Jan 2015 US Congressional Votes

Jan 26

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change – Vote Rejected (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a Schatz, D-Hawaii, amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and that human activity significantly contributes to it. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the amendment to 60 votes.

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

Keystone XL Pipeline – Climate Change – Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to table (kill) a Sanders, I-Vt., amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and caused by human activities. It also would urge the U.S. to overhaul its energy system away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy.

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

Keystone XL Pipeline – Energy Efficiency Standards – Vote Agreed to (94-5, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted a Portman, R-Ohio, amendment to a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline. The amendment would would direct the General Services Administration to establish best practices regarding energy-efficiency in commercial real estate buildings, including those that house federal agencies. It would require the GSA to incorporate energy-efficiency standards into its building leasing program for federal agencies.

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

Recent House Votes

Gas Pipeline Permit Deadlines – Passage – Vote Passed (253-169, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny a natural gas pipeline project within one year after receiving a completed application. Federal agencies responsible for issuing permits would have to issue a ruling within 90 days of when FERC issues its final environmental statement for the project.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Federal Abortion Funding Ban – Passage – Vote Passed (242-179, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities or staff to provide abortion coverage and services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the woman. It also would prohibit individuals and small business from receiving federal subsidies and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health care overhaul to purchase plans that cover abortions.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Jan 19

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (63-32, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline.

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

Recent House Votes

Rulemaking Process Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (250-175, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify the federal rulemaking process by requiring agencies to estimate the cost of proposed regulations and consider new criteria, including potential costs and benefits of alternatives. The bill would create additional steps that agencies must follow when proposing major rules with annual costs of more than $100 million, or high-impact rules with annual costs of more than $1 billion, including an advanced-notice comment period to determine whether the rule-making process should proceed.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (236-191, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. As amended the bill would bar the use of funds to implement the administration’s immigration policies or to grant any federal benefit to any illegal immigrant as a result of those policies.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Financial Regulatory Revisions – Passage – Vote Passed (271-154, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify numerous requirements under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul. It would delay until July 2019 a requirement under the Volcker rule that banks sell off collateralized loan obligations, the complex securitization vehicles that are backed predominantly by commercial loans and exempt non-financial companies from margin requirements under the law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Jan 12

Recent Senate Votes

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (93-4, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would extend the Terrorism Insurance Act for six years, through 2020, and raise the threshold of insured losses at which federal assistance kicks in, reducing the share of losses that federal assistance will cover and increasing the amounts that the government recoups from the insurance industry. It also would clarify that certain entities, or so-called “end users”, who trade in derivatives are not subject to margin requirements for those derivatives.

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

Recent House Votes

Healthcare Employer Mandate – Passage – Vote Passed (252-172, 5 Not Voting)

This bill would modify who is covered as a full-time employee under the employer mandate in the 2010 health care law by replacing the 30 hour-a-week threshold with 40 hours per week. It also would change how companies calculate how many of their employees can be counted under the employer mandates’ 50-employee threshold.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Passed (266-153, 1 Present, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. It also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Dec 2014 US Congressional Votes

The 113th Congress has come to a close. The 114th Congress will convene on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Dec 22,2014
Recent Senate Votes

Confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be Surgeon General – Vote Confirmed (51-43, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General.

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

Dec 15
Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations – Motion to Concur – Vote Agreed to (56-40, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide about $1 trillion in discretionary appropriations in fiscal 2015 for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2015 spending bills, thus clearing the measure for the President’s signature.

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

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (219-206, 10 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with a House amendment that would provide about $1 trillion in discretionary appropriations in fiscal 2015 for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2015 spending bills.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Dec 8

Recent House Votes

Executive Action on Immigration – Passage – Vote Passed (219-197, 3 Present, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the executive branch from exempting or deferring from deportation any immigrants considered to be unlawfully present in the United States. It also would prohibit the administration from treating those immigrants as if they were lawfully present or had lawful immigration status.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization – Motion to Concur – Vote Passed (300-119, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment with a House amendment and pass the bill that would authorize $495.9 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget, $17.5 billion for national security programs within the Energy Department and $63.7 billion to support Overseas Contingency Operations including $5.1 billion to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Nov 2014 US Congressional Votes

Nov 24, 2014

Recent Senate Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Failed (59-41)

The Senate rejected a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for passage of the bill to 60 votes.

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

Surveillance Authorities – Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-42)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to a bill that would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata by intelligence agencies. It would allow intelligence agencies to query data held by telephone companies if the government can demonstrate the search is needed to fight terrorism.

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

Recent House Votes

EPA Research Standards – Passage – Vote Passed (237-190, 7 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other regulatory impact analysis or guidance unless all scientific and technical information used to support the research results is made publicly available and can be independently analyzed and reproduced. It also would clarify that environmental research law does not require the disclosure of information that is prohibited by law.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Nov 17

Recent Senate Votes

Child Care and Development Block Grant – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (96-1, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to invoke cloture on a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would reauthorize, through fiscal 2019, the Child Care and Development Block Grant program and institute new educational, health and safety standards on child care providers that receive funds.

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

Recent House Votes

Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage – Vote Passed (252-161, 1 Present, 20 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. It also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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