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HOW THEY VOTED

This feature will appear in Koos News on a regular basis whenever votes take place in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. This is in keeping with our policy of holding our elected officials accountable for what they do rather than what they say.


Posted 7-10-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Svinicki Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (88-9, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kristine L. Svinicki to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitation
Vote Passed (218-210, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would limit to $250,000 the non-economic damages that can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit in which the plaintiff's health care was paid for in whole or in part via a federal program, subsidy or tax benefit, and would establish a statute of limitations for initiating such lawsuits of either three years following the plaintiff's injury, or one year after the plaintiff discovers such injury, whichever occurs first.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Immigration Law Enforcement Compliance
Vote Passed (228-195, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure that would prohibit federal, state and local governments from restricting any federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with immigration laws or from assisting federal law enforcement entities or officials in their enforcement of such laws.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Sentencing Guidelines
Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would establish specific possible fines and prison sentences for undocumented immigrants convicted of certain criminal offenses and who illegally return to the United States despite having been previously deported or otherwise excluded from the country.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 7-2-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Long Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (95-4, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Mandelker Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (96-4)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial crimes.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Billingslea Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (65-35)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Federal Lands Vegetation Management Protocol
Vote Passed (300-118, 13 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would allow utilities to submit long-term plans to the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for advance approval of vegetation management and other maintenance activities on electricity right-of-ways on federal lands.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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*Surface Water Storage Permitting
Vote Passed (233-180, 18 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would establish the Bureau of Reclamation in the Interior Department as the lead agency for the coordination of all reviews, analyses, opinions, statements, permits, licenses or other approvals or decisions required by federal law in order to construct new or expanded surface water storage projects on federal lands.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*State Coordinated Temporary Employment Subsidies
Vote Passed (377-34, 20 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize state demonstration projects within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to temporarily subsidize employment for program beneficiaries with willing employers and would require $100 million in existing TANF funding must be used for grants to states to implement such programs.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 6-25-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Rapuano Nomination – Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (95-1, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano to be assistant secretary of Defense

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Saudi Arms Sale Disapproval – Motion to Discharge
Vote Rejected (47-53)

Paul, R-Ky., motion to discharge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from further consideration of a joint resolution that would prohibit the proposed sale of laser-guided weapons systems, fighter aircraft, warhead fuze systems, and other weaponry and defense services to Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Iranian and Russian Sanctions
Vote Passed (98-2)

Passage of the bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activities contributing to an Iranian ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction program, who is involved in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who is responsible for human rights violations, or who contributes to the arming of Iran.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Health Insurance Tax Credit Verification
Vote Passed (238-184, 8 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would prohibit the advance payment of health insurance premium tax credits to individuals that apply for the credits unless the Treasury Department receives confirmation from the Health and Human Services Department that such an individual's status as a citizens or lawfully present alien has been verified. If the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) is enacted, the bill (HR 2581) would make verification of an individual's status mandatory in order to receive advance payment of the new health insurance premium tax credit created by the American Health Care Act.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*Veterans Affairs Department Accountability
Vote Passed (368-55, 7 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would expand the VA's ability to fire, demote and suspend employees for misconduct or poor performance. The bill would authorize the VA to recoup any bonus or relocation expense paid to a VA employee if it deems it appropriate. It would require that the employee be given advance notice and would allow the employee the right to appeal the disciplinary action through procedures set by collective bargaining.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*Health Care Tax Credit Expansion
Vote Passed (267-144, 19 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would modify the definition of a "qualified health plan" to allow, beginning in 2020, for new tax credits proposed by the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) to be used by individuals or families to pay for continued group health coverage under the 1985 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), provided that the AHCA is enacted into law.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 6-18-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Elwood Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (67-33)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Iran Sanctions - Cloture
Vote Agreed to (91-8, 1 Not Voting)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming of Iran. The bill would also require the departments of Defense and Treasury and the National Intelligence Agency to develop a strategy for deterring Iran from activities or threats against the United States and its allies every two years.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver
Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this bill
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*Financial Regulation Restructuring
Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this bill


Posted 6-4-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Branstad Nomination
Vote Confirmed (82-13, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Terry Branstad to be U.S. ambassador to China.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Sullivan Nomination
Vote Confirmed (94-6)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Thapar Nomination
Vote Confirmed (52-44, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Pesticides Regulations
Vote Passed (256-165, 9 Not Voting)

The bill would generally prohibit EPA and states from requiring that entities applying pesticides near navigable waters must first obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act, if the application is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Prosecution of Child Pornography
Vote Passed (368-51, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct, regardless of whether the conduct was initiated for the purposes of producing such content.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*Child Abuse Reporting
Vote Passed (415-3, 12 Not Voting)

The bill would require adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to the sport's governing body, and it would allow victims of abuse to seek damages in court.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 5-29-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Wilson Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (76-22, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Heather Wilson to be secretary of the Air Force.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Gottlieb Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Methane Release Limitation Disapproval
Vote Failed (49-51)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify a Bureau of Land Management rule that requires oil and gas operators on public lands to take measures that decrease waste of natural gas.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Lighthizer Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (82-14, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Rosen Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be deputy secretary of Transportation.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Brand Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion
Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Probation Officer Arrest Authority
Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 5-14-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Perdue Nomination
Vote Confirmed (87-11, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Acosta Nomination
Vote Confirmed (60-38, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta to be secretary of Labor.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*State Retirement Plan Disapproval
Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

Passage of the joint resolution that would nullify and disapprove of a Labor Department rule that exempts certain state-administered retirement savings plans from select federal regulations governing pension plans if the state programs meet certain standards.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
Vote Agreed to (79-18, 3 Not Voting)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Register of Copyrights
Vote Passed (378-48, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require the U.S. Copyright Office's Register of Copyrights be recommended by a select panel, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. It would limit a Register of Copyrights' term to 10 years.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight
Vote Passed (425-0, 5 Not Voting)

The bill that would require that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac comply with the agency requirements of the Freedom of Information Act while they are under the conservatorship of the federal government.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations
Vote Passed (382-30, 18 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would extend continuing appropriations for federal government operations through May 5, 2017. It also would provide for an extension, through May 5, of health care benefits for retired coal miners.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
Vote Passed (309-118, 4 Not Voting)

Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill with an amendment that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*Health Care Overhaul
Vote Passed (217-213, 1 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 4-16-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court - Nuclear Option
Vote Not Sustained (48-52)

Judgment of the Senate to affirm the ruling of the chair regarding the McConnell, R-Ky., point of order that the precedent set on November 21, 2013 (that a simple majority is required to invoke cloture on nominations excluding the Supreme Court), applies to cloture votes on all nominations. The ruling of the chair did not stand and the point of order was sustained. This vote sets a precedent for future cloture votes on all judicial nominations which will only need a simple majority to pass.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)

Confirmation of President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado to be an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Employee Stock Sales
Vote Passed (331-87, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase from $5 million to $10 million the annual amount of securities that privately-held companies can sell for employee compensation without needing to disclose certain information to investors.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Self-Insured Health Plans
Vote Passed (400-16, 13 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would establish that "stop-loss" insurance, coverage that protects businesses from certain large financial risks associated with providing insurance, would not be considered health care insurance under federal law.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 3-26-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule
Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence
Vote Confirmed (85-12, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be Lieutenant General
Vote Confirmed (86-10, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO
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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*VA Personnel Accountability
Vote Passed (237-178, 14 Not Voting)

The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns
Vote Passed (240-175, 14 Not Voting)

The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition - requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*VA Medical Professional Staffing
Vote Passed (412-0, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 3-19-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior
Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy
Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Disapprove Labor Law Rule
Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove, under the Congressional Review Act, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state's accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state's statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Review Federal Regulations for Repeal
Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)

The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy -- including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory "cut-go" system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*OMB Regulatory Oversight
Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule
Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications
Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations
Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Class Action Litigation
Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would prohibit federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it would require quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Civil Litigation Jurisdiction
Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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*Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits
Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party's attorneys' fees and other costs.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 2-26-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury
Vote Confirmed (53-47)

The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Vote Confirmed (100-0)

The Senate confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Vote Confirmed (81-19)

The Senate confirmed Linda McMahon to be the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
Vote Passed (57-43)

The Senate passed legislation which would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Vote Confirmed (51-49)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act
Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
Vote Passed (234-191, 6 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Dec. 20, 2016, that exempts local government-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities from certain restrictions and requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
Vote Passed (231-193, 7 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 30, 2016, that exempts state-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities that don't offer retirement plans from certain restrictions and requirements under ERISA.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule
Vote Passed (236-189, 6 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule
Vote Passed (225-193, 12 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Interior Department on Aug. 5, 2016, that prohibits certain predator control practices in national wildlife refuges in Alaska (such as the taking of mother bears and their cubs, the killing of wolves and their pups at den sites, and aerial shooting).

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule
Vote Passed (230-188, 12 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Dec. 19, 2016, that modifies eligibility requirements for Title X grants for family planning services to specify that states awarding funds cannot prohibit a health care provider from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 2-20-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Prohibit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak on Senate Floor When Debating Sen. Sessions Nomination to be U.S. Attorney General
Vote Sustained (49-43, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to sustain the ruling of the presiding officer (Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines) in which he prohibited Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of the debate concerning Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be U.S. attorney general. The presiding officer ruled that Sen. Warren violated Senate rule 19 prohibiting senators from "imputing" one another.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General
Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Present)

The Senate confirmed Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. attorney general.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

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*Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
Vote Passed (234-186, 12 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
Vote Passed (234-190, 8 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state's accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state's statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
Vote Passed (240-181, 11 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 2-12-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation
Vote Confirmed (93-6, 1 Present)

The Senate voted to confirm Elaine Chao to be secretary of Transportation.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State
Vote Confirmed (56-43, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule
Vote Passed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove the Interior Department's Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule
Vote Passed (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education
Vote Confirmed (51-50)

The Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos to be secretary of Education. The tie-breaking yes vote was cast by Vice President Mike Pence.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule
Vote Passed (235-187, 10 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule
Vote Passed (228-194, 10 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove the Interior Department's Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove Labor Law Rule
Vote Passed (236-187, 9 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
Vote Passed (235-180, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain individuals who use others to manage their finances to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Disapprove BLM Methane Rule
Vote Passed (221-191, 20 Not Voting)

The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued last November that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 2/5/17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*GAO Access and Oversight Act
Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The bill would grant the Government Accountability Office access to the National Directory of New Hires. The directory contains information from states about new employees.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense
Vote Confirmed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of Defense.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security
Vote Confirmed (88-11, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Vote Confirmed (66-32, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations
Vote Confirmed (96-4)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley to be the representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of ambassador, and the representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Abortion Funding
Vote Passed (238-183, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It also would not allow federal medical facilities and health professionals from providing abortion services, and prohibit individuals and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health overhaul law to purchase health care plans that cover abortions.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 1-22-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Klobuchar Amendment Concerning Drug Importation
Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)

The amendment would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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*Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution
Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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*Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver
Vote Passed (81-17, 2 Not Voting)

The bill would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Private Market Investors
Vote Passed (344-73, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would expand the circumstances under which events where businesses offer unregistered securities in the private market would not be considered "general solicitations" that otherwise require the issuer to verify that the individuals attending the events are accredited investors.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*Regulatory Accountability
Vote Passed (238-183, 13 Not Voting)

The bill would modify the federal rule-making process with a focus on reducing the possible economic costs of federal regulations, allowing more legal challenges to rules and increasing transparency. Among its provisions, it would require agencies to estimate the cost of proposed regulations and consider lower-cost alternatives, creating additional steps that agencies must follow when proposing "major" or "high impact" rules, including an opportunity for the public to challenge agency justifications and findings. It also automatically would postpone the implementation of new federal rules costing $1 billion or more until all legal challenges are resolved, and it effectively would overturn two Supreme Court decisions that require courts to give substantial deference to an agency's interpretation of a rule or underlying law.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*SEC Cost-Benefit Analyses
Vote Passed (243-184, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct cost-benefit analyses of new regulatory proposals and existing rules, and to modify or rescind those found to have a negative impact.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*CFTC Reauthorization
Vote Passed (239-182, 13 Not Voting)

The bill would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through fiscal 2021 and amend the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. Among its provisions, it would ease certain regulatory requirements to ensure that some "end users" of derivatives are not regulated as swaps dealers, require the CFTC to conduct cost-benefit analyses of its proposed rules and allow for the development of rules regarding the interaction of U.S. swaps rules to international requirements.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution
Vote Passed (227-198, 10 Not Voting)

The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver
Vote Passed (268-151, 1 Present, 14 Not Voting)

The bill that would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 1-16-17

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Motion to Proceed
Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the measure allowing for Senate debate on the concurrent resolution itself. The legislation would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

*Objecting to the United Nations Security Council Resolution Vote 2334 Concerning Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Vote Passed (342-80, 4 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The House agreed to this resolution which would express the sense of the House that the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which criticized Israel for its continued expansion of settlements in occupied territories, and which the United States abstained from vetoing in the Security Council, undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and veto U.N. Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to Israeli-Palestinian final status issues, or that are one-sided and anti-Israel.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Executive Regulations
Vote Passed (237-187, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify the federal rule-making process by preventing "major rules", those generally having an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, from being implemented unless Congress enacts legislation approving them.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Midnight Rules
Vote Passed (238-184, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would permit a new Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to disapprove, en bloc, multiple regulations issued by a president in his final year in office, rather than just a single regulation at a time for rules issued during the final 60 session days of the previous Congress.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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