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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 6-19-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. Ron Wyden voted Not Voting
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*Puerto Rico Aid – Passage
Vote Passed (297-127, 11 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage
Vote Passed (233-175, 26 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 6-5-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


Posted 5-29-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 5-22-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment

Vote Rejected (50-42, 8 Not Voting)

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

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO

Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

*Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment

Vote Agreed to (97-2, 1 Not Voting)

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

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES

Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

*Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage

Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

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

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES

Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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

*Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force – Passage

Vote Passed (412-4, 17 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction – Passage

Vote Passed (413-5, 15 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Efforts – House Amendment to the Senate-Passed Bill

Vote Passed (400-5, 28 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


Posted 5-8-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this issue


posted 5-1-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 4-24-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization ? Cloture on Substitute Amendment

Vote Agreed to (94-4, 2 Not Voting)

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

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES

Sen. Jeff Merkley voted YES

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

*Financial Stability Oversight Council Overhaul ? Passage

Vote Passed (239-179, 15 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*More Banks Operating Under the Federal Reserve?s Small Bank Holding Company Policy ? Passage

Vote Passed (247-171, 15 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Broadband Internet Access Regulation ? Passage

Vote Passed (241-173, 19 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 4-17-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


posted 3-27-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 3-13-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 2-21-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

The measure, as amended, expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks.

It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

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

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

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements.

It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations.

The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

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

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements.

It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations.

The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

The final version of the legislation expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks.

It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North KoreaÂ's nuclear and missile development.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 2-14-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 2-7-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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


posted 1-31-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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


posted 1-24-16

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Disapprove "Waters of the United States" Rule - Passage
Vote Passed (253-166, 14 Not Voting)

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 1-17-16

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 12-27-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

The chamber adopted an amendment that funds government operations through September 30, 2016, at about $1.149 trillion in discretionary spending. It also ends the U.S. ban on crude oil exports; reauthorizes the 9/11 first-responder health care and victim compensation programs; reauthorizes U.S. intelligence programs and provides for a voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing process between the government and the private sector; requires individuals who have been in certain nations, such as Syria and Iraq, to get regular visas that involve in-person interviews with U.S. officials in order to enter the United States.

It also includes several other tax provisions, including delaying for two years the health care law's tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans and phaseouts of wind and solar energy tax credits.

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

The chamber adopted an amendment that funds government operations through September 30, 2016, at about $1.149 trillion in discretionary spending, with $1.067 trillion subject to discretionary spending caps, $73.7 billion designated as Overseas Contingency Operations funds, $7.1 billion designated as disaster spending, $698 million designated as emergency spending and $1.5 billion designated as program integrity initiatives.

It also ends the U.S. ban on crude oil exports; reauthorizes the 9/11 first-responder health care and victim compensation programs; reauthorizes U.S. intelligence programs and provides for a voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing process between the government and the private sector; requires individuals who have been in certain nations, such as Syria and Iraq, to get regular visas that involve in-person interviews with U.S. officials in order to enter the United States; and reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

It also includes several other tax provisions, including delaying for two years the health care law's tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans and phaseouts of wind and solar energy tax credits.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 12-20-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted Not Voting


posted 12-13-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 11-29-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval - Passage
Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

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

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

*EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval - Passage
Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

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

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

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

*Bank Mortgage Liability - Passage
Vote Passed (255-174, 4 Not Voting)

The bill creates a safe harbor from lawsuits for banks that originate non-qualified mortgages that do not comply with ability-to-repay requirements, as long as the bank retains the mortgage in its own portfolio.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted - Not Voting

*Auto Loans - Passage
Vote Passed (332-96, 5 Not Voting)

The bill nullifies 2013 guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding fair lending practices for indirect auto lenders, after the CFPB determined that car loans provided through auto dealers were artificially high and discriminatory.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted - Not Voting

*Federal Reserve Overhaul - Passage
Vote Passed (241-185, 7 Not Voting)

The bill modifies Federal Reserve operations and oversight in an effort to make it more accountable, including by requiring the Fed to develop detailed strategies with set goals for conducting monetary policy that would be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and requiring the Fed chairman to testify before Congress if GAO determines that the strategy no longer complies with bill requirements. It also provides for GAO audits of all Fed activities, including its deliberations over monetary policy. The legislation requires Fed to conduct cost-benefit analyses of all proposed rules and limits the Fed's emergency lending powers.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted - Not Voting

*Syrian and Iraqi Refugees - Passage
Vote Passed (289-137, 8 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits refugees from Syria or Iraq from being admitted into the United States unless the individual has had a comprehensive background check and the government, including the FBI and national intelligence director, certifies to Congress that he or she does not pose a threat.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted - Not Voting


posted 11-22-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Revised Defense Authorization - Passage
Vote Agreed to (91-3, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation that authorizes $599 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016, $5 billion less than both the president's overall request and the original conference agreement. It provides $33 billion of the original $38 billion in added funds for defense, including $8 billion through the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The measure authorizes $715 million for Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State, $406 million to train and equip Syrian opposition forces and $300 million for lethal weapons for Ukraine. It modifies the military retirement system, blocks the Pentagon from retiring the A-10 Warthog aircraft and authorizes $11 billion for the F-35 Fighter.

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

*Military-Construction-VA Appropriations - Passage
Vote Passed (93-0, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate passed an amended version of the bill that funds veterans' health programs and military bases. The measure, which contains nearly $80 billion in discretionary funding, also includes language that prohibits transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. homeland and a ban on another round of base closures.

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

*Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Cloture
Vote Agreed to (82-7, 11 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to create a conference committee with the House concerning legislation that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for six years.

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


posted 11-15-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*"Waters of the United States" Definition - Passage
Vote Failed (57-41, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would require the Obama administration to revisit its rule updating federal regulation of streams and wetlands.

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

*"Waters of the United States" Rule Disapproval - Passage
Vote Passed (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA relating to the definition of "waters of the United States" and what bodies of water are subject to federal regulation.

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

*Military-Construction-VA Appropriations – Motion to Proceed
Vote Agreed to (93-0, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that funds veterans' health programs and military bases. The measure, which contains nearly $80 billion in discretionary funding, also includes language that prohibits transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. homeland and a ban on another round of base closures.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted Not Voting

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

*Revised Defense Authorization - Passage
Vote Passed (370-58, 5 Not Voting)

The House agreed to legislation that authorizes $599 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016, $5 billion less than both the president's overall request and the original conference agreement. It provides $33 billion of the original $38 billion in added funds for defense, including $8 billion through the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The measure authorizes $715 million for Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State, $406 million to train and equip Syrian opposition forces and $300 million for lethal weapons for Ukraine. It modifies the military retirement system, blocks the Pentagon from retiring the A-10 Warthog aircraft and authorizes $11 billion for the F-35 Fighter.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted Not Voting

*Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Passage
Vote Passed (363-64, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for six years, with policy provisions including those that would replace the Surface Transportation Program with a block grant program, create a new grant program for nationally significant freight and highway projects, and make a number of changes to the environmental review process. It also would liquidate the Federal Reserve's surplus funds and redirect that money to the General Fund. Future money that would have been deposited in the funds would also be deposited in the General Fund. The more than $325 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization package also contains Senate amendments that offset to cover Highway Trust Fund shortfalls for three years and a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Efforts to fully fund all six years of the reauthorization are expected to be made in conference with the Senate.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted Not Voting


posted 11-8-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Cybersecurity Information Sharing - Passage
Vote Passed (74-21, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and it would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.

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

*Budget Agreement and Debt Limit - Passage
Vote Agreed to (64-35, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared legislation which suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, and it partially rolls back the sequester of discretionary spending scheduled for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 to increase caps for those two years by a total of $80 billion, split equally between defense and non-defense. It requires additional funding through the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account for both years, as well. It also prevents a sharp increase in Medicare Part B premiums for certain beneficiaries in 2016 and keeps the Social Security disability insurance trust fund solvent until 2022. It includes $79.9 billion in mandatory spending cuts and revenue increases to offset the bill's costs, and would reduce the deficit by $497 million according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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

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

*Retail Investor Protection - Passage
Vote Passed (245-186, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that prohibits the Labor Department from implementing a final rule on fiduciary standards for retirement investment advisers until after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) conducts a study and issues a final rule setting standards of conduct for broker-dealers.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Export-Import Bank Reauthorization-- Passage
Vote Passed (313-118, 3 Not Voting)

The chamber moved a measure that reauthorizes the official export credit agency of the United States for four years; sets new, lower, lending caps; aims to increase accountability and transparency at the bank; and directs the president to initiate negotiations to reduce and eventually eliminate government export subsidies worldwide.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Budget Agreement and Debt Limit - Passage
Vote Passed (266-167, 2 Not Voting)

The House agreed to legislation which suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, and it partially rolls back the sequester of discretionary spending scheduled for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 to increase caps for those two years by a total of $80 billion, split equally between defense and non-defense. It requires additional funding through the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account for both years, as well. It also prevents a sharp increase in Medicare Part B premiums for certain beneficiaries in 2016 and keeps the Social Security disability insurance trust fund solvent until 2022. It includes $79.9 billion in mandatory spending cuts and revenue increases to offset the bill's costs, and would reduce the deficit by $497 million according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 11-1-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*"Sanctuary Cities" - Cloture
Vote Failed (54-45, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would withhold federal funds from cities and jurisdictions that do not comply with certain federal immigration laws. The measure would also set sentencing requirements for individuals who repeatedly re-enter the United States illegally after deportation.

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

*Cybersecurity Information Sharing - Cloture
Vote Agreed to (83-14, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Burr, R-N.C., substitute amendment to the bill that would direct the federal government to develop procedures to facilitate information sharing, and would authorize the voluntary sharing and receipt of a cybersecurity threat and operation of defensive measures by private entities.

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

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

*Debt Prevention - Passage
Vote Passed (235-194, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that allows the Treasury Department, once the statutory debt limit is reached, to continue borrowing above that limit in order to pay the principal and interest on both government debt held by the public as it comes due and on obligations held by the Social Security trust fund.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program Reauthorization - Passage
Vote Passed (240-191, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that reauthorizes the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program for five years, through fiscal 2021. It is a federally funded program under which eligible students in Washington, D.C., can receive vouchers to attend private schools and is the nation's only federally funded private school voucher program.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production - Passage
Vote Passed (254-177, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that reclassifies certain mining operations as "infrastructure projects" in order to allow the permitting for mining on federal lands to be conducted under a streamlined permitting process created for infrastructure projects by a 2012 presidential order.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Health Care Reconciliation - Passage
Vote Passed (240-189, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that repeals key elements of the 2010 health care overhaul law including the individual and employer mandates and the medical device and "Cadillac" taxes, and it blocks for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 10-25-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Adoption
Vote Agreed to (70-27, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany the bill that would reauthorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

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

*Fiscal 2016 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations - Cloture
Vote Rejected (49-47, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $35.4 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2016 for the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation and several regional authorities.

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

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

*Establishing a Select Investigative Panel Under the House Energy and Commerce Committee - Adoption
Vote Passed (242-184, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted a resolution which created the Select Investigative Panel on Abortion and Fetal Tissue Donation under the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This select panel will be allowed to investigate and report on all issues related to medical procedures and practices involving fetal tissue donation and procurement, federal funding and support for abortion providers, and late-term abortions.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Homebuyers Assistance Act - Passage
Vote Passed (303-121, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which effectively delays until Feb. 1, 2016, implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's integrated rules regarding lender disclosures to consumers applying for home mortgage loans, prohibiting enforcement of the rules and lawsuits against lenders until then as long as the lender makes a good-faith effort to comply with the rules.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Native American Energy Act - Passage
Vote Passed (254-173, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that provides for the expedited review and consideration of energy projects on Native American lands, and it limits participation in required environmental reviews of such projects and requires that judicial reviews of all energy projects involving Indian tribes be considered by the D.C. District and Circuit courts.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Repeal Oil Export Ban - Passage
Vote Passed (261-159, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that allows the export of crude oil produced in the United States by removing the export ban imposed by the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act (PL 94-163), and it prohibits U.S. officials from imposing or enforcing restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports.

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this bill.


posted 10-18-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Adoption
Vote Agreed to (70-27, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany the bill that would reauthorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

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

*Fiscal 2016 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations - Cloture
Vote Rejected (49-47, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $35.4 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2016 for the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation and several regional authorities.

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

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

*Establishing a Select Investigative Panel Under the House Energy and Commerce Committee - Adoption
Vote Passed (242-184, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted a resolution which created the Select Investigative Panel on Abortion and Fetal Tissue Donation under the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This select panel will be allowed to investigate and report on all issues related to medical procedures and practices involving fetal tissue donation and procurement, federal funding and support for abortion providers, and late-term abortions.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Homebuyers Assistance Act - Passage
Vote Passed (303-121, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which effectively delays until Feb. 1, 2016, implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's integrated rules regarding lender disclosures to consumers applying for home mortgage loans, prohibiting enforcement of the rules and lawsuits against lenders until then as long as the lender makes a good-faith effort to comply with the rules.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Native American Energy Act - Passage
Vote Passed (254-173, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that provides for the expedited review and consideration of energy projects on Native American lands, and it limits participation in required environmental reviews of such projects and requires that judicial reviews of all energy projects involving Indian tribes be considered by the D.C. District and Circuit courts.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Repeal Oil Export Ban - Passage
Vote Passed (261-159, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that allows the export of crude oil produced in the United States by removing the export ban imposed by the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act (PL 94-163), and it prohibits U.S. officials from imposing or enforcing restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports.

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this bill.


posted 10-11-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Federal Government Funding - Passage
Vote Agreed to (78-20, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed the bill to provide funding for federal government operations until December 11. The measure does not include any provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood. It directs the Homeland Security Department Inspector General to review the data and methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to classify personnel as law enforcement officers, and requires TSA to reclassify any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified.

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

*Fiscal 2016 Military Construction-VA Appropriations – Cloture
Vote Rejected (50-44, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $77.6 billion for military construction and veterans' issues. The measure also would provide $8.1 billion overall for military construction projects and $163.8 billion for the Veterans' Affairs Department.

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

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

*Women's Health - Passage
Vote Passed (236-193, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation which allows states to exclude from a state's Medicaid contracts those medical providers who also perform abortions, thereby permitting states to deny non-abortion health care reimbursements to organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Specifically, it expands the exceptions for which a state is not required to provide reimbursement under its state Medicaid plans to medical assistance for services "by any individual or entity based on the individual's or entity's involvement in abortions."

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Federal Government Funding - Passage
Vote Passed (277-151, 6 Not Voting)

The House agreed to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to legislation, known as the "clean continuing resolution", which provides funding for federal government operations until December 11. The measure does not include any provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood. It directs the Homeland Security Department Inspector General to review the data and methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to classify personnel as law enforcement officers, and requires TSA to reclassify any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization -- Adoption
Vote Passed (270-156, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report to accompany the bill that authorizes $604.2 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016 and allows $38.3 billion of the $89.2 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funds to be used for additional base defense needs.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Victims of Iranian Terrorism - Passage
Vote Passed (251-173, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure that prohibits the President from waiving sanctions or refraining to applying sanctions pursuant to the Iran Nuclear Agreement until Iran pays the legal terrorism-related judgments it owes. Under the measure, the president must certify to Congress that the Iranian government has paid all of its outstanding judgments before sanctions against Iran could be lifted or assets released.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 10-4-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Twenty-Week Abortion Ban - Cloture
Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later, except in cases of rape, incest against a minor or when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger. Specifically, it would provide an exemption for pregnancies that are the result of rape against adult women if the woman obtained counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours before the abortion.

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

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture
Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the intended legislative vehicle for the bill that would provide nearly $576 billion in discretionary spending for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $86.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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

*Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations "Shell" - Cloture
Vote Rejected (47-52, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the Cochran, R-Miss., substitute amendment no. 2669 that would provide continuing appropriations for government operations through Dec. 11, 2015, at an annual rate of about $1.017 trillion. It also would prohibit for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood or its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform, or fund other entities that perform, abortions during that period. The substitute amendment would redirect $235 million to community health centers.

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

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

*Environmental Reviews - Passage
Vote Passed (233-170, 31 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would modify the environmental review process for federally-funded projects and for federal permits for private projects by setting deadlines on agency reviews, and by limiting the grounds for civil actions against an environmental review or permit approval. The lead agency - which would need to set a review schedule and oversee the preparation of a single environmental review document that would satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements - would have two years to complete the review, with the option to extend the review period by one year. When multiple agencies have jurisdiction over a project, the agencies would need to conduct their portions of the NEPA review concurrently, instead of sequentially.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 9-27-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Iran Nuclear Agreement Disapproval Resolution 'Shell' - Cloture
Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.

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

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

*Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions
Vote Passed (241-185, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would change federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that file frivolous civil lawsuits. The sanctions would need to include monetary payments to the other party to cover the other party's attorney fees and costs. The bill also would eliminate the so-called "safe harbor" clause by removing the ability of parties to withdraw or correct claims considered frivolous within 21 days of filing.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Planned Parenthood Funding Moratorium -- Passage
Vote Passed (241-187, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that, during that period, they will not perform abortions or provide funds to other entities that perform abortions. The prohibition would apply to all federal funds, including Medicaid. The bill would provide exceptions for abortions provided in the case of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Failed Abortions -- Passage
Vote Passed (248-177, 1 Present, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require health care practitioners to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion as they would give to any other infant born at the same gestational age. The bill also would require health care practitioners to ensure that these infants are immediately sent to a hospital.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 9-20-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Iran Nuclear Agreement Disapproval Resolution 'Shell' - Cloture
Vote Rejected (58-42)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.

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

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

*Iran Nuclear Agreement Approval – Passage
Vote Failed (162-269, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The House rejected a bill that would express Congress' approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Delay Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief -- Passage
Vote Passed (247-186)

The House passed a bill that would delay until Jan. 21, 2017, the authority of the president to waive, suspend, or reduce existing sanctions on Iran or on Iranian officials or individuals slated to be granted relief from sanctions under the Iran nuclear agreement.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 8-16-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Prohibit Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Vote Rejected (53-46, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to legislation that would prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of the organization's affiliates, subsidiaries, successors or clinics. The bill would state that it shall not be interpreted to reduce overall federal funding available for women's health or to affect abortion-related limitations in appropriations laws.

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


posted 8-9-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Surface Transportation Reauthorization – Passage
Vote Passed (65-34, 1 Not Voting)

That Senate passed a bill as amended, that would provide a six-year authorization of highway and transit programs, with a roughly $45 billion package of offsets, enough to cover three years of shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. The measure would authorize for the federal-aid highway program from the Highway Trust Fund $39.6 billion in fiscal 2016, with levels annually increasing to $45.7 billion in fiscal 2021.

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

*Three-Month Surface Transportation Extension and Veterans Health Care – Passage
Vote Passed (91-4, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would extend the authorization for federal-aid highway and transit programs through Oct. 29, 2015. Authority to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund would also be extended through that date. The bill would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and cover projected shortfalls so that construction projects could continue to be fully funded during that time (the amount transferred would cover projected trust fund shortfalls through the end of the year). The measure also would allow the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to use $3.4 billion from the Veterans Choice Fund to pay for care provided - from May 1 to Oct. 1, 2015 - to veteran patients by non-VA providers under VA Care in the Community programs.

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

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

*Congressional Approval of Major Rules
Vote Passed (243-165, 25 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would amend the Congressional Review Act to require Congress to approve all executive agency regulatory proposals categorized as "major rules" before their implementation and would also create an expedited consideration process for joint congressional resolutions of approval. The bill defines "major rules" as regulations with an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, and would not require congressional approval of regulations that are not categorized as "major rules" or of rule proposals issued by the Federal Reserve or the Federal Open Market Committee.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Veterans Affairs Accountability and Highway Transportation Funding – Passage
Vote Passed (385-34, 1 Present, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for three months, through October 2015, and would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover shortfalls during that time. The bill also would authorize the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to use $3.4 billion to pay for veteran care through non-VA providers and instruct the VA to consolidate all non-VA programs into a single program.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Veterans Affairs Accountability – Passage
Vote Passed (256-170, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would expand the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to remove or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct. The bill would also protect VA whistleblowers that report misconduct, modify the Senior Executive Service performance appraisal process, establish an 18-month probationary period for new VA employees, and place limits on administrative leave and bonuses within the VA.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 8-2-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Surface Transportation Reauthorization 'Shell' – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (67-26, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on amendment no. 2327 to the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment, as modified, that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The McConnell substitute amendment would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs, with enough offsets to cover three years of shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund.

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

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

*Coal Combustion Residuals – Passage
Vote Passed (258-166, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish minimum federal standards regarding the disposal and storage of coal combustion residuals (CCR) that would codify parts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule regarding coal ash, while superseding other elements of the rule. Additionally, the bill would permit states to create their own coal ash permit programs, but would provide for EPA oversight of the bill's standards in cases when a state lacks its own program or fails to meet the standards set in the bill.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Genetically Engineered Food – Passage
Vote Passed (275-150, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Agriculture Department to establish a voluntary national genetically engineered (GE) food certification program under which food producers could label their product as including or not including genetically modified ingredients. The program created under the bill would pre-empt related state and local laws and prohibits mandatory labeling of GE or non-GE food.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Sanctuary Cities – Passage
Vote Passed (241-179, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would withhold certain federal law enforcement grants to state and local governments that bar their officials from taking certain immigration-related actions, such as gathering or maintaining information on the immigration or citizenship status of individuals or sharing such information with federal immigration authorities. The withheld federal law enforcement grants include the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (which allows states to enter into a contractual arrangement with the federal government for compensation for the incarceration of undocumented criminal immigrants), the Community-Oriented Policing Services program (COPS, which helps support the hiring of police officers at the state and local level) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG, which supports a range of programs, including prosecutions and courts).

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 7-26-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*No Child Left Behind Overhaul - Passage
Vote Passed (81-17, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the law that authorizes federal spending on kindergarten through high school. It would let states decide how to judge schools' success and wouldn't require any type of teacher evaluation. It would require states to continue testing students annually, but would leave it up to states to decide what weight those scores have when rating schools.

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

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

*Veterans Loans - Passage
Vote Passed (410-1, 22 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would permanently waive the guarantee fee for veterans and their spouses applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) express loans, beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The bill defines eligibility for the waiver based on the veteran status of the loan applicant, rather than whether the business is considered a veteran-owned small business.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Transportation Funding and California Drought – Passage
Vote Passed (312-119, 2 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs through Dec. 18, 2015 and would transfer $8.1 billion in funding from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls over that time. The measure completely offsets the cost of the proposed funding transfer by extending for two years the current budgetary treatment of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fees as mandatory savings and through several tax compliance provisions.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*California Drought – Passage
Vote Passed (245-176, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require that more water from Northern California be pumped south for agricultural uses in the Central Valley in times of drought, and would require the Interior and Commerce departments to approve any emergency projects or operations that would quickly provide additional water to those users. The bill would also implement a coordinated environmental review process to expedite the environmental review of certain water projects, such as dams and water storage facilities.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 7-19-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (81-15, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to insist upon the Senate amendment and agree to the request by the House for a conference on the measure that would authorize funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016. The motion also would authorize the presiding officer to appoint conferees.

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

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

*Elementary and Second Education Act Overhaul – Passage
Vote Passed (218-213, 3 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill, as amended, that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and would make fundamental changes to many of its programs through Fiscal 2019. The bill would allow Title I funding to follow individual students to other schools, and eliminates more than 65 elementary and secondary education programs and merges their funding. In addition, the new Title I block grant would give states greater flexibility in how funds are used.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*National Forest Management – Passage
Vote Passed (262-167, 4 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill, as amended, that modifies federal forest management practices to increase timber production on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands as a means of promoting greater forest health and reducing wildfires, and it seeks to end the "borrowing" of fire prevention funding for fire suppression efforts by providing funding to fight certain catastrophic wildfires from FEMA's disaster relief fund. The bill would also provide for expedited actions by federal agencies by expanding the types of forestry activities that can occur without environmental impact statements and by accelerating environmental reviews for salvage operations and reforestation activities after catastrophic events.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Medical Funding and Authorization – Passage
Vote Passed (344-77, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify current federal processes involving medical research, developing drugs and other treatments, and testing and approving those drugs and treatments in an effort to accelerate the development and delivery of cures to diseases and medical conditions. It would also reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years and includes numerous initiatives to promote medical research and attract young scientists, and it reauthorizes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) activities for five years and modifies elements of FDA's drug and medical device review and approval process to accelerate the approval and distribution of new drugs and medical devices for diseases and conditions that don't currently have treatments.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 7-5-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Public Safety Employee Withdrawals – Trade Promotion Authority – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (60-37, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill. The House amendment would grant Trade Promotion Authority, under which implementing legislation for trade agreements negotiated by the administration would be considered by Congress under expedited procedures and could not be amended.

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

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

*IPAB Repeal – Passage
Vote Passed (244-154, 35 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul that created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is designed to recommend cost-cutting measures if Medicare spending exceeds a target growth rate. The cost of repealing IPAB would be offset by rescinding an estimated $8.8 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created under the 2010 health care overhaul.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*EPA Carbon Emission Rules - Passage
Vote Passed (247-180, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would postpone the dates by when states and existing fossil-fuel power plants must comply with current or future EPA rules to reduce carbon emissions until all judicial challenges are completed, and it allows state governors to opt out of developing an emissions reduction plan or complying with a federal plan for existing plants if he or she determines that the requirement would have an adverse effect on electricity ratepayers.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 6-28-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Passage
Vote Passed (71-25, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would authorize approximately $612 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $88.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. Excluding Overseas Contingency Operations funding, the bill would authorize, within the Senate Armed Services Committee's jurisdiction, approximately: $134.1 billion for operations and maintenance, roughly $112.2 billion for procurement,$ 135.5 billion for military personnel, $8.3 billion for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure, roughly $70.9 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $32.2 billion for the Defense Health Program.

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

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture
Vote Rejected (50-45, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to the intended legislative vehicle for the bill that would provide nearly $576 billion in discretionary spending for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $86.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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

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

*U.S. Citizens in Iran - Passage
Vote Passed (391-0, 42 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran should immediately release U.S. citizens Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini and provide all known information on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization – Passage
Vote Passed (247-178, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize classified amounts in FY 2016 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security Department and other agencies. The measure covers general intelligence operations, including signals intelligence, clandestine human intelligence programs and analysis, and covert action programs, as well as research and development and projects to improve information dissemination.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Iraq Troop Withdraw – Passage
Vote Failed (139-288, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House rejected a concurrent resolution that would direct the president to withdraw U.S. forces deployed to Iraq in support of operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, other than armed forces required to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel within 30 days of enactment.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 6-21-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Cloture
Vote Rejected (56-40, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on amendment no. 1569, as modified, to substitute amendment no. 1463 that would require several national security entities to develop and promulgate procedures to promote the timely sharing of classified and declassified cyber threat indicators between government and the private sector.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted NO
Sen. Jeff Merkley did not vote on this issue.

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

*CFTC Operations – Passage
Vote Passed (246-171, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) through fiscal 2019 and amend the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. The bill would make numerous changes to CFTC operations.

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this issue.

*Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations
Vote Passed (216-210, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would appropriate $108.7 billion in fiscal 2016, including $55.3 billion in discretionary spending, for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this issue.

*Police Body Cameras – Passage
Vote Passed (421-6, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt a resolution that would recognize the potential for the use of body-worn cameras by on-duty law enforcement officers to improve community relations, increase transparency and protect.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Meat Labeling – Passage
Vote Passed (300-131, 2 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal U.S. country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken that is sold in the United States.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Passage
Vote Passed (278-149, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $578.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Defense department in fiscal 2016. The total would include $490.2 billion in base Defense department funds and $88.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account, and would provide that $37.5 billion in OCO funding be used in support of base budget requirements.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 6-14-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Patriot Act Reauthorization – Passage
Vote Passed (67-32, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and limiting collection of other bulk data. The measure would require the NSA to obtain approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to examine the calling records of individual target telephone numbers on a case-by-case basis, before the request for information is made to a phone company, and limit the associated calling records of a telephone number that may be examined to two "hops" from the suspect's number - essentially codifying proposals made by the president in 2014.

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

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

*Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization – Passage
Vote Passed (225-152, 55 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act through fiscal year 2019. The measure would authorize $397 million annually through fiscal year 2019 for federal activities to carry out the law.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Fiscal 2016 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Passage
Vote Passed (242-183, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $51.4 billion in discretionary funds in fiscal 2016 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. It would provide roughly $8.2 billion for the Commerce Department and roughly $27.9 billion for the Justice Department, including $8.5 billion for the FBI, $7.2 billion for the federal prison system and roughly $2 billion for state and local enforcement and crime prevention grant programs.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 6-7-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Patriot Act Reauthorization – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (77-17, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data.

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


posted 5-31-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Trade Promotion Authority – Passage
Vote Passed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would set specific conditions on the president of the United States when negotiating foreign trade agreements and grant Congress final approval on any agreement reached by the participating parties without amendment in an up or down vote. The bill would also extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program through June 30, 2021 at a level of $450 million a year.

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

*Patriot Act Reauthorization - Cloture
Vote Rejected (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data.

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

*Two-Month FISA Reauthorization – Cloture
Vote Rejected (45-54, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on bill that would amend the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to extend until July 31, 2015, expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

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

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

*Anti-Human Trafficking Programs and Victims Fund – Passage
Vote Passed (420-3, 9 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would authorize a number of programs to combat sex trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors. The bill would include provisions that would establish a fund to support trafficking victims, create a new victim-centered grant program to provide assistance to states and local law enforcement to bolster the investigation and prosecution of sex trafficking, and to help victims of such crimes; and bolster the ability of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking, including by targeting individuals who purchase sex from human trafficking victims.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage
Vote Passed (357-67, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $3.3 billion for legislative branch operations, excluding Senate operations, in fiscal 2016. The total would include $1.2 billion for House operations, $591 million in net appropriations for the Library of Congress, $522 million for the Government Accountability Office, $492 million for the Architect of the Capitol and $369 million for the Capitol Police. As amended, the bill would provide no funding for the Open World Leadership Center.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Science Programs Reauthorization – Passage
Vote Passed (217-205, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $32.9 billion over fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 for a number of agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities. Within that total, the bill would annually authorize for those two fiscal years: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation, roughly $7.9 billion for various Energy Department activities, $939 million for the National institute of Standards and Technology and $5 million for the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


POSTED 5-25-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Trade Promotion Authority - Cloture
Vote Rejected (52-45, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would set specific conditions on the president of the United States when negotiating foreign trade agreements and grant Congress final approval on any agreement reached by the participating parties without amendment in an up or down vote.

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

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

*Waters of the United States – Passage
Vote Passed (261-155, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would effectively block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing a proposed rule regarding the definition of the "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The bill would require the agencies to withdraw the proposal and develop a new rule with consultation from state and local officials and stakeholders.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Twenty-Week Abortion Ban – Passage
Vote Passed (242-184, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban. It would provide exceptions for cases in which the woman's life is in danger as well as for pregnancies that are a result of rape if, as amended, for pregnancies that are a result of rape against an adult woman, the woman received counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours prior to the abortion.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Iran Nuclear Agreement Congressional Review – Passage
Vote Passed (400-25, 7 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendments to the bill that would require that Congress be given an opportunity to review any final international agreement on Iran's nuclear program before the president could waive or suspend any sanctions on Iran that were imposed by Congress. Under the bill, Congress would have an initial 30 days to review any final nuclear pact with Iran, during which time the president could waive executive branch sanctions against Tehran - but could not use his authority to grant national security waivers for sanctions enacted into law by Congress.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization – Passage
Vote Passed (269-151, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $604.2 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $89.2 billion for overseas contingency operations, of which $38.3 billion would be authorized for non-war base budget operations and maintenance. Excluding the war funding, the bill would authorize roughly: $136.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $109.7 billion for procurement, $136.4 billion for military personnel, $7.3 billion for military construction and family housing, $68.4 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $31.7 billion for the Defense Health Program.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 5-17-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Motion to Proceed
Vote Agreed to (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to Wyoming Sen. Michael B. Enzi's motion to proceed to the conference report on the concurrent resolution that would reduce spending by $5.3 trillion over the next 10 years, including $2 trillion in reductions from repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul.

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

*Iran Nuclear Agreement - Passage
Vote Passed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would give Congress the right to deny Iran relief from statutory sanctions if two-thirds majorities from both chambers oppose the terms of a final nuclear deal. The bill would also require detailed reports on Iran's support of global terrorism and fulfillment of commitments under any agreement.

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


posted 5-3-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Human Trafficking Victims' Fund - Passage
Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would establish a Domestic Trafficking Victims' Fund, to which both new criminal penalties and, as amended, matching funds from already appropriated money for community health centers would be transferred. Amounts originating from criminal fines would be prohibited from being used for health care or medical services.

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

*Lynch Nomination – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (66-34)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture, thus limiting debate, on President Obama's nomination of Loretta E. Lynch of New York to be Attorney General.

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

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

*Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards – Passage
Vote Passed (235-183, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would formally establish three advisory boards with which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) must consult on matters regarding small businesses, credit unions and community banks. The measure is offset by limiting funding for the CFPB in future years.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 4-27-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

Medicare Payments to Physicians - Passage
Vote Passed (92-8)

The Senate passed a bill that would repeal the sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with a system in which physicians could choose to participate in either a reimbursement method where their payments would be subject to adjustments based on performance or a method where they would move away from the fee-for-service structure. It would provide for a 10-year transition period under which Medicare reimbursement rates would gradually increase annually until 2020 and then remain stable for five years. The bill is cleared for the president.

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

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

*Manufactured Housing High-Cost Mortgages - Passage
Vote Passed (263-162, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify federal rules regarding high-cost-mortgages as they apply to manufactured housing, specifically by changing the definitions of "high-cost mortgage" and "mortgage originator" under federal law to reduce associated regulatory requirements. The measure would change the definition of high-cost mortgage by increasing the maximum rates and fees that a lender may charge on loans for manufactured housing without that mortgage being considered a high-cost mortgage.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*State and Local Sales Tax Deductions - Passage
Vote Passed (272-152, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would make permanent the ability of taxpayers to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, which expired at the end of 2014. The measure would be effective for tax years beginning with 2015. Since he has never seen a tax he didn't love;

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Estate Tax Repeal – Passage
Vote Passed (240-179, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. The measure also would repeal the generation-skipping transfer tax and reduce the top marginal rate for the federal gift tax from 40 percent to 35 percent. Again, he has never seen a tax he didn't love.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 4-5-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Adoption
Vote Agreed to (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed adopted the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets over the next 10 years. It would allow $523 billion for defense discretionary spending and $493.5 billion for non-defense spending in fiscal 2016, the statutory level set by the 2011 budget law.

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

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

*Ukraine Military Assistance – Passage
Vote Passed (348-48, 36 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution stating that the House of Representatives "strongly urges" the president to fully and immediately exercise authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons systems in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to defend their sovereign territory from the "unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation."

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning – Passage
Vote Passed (420-0, 12 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to annually submit to Congress a future-years veterans program with its budget request. The program would reflect estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations for that fiscal year and succeeding four fiscal years, and would include a five-year plan for the department to meet its commitment to veterans, including the resources needed to do so.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 3-29-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Human Trafficking Restitution Fund - Cloture
Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture, and thus limiting debate, on the bill that would use fines and penalties against sex-trafficking perpetrators for more restitution and assistance funds for victims.

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

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

*Volunteer Firefighters' Healthcare – Passage
Vote Passed (415-0, 17 Not Voting)

The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that qualified services rendered as a bona fide volunteer to an eligible employer do not count as employee hours of service for the purposes of the employer mandate under the 2010 health care overhaul.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
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*EPA Rule-Making Guidelines – Passage
Vote Passed (241-175, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other covered action unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public so the research can be independently analyzed and reproduced.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO
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*NLRB Case Representation Procedures – Passage
Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval and nullification of the National Labor Relations Board rule relating to case representation procedures.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO



posted 3-15-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Keystone XL Pipeline - Veto
Vote Not Sustained (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate's vote to override President Obama's Feb. 24, 2015 veto of 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, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state failed.

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

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

*Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations – Motion to Recede and Concur
Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion made by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho., to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill (HR 240) that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The motion cleared the bill for the president.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Amtrak Reauthorization – Passage
Vote Passed (316-101, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize Amtrak through fiscal 2019, and restructure funding according to Amtrak's major lines of business. It would authorize funds for Amtrak operating expenses in the Northeast corridor at the following levels: $439 million for fiscal 2016, $464 million for fiscal 2017, $480 million for fiscal 2018 and $498 million for fiscal 2019; and for Amtrak operating expenses within the national network at the following levels: $973 million for fiscal 2016, $974 million for fiscal 2017, $985 million for fiscal 2018 and $997 million for fiscal 2019.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 3-8-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations - Passage
Vote Passed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill would include $12.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection; $6 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $7.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, including fees; $10 billion for the Coast Guard; $1.7 billion for the Secret Service; and $10.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including $6.4 billion for emergency disaster relief.

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

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

*Fiscal 2015 Homeland Department Continuing Resolution – Passage
Vote Failed (203-224, 6 Not Voting)

The House rejected a joint resolution that would make further continuing appropriations for the Homeland Security Department for fiscal 2015. The measure would extend funding for the department for three weeks, through March 19, 2015.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Education Savings Plan Expansion – Passage
Vote Passed (401-20, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would permanently expand the use of "529" educational savings plans by allowing tax-free distributions for students to buy computers and software. It also would eliminate the requirement that multiple 529 accounts held by a beneficiary be treated as a single account and exempt from taxation any amounts that are refunded from colleges as long as the beneficiary re-contributes the funds back into a 529 account within 60 days.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 2-22-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Child Pornography Victims Restitution - Passage
Vote Passed (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would expand restitution for victims of child pornography. The bill would expand a victim's losses to include medical services, therapy, rehabilitation, transportation, child care and lost income. It also would allow defendants who have contributed to the same victim's losses to spread the cost of restitution among themselves and establish minimum award levels for certain offenses.

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

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

*Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage
Vote Passed (270-152, 10 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. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Small Business Tax Extenders – Passage
Vote Passed (272-142, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would that would make permanent increased expensing limitations in the tax code that allow small businesses to deduct up to $500,000 of their equipment costs for a maximum of $2 million worth of property. The bill would make permanent the reduced recognition period for S corporations under which they could be taxed for sales of certain assets. It would make permanent a tax break for the charitable contributions of S corporations and allow them to qualify for the same tax exemptions that apply to individuals for charitable contributions.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 2-15-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations – Cloture
Vote Rejected (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill also 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. Sixty votes were required.

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

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

*Healthcare Overhaul Repeal – Passage
Vote Passed (239-186, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul. The bill would delay the repeal by 180 days after enactment and direct several House committees to submit alternative legislation with a number of provisions, including ones to increase economic growth by eliminating certain regulations; lower health care premiums through increased competition; overhaul the medical liability system; and provide states greater flexibility to administer Medicaid programs.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Small Business Regulatory Revisions – Passage
Vote Passed (260-163, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would give the Small Business Administration new authority to ensure that federal agencies comply with a 1980 law requiring that they be flexible in taking regulatory actions that affect small businesses, including by getting more directly involved with an agency's reviews of proposed rules and requiring SBA to convene panels of small entities to review rules proposals.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 2-8-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Keystone XL Pipeline - Passage
Vote Passed (62-36, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate 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.

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

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

*Liquefied Natural Gas Exports - Passage
Vote Passed (277-133, 23 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to make a decision on pending applications to export liquefied natural gas within 30 days of the bill's enactment or at the end of the public comment period, whichever is later. Under the bill, applications would have to publicly disclose the countries that would receive the proposed exports.

Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this bill.


posted 2-1-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

*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. Peter DeFazio 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. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 1-26-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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. Ron Wyden voted Not Voting
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted NO

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

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. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*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. Peter DeFazio 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. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 1-18-15

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

*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. Peter DeFazio 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. Peter DeFazio voted NO


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