing in a lawsuit.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Ukrainian Loan Guarantees – Passage – Vote Passed (385-23, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure on Thursday to make Ukraine eligible for U.S. loan guarantees using previously-appropriated State Department program funds to cover funding. The vote required a two-thirds majority under a suspension of House rules.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage – Vote Passed (306-91, 33 Not Voting)

The House approved a bill on Tuesday to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program’s full actuarial rates. Passed under a suspension of House rules, the bill received 40 votes more than the required two-thirds majority. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Individual Health Insurance Mandate – Passage – Vote Passed (250-160, 20 Not Voting)

House members voted on Wednesday to postpone until 2015 the tax penalty for individuals who fail to purchase health insurance under the 2010 health care reform package. The current deadline for health insurance enrollment is March 31, 2014.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Feb 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Veterans Benefits — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave – Vote Rejected (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veterans benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.

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

Debt Limit – Passage – Vote Agreed to (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

One day after the House voted to raise the U.S. Treasury’s debt limit, the Senate finalized an extension of the limit through March 15, 2015. The final vote fell along party lines, with both independent Senators voting with the Democratic caucus to approve the motion to concur.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted NO

Recent House Votes

Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage – Vote Passed (295-114, 21 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made “unlocking” cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Eminent Domain Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage – Vote Passed (236-179, 15 Not Voting)

A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House on Thursday. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency’s rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Debt Limit – Passage – Vote Passed (221-201, 10 Not Voting)

The House narrowly passed an extension of the U.S. Treasury’s temporary debt limit on Tuesday by agreeing to a previous Senate bill. The debt limit extension raised the debt limit through March 15, 2015. House members did not add on conditions to raising the debt limit or additional policy requirements to the Senate legislation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Feb 10, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Farm and Nutrition Programs Conference Report – Passage – Vote Agreed to (68-32)

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to adopt the conference report on the bill that would reauthorize most federal farm and nutrition programs through fiscal 2018, sending the measure to the president. Senators agreed to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $8 billion over 10 years. The bill would also reauthorize sugar and dairy subsidy programs, replace $5 billion in direct payments to farmers with two new subsidies to cover losses. It also would create a new crop insurance program for producers that would cover losses over 14 percent.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Unemployment Benefits – Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-40, 2 Not Voting)

A motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would extend eligibility for unemployment benefits through March 31, 2014 failed on Thursday, the third such cloture vote to fail in the Senate. Four Republicans – Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – voted with Democrats and Independents to end debate on the bill.

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

Baucus Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (96-0, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed overwhelmingly the nomination of Sen. Max Baucus of Montana to be the U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China on Thursday. Baucus voted present on his own nomination.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Recreational Shooting on Federal Lands – Passage – Vote Passed (268-154, 9 Not Voting)

House members passed a slate of measures designed to make hunting, target shooting, and fishing easier on federally-managed lands. The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act would exempt ammunition and fishing equipment from the Toxic Substances Control Act, increase public funds for the construction of shooting ranges on federal lands, make permanent the electronic duck stamp licensing system, and allow firearms on water projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

California Water Resources – Passage – Vote Passed (229-191, 11 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would change the Interior Department’s water management practices around the San Joaquin Valley of California. The bill would require the department to increase the total water delivery capacity of the Central Valley Project by 800,000 acre-feet by September 30, 2018. It would also limit the enforcement and consideration of some environmental laws in completing this delivery.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Public Land Management – Passage – Vote Passed (220-194, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Thursday that would exempt public land access, land conveyances, and land restoration activities from federal environmental review requirements. The bill would also extend the term of new grazing permits on federal lands from 10 to 20 years and allow currently expired or transferred permits to remain in effect until new ones are issued. It would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from acquiring new land until it creates a website database that lists all BLM lands suitable for disposal. The bill also would require a comprehensive plan and budget for state and federal efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and instruct the Agriculture Department to implement a lumber salvage program in California’s Stanislaus National Forrest.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Jan 2014 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage – Vote Passed (67-32, 1 Not Voting)

Senators on Thursday voted to delay increases to premiums billed by the National Flood Insurance Program until after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes a study on flood insurance affordability. The bill would require FEMA to certify its flood mapping approach before certain rate changes are made and would allow insurance agents and brokers to sell insurance in multiple states without additional licensing.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Federal Abortion Funding – Passage – Vote Passed (227-188, 1 Present, 15 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, House members passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities, or staff to provide abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the mother. The District of Columbia would also be prohibited from using local funds for covering abortion procedures.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Farm Programs Conference Report – Passage – Vote Passed (251-166, 14 Not Voting)

The House voted to adopt the conference report on the five-year agricultural and nutritional programs bill on Wednesday, bringing to a close a six-month standoff between it and the Senate. The compromise conference report bridged differences between the chambers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program funding levels and direct payments to farm owners, the two most contentious issues holding up the bill’s final passage. The conference report cuts SNAP benefits by $8 billion over 10 years and replaces direct payment programs with new subsidy and crop insurance programs to cover farm revenue losses.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Jan 20, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Omnibus Appropriations – passage – Vote Agreed to (72-26, 2 Not Voting)

One day after it passed the House, the Senate on Thursday cleared the omnibus appropriations package that would fund every corner of the federal government through September. Senators voted, 72-26 , to endorse the $1.1 trillion omnibus, sending the measure to the president’s desk. The bill retained funding for the 2010 health care reform laws.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Not Voting
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Recent House Votes

Omnibus Appropriations – passage – Vote Passed (359-67, 7 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the House voted to pass roughly $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending for the remainder of fiscal 2014. The vote bundled together 12 separate bills to fund federal departments and agencies. More than half of the funds will go to the Department of Defense, the war in Afghanistan, and other counterterrorism operations. With the vote, the House stuck to the deal over top-line discretionary spending struck between House and Senate appropriators in December.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Jan 13, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Federal Reserve Chair Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-26, 18 Not Voting)

On Monday, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the next four years. Only 11 Republican Senators voted in support of her nomination.

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

U.S. Court of Appeals Nomination – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (55-38, 1 Present, 6 Not Voting)

Senators agreed to invoke cloture and end debate on Thursday on the nomination of Robert L. Wilkins to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. As in other cloture votes since the Senate changed its filibuster rules on judicial nominees in November, Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted with Democrats to end debate. The Senate is expected to confirm this nomination today.

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

Recent House Votes

Solid Waste Disposal Regulations – Passage – Vote Passed (225-188, 19 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill along party lines on Thursday to alter the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in overseeing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. The measure requires the EPA to get states’ approval to add sites to a priority list within its Superfund cleanup program and would allow states to add potential cleanup sites to the list. It also would allow the EPA to review and revise waste disposal regulations and would eliminate the federal government’s claims to sovereign immunity from state enforcement actions over Superfund cleanups of sites on federal property.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Dec 2013 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Jeh Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security – Vote Confirmed (78-16, 6 Not Voting)

Jeh Johnson, a former Defense Department lawyer, was confirmed as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 – Vote Agreed to (64-36)

The Senate gave final approval to this two-year budget deal that increases discretionary spending caps to $1.012 trillion in 2014 and $1.014 trillion in 2015. The 2011 sequester level was $967 billion.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 – Vote Agreed to (84-15, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared the 2014 fiscal year defense policy bill for the president’s signature. The bill authorizes $625.1 billion in discretionary spending, which is $3.1 billion less than last year.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted YES
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES

John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue – Vote Confirmed (59-36, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed John Koskinen to be head of the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has been led by acting commissioners since November 2012 and is under increased scrutiny as the agency takes on new responsibilities under the 2010 health care law. Koskinen’s term runs through November 12, 2017.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted NO
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted Not Voting

Dec 16, 2013

Recent Senate Votes
Millett Nomination – confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-38, 6 Not Voting)

In the first vote on President Barack Obama’s nominees to the federal judiciary since the chamber changed its filibuster rules, the Senate confirmed Patricia Ann Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on December 10. Her confirmation required a simple majority under the new cloture rules adopted on November 21, which apply to all nominees except for those to the Supreme Court. Millett’s nomination received two votes from the Republican caucus – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – while five Republicans did not cast a vote. Her confirmation was the first of 11 votes mustered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. during the week of Dec. 9.

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

Recent House Votes
Budget Agreement – passage – Vote Passed (332-94)

Before leaving for the rest of the year, the House passed legislation based on talks between House and Senate conferees that establishes a budget for fiscal 2014 and increases discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015 that would be offset by increases in passenger air travel fees and federal employee pension contributions and a two-year extension of sequester cuts to Medicare. The agreement raises the spending cap for this year to $1.012 trillion from the sequester level of $967 billion established in 2011. The bill modifies oil and gas programs to reduce spending by $4.5 billion over a decade and federal student loan debt collection that would save $5 billion. The compromise passed the House comfortably with 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats in support. The Senate is expected to vote on it this week.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Defense authorization – passage – Vote Passed (350-69, 13 Not Voting)

In one of its final acts of the year, the House passed the defense bill (HR 3304) by a vote of 350-69, authorizing $625.1 billion, which would account for more than half of the federal government’s discretionary spending in fiscal 2014. Including mandatory spending, the defense bill authorizes $632.8 billion. To save time in the waning days of the session, the defense authorization agreement was simply loaded onto a small House bill the Senate already had passed. The authorization bill’s is roughly $3.1 billion less than the fiscal 2013 enacted level. Of that, it would authorize $526.8 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget, $80.7 billion for overseas contingency operations — mainly the war in Afghanistan — and $17.6 billion for national security programs within the Energy Department. In addition, the measure would make several statutory changes aimed at reducing sexual assaults in the military. It also would continue the existing ban on transferring detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to the United States.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted Not Voting

Nov 2013 Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Executive and Judicial Nominations – Cloture – Vote Sustained (52-48)

Senate Democrats succeeded Thursday in deploying the “nuclear option” to make the most fundamental change to floor operations in almost four decades, ending the minority’s ability to kill most presidential nominations by filibuster. The Senate voted, 52-48, to change the rules by rejecting the opinion of the presiding officer that a supermajority is required to limit debate, or invoke cloture, on executive branch nominees and those for seats on federal courts short of the Supreme Court. Three Democrats — Carl Levin of Michigan, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas — voted to keep the rules unchanged. The nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to the District of Columbia circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals was the direct cause of this rule change. Senate Republicans, however, had blocked the nominations of two other D.C. Circuit Court judges in recent weeks as well, setting up the parliamentary showdown.

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

Recent House Votes
Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting – Passage – Vote Passed (252-165, 14 Not Voting)

In the last vote of the week, the House passed legislation on Thursday to ensure the timely consideration of all licenses and permits required for construction or operation of any natural gas pipeline projects. The bill, sponsored by Republican Mike Pompeo of Kansas, requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny certificates within one year of receiving a complete permitting application. If other federal agencies, like the EPA, have to approve part of the project, then they would have 90 days to make a decision after the FERC ruling. In a mostly party-line vote, 26 Democrats joined all voting Republicans in support of the bill, and Democrats contributed all 165 dissenting votes.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 18, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Nomination of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to US Court of Appeals – Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-41, 1 Present, 2 Not Voting)

President Barack Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, legal scholar Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture for a final vote. Pillard is currently a professor at Georgetown University and has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past. Only two Senate Republicans – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – voted with Democrats in favor of the Pillard nomination. Republicans have blocked nominations to the Court three times this year, Caitlin J. Halligan in March, Patricia Millett in October and Pillard. Republicans are continuing to argue that the circuit’s workload does not warrant filling any of the three vacant seats. After the vote, Senate Democrats revisited the idea of changing Senate rules to forbid filibusters of executive nominations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised to bring the nomination of another potential member of the court, Robert L. Wilkins, to the floor shortly.

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

Recent House Votes

Health Care Reform Implementation Delay – Passage – Vote Passed (261-157, 12 Not Voting)

Amidst the Obama Administration’s struggles to launch the new online federal insurance exchange, 39 Democrats crossed party lines Friday to pass a bill that would allow Americans to keep their current medical plans through 2014. The measure would effectively delay key coverage requirements imposed on health care plans by 2010 reform measures. The bill allows insurers to continue to sell plans to individual consumers that went into effect at the beginning of this calendar year through 2014 outside of the health care exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2014, the law mandates that individuals buy government-approved coverage plans that meet a more rigorous standard of quality than many insurers currently offer. The legislation, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., was a response to the cancellation of a raft of health plans not in compliance with the law’s requirement that policies offer a comprehensive set of benefits. The cancellations prompted an outcry and raised questions about repeated assurances, from Obama and other Democrats, that Americans who liked their health insurance plans would be able to keep them under the new law. The Senate isn’t expected to take up the measure, and the White House on Nov. 14 threatened a veto if it got that far. Democratic Senators, however, are sponsoring similar measures that would allow consumers to retain their current coverage.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Nov 5, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to US Court of Appeals – Cloture – Vote Rejected (55-38, 3 Present, 4 Not Voting)

President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Virginia attorney Patricia Ann Millett, failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture for a final vote. The Thursday vote rekindled the argument over changes to Senate filibuster rules. Only one Republican – Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski – voted with chamber Democrats and independents to allow Millett’s nomination to proceed, while three Republicans voted “present.” Millett would fill one of three vacant seats on the circuit bench, which decides most challenges to federal administrative rules and is considered a launching pad to the Supreme Court. Republicans agreed Millett, who has argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court, is qualified for the position but argued that the circuit’s workload does not warrant filling its vacancies. After the vote, Senate Democrats revisited the idea of changing Senate rules to forbid filibusters of executive nominations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised to bring the nominations of Millett and several other judges back to the floor soon.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted Present
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted Present

Recent House Votes

Veterans Disability Claims Backlog – Passage – Vote Passed (404-1, 25 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill on Monday with nearly unanimous support that would establish a panel to study the Veterans Affairs Department’s backlog of disability claims. It would be tasked with finding ways to shorten the appeals process for claims and also prioritize claims for particular groups like those who are elderly or terminally ill. The Veterans Affairs committee in the Senate has received the bill.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Swaps Regulations – Passage – Vote Passed (292-122, 16 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the House approved a bill that would repeal new restrictions imposed by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law on derivatives trading by banks. The Dodd-Frank law encourages banks to “push out” their swaps desk to affiliates by restricting their access to deposit insurance and discount credit. Republicans argue that the regulation increases costs for companies and derivatives users; Most Democrats counter that a removal of the regulation would allow banks to partake in the risky trading that led to the 2008 financial crisis. 70 Democrats and nearly all Republicans voted in favor of the bill. The House also passed a bill last week to delay regulations that would require broker-dealers advising retirement accounts to have a fiduciary duty to put the interests of their clients ahead of their own. The Senate is unlikely to consider either of these bills, and the White House does not support the current versions of either bill.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Water Resources Bill – Vote Passed (417-3, 10 Not Voting)

With the Senate out all week, the House held its final vote on Wednesday. The House approved with overwhelmingly bipartisan support the bill that would authorize Army Corps of Engineers water resource projects, including flood control and improvements to inland locks and dams. The Senate already passed its version of the bill (S. 601) in the middle of May. The measure would be the first enacted water resources bill since 2007 if soon-to-be-named Senate and House conferees can negotiate a unified bill.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES