Vote History

September 2012 Vote History

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September Vote History


(557) - HR 6122: Library of Congress Gifts - Passage
September 10, 2012 - Lungren, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would allow the librarian of Congress to accept gifts of securities, personal property less than $25,000, non-personal services, and voluntary and uncompensated personal services. The librarian would need to sell gifts of securities and provide the donor with a receipt. Motion agreed to 377-0

 

Vote: Yea


(558) - HR 2139: Lions Club Commemorative Coins - Passage
September 10, 2012 - Dold, R-Ill., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Treasury to mint and issue $1 coins to commemorate the centennial of Lions Club International. It would authorize the surcharge on sales of the coins to be distributed to the Lions Club International Foundation. Motion agreed to 376-2

 
Vote: Yea


(559) - HR 6186: Flood Insurance Study - Passage
September 10, 2012 - Biggert, R-Ill., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a study on options, methods and strategies for making voluntary community-based flood insurance policies available through the National Flood Insurance Program. A report on the study with recommendations would need to be submitted to Congress. Motion agreed to 364-11

Vote: Yea


(HR 5544), HR5949: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance and Minnesota Land Exchange - Previous Question
September 11, 2012 - Nugent, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 773) that would provide for House floor consideration of a five-year extension (HR 5949) of foreign intelligence surveillance powers and a bill (HR 5544) that would direct the Agriculture Department to exchange certain Minnesota federal lands. Motion agreed to 232-177

 

Vote: Yea


(561) - HR 5544, HR5949: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance and Minnesota Land Exchange - Rule
September 11, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 773) that would provide for House floor consideration of a five-year extension (HR 5949) of foreign intelligence surveillance powers and a bill (HR 5544) that would direct the Agriculture Department to exchange certain Minnesota federal lands. Adopted 233-179

 

Vote: Yea


(562) - HR 4264: Federal Housing Administration Mortgage Insurance - Passage
September 11, 2012 - Biggert, R-Ill., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish minimum annual premiums for mortgage insurance from the Federal Housing Administration and create an indemnification process in the event of insurance fraud or misrepresentation. The bill would allow the Housing and Urban Affairs Department to bar lenders with high rates of early default or insurance claims from originating or underwriting FHA-insured loans. Motion agreed to 402-7

Vote: Yea


(563) - HR 5544: Minnesota Land Exchange - Tribal Consultation
September 12, 2012 - McCollum, D-Minn., amendment that would require the Agriculture Department to consult with tribal governments that may be potentially affected by the land exchange. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 201-213

 

Vote: Nays


(564) - HR 5544: Minnesota Land Exchange - NEPA Requirements
September 12, 2012 - Holt, D-N.J., amendment that would strike the bill's waiver provisions regarding environmental assessment requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act requirements. It also would make the land exchange mandated by the bill voluntary. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 177-236

 

Vote: Nays


(565) - HR 5544: Minnesota Land Exchange - National Forest System Prohibition
September 12, 2012 - Ellison, D-Minn., amendment that would bar the inclusion of National Forest System lands within the land exchange under the bill, where the inclusion of such lands would have a negative impact on private property, property values and small businesses. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 190-225

 

Vote: Nays


(566) - HR 5544: Minnesota Land Exchange - Appraisal Process
September 12, 2012 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would strike the appraisal provisions in the bill, which would require an expedited process, and replace it with language that would conform to standard land exchange appraisal practices. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 191-223

 

Vote: Nays


(567) - HR 5544: Minnesota Land Exchange - Recommit
September 12, 2012 - Ellison, D-Minn., motion to recommit the bill to the Natural Resources Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would add a provision barring the Interior secretary from including in the exchange any land used for hunting, fishing or motorized recreation, including snowmobiling in season. Motion rejected 183-233

 

Vote: Nays


(568) - HR 5544: Minnesota Land Exchange - Passage
September 12, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would direct the Agriculture Department to exchange unspecified federal lands with the state of Minnesota for roughly 90,000 acres of state-held land within the Boundary Water Canoe area. The Agriculture Department would decide which federal lands to exchange and Minnesota would be required to pay the costs of all appraisals or land surveys. The bill would waive federal environmental review requirements and would prevent the Forest Service from barring hunting and fishing activities, which are currently permitted on state land. Passed 225-189

 

Vote: Yea


(569) - HR 5949: FISA Reauthorization - Passage
September 12, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize for five years, through 2017, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which governs electronic surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects. The law allows warrantless surveillance of foreign targets who may be communicating with people in the United States provided that the secret FISA court approves surveillance procedures. Passed 301-118

 

Vote: Yea


(570) - HR 3857: Transit Security Grant Funds - Passage
September 12, 2012 - Turner, R-N.Y., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize $400 million per year from fiscal 2012-2013 for the Transit Security Grant Program, and specify that the funds can be used by local transit systems for specialized operational teams. Fiscal year limitations would not apply as long as the local agency submits a sustainment plan. Motion agreed to 355-62

Vote: Yea


(571) - HR 5865: Manufacturing Growth Strategy - Passage
September 12, 2012 - Bono Mack, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the president to publish a comprehensive growth strategy in 2014 and 2018 to bolster the nation's manufacturing sector. The bill would establish the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Board to advise the president, who would have to include the board's recommendations when developing the annual budget request. Motion agreed to 339-77

  

Vote: Yea


(572) - H J Res 117, HR6365: Continuing Resolution and Sequestration Replacement - Previous Question
September 13, 2012 - Hastings, D-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 778) to provide for House floor consideration of a continuing resolution (H J Res 117) that would fund fiscal 2013 government operations for six months and a bill (HR 6365) that would direct the president to send to Congress by Oct. 15, 2012 legislation that would replace the automatic discretionary spending cuts under the sequester as well as mandatory defense spending cuts currently scheduled to take effect Jan. 2, 2013. Motion agreed to 235-178

 

Vote: Yea


(573) - H J Res 117, HR6365: Continuing Resolution and Sequestration Replacement - Rule
September 13, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 778) that would provide for House floor consideration of a continuing resolution (H J Res 117) that would fund fiscal 2013 government operations for six months and a bill (HR 6365) that would direct the president to send to Congress by Oct. 15, 2012 legislation that would replace the automatic discretionary spending cuts under the sequester as well as mandatory defense spending cuts currently scheduled to take effect Jan. 2, 2013. Adopted 232-182

 

Vote: Yea


(574) - HR 6213: Energy Department Loans - Rule
September 13, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 779) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would prohibit the Energy Department from issuing new loans for energy project applications submitted after Dec. 31, 2011. Adopted 232-182

 

Vote: Yea


(575) - HR 1775: Military Service Fraud - Passage
September 13, 2012 - Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish penalties against individuals who fraudulently claim to be recipients of military honors or decoration with the intent to obtain compensation. Violators would be subject to fines or imprisonment of no more than a year, or both. Motion agreed to 410-3

 
Vote: Yea


(576) - HR 6365: Sequestration Replacement - Recommit
September 13, 2012 - Van Hollen, D-Md., motion to recommit the bill to the House Budget Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would nullify automatic spending reductions required by the 2011 debt limit law, provided that subsequent deficit reduction is enacted that equals or exceeds the sequestration's deficit reduction over 10 years and that would decrease the deficit further by allowing upper-income tax cuts to expire. Motion rejected 170-247

 

Vote: Nays


(577) - HR 6365: Sequestration Replacement - Passage
September 13, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would direct the president to send to Congress by Oct. 15, 2012 legislation that would replace the automatic discretionary spending cuts under the sequester currently scheduled to take effect Jan. 2, 2013. The measure would specify that the president's plan replace the automatic cuts with other spending cuts, and not with revenues. Once replacement cuts are enacted, it would reduce the cap on discretionary spending for fiscal 2013 by $19 billion and eliminate the separate caps for defense and non-defense discretionary spending, which would allow Congress to approve higher levels of defense spending. Passed 223-196

 

Vote: Yea


(578) - H J Res 117: Continuing Resolution - Recommit
September 13, 2012 - Barber, D-Ariz., motion to recommit the bill to the House Appropriations Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would add a provision to fully fund military, Reserve and National Guard personnel for the full fiscal year. The motion would also extend coverage of disability examinations and the treatment of and additional services for homeless and mentally ill veterans. Motion rejected 189-232

 

Vote: Nays


(579) - H J Res 117: Continuing Resolution - Passage
September 13, 2012 - Passage of the joint resolution that would provide continuing appropriations for the federal government through March 27, 2013, at an annualized rate of $1.047 trillion in discretionary spending for regular appropriations. The measure would increase funding for most federal programs and agencies by 0.6 percent, with higher levels for certain programs, such as cybersecurity and wildfire suppression. It also would provide nearly $100 billion in war funding and $6.4 billion in advance disaster relief funds. Passed 329-91

 

Vote: Yea


(580) - S 3245: Immigration and Visa Program Renewal - Passage
September 13, 2012 - Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would renew expiring immigration and visa programs, including E-Verify, an online workplace verification system used to determine a job applicant's immigration status, for three years. Motion agreed to 412-3

 

Vote: Yea


(581) - HR 6213: Energy Department Loans - Including Administration Testimony
September 14, 2012 - DeGette, D-Colo., amendment that would modify the findings language in the bill to reflect testimony provided by administration officials regarding the decision-making process surrounding the Solyndra loan guarantee. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 169-238

 

Vote: Nays


(582) - HR 6213: Energy Department Loans - New Loan Guarantees
September 14, 2012 - Waxman, D-Calif., amendment that would strike language prohibiting the Energy Department from issuing new loan guarantees after Dec. 31, 2011. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-231

 

Vote: Nays


(583) - HR 6213: Energy Department Loans - Recommit
September 14, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., motion to recommit the bill to the Energy and Commerce Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would prohibit loan guarantees unless the Energy Department certifies that at least 75 percent of the materials used for the construction of new energy loan projects are produced in the United States, unless it is not feasible to obtain them domestically. It also would make the bill's prohibition on new loan guarantees contingent on extension of the wind energy production tax credit, during the period in which the tax credit is in effect. Motion rejected 175-234

 

Vote: Nays


(584) - HR 6213: Energy Department Loans - Passage
September 14, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit the Energy Department from issuing new loan guarantees for new renewable energy projects. Applications submitted before Dec. 31, 2011 would still be eligible for loans. For any pending loan guarantee applications submitted prior to that date, the Treasury Department would be required to review the loan's financial terms and conditions, and the Energy Department would be required to report to Congress within 60 days of issuing the guarantee. Passed 245-161

 

Vote: Yea


(585) - HR 5044: Deceased Veterans Loan Exemption - Passage
September 19, 2012 - Johnson, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would exclude forgiven student loans held by deceased veterans from taxable income. The exclusion would apply to forgiven loans occurring after Oct. 7, 2001, and families would have up to one year after enactment to file refunds. The bill would clarify that federal employee retirement savings in the Thrift Savings Fund would remain taxable and collected revenue would go towards deficit reduction. Motion agreed to 400-0

 

Vote: Yea


(586) - HR 5912: Political Convention Funding - Passage
September 19, 2012 - Lungren, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would prohibit the use of the Presidential Election Campaign Fund for party conventions for elections held after 2012. Motion agreed to 310-95

  

Vote: Yea


(587) - HR 3409, HJRES118: TANF Work Requirements Disapproval and Energy Regulatory Revisions - Previous Question
September 20, 2012 - Slaughter, D-N.Y., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 788) that would provide for House floor consideration of a joint resolution (H J Res 118) that would nullify the Health and Human Services Department's decision to allow states to waive the work requirements set by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and a package (HR 3409) of energy regulatory measures. Motion agreed to 238-179

 

Vote: Yea


(588) - HR 3409, HJRES118: TANF Work Requirements Disapproval and Energy Regulatory Revisions - Rule
September 20, 2012 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 788) that would provide for House floor consideration of a joint resolution (H J Res 118) that would nullify the Health and Human Services Department's decision to allow states to waive the work requirements set by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and a package (HR 3409) of energy regulatory measures. Adopted 233-182

 

Vote: Yea


(589) - H J Res 118: TANF Work Requirements Disapproval - Pasasge
September 20, 2012 - Passage of the joint resolution that would nullify a rule proposed by the Health and Human Services Department to allow states to waive the work requirements set by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Passed 250-164

 

Vote: Yea


(590) - HR 6429: STEM Visa Program - Passage
September 20, 2012 - Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would create a new visa program under which foreign students earning advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at eligible U.S. colleges and universities could remain in the United States to work in those fields. The bill would eliminate the diversity visa program and reallocate those visas to the new STEM visa program. Motion rejected 257-158

 

Vote: Yea


(591) - HR 5987: Manhattan Project National Park - Passage
September 20, 2012 - Hastings, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park and specify that areas in Los Alamos, N.M., Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash., may be included in the park. Motion rejected 237-180

 

Vote: Yea


(592) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Human Health Rules
September 21, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would allow the Interior Department to issue mining regulations that reduce pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease or birth defects.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-229: R 9-216; D 165-13; I 0-0.

 

Vote: Nays


(593) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Including EPA Findings
September 21, 2012 - Waxman, D-Calif., amendment that would strike language to repeal EPA findings on the harmful effects of carbon pollution. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-229

 

Vote: Nays


(594) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Transportation Department Report
September 21, 2012 - Kelly, R-Pa., amendment that would require the Transportation Department to report on the number of jobs lost, fatalities and economic costs of new emissions standards for vehicles manufactured after 2017 and bar the department from consulting with the EPA or California Air Resource Board beyond what is necessary to compile the report. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 242-168

 

Vote: Yea


(595) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Rules to Reduce Oil Demand
September 21, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would allow the EPA to issue new regulations under the Clean Air Act if the proposals would reduce the U.S. demand for oil. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 164-246

 

Vote: Nays


(596) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Commenting Deadlines
September 21, 2012 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment that would strike language from the bill to maintain current commenting deadlines under the Clean Water Act. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 164-247

 

Vote: Nays


(597) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Retroactive Vetoes
September 21, 2012 - McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment that would bar the EPA from retroactively vetoing discharge permits provided under the Clean Water Act. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 247-163

 

Vote: Yea


(598) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - National Renewable Energy Standard
September 21, 2012 - Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would create a national renewable standard for electricity and energy efficiency and require 50 percent of generated electricity to come from renewable sources by 2040. The rate would be adjusted if it is determined that it is not economically or technically feasible. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-250

 

Vote: Nays


(599) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Coal Dust Report
September 21, 2012 - DeFazio, D-Ore., amendment that would require the EPA and Transportation Department to report to Congress on the health effects of coal dust within six months. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 168-243

 

Vote: Nays


(600) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Visibility Standards
September 21, 2012 - Flake, R-Ariz., amendment that would allow states to opt out of current visibility standards and implement new standards within two years using altered criteria. It would mandate that EPA approve or reject state plans in their entirety and give states five years to comply with any EPA-mandated plan if a state plan was rejected. With regard to visibility standards in national parks, monuments and similarly protected areas, implementation would be at the discretion of the states in which the protected areas are located. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 228-183

 

Vote: Yea


(601) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Visibility Regulations on Native American Reservations
September 21, 2012 - Gosar, R-Ariz., amendment that would bar the EPA from issuing visibility regulations affecting the Navajo Generating Station if the regulations would result in reduced employment, revenues or the amount of coal available on Navajo and Hopi reservation lands. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 226-181

 

Vote: Yea


(602) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Recommit
September 21, 2012 - Capps, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the Energy and Commerce Committee and report it back immediately with language that would describe the effects of a national fuel efficiency program on the U.S. economy and consumers. The motion also would prohibit the legislation from overturning EPA and Transportation Department rules on fuel efficiency and pollution controls for 2017 through 2025 model year vehicles if the bill's provisions result in consumers paying more for gasoline over the vehicles' lifetimes, a loss of jobs in the U.S. auto manufacturing industry or a negative impact on the U.S. economy. Motion rejected 173-233

 

Vote: Nays


(603) - HR 3409: Energy Regulatory Revisions - Passage
September 21, 2012 - Passage of the bill that would prevent the Interior Department from issuing new rules that would limit surface mining and reclamation operations or adversely impact coal mining revenue, employment or production. It also would create an interagency committee to review federal regulations and create a regulatory framework for the establishment of state-level permitting programs for the storage of coal combustion residuals. The bill would transfer authority from the EPA to the states to allow them to make determinations on water quality standards and bar the EPA from issuing regulations on greenhouse gas emissions in association with efforts to reduce climate change. Passed 233-175

 

Vote: Yea

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