Vote History

March 2012 Vote History

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March Vote History

Budget, Taxes and the Economy

(96) - HR 4105: Countervailing Duties - Passage
March 06, 2012 - Camp, R-Mich., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that the Commerce Department has the authority to impose countervailing duties on imports from non-market economy countries. Motion agreed to 370-39.

 

Vote: Yea


(127) - HR 2779: Inter-Affiliate Swaps Exemption - Passage
March 26, 2012 - Garrett, R-N.J., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would exclude from the definition of "swap" any agreement, contract or transaction entered between affiliated entities under the common control of the same parent company. This would exempt affiliate swap transactions from clearing and execution requirements, margin and capital requirements, and reporting requirements other than reporting directly to the Securities Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Motion agreed to 357-36.

 

Vote: Yea


(128) - HR 2682: Derivatives End-User Exemption - Passage
March 26, 2012 - Garrett, R-N.J., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would exempt non-financial companies that use derivatives to hedge risk from having to meet Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission margin requirements mandated in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. Motion agreed to 370-24.

 

Vote: Yea


(139) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Previous Question
March 28, 2012 - Woodall, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 597) which would provide for House floor consideration of the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets for the next 10 years. Motion agreed to 235-183.

 

Vote: Yea

 


(140) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Rule
March 28, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 597) that would provide for House floor consideration of the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets for the next 10 years. The rule also would allow the House to consider a measure related to extending surface transportation programs under suspension of the rules on the legislative day of Thursday, March 29, 2012. Adopted 241-184.

 

Vote: Yea


(143) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - President's Budget Substitute
March 28, 2012 - Mulvaney, R-S.C., substitute amendment that would provide $2.981 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2013 , not including off-budget accounts. It would assume the replacement of the $1.2 trillion sequestration scheduled under the 2011 debt limit law with $517 billion in mandatory savings over the next 10 years and assume changes to the tax code that would raise more than $1.5 trillion. It would assume the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for single taxpayers with incomes over $200,000 and married couples making over $250,000 and changes to corporate tax policies to provide incentives for corporations to do business in the United States. It would preserve the health care overhaul law and the existing structure of Medicare, but include $364 billion in savings from Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs. It also would accommodate a six-year surface transportation authorization. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 0-414.

 

Vote: Nay


(144) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Congressional Black Caucus Substitute
March 28, 2012 - Cleaver, D-Mo., substitute amendment that would provide $3.128 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume the cancellation of the sequestration scheduled by the 2011 debt limit law and cap defense spending at $554 billion in fiscal 2013. It would call for increased spending for education and job training programs and an extension of unemployment benefits by 14 weeks. It would assume additional revenue, including most of the proposals in the president's budget, such as allowing the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 enacted tax cuts for higher income taxpayers, and also assume changes to the treatment of capital gains and dividends. It would call for increased funding for transportation projects, health care services and veterans' benefits and services. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 107-314.

 

Vote: Nay


(145) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Bipartisan Budget Substitute
March 28, 2012 - Cooper, D-Tenn., substitute amendment that would provide $2.870 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts. It would call for $4 trillion in deficit reduction through cuts in spending and increases in revenue. It would call for a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code to simplify the system and reduce marginal tax rates as well as call for changes to the health care system that would achieve savings of $485 billion through 2021. It would direct the Budget Committee to report a bill that would repeal the sequester required by the 2011 debt limit law and direct seven House committees to find savings in fiscal 2013 through 2021. It also would include a policy statement that Congress should work on a bipartisan effort to make Social Security permanently solvent over 75 years. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 38-382.

 

Vote: Nay


(148) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Substitute
March 29, 2012 - Honda, D-Calif., substitute amendment that would provide $3.309 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts. The substitute would assume increased tax revenue, in part by indexing the alternative minimum tax for 10 years, maintaining the current top tax brackets until 2017, creating a progressive estate tax and taxing capital gains and qualified dividends as ordinary income. It also would assume the enactment of a public option for health care and negotiation of drug payments with pharmaceutical companies as well as the prevention of a cut in Medicare physician payments. It would assume the elimination of corporate tax breaks for oil, gas and coal companies. It also would assume no funding for military activities in Afghanistan in 2014 but would call for funding in 2013 for redeployment out of the region, with an estimated savings of $1.1 trillion over 10 years. It would accommodate investments for job creation, early childhood, K-12 and special education, energy and alternative-fuel vehicle research, housing and research and development. It also would accommodate a six-year surface transportation authorization.  Rejected in Committee of the Whole 78-346.

 

Vote: Nay


(149) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Republican Study Committee Substitute
March 29, 2012 - Garrett, R-N.J., substitute amendment that would provide $2.663 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts. It would limit non-defense discretionary spending for fiscal 2013 to $931 billion. It would assume a health care overhaul that would, beginning in 2023, transform Medicare into a health insurance program that provide premium subsidies to enrollees to help offset the cost of health insurance policies. It also would assume conversion of the federal share of Medicaid spending into a block grant to states that would be level-funded at $267 billion per year for the next 10 years. It would assume an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate the estate tax, allow taxpayers to switch to a system with two tax brackets and cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285.

 

Vote: Yea


(150) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Democratic Substitute
March 29, 2012 - Van Hollen, D-Md., substitute amendment that would provide $2.966 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts. In fiscal 2013, it would cap discretionary spending at $1.047 trillion, including $546 billion for defense spending. It would assume the replacement of the $1.2 trillion sequestration scheduled under the 2011 debt limit law with deficit reduction from targeted spending cuts and revenue increases. It would reduce the deficit to below 3 percent of gross domestic product for every year after 2014, and assume permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the middle class and the elimination of a variety of corporate tax breaks. It would assume full implementation of the 2010 health care overhaul and would accommodate funding for surface transportation, first-responder and veterans jobs, and a temporary tax credit for new hiring and wage increases. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 163-262.

 

Vote: Nay


(151) - H Con Res 112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Adoption
March 29, 2012 - Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would provide $2.793 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts. It calls for limiting discretionary appropriations to $1.028 trillion in 2013 and for major cuts in non-defense discretionary and mandatory spending over the next 10 years. It would assume significant future savings by restructuring Medicare into a "premium support" system beginning in 2023, converting Medicaid and the food stamp program into block grants to states, and repealing the 2010 health care overhaul. It calls for an overhaul of the tax code, under which the alternative minimum tax would be repealed, the six current individual income tax brackets would be consolidated into two, tax credits and deductions would be eliminated or curtailed, and the corporate tax code modified to reduce the top rate to 25 percent from 35 percent and converted into a "territorial" tax system where U.S. companies would pay tax only on income earned in the United States. It also would direct the Budget Committee to report a bill that would repeal the sequestration of discretionary spending set for January 2013 by the 2011 debt limit law and direct six House committees to find substitute savings from mandatory programs. Adopted 228-191.

 

Vote: Yea

Business and Labor

(101) - H Res 572: Small Business Startups - Previous Question
March 07, 2012 - Sessions, R-Texas, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 572) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill regarding certain rules related to small businesses. Motion agreed to 244-177.

 

Vote: Yea


(102) - H Res 572: Small Business Startups - Rule
March 07, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 572) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would define "emerging growth companies" and exempt them from certain independent auditing requirements. The rule also would provide for the automatic adoption of a substitute amendment that would add provisions to modify Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and registration requirements for small businesses and to set conditions under which security issuers could advertise to potential investors and businesses could use "crowdfunding" to raise capital from investors. Adopted 252-166.

 

Vote: Yea


(103) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Qualifying Threshold
March 07, 2012 - Himes, D-Conn., amendment that would lower the threshold from $1 billion to $750 million for a business to qualify as an emerging growth company. It also would eliminate the metric that stipulates emerging growth companies cannot have more than $700 million in publicly traded shares. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 164-245.

 

Vote: Nay


(104) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Executive Compensation
March 07, 2012 - Ellison, D-Minn., amendment that would strike language from the bill that would exempt emerging growth companies from required shareholder votes on executive compensation, called "say-on-pay," and compensation for retiring executives known as "golden parachutes." Rejected in Committee of the Whole 169-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(105) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Broker-Dealer Reports
March 07, 2012 - Waters, D-Calif., amendment that would require research reports to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if a broker or dealer is underwriting an initial public offering (IPO) for an emerging growth company and providing research to the public about the IPO. It would also require that communications before or after an offering between emerging growth companies and potential investors be filed with the SEC. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 161-259.

 

Vote: Nay


(106) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Oil and Gas Price Speculation
March 07, 2012 - Connolly, D-Va., amendment that would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to study and report to Congress on the impact financial speculation of domestic oil and gasoline prices has on the ability of emerging growth companies to raise capital. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 185-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(107) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Employer Disclosures
March 08, 2012 - Peters, D-Mich., amendment that would require publicly traded companies to disclose on an annual basis the total number of employees they have in each country and the percentage increase or decrease in employment in each country. It would exempt emerging growth companies from the requirement and give new public companies five years to comply with the requirement. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 175-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(108) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - IPO Report
March 08, 2012 - Capps, D-Calif., amendment that would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue a report to Congress within one year of the bill's enactment on the increase in initial public offerings that resulted from the bill, including specific increases in filings by manufacturing and high-technology companies. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 172-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(109) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Recommit
March 08, 2012 - Eshoo, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Financial Services Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with an amendment that would require emerging growth companies to disclose publicly and to the Federal Election Commission any political expenditures or contributions made during a fiscal year. Motion rejected 170-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(110) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Passage
March 08, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would define "emerging growth companies" and exempt them from certain independent auditing requirements. As amended, a company would lose its emerging growth status if it has issued more than $1 billion in non-convertible debt over the prior three years. The bill also would increase from $5 million to $50 million the annual public offering threshold for companies to be exempt from full Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing requirements and raise the number of shareholders that would trigger mandatory SEC registration from 500 to 2,000. It also would raise to 2,000 the number of shareholders that would trigger a requirement for SEC registration for a bank. The bill would lift a SEC ban that prevents small, privately-held companies from using advertisements to solicit investors and allow companies to sell up to $2 million worth of securities -- with an investment cap of $10,000 per individual -- without registering with the SEC. Passed 390-23.

 

Vote: Yea


(132) - HR 3606: Small Business Startups - Motion to Concur
March 27, 2012 - Bachus, R-Ala., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would define "emerging growth companies" and exempt them from certain independent auditing requirements. It would increase from $5 million to $50 million the annual public offering threshold for companies to be exempt from full Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing requirements and raise the number of shareholders that would trigger mandatory SEC registration from 750 to 2,000. It also would raise to 2,000 the number of shareholders that would trigger a requirement for SEC registration for a bank. The bill would lift a SEC ban that prevents small, privately-held companies from using advertisements to solicit investors and allow companies to sell up to $1 million worth of securities without registering with the SEC. It also would require anyone acting as a "crowdfunding" intermediary to register with securities regulators. Motion agreed to 380-41.

 

Vote: Yea


Congress and the Federal Government

(92) - H Res 562: Civil Rights Oral History Compilation - Adoption
March 01, 2012 - Adoption of the resolution that would direct the Office of the Historian to compile oral histories from current and former members of the House who participated in the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Ala., marches, the annual marches and who were involved in the civil rights movement in general. Adopted 418-0.

 

Vote: Yea

 


(121) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
March 21, 2012 - Approval of the House Journal of Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Approved 308-101.

 

Vote: Nay


(129) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
March 26, 2012 - Approval of the House Journal of Thursday, March 22, 2012. Approved 310-80.

 

Vote: Yea


(142) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
March 28, 2012 - Approval of the House Journal of Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Approved 300-111.

 

Vote: Nay


 

Domestic Issues

(95) - HR 3637: Roy Schallern Rood Post Office Building - Passage
March 05, 2012 - Farenthold, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in Jupiter, Fla., as the "Roy Schallern Rood Post Office Building." Motion agreed to 362-2.

 

Vote: Yea


(120) - HR 886: U.S. Marshals Service Annivesary Coin - Passage
March 21, 2012 - Stivers, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would direct Treasury to mint and issue coins to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service. The Senate amendment would require the Treasury secretary to ensure that issuing the coins would not result in any net cost to the federal government. Motion agreed to 409-2.

 

Vote: Yea


(130) - HR 3309: Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking - Previous Question
March 27, 2012 - Webster, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 595) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would modify requirements for the Federal Communications Commission rulemaking process. Motion agreed to 236-182.

 

Vote: Yea


(131) - HR 3309: Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking - Rule
March 27, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 595) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would modify requirements for the Federal Communications Commission rulemaking process. Adopted 242-177.

 

Vote: Yea


(134) - HR 3309: Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking - Baby Monitor Labeling Rules
March 27, 2012 - Crowley, D-N.Y., amendment that would require that new or revised Federal Communications Commission rules on baby monitors mandate the packaging of an analog baby monitor to display a warning label stating that sounds or images shown by the monitor could be easily seen or heard by potential intruders outside the home. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 196-219.

 

Vote: Nay


(135) - HR 3309: Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking - Political Ad Disclosures
March 27, 2012 - Eshoo, D-Calif., amendment that would require entities sponsoring political programming to disclose the identity of any donor that has contributed $10,000 or more to such entity in an election reporting cycle. Broadcasters would have to include the information in files available for public inspection. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 179-238.

 

Vote: Nay


(136) - HR 3309: Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking - Rural Broadband Access
March 27, 2012 - Owens, D-N.Y., amendment that would specify that nothing in the bill would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from implementing rules to ensure broadband access in rural areas. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 194-222.

 

Vote: Nay


(137) - HR 3309: Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking - Recommit
March 27, 2012 - Perlmutter, D-Colo., motion to recommit the bill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would clarify that nothing in the bill would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from adopting or amending rules to protect online privacy, including rules that prohibit licensees or regulated entities from mandating that job applicants or employees disclose confidential passwords to social networking websites. Motion rejected 184-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(138) - HR 3309: Federal Communications Commission Rulemaking - Passage
March 27, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would modify requirements for the Federal Communications Commission rulemaking process. Under the bill, rules with an economic impact of at least $100 million would need to include an identification and analysis of specific market failure or consumer harm as well as a determination that the benefits justify the cost. FCC could only conditionally approve line and license transfers, such as those relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions, if the commission tailored them to address specific harm that would result from the transaction. Rules would need to be a "logical outgrowth" of a proposed rule notice or change to an existing rule and issued within three years before the rule's adoption or amendment. Passed 247-174.

 

Vote: Yea


Energy, Environment and Federal Land

(93) - S 1134: St. Croix River Crossing Project - Passage
March 01, 2012 - Petri, R-Wis., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize federal participation or assistance for the construction of a bridge over the St. Croix River between Wisconsin and Minnesota. The bill would condition federal support for the project on mitigation measures to promote conservation, recreation and aesthetic enhancements. Motion agreed to 339-80.

 

Vote: Yea


(97) - HR 2842: Hydropower Projects - Previous Question
March 06, 2012 - Bishop, R-Utah, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 570) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 2842) that would authorize the Interior Department to enter into contracts for the construction and operation of hydropower facilities at man-made water conveyances such as tunnels, canals and ditches. Motion agreed to 232-177.

 

Vote: Yea


(98) - HR 2842: Hydropower Projects - Environmental Review Requirements
March 07, 2012 - Napolitano, D-Calif., amendment that would strike language from the bill that would exempt small hydropower projects on conduits from federal environmental review requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 168-253.

 

Vote: Nay


(99) - HR 2842: Hydropower Projects - Recommit
March 07, 2012 - Garamendi, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Natural Resources Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with an amendment that would require that all materials used in hydropower construction projects authorized by the bill be manufactured in the United States. Motion rejected 182-237.

 

Vote: Nay


(100) - HR 2842: Hydropower Projects - Passage
March 07, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would authorize the Interior Department to enter into contracts for the construction and operation of hydropower facilities at man-made water conveyances such as tunnels, canals and ditches. The bill also would exempt small hydropower projects on conduits from federal environmental review requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act. Passed 265-154.

 

Vote: Yea


(112) - HR 2087: Virginia Land Deeds Restrictions - Question of Consideration
March 20, 2012 - Question of whether the House should consider the rule (H Res 587) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would require the Interior secretary to remove all public use and recreation deed restrictions on conveyed land in Accomack County, Va., within 90 days of enactment. Agreed to consider 227-172.

 

Vote: Yea


(113) - HR 2087: Virginia Land Deeds Restrictions - Rule
March 20, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 587) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would remove deed restrictions on a parcel of land in Accomack County, Va. Adopted 232-170.

 

Vote: Yea


(114) - HR 665: Excess Federal Property - Passage
March 20, 2012 - Chaffetz, R-Utah, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish a pilot program for the expedited disposal of excess federal real property through public auctions with net profits to be used for deficit reduction and aid to the homeless. The program would terminate five years after the date of enactment. Motion agreed to 403-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(115) - HR 2087: Virginia Land Deeds Restrictions - Land Price and Appraisal
March 20, 2012 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would require Accomack County, Va., to pay fair market value for the land and require an independent appraisal of the land prior to sale. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-226.

 

Vote: Nay


(116) - HR 2087: Virginia Land Deeds Restrictions - Recommit
March 20, 2012 - Sanchez, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Natural Resources Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with an amendment that would prevent the sale, lease or rental of the conveyed land in Accomack County, Va., to an adult entertainment facility or to a foreign government that might pose a security threat to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Motion rejected 180-226.

 

Vote: Nay


(117) - HR 2087: Virginia Land Deeds Restrictions - Passage
March 20, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would require the Interior secretary to remove all public use and recreation deed restrictions on conveyed land in Accomack County, Va., within 90 days of the bill's enactment. Passed 240-164.

 

Vote: Yea


(141) - HR 1339: National Guard Birthplace - Passage
March 28, 2012 - Platts, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate Salem, Mass., as the birthplace of the National Guard. Motion agreed to 413-6.

 

Vote: Yea


Foreign Affairs and Immigration

(111) - HR 3992: Israeli Nonimmigrant Visas - Passage
March 19, 2012 - Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for the E-2 treaty investor visa program. The bill would allow Israeli nationals to apply for E-2 non-immigrant investor visas as long as Israel provides reciprocal treatment to U.S. nationals. Motion agreed to 371-0.

 

Vote: Yea


Health Care

(118) - HR 5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits - Previous Question
March 21, 2012 - Nugent, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 591) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, set limits on some damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and set a statute of limitations on filing health care lawsuits. Motion agreed to 231-179.

 

Vote: Yea


(119) - HR 5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits - Rule
March 21, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 591) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), set limits on some damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and set a statute of limitations on filing health care lawsuits. The rule also would provide for the automatic adoption of a substitute amendment that would add the IPAB provisions to the underlying bill. Adopted 233-182.

 

Vote: Yea


(122) - HR 5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits - Health Care Costs
March 22, 2012 - Woodall, R-Ga., amendment that would strike findings in the bill regarding current health care access and costs, interstate commerce and federal spending. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 234-173.

 

Vote: Yea


(123) - HR 5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits - Enactment Delay
March 22, 2012 - Bonamici, D-Ore., amendment that would delay the date of the bill's enactment until the Health and Human Services secretary submits to Congress a report on the potential effects of the bill on health care premiums. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 179-228.

 

Vote: Nay


(124) - HR 5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits - Civil Liability Protection
March 22, 2012 - Stearns, R-Fla., amendment that would extend the bill's medical liability damage caps to include medical professionals that volunteer at federally declared disaster sites. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 251-157.

 

Vote: Yea


(125) - HR 5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits - Recommit
March 22, 2012 - Loebsack, D-Iowa, motion to recommit the bill to the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees with instructions to report it back immediately with an amendment to clarify that the bill could not be construed as eliminating guaranteed health benefits for seniors or people with disabilities, establishing a Medicare voucher program, reducing benefits or raising premiums for seniors and people with disabilities. Motion rejected 180-229.

 

Vote: Nay


(126) - HR 5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpratice Lawsuits - Passage
March 22, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would repeal the provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul laws that established the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) responsible for curbing Medicare costs. It would restore previous law provisions to maintain the current Medicare spending review process. The bill also would impose caps on some damages in malpractice lawsuits, limit attorney fees and establish a statute of limitations for filing health care lawsuits. As amended the medical liability damage caps would also apply to medical professionals that volunteer at federally declared disaster sites. Passed 223-181.

 

Vote: Yea


Transportation and Homeland Security

(146) - HR 4281: Surface Transportation Extension - Previous Question
March 29, 2012 - Webster, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 600) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would extend the authorization for surface transportation programs for three months, through June 30, 2012. Motion agreed to 237-178.

 

Vote: Yea


(147) - HR 4281: Surface Transportation Extension - Passage
March 29, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would extend the authorization for surface transportation programs, including federal aid highway, mass transit and safety programs, for three months through June 30, 2012. It also would extend the authority to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund through June, 30, 2012. The bill would authorize appropriations for federal aid highway programs equal to three-fourths of the amount authorized in fiscal 2011 for such programs. It also would allow for the obligation of $7.8 billion for transit programs administered by the Federal Transit Administration and limit the amount that would be derived from the Mass Transit Account to $6.3 billion. It also would authorize funding for highway safety programs administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and for truck safety activities of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Passed 266-158.

 

Vote: Yea


 

Values Issues

(94) - H Res 556: Religious Persecution in Iran - Adoption
March 01, 2012 - Pitts, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution that would condemn the government of Iran for its ongoing and systemic violations of the human rights of the Iranian people, including the state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities. It also would call for the Iranian government to exonerate and immediately release Youcef Nadarkhani and all other individuals held or charged on account of their religion. Motion agreed to 417-1.

 

Vote: Yea


 

Veterans

(133) - HR 3298: Veterans Housing Assistance - Passage
March 27, 2012 - Biggert, R-Ill., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish a special assistant for veterans affairs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help provide rental assistance for homeless veterans. The bill also would require HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding veterans' homelessness and the effects of housing assistance programs. Motion agreed to 414-5.

 

 

Vote: Yea
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