Vote History

December 2013 Vote History

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Washington, December 1, 2013 | comments

(612) -HR 3547: Commercial Space Launch Liability - Passage 
December 02, 2013 - Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend the federal government's authority to indemnify commercial space launch companies against third-party claims associated with launch accidents until Dec. 31, 2014.
Motion agreed to 201-175.

 

Vote: Yea


(613) -HR 3588: Lead Standards Exemption - Passage 
December 02, 2013 - Johnson, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would exempt fire hydrants from the new, lower lead-free content requirements set by a 2011 law scheduled to go into effect in January 2014. It also would direct the EPA to consult with the National Drinking Water Advisory Council regarding potential changes to safe drinking water regulations and to ask the council to consider sources of lead throughout drinking water distribution systems.
Motion agreed to 209-175.

 

Vote: Yea


(614) - House: Procedural Motion - Journal 
December 02, 2013 - Approval of the House Journal of Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
Approved.

 

Vote: Nay


(615) -HR 255: Canal Title Transfer - Passage 
December 03, 2013 - McClintock, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would allow the title transfer of the modified Provo Reservoir Canal from the federal government to the Provo River Water Users Association. It also would require that, upon transfer of the title, the local association be required to pay the present value of the remaining costs for construction of the canal and the value of receipts that the Bureau of Reclamation would no longer collect for issuing special-use permits and selling surplus water.
Motion agreed to 220-186.

 

Vote: Yea


(616) - HR 2719: TSA Acquisition Oversight - Passage 
December 03, 2013 - McCaul, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration to increase oversight of its technology acquisition programs by developing a long-term plan for technology needs, justifying proposed acquisitions and improving inventory tracking. The measure would not authorize additional appropriations for TSA to carry out these activities; instead, it would require the agency to carry out those activities using amounts otherwise available.
Motion agreed to 223-193.

 

Vote: Yea


(617) - HR 1204: TSA Advisory Committee - Passage 
December 03, 2013 - McCaul, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish an advisory committee within the Transportation Security Administration to develop recommendations to improve aviation security matters, such as air cargo security, screening protocol and security technology. It would require the TSA to appoint members to the committee

within six months of enactment. The committee would be required to report annually on its activities and findings.
Motion agreed to 411-3.

 

 

Vote: Yea

 


(618) - HR 1105, HR3309: Patent Lawsuits and Private Equity Adviser Registration - Previous Question 
December 04, 2013 - Nugent, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 429) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1105) that would exempt certain private equity fund advisers from registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a measure (HR 3309) that would modify the patent infringement litigation process to discourage abuse of the patent system.
Motion agreed to 220-194.

 

Vote: Yea


(619) - HR 1105, HR3309: Patent Lawsuits and Private Equity Adviser Registration - Rule 
December 04, 2013 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 429) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1105) that would exempt certain private equity fund advisers from registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a measure (HR 3309) that would modify the patent infringement litigation process to discourage abuse of the patent system.
Adopted 229-185.

 

Vote: Yea


(620) - HR 1105: Private Equity Adviser Registration - Registration Threshold 
December 04, 2013 - Maloney, D-N.Y., amendment that would require advisers of private equity funds with aggregate holdings between $150 million and $1 billion to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It also would require the SEC to create a simplified registration and disclosure process for these private equity fund advisers within six months of enactment.
Rejected 186-225.

 

Vote: Nay


(621) -HR 1105: Private Equity Adviser Registration - Recommit 
December 04, 2013 - Horsford, D-Nev., motion to recommit the bill to the House Financial Services Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would only exempt private equity fund advisers from Securities and Exchange Commission registration requirements if the fund does not own a controlling interest in a company that outsources American jobs and it

reports quarterly on the number of jobs eliminated at each company the fund owns and controls.
Motion rejected 185-227.

 

Vote: Nay


(622) - HR 1105: Private Equity Adviser Registration - Passage 
December 04, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would exempt private equity fund advisers from Securities and Exchange Commission registration requirements if their funds have not borrowed and do not have an outstanding principal amount exceeding twice their capital investments. The SEC would be required to issue rules, within six months of the bill's enactment, that set reporting and records maintenance requirements for exempted advisers that take into account an entity's fund size, governance, investment strategy, risk and other factors.
Passed 254-159.

 

Vote: Yea


(623) – HR 3309: Patent Litigation Overhaul - Manager's Amendment 
December 05, 2013 - Goodlatte, R-Va., amendment that would lengthen the amount of time for studies and reports to be completed, exempt parties alleging infringement from the limitation on discovery for actions seeking preliminary injunctions from competitors and clarify that foreign courts cannot terminate a U.S. firm's intellectual property during bankruptcies.
Adopted in Committee of the Whole 341-73.

 

Vote: Yea


 (624) - HR 3309: Patent Litigation Overhaul - Court Costs 
December 05, 2013 - Watt, D-N.C., amendment that would allow courts to reduce or deny awarding court costs to the prevailing party if it is determined that they used dilatory or other abusive tactics to delay a final resolution. 
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 199-213.

 

Vote: Nay


(625) - HR 3309: Patent Litigation Overhaul - Stay of Action 
December 05, 2013 - Massie, R-Ky., amendment that would strike a section of the bill that would direct courts to put a hold on patent infringement lawsuits against a customer if the customer and manufacturer consent and if the product's manufacturer is involved in the pending lawsuit or a similar infringement suit.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 119-296.

 

Vote: Nay

 


(626) - HR 3309: Patent Litigation Overhaul - Stay of Action 
December 05, 2013 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment that would limit the defendants in patent lawsuits for which courts would be required to grant a motion to put a hold on a civil action to those that are small businesses with annual revenue of $25 million or less.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 144-266.

 

 

Vote: Nay

 


(627) - HR 3309: Patent Litgation Overhaul - PTO Appeals 
December 05, 2013 - Rohrabacher, R-Calif., amendment that would strike language in the bill that would repeal a provision in current law that allows patent applicants to contest U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decisions in district court rather than appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Adopted in Committee of the Whole 260-156.

 

 

 

Vote: Yea

 


(628) - HR 3309: Patent Litigation Overhaul - Democratic Substitute 
December 05, 2013 - Conyers, D-Mich., substitute amendment that would require plaintiffs in patent cases to disclose any person or entity with a financial interest in the asserted patents and require patent holders to disclose any transfer of interest in a patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It also would remove a number of bill provisions, including language dealing with payment of attorneys' fees, discovery limits and Judicial Conference rule-making. The amendment would require courts to grant requests to put a hold on certain patent infringement lawsuits. The PTO also would be required to include on its website an area to notify the public when a patent case is brought to court that is searchable by patent number, subject and owner.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 157-258.

 

Vote: Nay

 


(629) - HR 3309: Patent Litigation Overhaul - Passage 
December 05, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would overhaul the patent infringement litigation process. It would require patent holders who file infringement lawsuits to disclose greater detail regarding the alleged infringement. It would limit the discovery process while courts interpret the terms of the patent. It would require courts to award attorney's fees and other costs to the prevailing party, unless the losing party's actions were "reasonably justified" or if it would it would cause severe economic hardship to the inventor to pay. The bill would direct courts to grant requests to put a hold on certain patent infringement lawsuits pending the outcome of the lawsuit or a similar case for the manufacturer. It also would modify the 2011 patent overhaul (PL 112-29) to require the Patent and Trademark Office to use certain methods for defining elements of a patent in post-grant or inter partes reviews of the validity of a patent.
Passed 325-91.

 

 

Vote: Yea


(630) - HR 3521: VA Major Medical Facility Leases - Passage 
December 10, 2013 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize $237 million in fiscal 2014 for Veterans Affairs Department leases at 27 major medical facilities around the United States.
Motion agreed to 346-1.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (232 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


 (631) - HR 1402: Veterans Programs - Passage 
December 10, 2013 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend a variety of expiring Veterans Affairs Department authorities, including expanding VA authority to support sport-related activities for disabled veterans. It also would extend through 2014 VA authority to transport certain individuals to and from VA facilities, provide nursing home

care to certain veterans with service-connected disabilities, housing for homeless veterans and treatment and rehabilitation services to seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans.
Motion agreed to 353-0.

 

Vote: Yea


 (632) - HR 2019: NIH Pediatric Research Grants - Passage 
December 11, 2013 - Upton, R-Mich., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize $12.6 million annually through fiscal 2023 for National Institutes of Health pediatric research grants using funds currently designated for national party conventions in the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.
Motion agreed to 295-103.

 

Vote: Yea


 (633) - HR 2319: Native American Veterans' Memorial - Passage 
December 11, 2013 - Mullin, R-Okla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would allow the National Native American Veterans' Memorial to be built anywhere on National Museum of the American Indian property, in lieu of the current requirement that the memorial be placed inside of the museum.
Motion agreed to 398-0.

 

Vote: Yea


 (634) - S 1471: National Cemetery Burials - Passage 
December 11, 2013 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would allow the Veterans Affairs and Army secretaries to reconsider a decision to bury a person in a national cemetery and to disinter those ineligible for such burial, such as those who may have committed a federal or state capital crime but were not convicted because no trial was held.
Motion agreed to 398-1.

 

 

Vote: Yea

 


 (635) - HR 3212: International Child Abduction Prevention - Passage 
December 11, 2013 - Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the secretary of State, no later than March 31 of each year, to submit to Congress a comprehensive report on the status of children abducted from the United States and whether other countries are meeting their obligations to return these children. It also would urge the secretary to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with non-Hague Convention countries for the return of U.S. children who have been abducted.
Motion agreed to 398-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(636) - HR 1992: Middle East Weapon Sales Report - Passage 
December 11, 2013 - Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the president to submit a report to Congress on the status of weapons systems sold to countries in the Middle East every two years, instead of the current four-year period.
Motion agreed to 399-0.

 

 

 

 

Vote: Yea


(637) - H J Res 59, HR3695: Budget Deal, Medicare Physician Payments and Farm Programs Extension - Previous Question 
December 12, 2013 - Woodall, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 438) that would provide for the House to concur in the Senate amendment to the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (H J Res 59) with an amendment that would increase the discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015, establish a budget for fiscal 2014, outline the fiscal 2015 budget process and block a scheduled cut to Medicare reimbursements for physicians. It also would provide for House floor consideration of a measure (HR 3695) that would generally extend through Jan. 31, 2014 farm policy programs as they were in effect Sept. 30, 2013.
Motion agreed to 227-195.

 

Vote: Yea


(638) - HR 3695, HJRES59: Budget Deal, Medicare Physician Payments and Farm Programs Extension - Rule 
December 12, 2013 - Adoption of the rule that would provide for the House to concur in the Senate amendment to the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (H J Res 59) with an amendment that would increase the discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015, establish a budget for fiscal 2014, outline the fiscal 2015 budget process and block a scheduled cut to Medicare reimbursements for physicians. It also would provide for House floor consideration of a measure (HR 3695) that would generally extend through Jan. 31, 2014 farm policy programs as they were in effect Sept. 30, 2013.
Adopted 226-195.

 

Vote: Yea


(639) - : Procedural Motion - Journal 
December 12, 2013 - Approval of the House Journal of Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Approved 250-147.

 

Vote: Nay


 (640) - H J Res 59: Fiscal 2014 Budget Agreement - Passage 
December 12, 2013 - Ryan, R-Wis., motion to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (H J Res 59) with an amendment that would increase the discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015, establish a budget for fiscal 2014 and outline the fiscal 2015 budget process. The increased spending would be offset by increased passenger air travel fees, increased federal employee pension contributions, extending sequester cuts to Medicare for two years and other changes. It also would block a scheduled cut to Medicare reimbursements for physicians.
Motion agreed to 332-94.

 

Vote: Yea

 


 (641) - HR 3304, HRES441: Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization - Adoption 
December 12, 2013 - McKeon, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution (H Res 441) providing for the House to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill (HR 3304) with a House amendment that would authorize $625.1 billion for discretionary and mandatory defense programs in fiscal 2014. As amended, the bill would authorize $526.8 billion in base Defense Department spending, $80.7 for overseas contingency operations and $17.6 billion for national security programs at the Energy Department. It would provide a 1 percent pay raise for troops and would authorize 1.36 million active-duty personnel. It would continue an existing prohibition on transferring detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military facilities to the United States but would ease rules on transferring them to foreign countries. It also would make a series of changes to how the military handles sexual assault cases.
Motion agreed to 350-69.

 

Vote: Yea

 

 

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