Vote History

February 2012 Vote History

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February Vote History

Budget, Taxes and the Economy

(20) - HR 3567: TANF Benefit Restrictions - Passage
February 01, 2012 - Boustany, R-La., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require states to implement policies ensuring that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program benefits are not used to purchase alcohol, for casino gambling or in strip clubs or other adult-entertainment venues. States that do not meet the requirement within two years could be subject to 5 percent cuts in their annual TANF funding. Motion agreed to 395-27

 

Vote: Yea


 (21) - HR 3578, HR3582: Budget Baseline and Dynamic Scoring - Previous Question
February 02, 2012 - Woodall, R-Ga., 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 a bill (HR 3578) that would prevent the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from incorporating inflation increases into its projected spending baselines and a bill (HR 3582) that would require CBO to take into account the effects that bills might have on economic growth, a calculation known as "dynamic scoring." Motion agreed to 238-177.

 

Vote: Yea


(22) - HR 3578, HR3582: Budget Baseline and Dynamic Scoring - Rule
February 02, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 534) that would provide for House floor consideration of a bill (HR 3578) that would prevent the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from incorporating inflation increases into its projected spending baselines and a bill (HR 3582) that would require CBO to take into account the effects that bills might have on economic growth, a calculation known as "dynamic scoring." Adopted 238-179.

 

Vote: Yea


(23) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Motion to Instruct
February 02, 2012 - Michaud, D-Maine, motion to instruct conferees to recede from House language that would allow states to use unemployment insurance funds for re-employment demonstration projects. The bill would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate, Medicare payment rates to doctors and workers' eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits. Motion rejected 184-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(24) - HR 3582: Dynamic Scoring - Tax Cut Impacts
February 02, 2012 - Peters, D-Mich., amendment that would add a section detailing the macroeconomic impact of the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts to the bill's findings. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-244.

 

Vote: Nay


 (25) - HR 3582: Dynamic Scoring - Appropriations Analysis
February 02, 2012 - Connolly, D-Va., amendment that would require the Congressional Budget Office to prepare macroeconomic impact analyses of appropriations bills. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 177-237.

 

Vote: Nay


 (26) - HR 3582: Dynamic Scoring - Income Inequality
February 02, 2012 - Fudge, D-Ohio, amendment that would add "income inequality" to the major economic variables used to determine the economic impact of legislation. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 171-243.

 

Vote: Nay


 (27) - HR 3582: Dynamic Scoring - HUB Zones
February 02, 2012 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment that would require the Congressional Budget Office to include the potential impact on Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) zones as part of its macroeconomic analysis. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 173-243.

 

Vote: Nay


 (28) - HR 3582: Dynamic Scoring - Substitute
February 02, 2012 - Cicilline, D-R.I., substitute amendment that would require the Congressional Budget Office to include in its official cost estimates of legislation an estimate of the number of jobs which would be created, sustained or lost in carrying out the proposed bill for each year over a five-year period. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-245.

 

Vote: Nay


(29) - HR 3582: Dynamic Scoring - Recommit
February 02, 2012 - Boswell, D-Iowa, motion to recommit the bill to the Budget Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would require the Congressional Budget Office to prepare for each major bill or resolution reported by any congressional committee, except for Appropriations, an impact analysis of the budgetary effects of the measure on Medicare beneficiaries and the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds. Motion rejected 183-237.

 

Vote: Nay


(30) - HR 3582: Dynamic Scoring - Passage
February 02, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office to prepare supplements to their cost estimates that include a macroeconomic impact analysis of the budgetary effects of major pieces of legislation, a calculation known as "dynamic scoring." The bill would exclude appropriations measures from the dynamic scoring requirement. Passed 242-179.

 

Vote: Yea


(31) - HR 3578: Budget Baseline - Recommit
February 03, 2012 - Tierney, D-Mass., motion to recommit the bill to the Budget Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with an amendment that would require the Congressional Budget Office to maintain current funding levels in inflation-adjusted terms for Pell Grants and education programs for students; health and all discretionary spending that provide benefits for seniors; job, health and all discretionary spending that provide benefits to veterans and health research. Motion rejected 177-238.

 

Vote: Nay


(32) - HR 3578: Budget Baseline - Passage
February 03, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would amend current law governing the development of budget baselines to remove the assumption that discretionary spending will increase each year by the level of inflation. It would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) each year to prepare an alternative baseline which shows the projected spending, revenue, deficits and debt that would occur if current tax policy was maintained. The measure would codify CBO's current practice of displaying a 10-year "window" of future years in its baseline, requiring that the baseline show projections of budget authority, outlays, revenues and deficits (or surpluses) for the current year, the upcoming budget year and the next nine outyears. Passed  235-177.

 

Vote: Yea


(39) - HR 3581: Calculation of Federal Loans and Loan Guarantees - Rule
February 07, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 539) to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would change the way costs of federal loans and loan guarantees are calculated for budget purposes. Adopted 239-181.

 

Vote: Yea


(40) - HR 3581: Calculation of Federal Loans and Loan Guarantees - Commission
February 07, 2012 - Tonko, D-N.Y., amendment that would delay the implementation of the bill's provisions until a six-member commission of budgeting and accounting experts provides recommendations to Congress on the best way to accurately account for the cost of federal credit programs. Congress would be required to vote on the recommendations, which would supersede the bill's requirements if enacted. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 187-238.

 

Vote: Nay


(41) - HR 3581: Calculation of Federal Loans and Loan Guarantees - Recommit
February 07, 2012 - Walz, D-Minn., motion to recommit the bill to the Budget Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would exempt loans for students or veterans from appearing more expensive for budget purposes due to changes in the underlying bill. Motion rejected 190-238.

 

Vote: Nay


 (42) - HR 3581: Calculation of Federal Loans and Loan Guarantees - Passage
February 07, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would change the way costs of federal loans and loan guarantees are calculated for budget purposes. It would require costs of federal credit programs to be measured on a "fair-value basis," which incorporates a premium for market risk that more closely reflects loan costs if offered in the private market. The bill would provide for an increase in discretionary spending caps to accommodate resulting cost increases. It would require the budgets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be incorporated in the federal budget and require departments and agencies to make publicly available the budget justifications used to prepare their annual budget request. Passed 245-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(48) - HR 3630: Year-End Extensions - Motion to Instruct
February 09, 2012 - Bishop, D-N.Y., motion to instruct conferees to file a conference report by Feb. 17, 2012 on a bill (HR 3630) that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate, Medicare payment rates to doctors and workers' eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits. Motion agreed to 405-15.

 

Vote: Yea


(72) - HR 3630: Payroll Tax Relief Extension - Conference Report
February 17, 2012 - Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate through 2012. It also would renew long-term unemployment benefits into January 2013, with three stages of reductions. The current Medicare reimbursement rate for physicians would be preserved through 2012, preventing a scheduled 27.4 percent payment cut. The cost of the legislation would be partially offset by requiring larger pension payments from newly hired federal employees and from lawmakers, by auctioning blocks of electromagnetic spectrum used by television broadcasters and by reducing funds for certain programs tied to the 2010 health care overhaul. Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 293-132.

 

Vote: Nay


Congress and the Federal Government

(19) - HR 3835: Pay Freeze Extension - Passage
February 01, 2012 - Ross, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend an existing pay freeze on federal employees for an additional year, through Dec. 31, 2013, and apply the same pay freeze to members of Congress. Motion agreed to 309-117.

 

Vote: Yea


(34) - HR 1734: Civilian Property Realignment - Rule
February 06, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 537) to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would establish an independent Civilian Property Realignment Commission to identify opportunities for the federal government to reduce its inventory of civilian real property and reduce its costs. Adopted 233-155.

 

Vote: Yea


(36) - HR 1734: Civilian Property Realignment - Property Exclusion
February 07, 2012 - Connolly, D-Va., amendment that would allow the General Services Administrator to exclude property from any transactions determined to be suitable for assignment to the Interior Department for transfer to a state or municipality for use as a public park or recreation area. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 191-230.

 

Vote: Nay


 (37) - HR 1734: Civilian Property Realignment - Recommit
February 07, 2012 - Michaud, D-Maine, motion to recommit the bill to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would exempt certain properties owned by the Veterans Affairs Department or used in connection with providing services for veterans from consideration by the new Civilian Property Realignment Commission. Motion rejected 186-238.

 

Vote: Nay


(38) - HR 1734: Civilian Property Realignment - Passage
February 07, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would establish an independent Civilian Property Realignment Commission that would make recommendations to the president about federal properties, including public buildings, occupied grounds or leased space to be consolidated, sold, exchanged or redeveloped. Congress would be required to take a vote on the commission's recommendations. Passed 259-164.

 

Vote: Yea


(43) - HR 3521: Expedited Line-Item Veto - Previous Question
February 08, 2012 - Woodall, R-Ga., 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 a bill (HR 3521) that would grant the president expedited rescission authority over discretionary spending items in enacted appropriations bills, which would be subject to an expedited up-or-down vote in Congress. Motion agreed to 240-184.

 

Vote: Yea


 (44) - HR 3521: Expedited Line-Item Veto - Rule
February 08, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 540) to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would grant the president expedited rescission authority over discretionary spending items in enacted appropriations bills, which would be subject to an expedited up-or-down vote in Congress. Adopted 238-175.

 

Vote: Yea


(45) - HR 3521: Expedited Line-Item Veto - Army Corp of Engineers
February 08, 2012 - Alexander, R-La., amendment that would prohibit the president from proposing rescission to funds appropriated to the Army Corps of Engineers. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 128-300.

 

Vote: Nay


(46) - HR 3521: Expedited Line-Item Veto - Passage
February 08, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would grant the president expedited rescission authority over discretionary spending items in enacted appropriations bills, which would be subject to an expedited up-or-down vote in Congress. Proposed rescissions would take effect only if Congress passes, and the president signs, a measure specifically approving the spending cuts. The expedited authority would expire Dec. 15, 2015. Passed 254-173.

 

Vote: Yea


(47) - S 2038: Congressional Insider Trading Ban - Passage
February 09, 2012 - Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that members of Congress as well as officials and senior staff of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government are covered by current regulations that bar the use of non-public information for trading stocks and bonds. It would require lawmakers and other covered officials to publicly report any stock or securities transaction within 45 days of when the transaction occurs. The measure adds new provisions barring lawmakers and other covered officials from participating in initial stock offerings on a favored basis. Motion agreed to 417-2.

 

Vote: Yea


(49) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
February 14, 2012 - Approval of the House Journal of Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Approved 303-89.

 

Vote: Yea


(82) - : Procedural Motion - Journal
February 29, 2012 - Approval of the House Journal of Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Approved  283-127.

 

Vote: Nay


Domestic Issues

(52) - HR 2079: John J. Cook Post Office - Passage
February 15, 2012 - McCarthy, D-N.Y., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in East Rockaway, N.Y., as the "John J. Cook Post Office." Motion agreed to 418-2.

 

Vote: Yea


(53) - HR 3247: Lance Cpl. Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office - Passage
February 15, 2012 - Akin, R-Mo., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in Chesterfield, Mo., as the "Lance Cpl. Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building." Motion agreed to 419-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(54) - HR 3248: Cpl. Drew W. Weaver Post Office Building - Passage
February 15, 2012 - Akin, R-Mo., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would designate a post office in St. Charles, Mo., as the "Cpl. Drew W. Weaver Post Office Building." Motion agreed to 412-0.

 

Vote: Yea


Education

(74) - HR 2117: For-Profit College Regulations - Rule
February 28, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 563) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would rescind Education Department regulations that define a credit hour and set minimum requirements that all higher education institutions must meet to be considered authorized by a state. Adopted 244-171.

 

Vote: Yea


(75) - HR 2117: For-Profit College Regulations - Student Complaints
February 28, 2012 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would strike language from the bill that would repeal Education Department regulations requiring states to have a process to hear and take action on student complaints regarding institutions in order to be considered "state authorized." Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-247.

 

Vote: Nay


(76) - HR 2117: For-Profit College Regulations - Credit Hour Rules
February 28, 2012 - Bishop, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike language from the bill that would bar the Education secretary from establishing or enforcing any new rules to define the term "credit hour." Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-255.

 

Vote: Nay


(77) - HR 2117: For-Profit College Regulations - Waste, Fraud and Abuse Prevention
February 28, 2012 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would require the Education Department to submit a plan to Congress on how the agency will prevent waste, fraud and abuse of federal financial aid dollars by institutions of higher education. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 199-217.

 

Vote: Nay


(78) - HR 2117: For-Profit College Regulations - Recommit
February 28, 2012 - Capps, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the Education and the Workforce Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with an amendment that would clarify that nothing in the bill would limit the Education secretary from promulgating or enforcing regulations to reduce the cost of higher education for students. It also would clarify that the Education secretary may create or enforce regulations related to student assistance in any year that the interest rate for federal Stafford loans used to purchase credit hours is higher than 3.4 percent. Motion rejected 176-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(79) - HR 2117: For-Profit College Regulations - Passage
February 28, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would rescind Education Department regulations that define a credit hour and set minimum requirements that all higher education institutions must meet to be considered authorized by a state. It also would bar the Education secretary from establishing or enforcing any new rules to define the term "credit hour." Passed 303-114.

 

Vote: Yea


Energy, Environment and Federal Land

(35) - HR 1162: Quileute Land Designation - Passage
February 06, 2012 - Hastings, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would provide the Quileute American Indian Tribe with roughly 785 acres for Olympia National Park, to be held in trust for the benefit of the tribe. It would modify the designation of certain lands within Olympia and provide for a land survey to redesignate reservation boundaries. Motion agreed to 381-7.

 

Vote: Yea


(55) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Keystone XL Pipeline Review
February 15, 2012 - Eshoo, D-Calif., amendment that would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review the results of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration study, as required by a 2012 pipeline safety law, before issuing a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 173-249.

 

Vote: Nay


(56) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Domestic Use of Oil from Keystone XL
February 15, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would ensure that if the Keystone XL pipeline is built, the oil that it transports to the Gulf of Mexico and the fuels made from that oil remain in the U.S. It would allow the president to waive the requirement if exports will not increase U.S. dependence on oil or fuels the U.S. buys from hostile nations, that prices for refiners and consumers will not go up if the export occurs, or if an export is needed to comply with any international treaties or other agreements. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 173-254.

 

Vote: Nay


(57) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Keystone XL Eminent Domain Restriction
February 15, 2012 - Rush, D-Ill., amendment that would prohibit issuing a permit for construction or operation of the Keystone XL pipeline without conditions that restrict the ability of the permit recipient from initiating or threatening to initiate proceedings to invoke the power of eminent domain against the will of a property's owner. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 149-276.

 

Vote: Nay


(58) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Domestic Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline
February 15, 2012 - Doyle, D-Pa., amendment that would require that a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline not be issued or deemed issued unless the permit applicant can certify and provide adequate documentation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that at least 75 percent of the iron and steel to be used in the U.S. portion of the pipeline is being produced in North America. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 193-234.

 

Vote: Nay


(59) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Shale Oil Leasing Program
February 15, 2012 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would strike language from the bill that would direct the Interior Department to conduct a shale oil leasing program. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-265.

 

Vote: Nay


(60) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - California Oil and Gas Drilling
February 15, 2012 - Capps, D-Calif., amendment that would strike from the bill provisions that would allow the sale of gas and oil leases in the Southern California Planning Area in the Santa Maria and Santa Barbara/Ventura basins. It also would remove language that would provide for the sharing of revenue generated by lease sales of the outer continental shelf. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-267.

 

Vote: Nay


(61) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - East Coast Offshore Drilling
February 15, 2012 - Bishop, D-N.Y., amendment that would prohibit oil and natural gas lease sales in any area of the outer continental shelf if any of the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Maine is affected. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 169-257.

 

Vote: Nay


(62) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Revenue Sharing Cap Increase
February 15, 2012 - Landry, R-La., amendment that would raise the annual cap on offshore energy revenues that Gulf Coast states may share to $750 million starting in fiscal 2023. It would keep the current $500 million cap in place through fiscal 2022. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 266-159.

 

Vote: Yea


(63) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Exploration - Oil Spill Estimate
February 15, 2012 - Deutch, D-Fla., amendment that would require a person to include in the application for a drilling lease an estimate of the economic impact, including job losses, resulting from a worst-case discharge of oil from facilities operating under the lease. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 188-236.

 

Vote: Nay


 (64) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Drilling Off California Coast
February 16, 2012 - Thompson, D-Calif., amendment that would clarify that offshore drilling would not be allowed in areas west of Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt or Del Norte County, Calif. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 167-253.

 

Vote: Nay


 (65) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Safety Standards
February 16, 2012 - Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, amendment that would require offshore oil and gas leases issued under the bill to meet certain safety standards. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 189-228.

 

Vote: Nay


(66) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Renewable Energy Projects
February 16, 2012 - Hastings, R-Wash., amendment that would require federal agencies in reviewing proposals and considering public comment for renewable energy projects on federal land and waters to consider only the proposed action or an alternative for no action during the environmental review process. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 250-171.

 

Vote: Yea


(67) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Natural Gas Export
February 16, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would bar natural gas produced from leases issued under the bill from being exported. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 168-254.

 

Vote: Nay


(68) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Royalties
February 16, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would require companies that hold leases that allow for oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico without paying royalties to renegotiate to make such payments before bidding on new leases issued under the bill. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 183-238.

 

Vote: Nay


(69) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Geothermal Exploration
February 16, 2012 - Labrador, R-Idaho, amendment that would allow geothermal exploration test projects that meet certain requirements to be excluded from certain federal environmental review requirements Adopted in Committee of the Whole 244-177.

 

Vote: Yea


 (70) - HR 3408: Expansion of Oil and Gas Production - Recommit
February 16, 2012 - Castor, D-Fla., motion to recommit the bill to the Natural Resources Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with an amendment that would bar federal or state permits or leases for new oil and gas slant, directional, or offshore drilling within five miles of the Great Lakes or the Florida Everglades. Motion rejected 176-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(71) - HR 3408: Expanded Oil and Gas Production - Passage
February 16, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would open up a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and production and expand lease sales to include areas off the coast of southern California, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the mid-Atlantic coastline. The bill also would provide for approval of the 1,700-mile Canadian tar sands Keystone XL pipeline and shift permitting authority for the project from the State Department to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As amended, it would establish a trust fund for Gulf Coast restoration efforts. Expenditures from the fund would be contingent on enactment of further legislation. Passed 237-187.

 

Vote: Yea


(73) - HR 347: Federal Property Trespassing Violations - Passage
February 27, 2012 - Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would extend violations associated with trespassing in secured areas on federal property to those found trespassing on White House grounds or the vice president's official residence. Charges associated with trespassing in secured federal areas would apply only to those without lawful authority to be in such restricted areas. Motion agreed to 388-3.

 

Vote: Yea


(80) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Previous Question
February 29, 2012 - Bishop, R-Utah, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 566) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would change California water supply practices around the San Joaquin Valley. Motion agreed to 241-178.

 

Vote: Yea


(81) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Rule
February 29, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 566) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would change California water supply practices around the San Joaquin Valley. Adopted 245-173.

 

Vote: Yea


(83) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Jobs and Revenue Impact
February 29, 2012 - Thompson, D-Calif., amendment that would prevent portions of the bill relating to conservation and environmental regulations from taking effect unless the Interior Department, in consultation with the Agriculture, Commerce and Labor departments, certifies that the bill would not result in the loss of agriculture or fishery related jobs or revenue within counties north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(84) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Drinking Water Supply Impact
February 29, 2012 - McNerney, D-Calif., amendment that would prevent portions of the bill relating to conservation and environmental regulations from taking effect until the Interior Department determines that there would be no harmful effects on the drinking water supplies for residents of the five California delta-area counties. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-242.

 

Vote: Nay


(85) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Agricultural Producer Water Supply
February 29, 2012 - McNerney, D-Calif., amendment that would prevent portions of the bill relating to conservation and environmental regulations from taking effect until the Interior Department determines there would be no harmful effects on water supplies for agricultural producers of the five California delta-area counties. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 177-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(86) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Water Service Contract Renewal
February 29, 2012 - Garamendi, D-Calif., amendment that would strike a section of the bill to permit contract renewals upon the request of the contractor. The amendment would maintain Interior Department authority over contract renewals. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 181-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(87) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Water Service Charges
February 29, 2012 - Napolitano, D-Calif., amendment that would stipulate that charges for delivered water include interest as determined by the Treasury secretary based on average market yields. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-250.

 

Vote: Nay


(88) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Water Conservation and Environmental Projects
February 29, 2012 - Garamendi, D-Calif., amendment that would strike a section in the bill to limit the water dedicated to conservation and reduce water allocated for environmental projects by 25 percent in subsequent years if resources are not made available. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-247.

 

Vote: Nay


(89) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Central Valley Project Requirements
February 29, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would require all Central Valley projects to operate within any applicable state and federal statutory requirements and to be based on the best available science. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 180-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(90) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Recommit
February 29, 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 clarify that nothing in the bill would preempt or supersede state laws, including state water laws. Motion rejected 178-248.

 

Vote: Nay


(91) - HR 1837: California Water Resources - Passage
February 29, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would change California water supply practices around the San Joaquin Valley. It would require the Interior Department to increase the total water delivery capability of the Central Valley Project by 800,000 acre-feet of water by Sept. 30, 2016. It also would repeal provisions of the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act and would impose an alternative set of water flow requirements. It also would limit the enforcement or consideration of environment rules under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. Passed 246-175.

 

Vote: Yea


(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


Health Care

(13) - HR 1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Macroeconomic Effects Study
February 01, 2012 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 2 that would prevent the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program repeal from taking effect until the Congressional Budget Office conducts a study regarding the macroeconomic effects of individuals not having long-term care on federal, state and local governments, and the Department of Health and Human Services conducts a study regarding what best practices are necessary to create a sustainable long-term care program. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 161-263.

 

Vote: Nay


 (14) - HR 1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Long-Term Care Insurance
February 01, 2012 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 1 that would prevent the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program repeal from taking effect until the Health and Human Services Department certifies that at least 60 percent of individuals in the United States ages 25 years or older have private long-term care insurance. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 157-264.

 

Vote: Nay


 (15) - HR 1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Medicaid Spending Increase
February 01, 2012 - Deutch, D-Fla., amendment no. 4 that would prevent the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program repeal from taking effect until the U.S. comptroller general certifies that failure to implement the program will not cause an increase in state or federal Medicaid spending. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 164-260.

 

Vote: Nay


 (16) - HR 1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Program Authority
February 01, 2012 - Deutch, D-Fla., amendment no. 5 that would prevent the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program repeal from taking effect until the Department of Health and Human Services determines whether it has authority to implement the program and what statutory changes or waivers would be required. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-264.

 

Vote: Nay


 (17) - HR 1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Recommit
February 01, 2012 - Garamendi, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the Energy and Commerce Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would prevent the repeal of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program from taking effect until the Department of Health and Human Services certifies that a national voluntary insurance program is in effect for purchasing community-living assistance services and supports for individuals who have Alzheimer's disease, chronic diabetes, heart disease or advanced stages of cancer, a disability or traumatic injury or any other serious disease or health condition. Motion rejected 175-247.

 

Vote: Nay


 (18) - HR 1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Passage
February 01, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program authorized as part of the 2010 health care overhaul law. It also would shift funding for the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information from a mandatory appropriation to an authorization. Passed 267-159.

 

Vote: Yea


Transportation and Homeland Security

(33) - HR 658: FAA Reauthorization - Conference Report
February 03, 2012 - Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would authorize $15.9 billion annually for federal aviation programs through fiscal 2015. The measure would authorize a total of $461 million for the Essential Air Service program. It also would authorize $13.4 billion over four years for the Airport Improvement Program. It would authorize a total of $10.9 billion for Federal Aviation Administration facilities and equipment, $38.4 billion for FAA operations and $672 million for research, engineering and development. The measure would increase the proportion of eligible members of the National Mediation Board needed to petition for new union elections from 35 percent to 50 percent. It would increase by 16 the number of slots permitted for long-distance flights in and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 248-169.

 

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(50) - H Res 547: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Previous Question
February 15, 2012 - Webster, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 547) that would provide for House floor consideration of a bill (HR 3408) consisting of the energy titles of a surface transportation package and a bill (HR 3813) consisting of federal employee pension modification provisions of the package, as well general debate on a bill (HR 7) that would reauthorize surface transportation programs through fiscal 2016. Motion agreed to 229-181.

 

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(547): Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Rule
February 15, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 547) that would provide for House floor consideration of a bill (HR 3408) consisting of the energy titles of a surface transportation package and a bill (HR 3813) consisting of federal employee pension modification provisions of the package, as well general debate on a bill (HR 7) that would reauthorize surface transportation programs through fiscal 2016 and extend the Highway Trust Fund. The rule would require that the text of the energy and pension measures, as amended and passed by the House, be added back to the surface transportation bill upon engrossment of that legislation. Adopted 235-186.

 

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(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 river values. Motion agreed to 339-80

 

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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.

 

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