Vote History

May 2015 Vote History

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(208) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Liquefied Natural Gas Report 
May 01, 2015 - Rothfus, R-Pa., amendment that would prohibit funds made available under the act from being used by the Energy Department to apply the June 4, 2014 report entitled "Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States" in any public interest determination under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act. Motion adopted 232-172.

 

Vote: Yea


(209) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Climate Change Model Development 
May 01, 2015 - Gosar, R-Ariz., amendment that would prohibit funds made available under the act from being used for the Energy Department's Climate Model Development and Validation program. Motion adopted 224-184.

 

Vote: Yea


(210) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Reduce Funding 
May 01, 2015 - Blackburn, R-Tenn., amendment that would reduce each amount made available under the act by 1 percent. Motion rejected 159-248.

 

Vote: Yea


(211) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Instream Flow Requirements 
May 01, 2015 - McClintock, R-Calif., amendment that would prohibit funds made available under the act from being used to purchase water for the instream flow requirements in California that are mandated under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Central Valley Project Improvement Act or the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Motion adopted 228-183.

 

Vote: Yea


(212) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Agriculture Activities 
May 01, 2015 - LaMalfa, R-Calif., amendment that would prohibit funds made available under the act from being used to regulate agricultural activities identified as exemptions under certain sections of the Clean Water Act. Motion adopted 239-174.

 

Vote: Yea


(213) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Trinity River 
May 01, 2015 - LaMalfa, R-Calif., amendment that would prohibit funds made available under the act from being used to deliver water to the Trinity river above the minimum requirements of the Trinity Record of Decision or to supplement flows in the Klamath River. Motion adopted 228-183.

 

Vote: Yea


(214) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Recommit 
May 01, 2015 - Bera, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Appropriations Committee with instructions to report back with an amendment that would increase funding for drought relief and state electricity energy reliability and assurance by $30 million. The cost would be offset by reducing policy and administration funding. Motion rejected 180-235.

 

Vote: Nay

 


(215) - HR 2028: Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Passage 
May 01, 2015 - Passage of the bill, as amended, that would provide $36.1 billion in fiscal 2016 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities. It would provide $29.0 billion for the Energy Department, of which $12.3 billion would be designated for the National Nuclear Security Administration. It also would provide $5.6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers and $1.1 billion for the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation. Motion passed 240-177.

 

Vote: Yea


(216) - HR 606: Public Safety Death Benefit Income Tax Exclusion - Passage 
May 12, 2015 - Reichert, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would exclude from federal income tax federal death benefit payments to family of public safety officers killed in the line of duty and money paid from states to surviving dependents of public safety officers killed in the line of duty. Motion agreed to 413-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(217) - HR 1732: Waters of the United States - Final Rule 
May 12, 2015 - Edwards, D-Md., amendment that would allow the currently proposed "waters of the United States" rule, as well as any newly developed rule, to be implemented as long as the final rule meets certain requirements. A final rule could not expand the scope of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act beyond those bodies of water covered prior to Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006, would need to be consistent with the latest peer-reviewed scientific studies and would need to be promulgated with input from state and local governments and from the public. The amendment would list specific bodies of water that could not be more regulated under a final rule (including drainage ditches and artificial farm and stock ponds). Motion rejected 167-248.

 

Vote: Nay


(218) - HR 1732: Waters of the United States - Recommit 
May 12, 2015 - Aguilar, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with instructions to report back with an amendment that would add provisions that would direct the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency in the process of rulemaking required by the bill, to protect the quality and integrity of surface waters and wetlands available: for public water supplies, to mitigate against harmful impacts of drought in California and other western states, for agricultural uses, and to mitigate against adverse impacts of flooding and coastal storms. Motion rejected 175-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(219) - HR 1732: Waters of the United States - Passage 
May 12, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would effectively block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing a proposed rule regarding the definition of the "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The bill would require the agencies to withdraw the proposal and develop a new rule with consultation from state and local officials and stakeholders. In consulting with state and local officials, the EPA and the corps would be required to seek to reach consensus on the definition of "waters of the United States;" preserve the primary rights and responsibilities of the states to protect water quality and control development of land and water resources in the states; and protect the rights of private property owners over natural and man-made water features. Motion passed 261-155.

Vote: Yea


(220) - HR 2146: Public Safety Employee Retirement Benefits - Passage 
May 12, 2015 - Reichert, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would allow federal public safety employees to begin receiving payments from government retirement plans at age 50, equal to the age limit for such state and local employees, and it would expand the types of retirement plans from which public safety employees at all levels of government could receive such retirement payments. Motion agreed to 407-5.

 

Vote: Yea


(221) - HR 36, HR2048, HR1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization, 20-Week Abortion Ban, Government Surveillance Authorities - Rule 
May 13, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 255) to provide for House floor consideration of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill (HR 1735), the bill (HR 36) that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later, and the bill (HR 2048) that would prohibit the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data, and would require the NSA to obtain approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to examine the calling records of individual target telephone numbers on a case-by-case basis (before requesting the information from a phone company) and would limit the associated calling records of a telephone number that may be examined to two "hops" from the suspect's number. Motion adopted 240-186.

 

Vote: Yea


(222) - HR 36: Twenty-Week Abortion Ban - Recommit 
May 13, 2015 - Brownley, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would add an exception to the 20-week abortion ban for abortions necessary to save the health of the pregnant woman. Motion rejected 181-246.

 

Vote: Nay


(223) - HR 36: Twenty-Week Abortion Ban - Passage 
May 13, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban. It would provide exceptions for cases in which the woman's life is in danger as well as for pregnancies that are a result of rape if, as amended, for pregnancies that are a result of rape against an adult woman, the woman received counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours prior to the abortion. An exception would be provided for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest against a minor if the rape or incest had been previously reported to law enforcement or another government agency authorized to act on reports of child abuse. As amended, the bill would require a second doctor trained in neonatal resuscitation to be present for abortions where the fetus has the "potential" to survive outside the womb, and, if the fetus is born alive, the bill would require that the infant be provided medical care and immediately be transported and admitted to a hospital. As amended, women wishing to have abortions under the bill's exceptions would need to sign (along with the doctor and a witness) an informed consent authorization form detailing the age of the fetus and stating that, if born alive, would be given medical assistance and transported to a hospital. Motion passed 242-184.

 

Vote: Yea


(224) - HR 2048: Government Surveillance Authorities - Passage 
May 13, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data. The measure would require the NSA to obtain approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to examine the calling records of individual target telephone numbers on a case-by-case basis, before the request for information is made to a phone company, and limit the associated calling records of a telephone number that may be examined to two "hops" from the suspect's number - essentially codifying proposals made by the president in 2014. The bill also would redefine the type of information that may be subject to a search query under surveillance programs, impose additional surveillance oversight requirements, and extend until December 2019 the Patriot Act Section 215, roving wiretap and "Lone Wolf" surveillance authorities. Motion passed 338-88.

 

Vote: Nay


(225) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Rule 
May 14, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 260) to provide for further House floor consideration of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. Motion adopted 243-181.

 

Vote: Yea


(226) - HR 1191: Iran Nuclear Agreement Congressional Review - Passage 
May 14, 2015 - Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendments to the bill that would require that Congress be given an opportunity to review any final international agreement on Iran's nuclear program before the president could waive or suspend any sanctions on Iran that were imposed by Congress. Under the bill, Congress would have an initial 30 days to review any final nuclear pact with Iran, during which time the president could waive executive branch sanctions against Tehran - but could not use his authority to grant national security waivers for sanctions enacted into law by Congress. Enactment of a joint resolution of disapproval during a 52-day period would permanently prevent the president from granting such waivers. Motion agreed to 400-25.

 

Vote: Yea


(227) - HR 2297: Sanctions on Foreign Financial Institutions Facilitating Hezbollah - Passage 
May 14, 2015 - Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that facilitate transactions or money laundering on behalf of Hezbollah or its agents. The measure also would require several reports and briefings on Hezbollah and on the administration's efforts to deter its activities. Motion agreed to 423-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(228) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Navy Operational Carriers 
May 14, 2015 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would reduce from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have. Motion rejected 60-363: R 4-236; D 56-127; I 0-0.

 

Vote: Nay


(229) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Participants Enlistment Review 
May 14, 2015 - Brooks, R-Ala., amendment that would strike the section of the bill that would express the sense of the House that the Defense secretary should review current law to determine whether individuals participating in President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program may enlist in the armed forces. Motion adopted 221-202.

 

Vote: Yea


(230) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfer Restrictions 
May 14, 2015 - Walorski, R-Ind., that would lengthen to two years the bill's restrictions on the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the U.S. and on construction or modification of facilities in the U.S. to house Guantanamo detainees. It also would prohibit transfers of detainees to Yemen and bar the Defense secretary from using a national security waiver to transfer prisoners to combat zones Motion adopted 243-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(231) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Guantanamo Bay Closure and Detainee Transfer 
May 14, 2015 - Smith, D-Wash., amendment that would provide a framework for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by Dec. 31, 2017. The amendment would remove restrictions in the bill against transferring Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detainees to the U.S., constructing or modifying any facility in the U.S. to house a Guantanamo Bay detainee, and transferring detainees to a combat zone. Motion rejected 174-249.

 

Vote: Nay


(232) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Border Security Activities 
May 14, 2015 - McCaul, R-Texas, amendment that would amend current law to include border security activities to the list of preferred applications the Defense Department considers when transferring excess property to other federal agencies. Motion adopted 253-166.

 

Vote: Yea


(233) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Dr. Shakil Afridi 
May 15, 2015 - Rohrabacher, R-Calif., amendment that would state that it is the sense of Congress that "Dr. Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the Government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison." Motion adopted 413-1.

 

Vote: Yea


(234) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - New START Treaty 
May 15, 2015 - Lamborn, R-Colo., amendment that would bar funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for the Defense Department in fiscal 2016 from being used to implement the New START treaty until the president certifies that Russia's armed forces are "no longer illegally occupying Ukrainian territory," as well as certain other certifications. Motion adopted 235-182.

 

Vote: Yea


(235) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Ohio Class Replacement 
May 15, 2015 - Blumenauer, D-Ore., amendment that would relocate funding authorization for the next ballistic missile submarine from the National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund to traditional Navy accounts. Motion rejected 43-375.

 

Vote: Nay


(236) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Lesser Prairie Chicken 
May 15, 2015 - Lucas, R-Okla., amendment that would prohibit the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened or endangered species until 2021. The amendment also would de-list the American burying beetle as a threatened or endangered species. Motion adopted 229-190.

 

Vote: Yea


(237) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Nuclear Weapons Dismantlement 
May 15, 2015 - Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike a section of the bill that would place limits on the use of funding authorized for the National Nuclear Security Administration in fiscals 2016 through 2020 for dismantlement of nuclear weapons. Motion rejected 178-242.

 

Vote: Nay


(238) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Recommit 
May 15, 2015 - Gallego, D-Ariz., motion to recommit the bill to the House Armed Services Committee with instructions to immediately report back with an amendment that would set a 2.3 percent pay increase in fiscal 2016 for members of the uniformed services. It also would direct the Defense secretary to take all steps necessary to ensure that Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps members continue to be paid despite any lapse in appropriations after Sept. 30, 2015. Motion rejected 184-234.

 

Vote: Nay


(239) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Passage 
May 15, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would authorize $604.2 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $89.2 billion for overseas contingency operations, of which $38.3 billion would be authorized for non-war base budget operations and maintenance. Excluding the war funding, the bill would authorize roughly: $136.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $109.7 billion for procurement, $136.4 billion for military personnel, $7.3 billion for military construction and family housing, $68.4 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $31.7 billion for the Defense Health Program. The measure would place new restrictions on the ability of the president to transfer prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center to third-party countries and would continue existing prohibitions against transferring such detainees to the United States or its territories. The measure would authorize roughly $10 billion for ballistic-missile defense, prohibit the proposed retirement of A-10 close air support aircraft, and effectively block an additional Base Realignment and Closure round. The measure also would authorize $715 million for security assistance to Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but would require that 25 percent of the funds be provided directly to Kurdish Peshmerga and quasi-independent Sunni forces. The measure would authorize $600 million to train and equip Syrian opposition forces and $200 million for lethal weapons to Ukraine. Motion passed 269-151.

 

Vote: Yea


(240) - HR 91: Veteran Identification Cards - Passage 
May 18, 2015 - Wenstrup, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to issue an identification card to any veteran covered under the bill who requests such a card and who was discharged from the armed forces under honorable conditions. Veterans would need to present a copy of their discharge form or other official document that describes their service and also pay a fee to cover the cost of the card. Motion agreed to 402-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(241) - HR 1313: Disabled Veterans Small Business Contracting - Passage 
May 18, 2015 - Wenstrup, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would allow a surviving spouse of a veteran who has a service-connected disability rating of less than 100 percent, and who does not die because of the service-connected disability, to retain the veteran's small business "preferred status" for Veterans Affairs Department contracting for up to three years after the veteran's death. Motion agreed to 403-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(242) - HR 1382: Veterans Affairs Department Contracting Preference - Passage 
May 18, 2015 - Wenstrup, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize the Veterans Affairs Department to give preference to private contractors that employ veterans. The measure would provide that in awarding a contract or task order for procuring goods or services, the Veterans Affairs Department may give preference to offers that employ veterans on a full-time basis. The department would determine such preference based on the percentage of full-time employees who are veterans. Motion agreed to 404-0.

 

Vote: Yea


(243) - HR 2250, HR1806, HR2353: Science Agencies Authorizations, Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations, Surface Transportation Extension - Rule 
May 19, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 271) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1806) that would authorize funds for agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities, the fiscal 2016 legislative branch appropriations bill (HR 2250), and the bill (HR 2353) that would extend the authorization for surface transportation for two months, through July 31, 2015. Motion adopted 242-179.

 

Vote: Yea


(244) - S 178: Anti-Human Trafficking Programs and Victims Fund - Passage 
May 19, 2015 - Goodlatte, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize a number of programs to combat sex trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors. The bill would include provisions that would establish a fund to support trafficking victims, create a new victim-centered grant program to provide assistance to states and local law enforcement to bolster the investigation and prosecution of sex trafficking, and to help victims of such crimes; and bolster the ability of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking, including by targeting individuals who purchase sex from human trafficking victims. Motion agreed to 420-3.

 

Vote: Yea


(245) - HR 2250: Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Open World Leadership Center 
May 19, 2015 - Ratcliffe, R-Texas, amendment that would reduce funding for the Open World Leadership Center by $5.7 million, to zero, and would apply that amount to the spending reduction account. Motion adopted 224-199.

 

Vote: Yea


(246) - HR 2250: Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations - One Percent Spending Reduction 
May 19, 2015 - Blackburn, R-Tenn., amendment that would cut funding under the bill by one percent for all accounts except for the Capitol Police, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Architect of the Capitol's Capitol Police buildings, grounds and security account. Motion rejected 172-250.

 

Vote: Yea


(247) - HR 2250: Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Passage 
May 19, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would provide $3.3 billion for legislative branch operations, excluding Senate operations, in fiscal 2016. The total would include $1.2 billion for House operations, $591 million in net appropriations for the Library of Congress, $522 million for the Government Accountability Office, $492 million for the Architect of the Capitol and $369 million for the Capitol Police. As amended, the bill would provide no funding for the Open World Leadership Center. Motion passed 357-67.

 

Vote: Yea


(248) - HR 2353: Surface Transportation Extension - Recommit 
May 19, 2015 - Esty, D-Conn., motion to recommit the bill to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would authorize $750 million for the period beginning Oct. 1, 2014 and ending July 31, 2015 for a Transportation Department grant program for the deployment of train control technologies, train control component technologies, processor-based technologies, and certain other technologies specified in existing law that authorized the grants. Motion rejected 182-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(249) - HR 2353: Surface Transportation Extension - Passage 
May 19, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would extend the authorization for surface transportation programs - including federal aid highway, mass transit and safety programs - for two months, through July 31, 2015. Authority to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund would also be extended through that date. Under the measure, highway and transit spending authority for those two months generally would be at comparable fiscal 2014 levels. Specifically, it would allow - for the period from Oct. 1, 2014, to July 31, 2015 - $33.5 billion in highway and highway safety obligations; $366 million in contract authority for administrative expenses of the federal-aid highway program; $569 million for highway safety; $182 million for Motor Carrier safety programs; $216 million for Federal Motor Carrier administrative expenses; $7.2 billion for mass transit formula grants; $1.6 billion for capital investment grants; and $55 million for bus and bus facilities grants. Motion passed 387-35.

 

Vote: Yea


(250) - HR 2262, HR880: Research Tax Credit and Commercial Space - Previous Question 
May 20, 2015 - Stivers, R-Ohio, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 273) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 2262) that would extend the indemnification period for commercial space companies, permit private entities to obtain ownership over resources obtained in space and allow government astronauts to be carried into space on private space vehicles and the bill (HR 880) that would make permanent the research and development tax credit. The rule also would grant suspension authority on the legislative day of May 21, 2015 and allow the House Appropriations Committee to file privileged reports to accompany fiscal 2016 appropriations measures at any time before 5 p.m. on May 27, 2015. Motion agreed to 241-183.

 

Vote: Yea


(251) - HR 2262, HR880: Research Tax Credit and Commercial Space - Rule 
May 20, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 273) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 2262) that would extend the indemnification period for commercial space companies, permit private entities to obtain ownership over resources obtained in space and allow government astronauts to be carried into space on private space vehicles and the bill (HR 880) that would make permanent the research and development tax credit. The rule also would grant suspension authority on the legislative day of May 21, 2015 and allow the House Appropriations Committee to file privileged reports to accompany fiscal 2016 appropriations measures at any time before 5 p.m. on May 27, 2015. Motion adopted 240-185.

 

Vote: Yea


(252) - HR 1806: Science Programs Reauthorization - National Science Foundation Grants 
May 20, 2015 - Foster, D-Ill., amendment that would remove a section of the bill that would allow the National Science Foundation to award new grants only if it determines that the grants are worthy of federal funding and are in the national interest and a written justification for how the grant meets those requirements is published. Motion rejected 177-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(253) - HR 1806: Science Programs Reauthorization - Advisory Panels 
May 20, 2015 - Griffith, R-Va., amendment that would provide for the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to appoint members of the STEM Education Advisory Panel that would be established under the bill and an advisory committee that the bill would direct to be established to review and report on progress by the Energy Department on a carbon capture and sequestration research program. Motion adopted 234-183.

 

Vote: Yea


(254) - HR 1806: Science Programs Reauthorization - Climate Science Initiatives 
May 20, 2015 - Lowenthal, D-Calif., amendment that would remove a provision in the bill that would require a Government Accountability Office report identifying certain overlapping climate science-related initiatives. It also would remove a provision that would prohibit the director of the Energy Department's Office of Science from approving new climate science-related initiatives without making a determination that such work is unique and not duplicative of work by other federal agencies. Motion rejected 187-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(255) - HR 1806: Science Programs Reauthorization - Commercial Biofuels Production 
May 20, 2015 - Bonamici, D-Ore., amendment that would remove a provision in the bill that would bar funds authorized for an Energy Department bioenergy research program from being used to fund commercial biofuels production for defense purposes. Motion rejected 208-215.

Vote: Nay


(256) - HR 1806: Science Programs Reauthorization - ARPA-E Goals 
May 20, 2015 - DeSaulnier, D-Calif., amendment that would strike a provision in the bill that would remove from goals specified in current law for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) the development of energy technologies that result in reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources; reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors. Motion rejected 190-232.

 

Vote: Nay


(257) - HR 1806: Science Programs Reauthorization - Substitute Amendment 
May 20, 2015 - Johnson, D-Texas, substitute amendment that would authorize five percent year-over-year increases for three major science agencies for fiscal years 2016 through 2020, including a total of $42.5 billion for the National Science Foundation, a total of $7.3 billion for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, $29.5 billion for the Energy Department Office of Science and a total of $1.8 billion for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Motion rejected 179-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(258) - HR 1806: Science Programs Reauthorization - Passage 
May 20, 2015 - Passage of the bill, as amended, that would authorize $32.9 billion over fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 for a number of agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities. Within that total, the bill would annually authorize for those two fiscal years: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation, roughly $7.9 billion for various Energy Department activities, $939 million for the National institute of Standards and Technology and $5 million for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Motion passed 217-205: R 217-23.

 

Vote: Yea


(259) - HR 880: Research Tax Credit - Recommit 
May 20, 2015 - Neal, D-Mass., motion to recommit the bill to the House Ways and Means Committee with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would remove the bill's proposal to make permanent the research and development tax credit that expired at the end of calendar year 2014, and change the way elements of the credit are calculated. The bill would replace those provisions with language that would extend the credit for two years and would state that the bill shall not result in increasing the deficit or delaying or weakening efforts to adopt a permanent extension of the research credit in a "fiscally responsible manner." Motion rejected 181-240.

 

Vote: Nay


(260) - HR 880: Research Tax Credit - Passage 
May 20, 2015 - Passage of the bill, as amended, that would make permanent the research and development tax credit that expired at the end of calendar year 2014, and would change the way elements of the credit are calculated. For the credit for qualified research expenses, the measure would eliminate the traditional calculation for the 20 percent qualified research credit, and increase the alternative simplified credit to 20 percent of the amount qualified expenses exceed 50 percent of average qualified expenses for the preceding three tax years. For the basic research credit, the measure would provide that the 20 percent credit would be based on basic research payments that exceed 50 percent of the average basic research payments for the three preceding tax years. Motion passed 274-145.

 

Vote: Yea


(261) - HR 2262: Commercial Spaceflight - Substitute Amendment 
May 21, 2015 - Edwards, D-Md., substitute amendment that would replace the bill with a measure that would extend the general moratorium on the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to issue regulations related to commercial spaceflight crew and passenger safety until Oct. 1, 2020, and would extend government indemnification of the commercial space launch industry through 2020. Motion rejected 173-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(262) - HR 2262: Commercial Spaceflight - Passage 
May 21, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would extend until Dec. 31, 2025 the general moratorium on the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to issue regulations related to commercial spaceflight crew and passenger safety, but would provide for adoption before that time of industry-supported voluntary consensus standards. It also would extend through 2025 federal indemnification of commercial space launch companies against third-party claims associated with launch accidents. As amended, the bill would require the president to facilitate and promote the commercial exploration and utilization of space resources and would establish a legal framework for such activities, including stating that asteroid resources obtained in outer space would be the property of the entity that obtained such resources. Motion passed 284-133.

 

Vote: Yea


(263) - HR 1335: Fisheries Law Reauthorization - Rule 
May 21, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 274) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Motion adopted 237-174.

 

Vote: Yea

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