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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 8-10-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*McDonald Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of Robert Alan McDonald of Ohio to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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

*Veterans Benefits - Conference Report
Vote Agreed to (91-3, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to adopt the conference report on a bill that would provide for $10 billion in emergency spending for care at non-Veterans Affairs facilities and allow veterans to obtain health care at such facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or can't get an appointment at a VA clinic within 30 days. It would provide for $5 billion in spending for expedited authority to hire more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and would authorize leases for the opening of 27 new VA health facilities. The president has signed this bill.

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

*Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization - Motion to Recede
Vote Agreed to (81-13, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to agree to a motion to recede from the Senate amendment and thus clear for the president’s signature a bill that would reauthorize the federal-aid highway and transit programs for eight months, through May 31, 2015, and transfer $10.8 billion in other federal funds to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls.

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

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

*Veterans Benefits - Conference Report
Vote Passed (420-5, 7 Not Voting)

The House voted to suspend the rules and adopt the conference report on a bill that would authorize $10 billion in emergency spending for care at non-Veterans Affairs facilities and allow veterans to obtain health care at such facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or can't get an appointment at a VA clinic within 30 days. It would provide $5 billion for expedited authority to hire more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals and would authorize leases for the opening of 27 new VA health facilities.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Litigation Against President - Adoption
Vote Passed (225-201, 6 Not Voting)

The House voted to adopt a resolution that would authorize the speaker of the House to file a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the House against the president and other administration officials for failing "to act in a manner consistent with that official's duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States" to implement provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul or related laws. Since rule of law means little to Democrats,

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Supplemental Border Appropriations - Passage
Vote Passed (223-189, 20 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass a bill that would provide $694 million for federal agencies involved in border control and the housing and care of unaccompanied migrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border for the rest of fiscal 2014, including $405 million for Homeland Security Department border security and law enforcement activities.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 8-3-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Insourcing Incentives - Cloture
Vote Agreed to (93-7)

The Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would give businesses a tax credit for up to 20 percent of the expenses incurred to bring work done in foreign countries back into the United States, if the business also increases its number of full-time employees. It also would prohibit tax deductions for expenses incurred when moving jobs outside the U.S.

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

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

*Higher Education Tax Credits - Passage
Vote Passed (227-187, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify and make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit for tuition and higher-education expenses. It would eliminate the "above the line" higher-education tax deduction for qualified tuition and repeal the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 7-20-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Castro Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (71-26, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of Julian Castro of Texas to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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

*Donovan Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (75-22, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of Shaun Donovan of New York to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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

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

*Workforce Investment Reauthorization - Motion to Concur
Vote Passed (415-6, 11 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Fiscal 2015 Energy-Water Appropriations - Passage
Vote Passed (253-170, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $34.0 billion in fiscal 2015 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 7-7-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Workforce Training Reauthorization - Passage
Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

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

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

*CFTC Reauthorization - Passage
Vote Passed (265-144, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and would largely exempt end users or nonfinancial companies that use derivatives to hedge risks from tough rules on derivatives under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Trans-National Pipelines - Passage
Vote Passed (238-173, 20 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require future oil and gas pipeline projects and power lines that cross international borders to be reviewed by the State or Energy secretary within 120 days of the environmental review, unless the agency finds the project is not in the public interest of the United States. It would eliminate the current system created by executive orders under which a presidential permit must be issued.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Liquefied Natural Gas Exports - Passage
Vote Passed (266-150, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. It would require that all applications publicly disclose the specific nation or nations that would receive the proposed export of liquefied natural gas.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Oil and Gas Exploration - Passage
Vote Passed (229-185, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish a five-year program for oil and gas leasing. The bill would double the cap for offshore oil and gas revenue sharing to $1 billion and require at least 25 percent of eligible federal land be made available each year to lease for oil and gas exploration.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 6-29-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Minibus 'Shell' - Cloture
Vote Agreed to (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would that would provide for $51.2 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other science agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. The bill is intended to serve as the legislative vehicle for the Senate's Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture spending bills for fiscal 2015.

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

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

*Fiscal 2015 Defense Appropriations - Passage
Vote Passed (340-73, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $570.4 billion in non-war discretionary funding for the Defense Department in fiscal 2015. It also would provide $79.4 billion in fiscal 2015 for contingency funds to support operations in Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 6-22-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Veterans Benefits - Passage
Vote Passed (93-3, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill to allow veterans experiencing long wait times or who live more than 40 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility to see doctors outside the VA health system, as long as the doctors participate in the Medicare program or are at a federally qualified health center, Defense Department facility or a facility funded by the Indian Health Service. It would also authorize the VA secretary to demote or fire poor-performing Senior Executive Service employees.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley did not vote on this issue.

*Fischer Nomination - Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (63-24, 13 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Stanley Fischer of New York to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted YES
Sen. Jeff Merkley did not vote on this issue.

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

*Fiscal 2014 NASA Authorization - Passage
Vote Passed (401-2, 28 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $17.6 billion for NASA for fiscal 2014.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Passage
Vote Passed (229-192, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $105.5 billion in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 6-8-14

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

*Fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Passage
Vote Passed (321-87, 23 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to provide $51.2 billion in discretionary funds in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies, such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Fiscal 2014-2015 Intelligence Authorization – Passage
Vote Passed (345-59, 27 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to authorize classified amounts for fiscal 2014 and 2015 for 16 intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) and foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department and Homeland Security Department.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 6-1-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Water Projects - Conference Report
Vote Agreed to (91-7, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted the conference report on a bill authorizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects - costing an estimated $12 billion. It would also require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects.

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

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

*Water Projects - Conference Report
Vote Passed (412-4, 15 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report on a bill authorizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects - costing an estimated $12 billion. It would also require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*NSA Metadata Collection - Passage
Vote Passed (303-121, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit the government's bulk collection and storage of business records, including telephone metadata, and instead require the government, except in cases of emergency, to receive pre-approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to conduct a search of call detail records for individual target phone numbers. Peter Defazio believes the government should have access to all your information and there should be no personal privacy.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization - Passage
Vote Passed (325-98, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to authorize $592.9 billion for defense programs in fiscal year 2015, including $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The bill would authorize a 1.8 percent pay increase for military personnel and prohibit a new round of Base Realignment and Closure. Defaziio doesn't believe service members should have a pay raise.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 5-18-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Energy-Efficient Building Codes –Cloture
Vote Agreed to (79-20, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to a bill that would promote updates to state building codes to encourage energy savings and provide incentives for energy-efficient manufacturing.

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

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

*Benghazi Select Committee –Passage
Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting)

The House approved a resolution establishing a 12-member panel to examine both the events that led to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as the Obama administration's response to it and to subsequent congressional inquiries. Of course, DeFazio wants to keep the public in the dark and keep covering for the errors of the Obama Administration.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Research Tax Credit –Passage
Vote Passed (274-131, 26 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would permit companies that incur research and development expenses in the United States to deduct up to 20 percent of the amount in which their qualified research expenses exceed a calculated base amount for the current taxable year. It would also permanently extend and expand a tax break for university and corporate research expenses that expired in December 2013. Sixty-two Democrats joined all but one Republican to support the bill. Again, DeFazio has demonstrated that there is no such thing as a tax he doesn't like.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Charter School Program Expansion –Passage
Vote Passed (360-45, 27 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to require the Education secretary to consolidate the federal Charter Schools Program, which gives grants to states to open charter schools, and the Charter School Credit Enhancement Program, which assists schools in acquiring better credit terms for facilities, into one program, and direct a certain percentage of funds into national charter school management activities. This bill, in effect, gives the federal government more control over education.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 5-11-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Friedland Nomination – Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (51-40, 9 Not Voting)

The Senate approved the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to be a judge on the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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

*Minimum Wage Increase – Cloture
Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

Senators failed to invoke cloture for a bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 which would cost jobs and fuel inflation.

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

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

*Mil Con/Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage
Vote Passed (416-1, 14 Not Voting)

The House approved a bill to provide $165 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction, and military housing. The bill would provide $58.7 billion in advance appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for certain VA medical care programs. Only Rep. Raul Labrador, R.-Idaho voted against the measure.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage
Vote Passed (402-14, 15 Not Voting)

House members voted to approve $3.3 billion to fund the legislative branch of the federal government, excluding the Senate, in 2015. The bill includes money for the Library of Congress, Government Accountability Office, Architect of the Capitol, and Capitol Police.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 4-20-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Unemployment Benefits Extension – Passage
Vote Passed (59-38, 3 Not Voting)

Senators passed a bill that, as amended, would extend unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

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

*Equal Pay – Cloture
Vote Rejected (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (PL 75-718), requiring employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications in similar jobs have a business justification. The bill would also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees seeking salary information to investigate gender discrimination in wages.

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

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

*Budget Resolution – Passage
Vote Passed (219-205, 8 Not Voting)

The House adopted a concurrent resolution that would provide $2.842 trillion to fund the federal government in fiscal 2015. The resolution assumes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years and reductions in personal and corporate tax rates.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 4-13-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Unemployment Benefits – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (61-35, 4 Not Voting)

Senators voted to invoke cloture on an amended bill that would extended eligibility for long-term unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

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

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

*Ukraine Aid – Passage
Vote Passed (378-34, 19 Not Voting)

The House agreed to concur with a Senate amendment and pass a package of $150 million in aid and loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government. The vote required a two-thirds majority under the suspension of House rules. President Obama signed the bill into law on April 3.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Employee Hours Rules – Passage
Vote Passed (248-179, 4 Not Voting)

House members voted to change the number of hours employees must work to qualify for mandatory employer coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law would define full-time employees as those working 40 hours a week, ten more hours than as defined under current law. DeFazio voted to eliminate jobs, penalize workers with part time work and fewer hours of pay in order to support Obamacare.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 4-6-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Ukraine Aid – Substitute Amendment
Vote Agreed to (98-2)

The Senate agreed upon a substitute amendment offered by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. to a Ukrainian aid package. As amended, the bill would offer $150 million in aid to the Ukrainian government and offer loan guarantees from unobligated funds in the State Department budget. It would expand visa restrictions, freeze the assets of Russian officials and require the Defense Department to review Russian military capabilities annually through 2020. As amended, the bill passed by voice vote later that day.

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

*Unemployment Benefits – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (65-34, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on a bill that would exempt volunteer service hours by firefighters and other first responders from the 30-hour-a-week threshold under the 2010 health care reform laws that established a full-time employer mandate for health coverage. The bill is intended to serve as a legislative vehicle to extend expired long-term unemployment benefits.

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

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

*National Monument Designations – Passage
Vote Passed (222-201, 8 Not Voting)

The House narrowly approved a bill to limit the power of the president to designate national monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The bill would limit presidential authority to one designation per state over a four-year term. It also would require an environmental impact statement for designations over 5,000 acres and a cost estimate study for the proposed monument. Sites less than 5,000 acres would expire after three years without a full environmental review, but could be made permanent if the environmental review process was used. DeFazio wants the president to have unlimited authority and doesn't want any kind of studies that may impact that authority.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Ukraine Aid —Passage
Vote Passed (399-19, 13 Not Voting)

The House approved a $120 million aid package to Ukraine and expanded sanctions against Russian government officials in the wake of that country’s annexation of Crimea. The bill easily cleared the two-thirds majority required for passage under a suspension of House rules.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 3-23-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions – Passage
Vote Passed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)

Senators finished work on reforming the military's practices for reporting and prosecuting sexual assaults within its ranks, passing a bill written by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO. The bill would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to require special victims' counsels in sexual assault cases and forbid using the defendant’s military record in defense arguments. The bill would also require the evaluation of whether commanding officers have established a climate in which allegations of sexual assault are properly managed and fairly evaluated and a victim can report criminal activity without fear of retaliation or ostracism.

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

*Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization – Enzi Amendment
Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to an amendment (S.AMDT.2812) offered by Senator Michael Enzi, R-Wy., to the reauthorization of child care block grant programs. The amendment requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of Education, to conduct a review of Federal early learning and care programs and make recommendations for streamlining the various programs. The block grant program was reauthorized through Fiscal Year 2019.

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

*Flood Insurance Rates – Passage
Vote Passed (72-22, 6 Not Voting)

Senators approved a bill to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program's full actuarial rates. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.

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

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

*Ukraine Resolution – Passage
Vote Passed (402-7, 1 Present, 20 Not Voting)

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation for their actions in Crimea.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Federal Water Rights – Passage
Vote Passed (238-174, 19 Not Voting)

House members passed a bill that would prohibit Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from making any transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right a condition of the issuance of any permit, lease, or other use agreement concerning federal lands. The law would apply to lands covered by interstate water rights compacts as well. DeFazio opposed this bill because he believes government should be all powerful and individual rights should not exist.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Medicare Doc Fix – Passage
Vote Passed (238-181, 12 Not Voting)

The House agreed to repeal the sustainable growth rate model of physicians' compensation rates under Medicare. The bill would establish a single conversion rate of cost increases for physicians' services at .5 percent through 2018 and would completely freeze updates thereafter through 2023. The bill would also require certain federal agencies to perform studies of access to health care and cost controls for some procedures under Medicare. DeFazio believes doctors should work for nothing and that Medicare recipients should be limited in their access to health care and that there should be no cost controls.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

 


posted 3-16-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Adegbile Nomination – Cloture
Vote Rejected (47-52, 1 Not Voting)

Senators rejected invoking cloture on the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be assistant attorney general for civil rights.

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

*Military Prosecutions – Cloture
Vote Rejected (55-45)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would require decisions to prosecute felony-level crimes in the military, except those unique to the armed forces, be made by experienced commissioned officers who are not in the alleged perpetrator’s chain of command.

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

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

*Environmental Reviews – Passage
Vote Passed (229-179, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would expedite the environmental review process for federally funded projects and limit grounds for legal action against the review or permit approval process by outside groups. Agencies would have up to two years to complete environmental reviews. Only groups whose public comments on the review or permitting process that provide adequate notice of the issue being used to bring a civil action would be allowed legal standing in a lawsuit. This vote is another indication that DeFazio is always in favor of more government control and radical environmental groups.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted
NO

*Ukrainian Loan Guarantees – Passage
Vote Passed (385-23, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure to make Ukraine eligible for U.S. loan guarantees using previously-appropriated State Department program funds to cover funding. The vote required a two-thirds majority under a suspension of House rules.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage
Vote Passed (306-91, 33 Not Voting)

The House approved a bill to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program’s full actuarial rates. Passed under a suspension of House rules, the bill received 40 votes more than the required two-thirds majority. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

Individual Health Insurance Mandate – Passage
Vote Passed (250-160, 20 Not Voting)

House members voted on Wednesday to postpone until 2015 the tax penalty for individuals who fail to purchase health insurance under the 2010 health care reform package. The current deadline for health insurance enrollment is March 31, 2014. DeFazio won't vote to give people a break under the Obamacare fiasco but neither will he speak out about President Obama's illegal manipulation of the bill.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 3-9-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Veterans Benefits - Cloture
Vote Agreed to (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

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

*Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave
Vote Rejected (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veterans benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.

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

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

*Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage
Vote Passed (295-114, 21 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made "unlocking" cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires. DeFazio is against consumers having choices not controlled by government.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Eminent Domain Authority – Passage
Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES
*Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage
Vote Passed (236-179, 15 Not Voting)

A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency's rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online. Again, DeFazio is against businesses and the people having choices not controlled by government.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 2-24-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Debt Limit - Passage
Vote Agreed to (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

One day after the House voted to raise the U.S. Treasury's debt limit, the Senate finalized an extension of the limit through March 15, 2015. The final vote fell along party lines, with both independent Senators voting with the Democratic caucus to approve the motion to concur.

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

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

*Debt Limit – Passage
Vote Passed (221-201, 10 Not Voting)

The House narrowly passed an extension of the U.S. Treasury's temporary debt limit on Tuesday by agreeing to a previous Senate bill. The debt limit extension raised the debt limit through March 15, 2015. House members did not add on conditions to raising the debt limit or additional policy requirements to the Senate legislation.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 2-16-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Farm and Nutrition Programs Conference Report – Passage
Vote Agreed to (68-32)

The Senate voted to adopt the conference report on the bill that would reauthorize most federal farm and nutrition programs through fiscal 2018, sending the measure to the president. Senators agreed to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $8 billion over 10 years. The bill would also reauthorize sugar and dairy subsidy programs, replace $5 billion in direct payments to farmers with two new subsidies to cover losses. It also would create a new crop insurance program for producers that would cover losses over 14 percent.

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

*Unemployment Benefits – Cloture
Vote Rejected (58-40, 2 Not Voting)

A motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would extend eligibility for unemployment benefits through March 31, 2014 failed, the third such cloture vote to fail in the Senate. Four Republicans – Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – voted with Democrats and Independents to end debate on the bill.

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

*Baucus Nomination – Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (96-0, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed overwhelmingly the nomination of Sen. Max Baucus of Montana to be the U.S. ambassador to the People's Republic of China. Baucus voted present on his own nomination.

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

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

*Recreational Shooting on Federal Lands – Passage
Vote Passed (268-154, 9 Not Voting)

House members passed a slate of measures designed to make hunting, target shooting, and fishing easier on federally-managed lands. The Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act would exempt ammunition and fishing equipment from the Toxic Substances Control Act, increase public funds for the construction of shooting ranges on federal lands, make permanent the electronic duck stamp licensing system, and allow firearms on water projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers. Regardless of his lies and posturing that he supports hunting, fishing and shooting:

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*California Water Resources – Passage
Vote Passed (229-191, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would change the Interior Department's water management practices around the San Joaquin Valley of California. The bill would require the department to increase the total water delivery capacity of the Central Valley Project by 800,000 acre-feet by September 30, 2018. It would also limit the enforcement and consideration of some environmental laws in completing this delivery. This bill would eliminate the drought problems currently being experienced by California farmers due to the protection of a fish in the Sacramento river.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Public Land Management – Passage
Vote Passed (220-194, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would exempt public land access, land conveyances, and land restoration activities from federal environmental review requirements. The bill would also extend the term of new grazing permits on federal lands from 10 to 20 years and allow currently expired or transferred permits to remain in effect until new ones are issued. It would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from acquiring new land until it creates a website database that lists all BLM lands suitable for disposal. The bill also would require a comprehensive plan and budget for state and federal efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and instruct the Agriculture Department to implement a lumber salvage program in California's Stanislaus National Forrest.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 2-9-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Federal Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage
Vote Passed (67-32, 1 Not Voting)

Senators voted to delay increases to premiums billed by the National Flood Insurance Program until after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes a study on flood insurance affordability. The bill would require FEMA to certify its flood mapping approach before certain rate changes are made and would allow insurance agents and brokers to sell insurance in multiple states without additional licensing.

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

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

*Federal Abortion Funding – Passage
Vote Passed (227-188, 1 Present, 15 Not Voting)

House members passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities, or staff to provide abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the mother. The District of Columbia would also be prohibited from using local funds for covering abortion procedures. Since Peter DeFazio believes taxpayers should always fund abortions, he voted against this bill.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Farm Programs Conference Report – Passage
Vote Passed (251-166, 14 Not Voting)

The House voted to adopt the conference report on the five-year agricultural and nutritional programs bill on Wednesday, bringing to a close a six-month standoff between it and the Senate. The compromise conference report bridged differences between the chambers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program funding levels and direct payments to farm owners, the two most contentious issues holding up the bill’s final passage. The conference report cuts SNAP benefits by $8 billion over 10 years and replaces direct payment programs with new subsidy and crop insurance programs to cover farm revenue losses. Again, since DeFazio believes the taxpayers should fund virtually everything, he voted against this bill.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 1-26-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Omnibus Appropriations – passage
Vote Agreed to (72-26, 2 Not Voting)

One day after it passed the House, the Senate on cleared the omnibus appropriations package, stuffed with pork, that would fund every corner of the federal government through September. Fully 40% of the spending in this bill will be borrowed money, thereby raising the national debt by another $1/2 trillion. Senators voted, 72-26 , to endorse the $1.1 trillion omnibus, sending the measure to the president’s desk. The bill retained funding for the 2010 health care reform laws.

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

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

*Omnibus Appropriations – passage
Vote Passed (359-67, 7 Not Voting)

The House voted to pass roughly $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending for the remainder of fiscal 2014 comprised of 40% borrowed money that will raise the national debt by another $1/2 trillion. The vote bundled together 12 separate bills to fund federal departments and agencies. More than half of the funds will go to the Department of Defense, the war in Afghanistan, and other counterterrorism operations. With the vote, the House stuck to the deal over top-line discretionary spending struck between House and Senate appropriators in December.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 1-19-14

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Federal Reserve Chair Nomination – Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (56-26, 18 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the next four years. Because of her background of Keynesian tax and spend policies, only 11 Republican Senators voted in support of her nomination.

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

*U.S. Court of Appeals Nomination – Cloture
Vote Agreed to (55-38, 1 Present, 6 Not Voting)

Senators agreed to invoke cloture and end debate on Thursday on the nomination of Robert L. Wilkins, a very liberal judge with a history of legislating from the bench to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. As in other cloture votes since the Senate changed its filibuster rules on judicial nominees in November, Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted with Democrats to end debate. The Senate is expected to confirm this nomination.

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


posted 1-06-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Jeh Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security
Vote Confirmed (78-16, 6 Not Voting)

Jeh Johnson, a former Defense Department lawyer, was confirmed as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

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

*Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014
Vote Agreed to (64-36)

The Senate gave final approval to this two-year budget deal that increases discretionary spending caps to $1.012 trillion in 2014 and $1.014 trillion in 2015. The 2011 sequester level was $967 billion.

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

*National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
Vote Agreed to (84-15, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate cleared the 2014 fiscal year defense policy bill for the president's signature. The bill authorizes $625.1 billion in discretionary spending, which is $3.1 billion less than last year.

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

*John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Vote Confirmed (59-36, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed John Koskinen to be head of the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has been led by acting commissioners since November 2012 and is under increased scrutiny as the agency takes on new responsibilities under the 2010 health care law. Koskinen's term runs through November 12, 2017.

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


posted 12-22-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE

*Millett Nomination – confirmation
Vote Confirmed (56-38, 6 Not Voting)

In the first vote on President Barack Obama's nominees to the federal judiciary since the chamber changed its filibuster rules, the Senate confirmed Patricia Ann Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Her confirmation required a simple majority under the new cloture rules adopted on November 21, which apply to all nominees except for those to the Supreme Court. Millett's nomination received two votes from the Republican caucus – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – while five Republicans did not cast a vote. Her confirmation was the first of 11 votes mustered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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

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

*Patent Infringement Reform – Passage
Vote Passed (325-91, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would change how patent infringement lawsuits are conducted in an attempt to reduce the actions of "patent trolls," individuals or companies who acquire patents primarily to sue others for infringement. The bill would require plaintiffs to provide detailed information when filing lawsuits including how the accused is violating the patent. The bill passed with bipartisan support. 195 Republicans and 130 Democrats voted in favor of the legislation that is supported by the Obama administration. The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, has already scheduled a hearing on a similar version on December 17.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Budget Agreement – passage
Vote Passed (332-94)

Before leaving for the rest of the year, the House passed legislation based on talks between House and Senate conferees that establishes a budget for fiscal 2014 and increases discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015 that would be offset by increases in passenger air travel fees and federal employee pension contributions and a two-year extension of sequester cuts to Medicare. The agreement raises the spending cap for this year to $1.012 trillion from the sequester level of $967 billion established in 2011. The bill modifies oil and gas programs to reduce spending by $4.5 billion over a decade and federal student loan debt collection that would save $5 billion. The compromise passed the House comfortably with 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats in support.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Defense authorization – passage
Vote Passed (350-69, 13 Not Voting)

In one of its final acts of the year, the House passed the defense bill (HR 3304) by a vote of 350-69, authorizing $625.1 billion, which would account for more than half of the federal government's discretionary spending in fiscal 2014. Including mandatory spending, the defense bill authorizes $632.8 billion. To save time in the waning days of the session, the defense authorization agreement was simply loaded onto a small House bill the Senate already had passed. The authorization bill is roughly $3.1 billion less than the fiscal 2013 enacted level. Of that, it would authorize $526.8 billion for the Defense Department's base budget, $80.7 billion for overseas contingency operations — mainly the war in Afghanistan — and $17.6 billion for national security programs within the Energy Department. In addition, the measure would make several statutory changes aimed at reducing sexual assaults in the military. It also would continue the existing ban on transferring detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to the United States.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 12-15-13

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

*Patent Infringement Reform – Passage
Vote Passed (325-91, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would change how patent infringement lawsuits are conducted in an attempt to reduce the actions of "patent trolls," individuals or companies who acquire patents primarily to sue others for infringement. The bill would require plaintiffs to provide detailed information when filing lawsuits including how the accused is violating the patent. The bill passed with bipartisan support. 195 Republicans and 130 Democrats voted in favor of the legislation that is supported by the Obama administration. The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, has already scheduled a hearing on a similar version on December 17.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

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posted 11-10-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to US Court of Appeals – Cloture
Vote Rejected (55-38, 3 Present, 4 Not Voting)

President Obama's nominee for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Virginia attorney Patricia Ann Millett, failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture for a final vote. The vote rekindled the argument over changes to Senate filibuster rules. Only one Republican – Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski – voted with chamber Democrats and independents to allow Millett's nomination to proceed, while three Republicans voted "present." Millett would fill one of three vacant seats on the circuit bench, which decides most challenges to federal administrative rules and is considered a launching pad to the Supreme Court. Republicans agreed Millett, who has argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court, is qualified for the position but argued that the circuit's workload does not warrant filling its vacancies. After the vote, Senate Democrats revisited the idea of changing Senate rules to forbid filibusters of executive nominations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised to bring the nominations of Millett and several other judges back to the floor soon.

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

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

*Water Resources Bill
Vote Passed (417-3, 10 Not Voting)

The House approved with overwhelmingly bipartisan support the bill that would authorize Army Corps of Engineers water resource projects, including flood control and improvements to inland locks and dams. The Senate already passed its version of the bill (S. 601) in the middle of May. The measure would be the first enacted water resources bill since 2007 if soon-to-be-named Senate and House conferees can negotiate a unified bill.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Veterans Disability Claims Backlog – Passage
Vote Passed (404-1, 25 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill with nearly unanimous support that would establish a panel to study the Veterans Affairs Department's backlog of disability claims. It would be tasked with finding ways to shorten the appeals process for claims and also prioritize claims for particular groups like those who are elderly or terminally ill. The Veterans Affairs committee in the Senate has received the bill.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Swaps Regulations – Passage
Vote Passed (292-122, 16 Not Voting)

The House approved a bill that would repeal new restrictions imposed by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law on derivatives trading by banks. The Dodd-Frank law encourages banks to "push out" their swaps desk to affiliates by restricting their access to deposit insurance and discount credit. Republicans argue that the regulation increases costs for companies and derivatives users; Most Democrats counter that a removal of the regulation would allow banks to partake in the risky trading that led to the 2008 financial crisis. 70 Democrats and nearly all Republicans voted in favor of the bill. The House also passed a bill to delay regulations that would require broker-dealers advising retirement accounts to have a fiduciary duty to put the interests of their clients ahead of their own. The Senate is unlikely to consider either of these bills, and the White House does not support the current versions of either bill.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 10-28-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Continuing Appropriations and Debt Limit Suspension – Passage
Vote Passed (81-18, 1 Not Voting)

Senators approved a continuing appropriations resolution bringing an end to the 16-day partial government shutdown that began with the end of the federal fiscal year. The measure also extended the Treasury's ability to borrow to pay the nation's debt obligations, avoiding a potentially-catastrophic default that loomed days later.

The Senate's leaders, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, hammered out the compromise early in the week after House Republicans failed to come to a consensus for their own plan. Their solution almost entirely avoided the issue of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the implementation of which some conservative Republican senators had hoped to delay in exchange for restoring FY 2014 discretionary spending and raising the debt ceiling.

The continuing resolution authorizes federal discretionary spending at levels established by sequester cuts, which amount to about $986 billion annually. Senators added about 3 billion dollars of additional spending to support natural disaster recovery, fight wildfires, and complete funding for a major dam and lock project on the Ohio River. It extended the Treasury's borrowing authority through Feb. 7, allowing the federal government to exceed the current statutory limit of $16.7 trillion on the national debt. The resolution also provided back pay for those federal and District of Columbia government workers who were furloughed after funds ran out on Oct. 1.

To avoid the need to pass another continuing appropriations resolution in the absence of a new federal budget, the deal also required the House and Senate to form a budget conference committee. The body will have to iron out an agreement for the rest of Fiscal 2014 by Dec. 13.

Republicans gained one small concession in the final package, as the bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure it is verifying the income of individuals purchasing subsidized health insurance on its marketplace exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act. Under the 2010 law, exchanges opened for business on Oct. 1.

Eighteen of the Senate's most conservative Republican members voted against the measure.

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

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

*Continuing Appropriations and Debt Limit Suspension – Motion to Concur
Vote Passed (285-144, 3 Not Voting)

House members voted to end the partial government shutdown by passing a continuing appropriations resolution to fund the government through Jan. 15, 2014. The vote receded amendments previously approved by the chamber and accepted a resolution to the standoff that Senators forged at the beginning of last week and passed hours before. President Obama signed the continuing resolution shortly after midnight on Oct. 17.

House Republican leadership offered several proposals to end the government shutdown and raise the federal debt ceiling early last week. The GOP caucus, however, could not come to a consensus on which plan to support. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, decided to accept the Senate compromise as the risk of a default on the national debt by the Treasury loomed ever closer last week.

The resolution did not postpone implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the major target of House conservative Republicans in delaying FY 2014 funds and an extension of the Treasury's debt ceiling. During the final vote, 144 Republicans voted against the measure while only 87 supported it. All 198 voting Democrats approved the resolution.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES


posted 10-13-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Continuing Appropriations Conference Request – Motion to Table
Vote Agreed to (54-46)

As the federal fiscal year came to a close, the Senate rejected a request by the House of Representatives to form a conference committee for fiscal 2014 continuing appropriations. The House request included the insistence that the Senate accept its amendment to the joint resolution to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act until January 2015 and repeal the medical device tax included in the law.
The vote to table the request fell straight down party lines, with both independent senators joining the 52 Democrats against the House invitation. With the rejection, the Senate effectively ensured the partial federal shutdown that began at midnight on Oct. 1 continued. The day before, the Senate rejected a nearly-identical amendment to the continuing appropriations resolution. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has made it clear that he will not bring a continuing appropriations resolution with any amendments to a vote.

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

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

*Veterans Program Funds- Continuing Resolution
Vote Passed (259-157, 15 Not Voting)

After Congress failed to pass a full continuing resolution (CR) last week, the government officially shut down on October 1. The House decided to take up "mini-CRs" to fund various parts of the government like military pay and veterans programs. This particular "mini-CR," passed by the House Republicans with the help of 35 Democrats, would fund veterans programs including disability payments, education benefits and home loans at current levels until December 15. The bill would also fund the Veterans Benefits Administration at the annualized rate of $2.5 billion to process disability claims.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

Women's and Children's Nutrition Funds – Continuing Resolution
Vote Passed (244-164, 23 Not Voting)

On Friday, the House passed another "mini-CR" to fund the nutrition programs for women, infants and children (WIC). The bill would fund the special supplemental nutrition program until December 15 at post-sequester fiscal 2013 levels. The Senate is extremely unlikely to consider any of the House "mini-CRs."

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

 

posted 10-6-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Continuing Resolution
Vote Agreed to (54-44, 2 Not Voting)

After receiving the House approved stopgap spending measure that removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Senate passed an amended version on a completely party-line vote, 54-44. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah were the only members who did not vote on the bill. The Senate-approved version eliminated the House language to defund the Affordable Care Act and would fund the government only through Nov. 15 at an annualized rate of $986.3 billion.

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

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

*Continuing Resolution – Medical Device Tax Repeal Amendment
Vote Passed (248-174, 9 Not Voting)

After the Senate amended and approved its version of the government funding legislation, the House voted on two amendments to the legislation. The first vote approved Minnesota Republican Erik Paulsen's amendment that would remove the medical device tax implemented to help fund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 17 Democrats joined Republicans to approve the amendment.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Continuing Resolution – Defunding of the Affordable Care Act Amendment
Vote Passed (231-192, 8 Not Voting)

The second amendment, sponsored by Republican Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, would reinstate the House language eliminated in the Senate bill to remove funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Only 2 Democrats (Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina) and 2 New York Republicans (Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna) crossed party lines to vote in favor of or against the amendment, respectively.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO


posted 9-29-13

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

*Mineral Development Bill
Vote Passed (246-178, 8 Not Voting)

In a party-line vote, the House passed legislation that would speed up reviews of mineral exploration and mining permits. All House Republicans were joined by 15 Democrats in voting for the bill. Opponents cited provisions that limit a previous environmental law's safeguard regulations over exploration and permitting.

Since he will always favor restrictive environmental laws over individual rights and economic development,

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Nutrition Assistance
Vote Passed (217-210, 6 Not Voting)

The House chose to split agriculture policy from food aid early in the summer, resulting in the passage of a farm bill without nutrition assistance in July. Last week, under threat of veto from the White House, the House approved a nutrition bill that results in a $40 billion reduction in the program over the next ten years, which is about 5% of current spending on nutrition assistance. The House bill would also seek to make permanent the separation of farm and nutrition legislation by authorizing the former through fiscal year 2018 and the latter only through fiscal year 2016. It would also remove the policy of states qualifying people for food aid based on non-cash aid or services they receive from other programs for low-income people. The Senate approved their comprehensive farm and nutrition legislation in June. The Senate bill and the two House bills will now go to a conference committee to try and produce a final piece of legislation.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Continuing Resolution
Vote Passed (230-189, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation to fund the government through December 15. The resolution removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a key victory for the House Republicans. It also authorizes the Treasury Department to continue borrowing above the $16.7 trillion statutory debt limit once it is reached, through December 15, 2014. Scott Rigell of Virginia was the only Republican to vote in opposition of the resolution, and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Jim Matheson of Utah were the only Democrats to vote in favor. Next, the Senate will debate the resolution and likely send a version back to the House with funding for the Affordable Care Act reinstated. Congress has until October 1, the start of the next fiscal year, to approve a continuing resolution and avoid a government shutdown.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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posted 9-22-13

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

*Health Care Subsidy
Vote Passed (235-191, 6 Not Voting)

Returning last week from the August recess, the House passed a bill that would block premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the 2010 health care reform law until a program to verify household income and other qualifications for the subsidies is certified as operational. Only five Democrats joined the entire Republican caucus to vote in favor of the legislation sponsored by Tennessee Republican Diane Black. The Senate is unlikely to vote on the bill, and the White House administration has already vowed to veto it.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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posted 8-11-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*James B. Comey, Jr. Nomination to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (93-1, 2 Present, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm James B. Comey, Jr. to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a term of ten years. Comey, a former senior official at the Justice Department, succeeds Robert S. Mueller III, who served as director since 2001.

Sen. Ron Wyden voted Present
Sen. Jeff Merkley voted Present

*Byron Todd Jones Nomination to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives – Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (53-42, 5 Not Voting)

On July 31, the Senate voted to confirm former United States district attorney Byron Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois was the lone Republican to vote for confirmation.

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

*Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Cloture
Vote Rejected (54-43, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to reach the 60 votes required to end debate on the fiscal year 2014 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill on August 1. Conservatives balked at the Senate Appropriations Committee's inclusion of about $5.6 billion in spending more than current levels under the sequester. The $54 billion bill would be $2.3 billion more than the fiscal 2013 enacted level and $2.4 billion more than the Obama administration's request. Much of the additional spending in the Senate bill comes from in the form of roads funding. The Senate bill would provide $550 million for infrastructure project funds, known as TIGER grants, an increase of $51 million from the pre-sequester fiscal 2013 level. House appropriators provided no funds for the program. The bill also would create an account that would provide $500 million for repairing "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete" bridges and crucial highway corridors.

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

*Samantha Power Nomination to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations – Confirmation
Vote Confirmed (87-10, 3 Not Voting)

In the final vote before August recess, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. Representative to the United Nations and the UN Security Council.

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

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

*Student Loan Interest Rates – Passage
Vote Passed (392-31, 10 Not Voting)

On July 31, the House voted to concur with Senate amendments to a bill that permanently sets federal student loan interest rates. The measure, approved 392-31, culminated weeks of negotiation to reach a bipartisan deal after interest rates doubled for many loans on July 1. The bill annually would link the rates charged on new student loans to the rate paid in June on 10-year Treasury notes. The terms would apply to all new federal student loans, except for low-interest Perkins loans made to needy students. The premium charged in addition to the 10-year base rate would include 2.05 percentage points for subsidized and unsubsidized portions of undergraduate loans, 3.6 points for graduate loans, and 4.6 points for PLUS loans made to graduate students and parents of undergraduates. Rates would be capped at 8.25 percent, 9.5 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively, for the three classes of loans. The market-based rate system is similar to a plan proposed by the White House in its fiscal 2014 budget, and President Obama is expected to sign it.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Iranian Sanctions – Passage
Vote Passed (400-20, 1 Present, 13 Not Voting)

House lawmakers voted 400-20 on July 31 to pass a bill aimed at reducing Iran's oil exports and further isolating its economy. The bill would compel countries currently purchasing crude oil from Iran to reduce their combined purchases by a total of 1 million barrels per day within a year. Failure to comply would prompt a loss in those nations' ability to obtain "significant reduction" sanction exemptions that let them continue to purchase Iranian oil. It also would expand the list of Iranian industries effectively blacklisted, further limit Iran's access to overseas foreign currency reserves and impose additional shipping sanctions to limit Iran's ability to engage in international commerce. Earlier in the week, Democratic and Republican sponsors of the bill brushed off pressure to delay the vote, saying that passage would send an important signal to Iran's incoming president about the cost of continuing to advance a nuclear program.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

Affordable Care Act Implementation – Passage
Vote Passed (232-185, 16 Not Voting)

On August 2, the House passed a bill designed to block the Treasury Department from enforcing key components of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The vote, the last before members left for August recess, represented the 40th time the House has passed measures to repeal or dismantle the health care reform law. Four Democrats voted for the measure, which was supported by all Republicans. The bill prohibits the Secretary of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing penalties the 2010 law would levy on those who do not purchase health insurance when the law goes into full effect in 2014. The vote culminated what House leaders dubbed "Stop Government Abuse Week."

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

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posted 8-4-13

RECENT VOTES IN THE U.S. SENATE:

*Student Loan Interest Rates – Passage
Vote Passed (81-18, 1 Not Voting)

Senators moved to end a months-long partisan standoff over federal student loan interest rates by passing a bill July 24 that would tie rates to the governmentÂ's cost of borrowing. Sixteen Senate Democrats opposed the plan over concerns that the move to a variable rate would burden students with more debt in a couple of years. The bill would link student loan interest rates to the 10-year Treasury note.

Senators adopted a substitute amendment by voice vote that would add 2.05 percentage points to the note rate for both the subsidized and unsubsidized portions of undergraduate loans, 3.6 points for graduate loans and 4.6 points for PLUS loans. As amended, the bill would cap the rates for undergraduate loans at 8.25 percent, graduate loans at 9.5 percent and PLUS loans at 10.5 percent. The current bill differs only slightly from the original version, which also set the interest rates on the 10-year Treasury note and passed the House, 221-198, in May. The House is expected to clear the measure this week. The White House, which threatened to veto the original House bill, backs the Senate compromise.

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

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

*Defense Appropriations – NSA Phone Record Collection Amendment
Vote Failed (205-217, 12 Not Voting)

An unlikely pair of Michiganders, Republican Justin Amash and Democrat John Conyers Jr. united to ensure a House floor vote on the Amash sponsored amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill that would restrict collection of telephone records through Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders to only data involving people under investigation. 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats supported the bill; however, a group of 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats voted to kill the amendment. Republican John A. Boehner of Ohio voted no, a rare vote from the House Speaker that showed how close the vote was. The White House opposed the amendment.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted YES

*Defense Appropriations—Final Passage
Vote Passed (315-109, 9 Not Voting)

After clearing numerous amendments, the House passed the C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla. sponsored legislation funding the Defense department for fiscal year 2014. After a split on the NSA amendment, 220 Republicans were joined by 95 Democrats in support of the bill with only 8 Republicans in opposition. It would provide $512.5 billion in non-war discretionary funding and $82.3 billion in contingency funds to support operations in Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism. The bill also includes a 1.8 percent pay raise for military personnel. The White House has already threatened to veto the legislation over provisions intended to limit executive branch budgetary and policy options, including effectively barring civilian furloughs in the next fiscal year, forbidding cuts in the strategic weapons arsenal and preventing spending to implement reductions required by the New START nuclear-arms agreement. The Senate likely won't take up the legislation until after the August recess.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO

*Coal Ash Regulations – Passage
Vote Passed (265-155, 13 Not Voting)

In the last vote of the week, the House passed a bill that would allow states to create and implement their own permit programs for coal combustion residuals, removing that authority from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA would still be able to review state permit programs in a limited manner. The Senate is unlikely to consider the legislation.

Rep. Peter DeFazio voted NO.

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