Vote History

December 2011 Vote History

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December Vote History

Budget, Taxes and the Economy

(917) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Question of Consideration
December 13, 2011 - Question of whether the House should consider the rule (H Res 491) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would extend a payroll tax reduction for workers, extend unemployment benefits and prevent a reduction in Medicare payments to doctors. Agreed to consider 227-174.

 

Vote: Yea


(918) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Previous Question
December 13, 2011 - Dreier, R-Calif., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 491) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would extend a payroll tax reduction for workers, extend unemployment benefits and prevent a reduction in Medicare payments to doctors. Motion agreed to 236-182.

 

Vote: Yea


 (919) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Rule
December 13, 2011 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 491) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would extend a payroll tax reduction for workers, extend unemployment benefits and prevent a reduction in Medicare payments to doctors. Adopted 236-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(922) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Recommit
December 13, 2011 - Van Hollen, D-Md., motion to recommit the bill to the Ways and Means Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would reduce the employee payroll tax rate to 3.1 percent in 2012. Beginning in 2012, it also would impose a 3.6 percent surtax on income over $1 million, which would be indexed to inflation. It also would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission within 270 days of the bill's enactment to issue rules to prohibit the trading of commodities, securities or any related swaps or futures based on "material nonpublic information" gained as a member or employee of Congress. The measure would require the disclosure of "political intelligence activities." Motion rejected 183-244.

 

Vote: Nay


 (923) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Passage
December 13, 2011 - Passage of the bill that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate through 2012. It also would provide for a 1 percent increase in Medicare payments rates to doctors in 2012 and 2013, preventing a reduction scheduled to occur in 2012. The bill also would extend workers' eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits through January 2013 and would make certain changes to eligibility criteria for the benefits. It also would reduce the maximum duration of benefits from 99 weeks to 59 weeks. The bill would increase the fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for guaranteeing home loans by at least 0.1 percentage point and, beginning in 2017, would raise Medicare premiums paid by people making over $80,000 per year. It also would require the president to approve the Keystone XL pipeline permit application within 60 days of the bill's enactment unless it is determined that the pipeline is not in the national interest. Passed 234-193.

 

Vote: Yea


(937) - HR 2055, HR3672, HCONRES94: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations - Previous Question
December 16, 2011 - Dreier, R-Calif., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule that would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report on the bill (HR 2055) that would make approximately $915 billion in fiscal 2012 appropriations for Defense, Energy-Water, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Interior-Environment, Labor-HHS-Education, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-VA, and State-Foreign Operations. The rule also would provide for consideration of a bill (HR 3672) that would provide $8.1 billion in fiscal 2012 disaster-relief funding and a resolution (H Con Res 94) that would add recission language to the disaster-relief bill that would reduce funding for most discretionary programs by 1.8 percent. Motion agreed to 239-179.

 

Vote: Yea


 (938) - HR 2055, HR3672, HCONRES94: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations - Rule
December 16, 2011 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 500) that would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report on the bill (HR 2055) that would make approximately $915 billion in fiscal 2012 appropriations for Defense, Energy-Water, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Interior-Environment, Labor-HHS-Education, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-VA, and State-Foreign Operations. The rule also would provide for consideration of a bill (HR 3672) that would provide $8.1 billion in fiscal 2012 disaster-relief funding and a resolution (H Con Res 94) that would add rescission language to the disaster-relief bill that would reduce funding for most discretionary programs by 1.8 percent. The rule also would waive, through the legislative day of Dec. 31, 2011, the two-thirds majority vote requirement to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee for legislation regarding fiscal 2012 continuing appropriations, tax extensions or Medicare payments to physicians. It also would permit the Speaker to entertain motions to suspend the rules through the legislative day of Dec. 16, 2011 regarding a measure related to fiscal 2012 continuing appropriations. It also would provide that the House clerk shall not transmit a message to the Senate that the House passed HR 3672 until the Senate has taken a vote on the adoption of H Con Res 94 as adopted by the House. Adopted 252-164.

 

Vote: Yea


(941) - HR 2055: Fiscal 2012 Omnibus Appropriations - Conference Report
December 16, 2011 - Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would provide approximately $915 billion in discretionary appropriations for fiscal 2012. Included in that total is approximately $518.8 billion in base Defense funding, $32.1 billion for the Energy Department and related agencies, $21.5 billion in discretionary funding for Financial Services, $41.3 billion for Homeland Security, $29.2 billion for Interior-Environment, $156.3 billion in discretionary funding for Labor-HHS-Education, $4.3 billion for Legislative Branch, $73.7 billion in discretionary funding for Military Construction-VA and $33.5 billion for the State Department and foreign assistance. Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 296-121.

 

Vote: Yea


 (942) - H Con Res 94: Discretionary Funding Rescission - Adoption
December 16, 2011 - Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House Clerk to add rescission language to a disaster relief bill (HR 3672) that would cut appropriated fiscal 2012 discretionary funding for most programs, except for Defense and Military Construction-VA, by 1.83 percent. Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 255-165.

 

Vote: Yea


 (943) - HR 3672: Fiscal 2012 Disaster Relief - Passage
December 16, 2011 - Passage of the bill that would provide $8.1 billion in emergency funding for fiscal 2012 disaster relief, including $6.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund and $1.7 billion for the Army Civil Corps of Engineers. Passed 351-67.

 

Vote: Yea


(944) - HR 3630, HRES501: Year-End Extensions - Previous Question
December 20, 2011 - Scott, R-S.C., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 502) that would provide for House floor consideration of a motion to disagree with the Senate amendments and request a conference on a bill (HR 3630) that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate, Medicare payments rates to doctors scheduled to decrease in 2012 and workers' eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits through February 2012. It also would provide for consideration of a resolution (H Res 501) that would express the sense of the House that Congress should extend for one year the payroll tax holiday, extend and revise unemployment benefits and prevent for two years any decreases in reimbursements to doctors who provide care to Medicare patients. Motion agreed to 233-187.

 

Vote: Yea


(945) - HR 3630, HRES501: Year-End Extensions - Rule
December 20, 2011 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 502) that would provide for House floor consideration of a motion to disagree with the Senate amendments and request a conference on a bill (HR 3630) that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate, Medicare payments rates to doctors and workers' eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits through February 2012. It also would provide for consideration of a resolution (H Res 501) that would express the sense of the House that Congress should extend for one year the payroll tax holiday, extend and revise unemployment benefits and prevent for two years any decreases in reimbursements to doctors who provide care to Medicare patients. The rule also would waive, through the legislative day of Jan. 17, 2012, the two-thirds majority vote requirement to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee. It also would permit the Speaker to entertain motions to suspend the rules through Jan. 15, 2012. Adopted 231-187.

 

Vote: Yea


 (946) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Motion to Request Conference
December 20, 2011 - Camp, R-Mich., motion to disagree with the Senate amendments and request a conference on a bill (HR 3630) that would extend through February 2012 the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate, Medicare payments rates to doctors and workers' eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits. The bill also would require the president to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline within 60 days of the bill's enactment unless he certifies that doing so is not in the national interest. Motion agreed to 229-193.

 

Vote: Yea


(948) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Motion to Instruct
December 20, 2011 - Hoyer, D-Md., motion to instruct conferees to recede from the House's disagreement with a Senate-passed version of the measure that would provide a two-month extension of a Social Security payroll tax cut and long-term jobless benefits, among other provisions. Motion rejected 183-238.

 

Vote: Nay


 (949) - H Res 501: Sense of the House on Year-End Extensions - Adoption
December 20, 2011 - Adoption of the resolution that would express the sense of the House that Congress should extend for one year the payroll tax holiday, extend and overhaul unemployment benefits, and prevent for two years any decreases in reimbursements to doctors who provide care to Medicare patients. The resolution also would express the sense of the House that any agreement on those issues should include final approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and also provide for the drafting of new regulations for boilers that are "achievable and cost-effective." Adopted 226-185.

 

Vote: Yea

Business and Labor

(875) - HR 527: Small Business Regulations - Safety Exemptions
December 01, 2011 - Cohen, D-Tenn., amendment no. 3 that would exempt rules related to food safety, workplace safety, consumer-product safety, air quality or water quality from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 171-248.

 

Vote: Nay


(876) - HR 527: Small Business Regulations - Job Creation Exemption
December 01, 2011 - Peters, D-Mich., amendment no. 4 that would exempt rules that the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job creation from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 179-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(877) - HR 527: Small Business Regulations - Cost-Effectiveness Study
December 01, 2011 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 5 that would require the Government Accountability Office, within two years of the bill's enactment, to report to Congress on the cost-effectiveness of the bill's provisions, including information on the additional costs complying with requirements the bill imposes on agencies. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 172-250.

 

Vote: Nay


(878) - HR 527: Small Business Regulations - Food Safety Exemption
December 01, 2011 - Johnson, D-Ga., amendment no. 6 that would exempt from the bill's provisions any rules necessary to carry out a 2011 food safety law which gave the Food and Drug Administration new authority to issue mandatory recalls of suspected contaminated food. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-250.

 

Vote: Nay


(879) - HR 527: Small Business Regulations - Recommit
December 01, 2011 - Sanchez, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would exempt from the bill's provisions rules related to providing incentives for small businesses to hire veterans. Motion rejected 188-233.

 

Vote: Nay


(880) - HR 527: Small Business Regulations - Passage
December 01, 2011 - Passage of the bill that would give the Small Business Administration new powers to ensure federal agencies comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980. It would expand the reviews agencies must conduct to include the "indirect costs" of the rules. It also would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge rules in court. Passed 263-159.

 

Vote: Nay


Congress and the Federal Government

(872) - HR 3463: Election Assistance - Recommit
December 01, 2011 - Bishop, D-Ga., motion to recommit the bill to the House Administration Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would direct that, to the extent that the Election Assistance Commission is responsible for enforcing or administering such laws, any successor organization be responsible for provisions relating to federal election voting access, including obtaining absentee ballots, for the elderly, for people with disabilities, members of the armed forces, citizens living overseas and others, including those whose rights are protected under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Motion rejected 190-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(873) - HR 3463: Election Assistance - Passage
December 01, 2011 - Passage of the bill that would eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which provides public financing to eligible presidential campaigns and national party conventions. The bill would eliminate, starting in 2011, the income-tax form check off which funds the program and would transfer all money in the fund to the Treasury. The bill also would eliminate the Election Assistance Commission and transfer certain functions it performs to the Federal Election Commission. Passed 235-190.

 

Vote: Yea


(882) - HR 3010: Regulatory Rulemaking Criteria - Disproportionate Impact
December 02, 2011 - Moore, D-Wis., amendment no.1 that would add whether the impact of the problem an agency action is intended to address falls disproportionately on veterans, the elderly or people whose income is below 200 percent of the poverty line to the list of factors to consider when making rules. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 187-232.

 

Vote: Nay


(883) - HR 3010: Regulatory Rulemaking Criteria - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
December 02, 2011 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 3 that would allow agencies to determine whether to issue advance notice of proposed rulemaking for major rules. Under the bill, agencies would be required to issue such notices at least 90 days before issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 162-250.

 

Vote: Nay


 (884) - HR 3010: Regulatory Rulemaking Criteria - Safety Exemptions
December 02, 2011 - Connolly, D-Va., amendment no. 5 that would exempt rules related to food safety, workplace safety, consumer-product safety, air quality or water quality from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 171-242.

 

Vote: Nay


(885) - HR 3010: Regulatory Rulemaking Criteria - Nuclear Regulatory Commission Exemption
December 02, 2011 - Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment no. 6 that would exempt rules made by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under the Atomic Energy Act, which among other things provides the commission the authority to regulate nuclear power plants. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-247.

 

Vote: Nay


(886) - HR 3010: Regulatory Rulemaking Criteria - Homeland Security Exemption
December 02, 2011 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 7 that would exempt rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 175-247.

 

Vote: Nay


(887) - HR 3010: Regulatory Rulemaking Criteria - Recommit
December 02, 2011 - Boswell, D-Iowa, motion to recommit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would exempt from the bill's provisions rules that reduce costs or increase coverage for pharmaceuticals and other health services for seniors as well as other rules issued by the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans Affairs Department to negotiate lower prescription drug prices.Motion rejected 186-233.

 

Vote: Nay


(888) - HR 3010: Regulatory Rulemaking Criteria - Passage
December 02, 2011 - Passage of the bill that would modify the federal rule-making process to require agencies to consider new criteria when issuing rules such as the availability of "reasonable alternatives," including not taking action at the federal level. The bill would require agencies to adopt the least costly rule proposal unless it certified that a higher-cost alternative's benefits outweighed the costs and the decision was based on protecting public health, safety or welfare. It also would impose new procedural requirements related to rules with an annual estimated economic impact greater than $100 million. Passed 253-167.

 

Vote: Yea


(889) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Previous Question
December 06, 2011 - Nugent, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 479) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would require congressional approval for rules estimated to have an annual economic cost of $100 million or greater. Motion agreed to 236-184.

 

Vote: Yea


(890) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Rule
December 06, 2011 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 479) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would require congressional approval for rules estimated to have an economic cost of $100 million or greater. The rule would provide for the automatic adoption of an amendment to a 1985 deficit reduction law to provide that costs associated with approving or disapproving of rules authorized by budget-related legislation are accounted for under the congressional budget process. Adopted 235-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(895) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Job Creation Exemption
December 07, 2011 - Johnson, D-Ga., amendment no. 2 that would exempt rules that the Office of Management and Budget determines would result in net job creation from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 187-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(896) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Cost-Benefit Analysis Requirement
December 07, 2011 - Schrader, D-Ore., amendment no. 3 that would require agencies to also submit a cost-benefit analysis when they submit proposed major rules to Congress. It would require that federal agencies submit a list of the criteria they use to conduct cost-benefit analyses by Jan. 1, 2013, or one year after the bill's enactment, whichever comes later. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 183-238.

 

Vote: Nay


(897) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Safety Exemptions
December 07, 2011 - McCarthy, D-N.Y., amendment no. 5 that would exempt rules related to food safety, workplace safety, consumer-product safety, air quality or water quality from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 177-246.

 

Vote: Nay


(898) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Homeland Security Exemption
December 07, 2011 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 6 that would exempt rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 177-242.

 

Vote: Nay


(899) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Veterans Exemption
December 07, 2011 - Moore, D-Wis., amendment no. 7 that would exempt rules related to veterans or veterans affairs from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 183-240.

 

Vote: Nay


(900) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Recommit
December 07, 2011 - DeLauro, D-Conn., motion to recommit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would exempt from the bill's provisions rules related to country of origin labeling. Motion rejected 183-235.

 

Vote: Nay


(901) - HR 10: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Passage
December 07, 2011 - Passage of the bill that would allow "major" rules issued by agencies to take effect only if Congress votes to enact them with a joint resolution. The bill would define a major rule as any rule that would have an annual economic effect greater than $100 million; would cause a major increase in costs or prices; or would have a significant adverse effect on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation or U.S. economic competitiveness. The bill would establish procedures for consideration of the resolutions and would provide exemptions for rules concerning monetary policy proposed by the Federal Reserve or the Federal Open Market Committee. Passed 241-184.

 

Vote: Yea


(905) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
December 08, 2011 - Approval of the House Journal of Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Approved 312-94.

 

Vote: Nay


(915) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
December 12, 2011 - Approval of the House Journal of Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Approved 277-74.

 

Vote: Nay


(916) - : Procedural Motion - Motion to Adjourn
December 12, 2011 - Jackson, D-Ill., motion to adjourn. Motion rejected 0-355.

Vote: Nay


(930) - HR 1264: M.D. Anderson Plaza - Passage
December 14, 2011 - Issa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate the property between the U.S. federal courthouse and the Ed Jones Federal Building in Jackson, Tenn., as the "M.D. Anderson Plaza." Motion agreed to 418-1.

 

Vote: Yea


(933) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
December 15, 2011 - Approval of the House Journal of Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Approved 330-83.

 

Vote: Nay


(947) - H Res 504: Allen West Comments - Motion to Table
December 20, 2011 - Price, R-Ga., motion to table (kill) the Edwards, D-Md., resolution that would declare the House's disapproval of comments from Allen West, R-Fla., for bringing "discredit to the House by offending the memory of those who died during the Holocaust." The resolution cited a news report that quoted West as saying, "If Joseph Goebbels was around, he'd be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine." Motion agreed to 231-188.

 

Vote: Yea


Domestic Issues

(881) - H Res 364: Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room - Adoption
December 01, 2011 - Fleischmann, R-Tenn., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution that would designate HVC-215 in the Capitol Visitor Center as the "Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room."  Motion agreed to 419-0: R 233-0; D 186-0; I 0-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(891) - HR 2471: Video Rental Information Disclosure - Passage
December 06, 2011 - Goodlatte, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would amend a 1988 video privacy law, known as the Video Privacy Protection Act, to allow videotape service providers to seek a customer's consent in advance to release personally identifiable video rental information. Under the bill, consent could be obtained via the Internet. Motion agreed to 303-116.

 

Vote: Yea


(904) - HR 1254: Synthetic Drugs - Passage
December 08, 2011 - Pitts, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would list certain substances under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, thereby making their sale or possession illegal. The bill also would increase, from 18 months to 36 months, the amount of time the Drug Enforcement Administration is allowed to administratively ban a substance. Motion agreed to 317-98.

 

Vote: Yea


(913) - HR 3220: Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder Post Office - Passage
December 12, 2011 - Issa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in Pine City, Minn., as the "Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder Post Office."
Motion agreed to 351-0: R 201-0; D 150-0; I 0-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(914) - HR 2158: Wayne Grisham Post Office - Passage
December 12, 2011 - Issa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in La Mirada, Calif., as the "Wayne Grisham Post Office."
Motion agreed to 353-1.

 

Vote: Yea


(920) - HR 3246: Spc. Peter J. Navarro Post Office Building - Passage
December 13, 2011 - Issa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in Ballwin, Mo., as the "Spc. Peter J. Navarro Post Office Building."
Motion agreed to 415-0.

 

Vote: Yea


 (921) - S 384: Breast Cancer Research Stamps - Passage
December 13, 2011 - Issa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend, through 2015, the Postal Service's authority to issue stamps to raise funds for breast cancer research. Motion agreed to 417-1.

 

Vote: Yea


(924) - HR 2767: William T. Trant Post Office Building - Passage
December 13, 2011 - Issa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in Westfield, Mass., as the "William T. Trant Post Office Building."
Motion agreed to 420-0: R 234-0; D 186-0; I 0-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(929) - HR 3421: Sept. 11 Medals of Honor - Passage
December 14, 2011 - Bachus, R-Ala., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would award three Congressional Gold Medals in honor of the men and women who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks. Motion agreed to 416-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(934) - HR 886: U.S. Marshals Commemorative Coins - Passage
December 15, 2011 - Jones, R-N.C., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the Treasury to mint and issue coins to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service. The department would be directed to issue the coins in 2015. Motion agreed to 412-1.

 

Vote: Yea


Energy, Environment and Federal Land

(902) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Previous Question
December 08, 2011 - Webster, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 487) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would prohibit, for one year, the EPA from revising current rules regarding the emission of coarse particulate matter. Motion agreed to 241-173.

 

Vote: Yea


(903) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Rule
December 08, 2011 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 487) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would prohibit, for one year, the EPA from revising current rules regarding the emission of coarse particulate matter. It also would exempt "nuisance dust" from regulation under the Clean Air Act except in cases where it is not regulated under state, local or tribal law and the benefits of regulation exceed the cost and potential economic effects on local and regional employment. Adopted 249-161.

 

Vote: Yea


(906) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - 'Nuisance Dust' Exemption Elimination
December 08, 2011 - Rush, D-Ill., amendment no. 1 that would strike language in the bill that would exempt "nuisance dust" from regulation under the Clean Air Act in most cases. It also would state that nothing in the bill would preclude the EPA from regulating fine particulate matter. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 150-255.

 

Vote: Nay


(907) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Public Health Exemption
December 08, 2011 - Christensen, D-V.I., amendment no. 2 that would allow the EPA to regulate "nuisance dust" if the agency determines state, tribal or local laws were insufficient to protect public health. The EPA would still need to determine that "nuisance dust" causes substantial harm to public health and that the benefits of applying standards outweigh the costs. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 159-250.

 

Vote: Nay


(908) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Arsenic Exemption
December 08, 2011 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment no. 4 that would exclude particulate matter that contains arsenic or other heavy metals hazardous to human health from the definition of "nuisance dust" under the bill. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 165-249.

 

Vote: Nay


(909) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Mining Exemption
December 08, 2011 - Waxman, D-Calif., amendment no. 5 that would exclude particulate matter produced during mining activities from the definition of "nuisance dust" under the bill. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 158-257.

 

Vote: Nay


(910) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Jobs Impact Study
December 08, 2011 - Al Green, D-Texas, amendment no. 8 that would require the EPA to provide a report to Congress estimating the number of jobs created or lost due to enactment of the bill. The report would be due within 180 days of enactment. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-247.

 

Vote: Nay


(911) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Recommit
December 08, 2011 - DeGette, D-Colo., motion to recommit the bill to the Energy and Commerce Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would state that nothing in the bill would preclude the EPA from acting under the Clean Air Act to regulate particulate emissions containing cadmium, lead or asbestos. Motion rejected 166-252.

 

Vote: Nay


(912) - HR 1633: Coarse Particulates Regulation - Passage
December 08, 2011 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing, implementing or enforcing regulations for one year that would modify current rules regarding the emission of coarse particulate matter. It also would exempt "nuisance dust" from regulation under the Clean Air Act except in cases where it is not regulated under state, local or tribal law and the benefits of regulation exceed the cost and potential economic effects on local and regional employment. Nuisance dust would be defined as particulate matter "generated primarily from natural sources, unpaved roads, agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities typically conducted in rural areas," that is not radioactive and is not emitted directly into the air from combustion. Passed 268-150.

 

Vote: Yea


(935) - HR 2719: Rattlesnake Mountain Summit Access - Passage
December 15, 2011 - Hastings, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the Interior Department to provide public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state for educational, recreational, historical, scientific, cultural and other purposes. The department would be authorized to enter into cooperative agreements to maintain the access road or provide guided tours. Motion agreed to 416-0.

 

Vote: Yea


 (936) - HR 443: Maniilaq Association Land Conveyance - Passage
December 15, 2011 - Hastings, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to convey approximately 15 acres of land in Kotzebue, Alaska to the Maniilaq Association. The bill would release the association from any liability for pre-existing contamination on the sites. Motion agreed to 407-4.

 

Vote: Yea


(940) - S 278: Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District Land Exchange - Passage
December 16, 2011 - Hastings, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize Agriculture Department to exchange approximately five acres of land with the Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District of Boulder, Colo. The bill also would authorize the department to sell the land to the district at fair market value if the exchange is not completed within one year. Motion agreed to 413-0.

 

Vote: Yea


Foreign Affairs and Immigration

(927) - HR 1905: Iran Sanctions - Passage
December 14, 2011 - Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would expand the slate of activities that could trigger sanctions to include making certain petroleum resource agreements with Iran, purchasing Iranian debt and supporting port facility construction and management. The bill would require the president to impose sanctions on those doing business with the Central Bank of Iran if it is determined the bank is linked to the Iranian weapons program. Motion agreed to 410-11.

 

Vote: Yea


 (928) - HR 2105: Iran, North Korea, and Syria Non-Proliferation - Passage
December 14, 2011 - Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would modify existing non-proliferation sanctions for Iran, North Korea and Syria. The bill would strike waivers contained in current law, as well as provide sanctions for those who help to transfer components of weapons of mass destruction or who sell conventional military goods and technology to the three countries. Motion agreed to 418-2.

 

Vote: Yea


Transportation and Homeland Security

(874) - HR 527: Small Business Regulations - Homeland Security Exemption
December 01, 2011 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 2 that would exempt rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security from the bill's provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 173-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(939) - HR 1892: Fiscal 2012 Intelligence Authorization - Motion to Concur
December 16, 2011 - Rogers, R-Mich., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would authorize classified amounts in fiscal 2012 for 16 intelligence agencies, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA, the National Security Agency, and for intelligence activities of the Defense Department, the FBI, the Homeland Security Department and other agencies. It would direct the CIA to provide congressional intelligence committees with a classified report detailing the search for Osama bin Laden as well as the raid that killed him. The bill also would increase, from 15 days to 30 days, the advance notice the president must provide to Congress before transferring a detainee held at Guantanamo Bay to another country. Motion agreed to 396-23.

 

Vote: Yea


War on Terror and Armed Forces

(892) - HR 1540: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization - Motion to Instruct
December 07, 2011 - Smith, D-Wash., motion to instruct conferees to insist on amendments in the House version of the bill related to reducing the incidence of sexual assault in the military. The amendments would, among other things, require the military to provide sexual assault response and prevention training as well as certain other services. They also would require the establishment of sexual-assault response coordinators and victim advocates. Motion agreed to 421-2.

 

Vote: Yea


(893) - HR 1540: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization - Motion to Close Conference
December 07, 2011 - McKeon, R-Calif., motion to close portions of the conference on the bill that would authorize funding for defense programs for fiscal 2012. Motion agreed to 406-17: R 235-2.

Vote: Yea


(925) - HR 1540: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization - Previous Question
December 14, 2011 - Bishop, R-Utah, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 493) that would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report on the bill that would authorize $662.4 billion for defense programs for fiscal 2012. Motion agreed to 235-173.

 

Vote: Yea


 (926) - HR 1540: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization - Rule
December 14, 2011 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 493) that would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report on the bill that would authorize $662.4 billion for defense programs for fiscal 2012. It also would allow for consideration of measures under suspension of the rules at any time through the end of the first session of the 112th Congress. Adopted 245-169.

 

Vote: Yea


(931) - HR 1540: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization - Recommit
December 14, 2011 - Bishop, D-Ga., motion to recommit the conference report on the bill to the conference committee with instructions requiring managers to disagree with provisions regarding the determination of whether TRICARE network providers are considered subcontractors. Motion rejected 183-234.

 

Vote: Nay


 (932) - HR 1540: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization - Conference Report
December 14, 2011 - Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would authorize $662.4 billion in for defense programs in fiscal 2012, including approximately $115.5 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would authorize $248.4 billion for operations and maintenance; $153.7 billion for military personnel; $13 billion for military construction, family housing, and base closings; and $33 billion for the Defense Health Program. It would authorize a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel. The measure would require terrorism suspects to be held in military, rather than civilian, custody. The requirement would not affect "existing criminal enforcement" operations. The measure would prohibit the transfer of a detainee to a foreign country until the Defense secretary certifies to Congress the country meets certain security and judicial standards. It also would call for new sanctions on financial institutions that do business with Iran's Central Bank. Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 283-136.

 

Vote: Nay


Veterans

(894) - HR 2055: Fiscal 2012 Military Construction-VA Appropriations - Motion to Instruct
December 07, 2011 - Dicks, D-Wash., motion to instruct conferees to recede to Senate language that would authorize more funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs medical and prosthetic research account. Motion agreed to 409-13.

 

Vote: Yea


 

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