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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 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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