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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 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


posted 12-14-14

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

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

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the executive branch from exempting or deferring from deportation any immigrants considered to be unlawfully present in the United States. It also would prohibit the administration from treating those immigrants as if they were lawfully present or had lawful immigration status. Since he does not believe in national sovereignty, more American jobs or the security of the Untied States:

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 11-30-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

The Senate rejected a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for passage of the bill to 60 votes. Oregon's two senators don't want the 40,000 new jobs, lower energy prices or increased energy independence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other regulatory impact analysis or guidance unless all scientific and technical information used to support the research results is made publicly available and can be independently analyzed and reproduced. It also would clarify that environmental research law does not require the disclosure of information that is prohibited by law. DeFazio believes that the government has no obligation for transparency or to adhere to scientific facts.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 11-23-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

The House voted to pass a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. It also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. Apparently, Peter Defazio doesn't care about 40,000 new jobs, energy independence or lower fuel prices.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 9-28-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 9-21-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

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

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

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

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

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

The House voted to pass a bill that would prohibit the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing an expansion of the federal water pollution law. Since he always supports more government regulation:

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted - NO

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

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

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted - NO


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