Vote History

March 2015 Vote History

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Washington, March 1, 2015 | comments

(107) - HR 294: Veterans Affairs Foster Care - Passage 
March 02, 2015 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize a three-year pilot program at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to pay for certain veterans at non-department medical foster homes and would reduce amounts available for VA bonuses for the next four fiscal years. Motion agreed to 405-0.


(108) - HR 240: Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations - Motion to Table 
March 03, 2015 - Massie, R-Ky., motion to table (kill) the Senate amendment to the bill (HR 240) that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. Motion rejected 140-278.


(109) - HR 240: Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations - Motion to Recede and Concur 
March 03, 2015 - Simpson, R-Idaho., motion to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill (HR 240) that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill would include $12.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection; $6.3 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $7.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, including fees; $10 billion for the Coast Guard; $1.7 billion for the Secret Service; and $10.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including $6.4 billion for emergency disaster relief. Motion agreed to 257-167.


(110) - HR 749: Amtrak Reauthorization - Amtrak Operating Funds 
March 04, 2015 - McClintock, R-Calif., amendment no. 6, that would strike from the bill provisions to authorize funds for Amtrak operating expenses in the Northeast corridor at the following levels: $439 million for fiscal 2016, $464 million for fiscal 2017, $480 million for fiscal 2018, and $498 million for fiscal 2019; and for Amtrak operating expenses within the national network at the following levels: $973 million for fiscal 2016, $974 million for fiscal 2017, $985 million for fiscal 2018, and $997 million for fiscal 2019. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 147-272.


(111) - HR 749: Amtrak Reauthorization - Motion to Recommit 
March 04, 2015 - Maloney, D-N.Y., motion to recommit the bill to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with instructions to report back to the House immediately with an amendment to authorize $15 million per year from fiscal 2016-2019 for the acquisition of a military canine program and require Amtrak to implement a veteran hiring initiative within the Amtrak Police Department within 60 days of the bill's enactment. Motion rejected 184-232.


(112) - HR 749: Amtrak Reauthorization - Passage 
March 04, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize the Amtrak through fiscal 2019, and restructure funding according to Amtrak's major lines of business. It would authorize funds for Amtrak operating expenses in the Northeast corridor at the following levels: $439 million for fiscal 2016, $464 million for fiscal 2017, $480 million for fiscal 2018 and $498 million for fiscal 2019; and for Amtrak operating expenses within the national network at the following levels: $973 million for fiscal 2016, $974 million for fiscal 2017, $985 million for fiscal 2018 and $997 million for fiscal 2019. It also would authorize $300 million per year over four years for capital grants. The bill would require Amtrak to annually develop a detailed five-year capital and operating plan and examine the criteria it should use in determining what long-distance routes to service. It would require the development of a five-year capital investment plan with affected states for Amtrak's northeast corridor while creating a new federal-state partnership to finance corridor improvement projects. Passed 316-101.


(113) - HR 647: Trauma Care Availability Grant Reauthorization - Passage 
March 16, 2015 - Burgess, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would reauthorize $100 million a year through fiscal 2020 for the Trauma Care Center Grant and Trauma Service Availability Grant programs. The measure would clarify which trauma centers may receive grants, specifying that they be available to qualified public, nonprofit and various Indian tribal trauma centers and would also modify requirements for those seeking offsets for uncompensated care. Motion agreed to 389-10.

 

Vote: Yea


(114) - HR 648: Regional Trauma Center Planning Grant Reauthorization - Passage 
March 16, 2015 - Burgess, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would reauthorize $24 million a year through fiscal 2020 the Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants program, which supports state development of trauma systems, along with certain pilot projects to implement and assess the regionalized emergency care model, including grants for improving trauma care and access to high-quality trauma care. Motion agreed to 382-15.

 

Vote: Yea


(115) - HR 876: Medicare Notification Requirments - Passage 
March 16, 2015 - Ryan, R-Wis., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require hospitals to provide clear notifications within 36 hours to Medicare beneficiaries who receive hospital services and are being classified as outpatients under observation rather than inpatients for more than 24 hours, and how that classification will affect their Medicare cost-sharing for those services as well as eligibility for future Medicare benefits. The requirements would take effect one year after the bill's enactment. Motion agreed to 395-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(116) - HR 1030, HR1029: EPA Administrative Overhaul - Previous Question 
March 17, 2015 - Burgess, R-Texas, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 138) to provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would modify the selection process for individuals to serve on the EPA's Science Advisory Board and the bill that would require public disclosure on relevant EPA rule making information. Motion agreed to 232-181.

 

Vote: Yea


(117) - HR 1030, HR1029: EPA Administrative Overhaul - Rule 
March 17, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 138) to provide House floor consideration of the bill that would modify the qualifications and selection process for individuals to serve on the EPA's Science Advisory Board and the bill that would prohibit the EPA from implementing a rule without the public disclosure of all relevant scientific and technical information from which the rule is based on. Adopted 236-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(118) - HR 1191: Volunteer Firefighters' Healthcare - Passage 
March 17, 2015 - Ryan, R-Wis., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that qualified services rendered as a bona fide volunteer to an eligible employer do not count as employee hours of service for the purposes of the employer mandate under the 2010 health care overhaul. Motion agreed to 415-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(119) - HR 1029: EPA Administrative Overhaul - EPA Advisory Board Requirements 
March 17, 2015 - McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment that would ban board members from serving on the Science Advisory Board if he or she has received grants or contracts from the EPA. The amendment would also prohibit board members from receiving grants or contracts from EPA for three years after their service on the board. Adopted 242-175.

 

Vote: Yea


(120) - HR 1029: EPA Administrative Overhaul - Recommit 
March 17, 2015 - Peters, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee with instructions that would prohibit board members who are CEOs or individuals whose primary source of research funds are associated with corporations convicted of major environmental crimes. Motion rejected 179-237.

 

Vote: Nay


(121) - HR 1029: EPA Administrative Overhaul - Passage 
March 17, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would modify the qualifications and selection process for individuals to serve on EPA's Science Advisory Board. The bill would require that there is a balance of scientific views on the board and it would expand the disclosure requirements for members of the board. It also requires the board and its subcommittees to publicly release scientific information used in determining its advisories to EPA. Passed 236-181.

 

Vote: Yea


(122) - HR 1030: EPA Rule-Making Guidelines - EPA Rule-Making Funding 
March 18, 2015 - Edwards, D-Md., amendment that would authorize $250 million for the EPA to carry out the bill through fiscal 2019. Adopted 164-254.

 

Vote: Nay


(123) - HR 1030: EPA Rule-Making Guidelines - Public Disclosure Protections 
March 18, 2015 - Kennedy, D-Mass., amendment that would allow the EPA to consider any peer-reviewed scientific publication including those based on data otherwise prohibited from public disclosure. Adopted 184-231.

 

Vote: Nay


(124) - HR 1030: EPA Rule-Making Guidelines - Recommit 
March 18, 2015 - Takai, D-Hawaii, motion to recommit the bill to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee with instructions that would ban the EPA from seeking scientific advice from individuals whose primary source of funding is from corporations or individuals convicted of major environmental crimes. Motion rejected 181-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(125) - HR 1030: EPA Rule-Making Guidelines - Passage 
March 18, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other covered action unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public so the research can be independently analyzed and reproduced. Passed 241-175.

 

Vote: Yea


(126) - H Res 152, SJRES8, HRES132: Committee Expenses and NLRB Rule Disapproval - Previous Question 
March 19, 2015 - Polis, D-Colo., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on adoption of the rule (H Res 152) that would provide for House floor consideration of the joint resolution that would disapprove of the rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on union elections and the resolution that would provide funding for most House committees for the 114th Congress. Motion agreed to 233-181.

 

Vote: Yea


(127) - S J Res 8, HRES132: Committee Expenses and NLRB Rule Disapproval - Rule 
March 19, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 152) that would provide for House floor consideration of the joint resolution that would disapprove of the rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that revises the unionization election process at workplaces and the resolution that would fund a combined $123 million per session for most House committees for the 114th Congress. Adopted 233-181.

 

Vote: Yea


(128) - S J Res 8: NLRB Case Representation Procedures - Passage 
March 19, 2015 - Passage of the joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval and nullification of the National Labor Relations Board rule relating to case representation procedures. Passed (thus cleared for the president) 232-186.

 

Vote: Yea


(129) - : Procedural Motion - Journal 
March 19, 2015 - Approval of the House Journal of March 18, 2015. Approved 233-159.

 

Vote: Yea


(130) - HR 360: Reauthorization of Indian and Native Hawaiian Housing Programs - Passage 
March 23, 2015 - Pearce, R-N.M., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would reauthorize a number of Indian and Native Hawaiian housing programs through fiscal year 2019. The measure would annually authorize: $650 million for the Indian Housing Block Grant Program, $12 million for costs to guarantee up to $976 million in loans for Indian housing, $13 million for direct housing assistance under the Native Hawaiian Homeownership Act (PL 106-569), and $386,000 for costs to guarantee a up to $42 million in loans under that law. Motion agreed to 297-98.


(131) - H Res 162: Ukraine Military Assistance - Passage 
March 23, 2015 - Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution stating that the House of Representatives "strongly urges" the president to fully and immediately exercise authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons systems in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to defend their sovereign territory from the "unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation." Motion agreed to 348-48.


(132) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 House Budget Resolution - Previous Question 
March 24, 2015 - Woodall, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 163) that would provide for House floor consideration of the fiscal 2016 budget resolution. Motion agreed to 238-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(133) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Rule 
March 24, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 163) that would provide for House floor consideration of the fiscal 2016 budget resolution (H Con Res 27). Adopted 237-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(134) - HR 216: Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning - Passage 
March 24, 2015 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to annually submit to Congress a future-years veterans program with its budget request. The program would reflect estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations for that fiscal year and succeeding four fiscal years, and would include a five-year plan for the department to meet its commitment to veterans, including the resources needed to do so. The measure also would require quadrennial reviews of the strategy for meeting the commitment to veterans and resources needed to meet the commitment. Motion agreed to 420-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(135) - : Procedural Motion - Journal 
March 24, 2015 - Approval of the House Journal of March 23, 2015. Approved 254-156.

 

Vote: Yea


(136) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Congressional Progressive Caucus Substitute 
March 25, 2015 - Ellison, D-Minn., substitute amendment that would provide for $3.7 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2016, not including off-budget accounts. The plan would assume repeal of the sequester. It would call for increasing near-term borrowing in order to restore full employment, raising overall spending by $1.3 trillion over 10 years and increasing revenues by $6.9 trillion over that period through a variety of policies that would increase taxes for corporations and high-income individuals. It would call for increasing spending on a variety of workforce initiatives, social programs and other activities, including K-12 schools and teacher support and public works jobs programs to aid distressed communities. It would recommend restoring federal unemployment benefits to a 99-week maximum through 2017 and would call for $135 billion to be used to permanently address the Medicare reimbursement rate issue known as the "doc fix." The substitute would call for increasing the progressivity of the individual income tax code by adding five higher marginal tax rates, eliminating tax deferrals owed on U.S.-foreign controlled companies and imposing a financial transactions tax. It would recommend creation of a public insurance option to be sold within the health insurance exchanges and propose allowing Medicare to negotiate rates for prescription drugs and services. It also would call for cuts to non-emergency Defense Department spending and elimination of funding for Overseas Contingency Operations after fiscal 2016. In addition, the substitute would call for implementation of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, including a pathway to citizenship, transparency in national security budgets and the public financing of campaigns. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 96-330.

 

Vote: Nay


(137) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Congressional Black Caucus Substitute 
March 25, 2015 - Butterfield, D-N.C., substitute amendment that would provide for $3.491 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2016, not including off-budget accounts. The substitute would call for an additional $500 billion over the first three years for infrastructure and jobs programs. It also would call for approximately $300 billion over ten years to increase funding for anti-poverty programs, such as the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, and would recommend raising the federal minimum wage. The proposal would assume repeal of the sequester. It would recommend policy changes intended to generate additional revenue, including adding a public option to the health insurance exchanges created by the 2010 health care overhaul, passing a comprehensive immigration overhaul and ending spending from the Defense Department's Overseas Contingency Operations account. The substitute would propose calculating Social Security cost-of-living adjustments using the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly. The plan would outline a number of revenue-raising options totaling $5.6 trillion, including limiting the corporate debt interest deduction to 25% from the current 35%, and making it an after-tax credit. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 120-306.

 

Vote: Nay


(138) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Republican Study Committee Substitute 
March 25, 2015 - Stutzman, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would provide for $ 2.804 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2016, not including off-budget accounts. The substitute would call for reducing spending by $7.1 trillion over 10 years compared to the Congressional Budget Office baseline. The proposal would call for capping discretionary spending at $975 billion in fiscal 2016, freezing it for two years, and then allowing it to grow with inflation. It would call for setting discretionary defense spending at $570 billion, non-defense discretionary spending at $405 billion and allowing for $58 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations. The measure would call for, after fiscal 2019, OCO spending being incorporated into (non-emergency) discretionary defense spending. The proposal would call for repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul, converting Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program into block grant programs and transitioning Medicare to a premium-support system. It would propose changing the inflationary index for Social Security benefits to "chained" CPI for all government programs and gradually increases eligibility to age 70 for Social Security. It also would propose converting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into a block grant program and changing it to a discretionary program. The amendment would outline guidance for a tax overhaul, including stating that taxes should be revenue neutral based on dynamic scoring and that the alternative minimum tax be repealed. It also would propose that federal funding for transportation be limited to core federal duties, such as the interstate highway system. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 132-294.

 

Vote: Yea


(139) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Democratic Substitute 
March 25, 2015 - Van Hollen, D-Md., substitute amendment that would provide for $3.211 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2016, not including off-budget accounts. The proposal would call for bringing non-defense discretionary spending up to pre-sequester levels for 2016 and adding the same amount of additional defense funding, providing funding for the president's early childhood initiative to provide access to preschool, fully funding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and it would assume funding of the president's proposed six-year $478 billion surface transportation reauthorization. It would propose a deficit-neutral reserve fund to implement a tax overhaul that would include provisions like expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. It also would propose extending so-called "tax extenders" as long as they are offset. The Democratic budget would assume an increase in the federal minimum wage, enactment of a comprehensive immigration overhaul and overhaul of the unemployment compensation program. The proposal would assume full implementation of the 2010 health care overhaul and would accommodate deficit-neutral legislation to permanently address the Medicare reimbursement rate issue known as the "doc fix." On taxes, the plan would accommodate an expansion of tax incentives that encourage low-income and middle-income taxpayers to attend college and save for retirement. It would call on Congress to raise revenue by closing loopholes and ending tax breaks for special interests and the very wealthy. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-264.

 

Vote: Nay


(140) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - House Budget Committee Substitute 
March 25, 2015 - Price, R-Ga., substitute amendment that would provide for $2.935 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2016, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume $5.5 trillion in reduced spending over the next 10 years - including by assuming repeal of the 2010 health care law and proposing reduced spending on Medicare and Medicaid and changing programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It would assume future savings by calling for restructuring Medicare into a "premium support" system beginning in 2024. It also would call for a deficit-neutral overhaul of the tax code that would lower rates and it would assume $147 billion in additional savings through "dynamic scoring," and would include instructions to committees to trigger the budget reconciliation process to cut mandatory spending. The resolution would call for fiscal 2016 discretionary spending that adheres to the sequester-reduced defense and non-defense caps set by the Budget Control Act, but for future years it would assume a 10-year increase in defense caps of $387 billion while calling for cutting non-defense caps by $759 billion. For fiscal 2016, it would propose adding $36 billion more than the president requested for the uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war funding account, but would call for $20.5 billion of that amount to be offset by other spending cuts. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 105-319.

 

Vote: Yea


(141) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Republican Non-Offset Substitute 
March 25, 2015 - Price, R-Ga., substitute amendment that would provide for $2.937 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2016, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume repeal of the 2010 health care law; and propose reducing spending on Medicare and Medicaid and changing programs such as food stamps. It would call for restructuring Medicare into a "premium support" system beginning in 2024, call for a deficit-neutral overhaul of the tax code that lowers rates and assume savings through "dynamic scoring," and recommends instructions to committees to trigger the budget reconciliation process to cut mandatory spending. The resolution would call for fiscal 2016 base discretionary spending that adheres to the sequester-reduced defense and non-defense caps set by the Budget Control Act, and for future years it would assume a 10-year increase in defense caps of $387 billion while calling for cutting non-defense caps by $759 billion. For fiscal 2016 it would propose adding $38 billion more than the president requested for the Overseas Contingency Operations account, and would not call for an offset. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 219-208.

 

Vote: Yea


(142) - H Con Res 27: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Adoption 
March 25, 2015 - Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would provide for $2.937 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2016, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume $5.5 trillion in spending reductions over the next 10 years, including by assuming repeal of the 2010 health care law. It also would propose reducing spending on Medicare and Medicaid and changing programs such as food stamps. It would call for restructuring Medicare into a "premium support" system beginning in 2024, call for a deficit-neutral overhaul of the tax code that lowers rates and assume $147 billion in additional savings through "dynamic scoring," and would include instructions to committees to trigger the budget reconciliation process to cut mandatory spending. The resolution would call for fiscal 2016 base discretionary spending that adheres to the sequester-reduced defense and non-defense caps set by the Budget Control Act, and for future years it would assume a 10-year increase in defense caps of $387 billion while calling for cutting non-defense caps by $759 billion. As amended, for fiscal 2016 it would call for allowing $96 billion in uncapped war-related funding to provide additional defense funding beyond sequester-reduced caps, without requiring offsets. Adopted 228-199.

 

Vote: Yea


(143) - HR 2: Medicare Payments to Physicians - Rule 
March 26, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 173) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would repeal the sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with a system in which physicians could choose to participate in either a reimbursement method where their payments would be subject to adjustments based on performance or a method where they would move away from the fee-for-service structure. Adopted 402-12.

 

Vote: Yea


(144) - HR 2: Medicare Payments to Physicians - Passage 
March 26, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would repeal the sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with a system in which physicians could choose to participate in either a reimbursement method where their payments would be subject to adjustments based on performance or a method where they would move away from the fee-for-service structure. It would provide for a 10-year transition period under which Medicare reimbursement rates would gradually increase annually until 2020 and then remain stable for five years. It also would extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and community health centers for two years, as well as a variety of other health care policies. The measure would be partially offset through a combination of payment adjustments to various Medicare providers and increased payments from Medicare beneficiaries. The measure also would subject funding provided for community health centers to provisions under the fiscal 2016 omnibus appropriations law that prohibit use of funds for abortions. Passed 392-37.

 

Vote: Yea

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