Vote History

July 2015 Vote History

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(390) - HR 1735: Fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization - Motion to Close 
July 07, 2015 - Thornberry, R-Texas, motion that the meetings of the conference between the House and the Senate on HR 1735 (National Defense Authorization) may be closed to the public at such times as classified national security information may be discussed, provided that any sitting member of Congress shall be entitled to attend any meeting of the conference.
Motion agreed to 402-12.

 

Vote: Yea


(391) - HR 91: Veteran I.D. Cards - Passage 
July 07, 2015 - Abraham, R-La., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would require the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to issue an identification card to any veteran who requests such a card and who was discharged from the armed forces. To receive a card, veterans must present a copy of their DD-214 form or other official document that describes their service and pay a fee to cover the cost of the card. As passed by the Senate, the measure would exclude House language specifying that the card would be available only for veterans with an honorable discharge from the military.
Motion agreed to 411-0.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (274 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(392) - HR 2647, HR5: Education and National Forrest Management Overhaul - Rule 
July 08, 2015 - Adoption of the resolution (H Res 347) that would make in order a bill (HR 5) that would generally reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 through FY 2021, including the Title I program that distributes funding to schools and school districts that have a high percentage of students from low-income families and a bill (HR 2647) that would modify federal forest management practices to increase timber production on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands as a means of promoting greater forest health and reducing wildfires.
Adopted 242-185.

 

Vote: Yea


(393) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Land Management Funding 
July 08, 2015 - Garamendi, D-Calif., amendment that would increase funding for the Bureau of Land Management's Land Management fund by $4 million, offset by an equal reduction to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Land Management.
Rejected 181-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(394) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Oil Spil Funding 
July 08, 2015 - Capps, D-Calif., amendment that would increase funding for EPA Inland Oil Spill Programs by $5 million, offset by an equal reduction to the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Rejected 184-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(395) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Insular Affairs Funding 
July 08, 2015 - Sablan, D-N. Marianas, amendment that would increase funding for Interior Department Insular Affairs by $5 million, offset by an equal reduction to Interior Department operations.
Rejected 183-245.

 

Vote: Nay


(396) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - EPA Funding 
July 08, 2015 - Castor, D-Fla., amendment that would increase funding for EPA Environmental Programs and Management by $2 million, offset by an equal reduction to Interior Department operations.
Rejected 188-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(397) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Stream Buffers 
July 08, 2015 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would remove the bill's prohibition on stream buffers.
Rejected 189-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(398) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - National Ocean Policy 
July 08, 2015 - Tsongas, D-Mass., amendment that would remove the bill's limitation on funds for National Ocean Policy.
Rejected 191-238.

 

Vote: Nay


(399) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Grazing Permits For Displaced Ranchers 
July 08, 2015 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would remove the bill's requirement that vacant grazing allotments be made available to permits holders where their lands are unusable because of drought or wildfire. 
Rejected 178-251.

 

Vote: Nay


(400) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Social Cost of Carbon 
July 08, 2015 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would allow rules to consider the social cost of carbon.
Rejected 186-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(401) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Ozone Standards 
July 08, 2015 - Edwards, D-M.D., amendment that would remove the bill's limitation on EPA from updating its ozone standards until 85 percent of counties that do not meet the current standard come into compliance. 
Rejected 180-249.

 

Vote: Nay


(402) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment - Fracking On Federal Lands 
July 08, 2015 - Lawrence, D-Mich., amendment that would remove the bill's prohibition on the Bureau of Land Management from implementing its final rule governing fracking on federal lands.
Rejected 179-250.

 

Vote: Nay


(403) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment - Federal Lands And Public Interest 
July 08, 2015 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would reiterate current law that federal lands shall only be disposed of if in the public interest.
Rejected 192-237.

 

Vote: Nay


(404) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Endangered Species Designations 
July 08, 2015 - Tsongas, D-Mass., amendment that would allow for the sage grouse to be listed as an Endangered Species, remove the bill's requirement that a new rule be issued concerning the gray wolf and the northern long eared bat.
Rejected 186-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(405) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Ivory Sales 
July 08, 2015 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would remove the bill's prohibition on rulemaking for ivory sales that were lawfully imported into the United States.
Rejected 183-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(406) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
July 08, 2015 - Beyer, D-Va., amendment that would prohibit funds from being used in contravention of an executive order establishing an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the federal government and making reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority.
Rejected 189-237.

 

Vote: Nay


(407) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - One Percent Reduction 
July 08, 2015 - Blackburn, R-Tenn., amendment that would reduce all funding in the bill by 1 percent.
Rejected 168-258.

 

Vote: Yea


(408) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - Oil And Gas Royalties 
July 08, 2015 - Pearce, R-N.M., amendment that would prohibit increasing the royalty rate required to be paid to the United States for oil and gas produced on federal land.
Adopted 231-198.

 

Vote: Yea


(409) - HR 2822: Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - National Monument Designation 
July 08, 2015 - Hardy, R-Nev., amendment that would prohibit national monuments from being declared in the counties of Mohave and Coconino in the state of Arizona, in the counties of Modoe and Siskiyou in the state of California, in the counties of Chaffee, Moffat and Park in the state of New Mexico in the counties of Jackson, Josephine and Malheur in the state of Oregon, or in counties of Wayne, Garfield and Kane in the state of Utah.
Adopted 222-206.

 

Vote: Yea


(410) - HR 5: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Common Core 
July 08, 2015 - Zeldin, R-N.Y., amendment that would allow a state to withdraw from the Common Core Standards or any other specific standards.
Adopted 373-57.

 

Vote: Yea


(411) - HR 5: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Student Privacy 
July 08, 2015 - Hurd, R-Texas amendment that would express the sense of Congress that the Education Department should review all regulations addressing issues of student privacy and ensure that students' personally identifiable information is protected.
Adopted 424-2.

 

Vote: Yea


(412) - HR 5: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Overhaul - School Start Times 
July 08, 2015 - Grayson, D-Fla., that would require the Education Department to conduct an assessment of the impact of school start times on student health, well-being and performance.
Rejected 199-228.

 

Vote: Nay


(413) - HR 5: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Overhaul - School Dropout Prevention 
July 08, 2015 - Wilson, D-Fla., that would provide for school dropout prevention and re-entry and would provide grants to raise academic achievement levels for all students.
Rejected 192-237.

 

Vote: Nay


(414) - HR 5: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Overhaull - Student Learning Developments 
July 08, 2015 - Carson, D-Ind., amendment that would require the Education Department to develop a national strategy for elementary and secondary school education that includes advancing an annual measure of student learning, including a system of assessments; effective teacher preparation and continuing professional development; education administration; and international comparisons of education.
Rejected 186-245.

 

Vote: Nay


(415) - HR 5: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Biliteracy Grant Program 
July 08, 2015 - Brownley, D-Calif., that would create a grant program for states to create or expand biliteracy seal programs to recognize student proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in both English and a second language for graduating high school seniors.
Rejected 191-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(416) - HR 5: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Digital Learning 
July 08, 2015 - Loebsack, D-Iowa, amendment that would support the expansion of the use of digital learning through the creation of a competitive grant program to partnerships to implement and evaluate the results of technology-based learning practices, strategies, tools or programs at rural schools.
Adopted 218-213.

 

Vote: Nay


(417) - HR 5: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Early Childhood Education 
July 08, 2015 - Meng, D-N.Y., amendment that would create a program under which the Education Department would provide grants for early childhood education scholarships, professional development and licensing credentials, or increased compensation for educators who have attained specific qualifications. The amendment would also require each state that applies for a grant to include in its application a description of its comprehensive early childhood professional development system, and grant recipients must maintain their fiscal effort for the activities supported by the grant funds for a fiscal year at levels equal to or greater than their fiscal effort for such activities during the preceding fiscal year.
Rejected 205-224.

 

Vote: Nay


(418) - HR 5: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Racial, Ethnic and Disability Student Impact 
July 08, 2015 - Thompson, D-Miss., amendment that would prohibit the bill from being enacted until the Education Department determines that its enactment will not reduce the college and career readiness of racial or ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, English learners and low-income students and the department provides written notification to Congress on such determination.
Rejected 189-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(419) - HR 5: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Block Grants 
July 08, 2015 - Walker, R-N.C., amendment that would allow states to receive federal education funds in the form of a block grant to be used for any education purpose under state law. States operating under a block grant must assess student achievement and must disseminate disaggregated student performance data. The amendment would also require that a state receiving federal education funds as a block grant must ensure that private schools receive an equitable portion of that funding.
Rejected 195-235.

 

Vote: Yea


(420) - HR 5: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Student Assessment Opt Out Provision 
July 08, 2015 - Salmon, R-Ariz., amendment that would allow parents to opt a student out of the required assessments for any reason. Students whose parents opt them out would not be included when calculating the participation rate in the assessment.
Adopted 251-178.

 

Vote: Yea


(421) - HR 5: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Overhauls - Substitute Amendment 
July 08, 2015 - Scott, D-Va., substitute amendment that would require states to establish college-and career-ready standards in English, math and science for grades K-12 and high-quality assessments aligned to those standards. The amendment would also require state education plans for youth in juvenile institutions, require districts to include teacher salaries in their calculations for Title I funds and require states and districts to publicly report progress in making funding equitable. Furthermore, the amendment would reauthorize and modify the Charter School Program similar to those in HR 5 and create programs for STEM education and literacy from preschool through grade 12, as well as grants for technology infrastructure and for nongovernmental entities to develop curricula in various subject matters. Finally, it would authorize grants to states for high-quality preschool programs and increase authorizations for Native Indian, Hawaiian and Alaska Native education programs, as well as for the education of homeless children and youth.
Rejected 187-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(422) - HR 5: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Motion to Recommit 
July 08, 2015 - Esty, D-Conn., motion to recommit the bill to the House Education and the Workforce Committee with instructions to report back with an amendment that that would guarantee educational opportunities for children with disabilities by requiring that each state demonstrate their laws do not result in a lower standard of education than for those students without disabilities, grant students with disabilities access to a regular secondary school diploma, give parents the right to informed consent about their child's education, cannot lower expectations or academic achievement for students with disabilities, or give educational opportunities for any student, including those from racial and ethnic minorities.
Rejected 185-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(423) - HR 5: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Overhaul - Passage 
July 08, 2015 - Passage of the bill, as amended, that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and would make fundamental changes to many of its programs through Fiscal 2019. The bill would allow Title I funding to follow individual students to other schools, and eliminates more than 65 elementary and secondary education programs and merges their funding. In addition, the new Title I block grant would give states greater flexibility in how funds are used. It would also allow states to establish their own teacher evaluation systems tied to student achievement. The bill would also reauthorize and expand the charter school program and includes other provisions to increase parental choice. 
Passed 218-213.

 

Vote: Yea


(424) - : Motion to Adjourn - Procedural Motion 
July 09, 2015 - Clyburn, D-S.c., motion to adjourn.
Motion rejected 13-402.

 

Vote: Nay


(425) - H Res 355: Confederate Symbols On House Grounds - Previous Question 
July 09, 2015 - McCarthy, R-Calif., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the resolution (H Res 355) that would remove any state flag containing the Confederate Battle flag from the House grounds.
Motion agreed to 238-185.

 

Vote: Yea


(426) - H Res 355: Confederate Symbols On House Grounds - Motion to Refer 
July 09, 2015 - McCarthy, R-Calif., motion to refer the resolution (H Res 355) to the House Administration Committee. The privileged resolution would remove any state flag containing the Confederate Battle flag from the House grounds.
Motion agreed to 238-176.

 

Vote: Yea


(427) - HR 2647: National Forest Management - Lawsuit Restrictions 
July 09, 2015 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would strike section 203 and Title III from the bill, which impose restrictions on lawsuits. Section 203 prohibits restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and injunctions pending appeal against salvage and reforestation projects conducted in response to catastrophic events.
Rejected 181-247.

 


(428) - HR 2647: National Forest Management - Passage 
July 09, 2015 - Passage of a bill, as amended, that would modify federal forest management practices to increase timber production on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands as a means of promoting greater forest health and reducing wildfires, and it seeks to end the "borrowing" of fire prevention funding for fire suppression efforts by providing funding to fight certain catastrophic wildfires from FEMA's disaster relief fund. The bill would also provide for expedited actions by federal agencies by expanding the types of forestry activities that can occur without environmental impact statements and by accelerating environmental reviews for salvage operations and reforestation activities after catastrophic events.
Passed 262-167.

 


(429) - HR 6: Medical Funding and Authorization - Previous Question 
July 09, 2015 - Burgess, R-Texas, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the resolution (H Res 350) that would make in order a bill (HR 6) that would authorize more than $100 billion for medical research and drug development within the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) over a five-year period, including $1.75 billion in advance appropriations each year for research programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Motion agreed to 242-185.

 


(430) - HR 6: Medical Funding and Authorization - Rule 
July 09, 2015 - Adoption of the resolution (H Res 350) that would make in order a bill (HR 6) that would authorize more than $100 billion for medical research and drug development within the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) over a five-year period, including $1.75 billion in advance appropriations each year for research programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Adopted 244-183.

 


(431) - HR 6: Medical Funding and Authorization - Discretionary Appropriations 
July 10, 2015 - Brat, R-Va., amendment that would change the mandatory funding for the new National Institute of Health and Cures Innovation Fund to an authorization of discretionary appropriations.
Rejected 141-281.

 


(432) - HR 6: Medical Funding and Authorization - Miscellaneous Policy Riders 
July 10, 2015 - Lee, R-Calif., amendment that would strike language that applies any policy riders included in annual Labor-HHS-Education and Agriculture appropriations bills to National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) funds provided by the bill.
Rejected 176-245.

 


(433) - HR 6: Medical Funding and Authorization - Passage 
July 10, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would modify current federal processes involving medical research, developing drugs and other treatments, and testing and approving those drugs and treatments in an effort to accelerate the development and delivery of cures to diseases and medical conditions. It would also reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years and includes numerous initiatives to promote medical research and attract young scientists, and it reauthorizes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) activities for five years and modifies elements of FDA's drug and medical device review and approval process to accelerate the approval and distribution of new drugs and medical devices for diseases and conditions that don't currently have treatments. It would provide $9.3 billion in fully offset mandatory spending for a five-year "Innovation Fund" to provide additional funding to the two agencies, with NIH to receive $1.75 billion a year for biomedical research and the FDA to receive $110 million a year for Cures development activities.
Passed 344-77.

 


(434) - HR 2499: Veterans Loans - Passage 
July 13, 2015 - Chabot, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would permanently waive the guarantee fee for veterans and their spouses applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) express loans, beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The bill defines eligibility for the waiver based on the veteran status of the loan applicant, rather than whether the business is considered a veteran-owned small business. The bill would also require SBA to report to Congress within 180 days of enactment on the extent to which the program's outreach efforts have increased female veterans' access to capital as small-business owners.
Motion agreed to 410-1.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (274 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(435) - HR 251: Veterans Housing - Passage 
July 14, 2015 - Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish a special assistant for Veterans' Affairs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under the measure, the special assistant would be responsible for ensuring veterans fair access to HUD housing and homeless assistance programs, coordinating all HUD programs and activities relating to veterans, and serving as a HUD liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Motion agreed to 412-1.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (275 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(436) - HR 2997: Housing Assistance - Passage 
July 14, 2015 - Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish a demonstration program under which the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) may enter into budget-neutral agreements for improvements that would reduce energy or water costs in subsidized housing units in multifamily buildings. Eligible properties would include units in multifamily buildings that are participating in one of three types of HUD housing assistance programs: Section 8 project-based rental assistance (excluding units provided under the voucher program), supportive housing for the elderly and supportive housing for persons with disabilities.
Motion agreed to 395-28.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (282 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(437) - HR 1723: Small Business Registration - Passage 
July 14, 2015 - Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would would require the SEC, within 45 days of enactment, to revise Form S-1 to permit a smaller reporting company to incorporate by reference any information in Form S-1 with any further documents the company later files with the commission.
Motion agreed to 426-0.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (284 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(438) - HR 2898, HR3038: Transportation Funding and California Drought - Previous Question 
July 15, 2015 - Hastings, D-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the resolution (H Res 362) that would make in order a bill (HR 3083) that would bill would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs through Dec. 18, 2015 and would transfer $8.1 billion in funding from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls over that time. The resolution (H Res 362) would also make in order a bill (HR 2898) that would require that more water from rainstorms early in the California "water year" be pumped south to users in the San Joaquin Valley, and would require the Interior and Commerce departments to approve any emergency projects or operations that would quickly provide additional water to those users.
Motion agreed to 245-182.

 

Vote: Yea


(439) - HR 3038, HR2898: Transportation Funding and California Drought - Rule 
July 15, 2015 - Adoption of the resolution (H Res 362) that would make in order a bill (HR 3083) that would bill would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs through Dec. 18, 2015 and would transfer $8.1 billion in funding from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls over that time. The resolution (H Res 362) would also make in order a bill (HR 2898) that would require that more water from rainstorms early in the California "water year" be pumped south to users in the San Joaquin Valley, and would require the Interior and Commerce departments to approve any emergency projects or operations that would quickly provide additional water to those users.
Motion agreed to 245-183.

 

Vote: Yea


(440) - HR 3038: Transportation Funding and California Drought - Recommit 
July 15, 2015 - Van Hollen, D-Md., motion to recommit the bill to the House Ways and Means Committee with instructions to report back with an amendment that would revise the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish new thresholds for what constitutes a domestic versus foreign corporation, specifically under circumstances in which a foreign corporation has acquired properties or assets held by a domestic corporation or more than 50 percent of the stock held by such a corporation, thus preventing U.S. corporations from "inverting" their corporate residence from the United States to other low tax countries.
Rejected 185-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(441) - HR 3038: Transportation Funding and California Drought - Passage 
July 15, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs through Dec. 18, 2015 and would transfer $8.1 billion in funding from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls over that time. The measure completely offsets the cost of the proposed funding transfer by extending for two years the current budgetary treatment of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fees as mandatory savings and through several tax compliance provisions.
Passed 312-119.

 

Vote: Yea


(442) - HR 2722: Minting Breast Cancer Coins - Passage 
July 15, 2015 - Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Treasury Department to mint and issue legal tender coins in 2018 symbolizing the fight against breast cancer.
Motion agreed to 421-9.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (287 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(443) - HR 2898: California Drought - Fish Screen 
July 16, 2015 - Garamendi, D-Calif., amendment that would direct federal agencies to collaborate with the California Department of Water Resources to install a fish screen at the Delta Cross Channel Gates.
Rejected 182-236.

 

Vote: Nay


(444) - HR 2898: California Drought - Klamath Project Contractors 
July 16, 2015 - LaMalfa, R-Calif., amendment that would provide contractors operating at the Klamath Project in Oregon and California, if Reclamation initiates actions under the Endangered Species Act, all the "rights and responsibilities" extended to applicants in the consultation process.
Adopted 246-172.

 

Vote: Yea


(445) - HR 2898: California Drought - Water Reclamation 
July 16, 2015 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would fund water reclamation programs and water reuse projects so that the Bureau of Reclamation can investigate additional opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and naturally impaired ground and surface water.
Rejected 179-242.

 

Vote: Nay


(446) - HR 2898: California Drought - Recommit 
July 16, 2015 - Bera, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill back to the House Natural Resources Committee with with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment to require the Secretary to guarantee that sufficient supplies of water are allocated both for drinking and the fighting of wild fires.
Motion rejected 183-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(447) - HR 2898: California Drought - Passage 
July 16, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would require that more water from Northern California be pumped south for agricultural uses in the Central Valley in times of drought, and would require the Interior and Commerce departments to approve any emergency projects or operations that would quickly provide additional water to those users. The bill would also implement a coordinated environmental review process to expedite the environmental review of certain water projects, such as dams and water storage facilities. Additionally, the bill would modify the government evaluation process for determining whether the pumping of additional water south in California is harmful to certain fish species.
Passed 245-176.

 

Vote: Yea


(448) - HR 1557: Federal Agency Discrimination Claims - Passage 
July 21, 2015 - Chaffetz, R-Utah, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would create additional requirements for federal agencies regarding claims of discrimination by federal employees. For example, the measure would require that agencies found to have discriminated against an employee to post a notice on the agency's website and would require agencies to establish tracking systems for discrimination complaints. Additionally, the bill would require each federal agency to establish an independent Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
Motion agreed to 403-0.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (269 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(449) - HR 2256: Veterans' Medical Services Reports - Passage 
July 21, 2015 - Benishek, R-Mich., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would require the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to submit annual reports to Congress, until 2020, regarding the medical services it provides to veterans. The bill would also create a commission to examine the treatment of mental health issues among veterans, adjust the definition of a homeless veteran, extend by five years the downward rounding of cost of living adjustments to educational benefits under the GI Bill, and would create protocols for identifying and tracking biological implants intended for use in VA medical facilities.
Motion agreed to 408-0.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (272 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(450) - HR 1599, HR1734: Coal Combustion Residuals and Genetically Engineered Food - Previous Question 
July 22, 2015 - Byrne, R-Ala., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 369) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1734) that would establish minimum federal standards regarding the disposal and storage of coal combustion residuals that would codify parts of the Environmental Protection Agency's rule regarding coal ash, while superseding other elements of the agency rule, and the bill (HR 1599) that would require the Agriculture Department to establish a voluntary national genetically engineered food certification program and would pre-empt related state and local laws.
Motion agreed to 239-167.

 

Vote: Yea


(451) - HR 1734, HR1599: Coal Combustion Residuals and Genetically Engineered Food - Rule 
July 22, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 369) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1734) that would establish minimum federal standards regarding the disposal and storage of coal combustion residuals that would codify parts of the Environmental Protection Agency's rule regarding coal ash, while superseding other elements of the agency rule, and the bill (HR 1599) that would require the Agriculture Department to establish a voluntary national genetically engineered food certification program and would pre-empt related state and local laws.
Adopted 242-175.

 

Vote: Yea


(452) - : Procedural Motion - Journal 
July 22, 2015 - Approval of the House Journal of July 21, 2015.
Approved 249-169.

 

Vote: Nay


(453) - HR 1734: Coal Combustion Residuals - Public Disclosure Requirements 
July 22, 2015 - Pallone, D-N.J., amendment that would require all inactive surface impoundments follow post-closure groundwater monitoring standards to meet current public disclosure requirements.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 177-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(454) - HR 1734: Coal Combustion Residuals - Groundwater Monitoring Standards 
July 22, 2015 - Connolly, D-Va., amendment that would require all inactive surface impoundments to follow post-closure groundwater monitoring standards in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 177-245.

 

Vote: Nay


(455) - HR 1734: Coal Combustion Residuals - Drinking Water Supply Wells 
July 22, 2015 - Adams, D-N.C., amendment that would require the owner or operator of a coal combustion residuals surface impoundment to survey all nearby drinking water supply wells and to supply an alternative source of safe drinking water within 24 hours if well water sampling exceeds groundwater quality standards for constituents associated with the presence of coal combustion residuals.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 192-231.

 

Vote: Nay


(456) - HR 1734: Coal Combustion Residuals - Vulnerable Population Impact 
July 22, 2015 - Butterfield, D-N.C., amendment that would prohibit the measure from going into effect if the Environmental Protection Agency determines it will have a negative impact on vulnerable populations, such as infants, children, the elderly, and other subsections of the population identified as vulnerable.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 180-240.

 

Vote: Nay


(457) - HR 1734: Coal Combustion Residuals - Recommit 
July 22, 2015 - Foster, D-Ill., motion to recommit the bill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee with instructions to report back with an amendment that would require implementing agencies to require that all surface impoundment structures meet criteria sufficient to prevent toxic contamination of ground water and to protect drinking water sources, including the Great Lakes.
Motion rejected 184-240.

 

Vote: Nay


(458) - HR 1734: Coal Combustion Residuals - Passage 
July 22, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would establish minimum federal standards regarding the disposal and storage of coal combustion residuals (CCR) that would codify parts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule regarding coal ash, while superseding other elements of the rule. Additionally, the bill would permit states to create their own coal ash permit programs, but would provide for EPA oversight of the bill's standards in cases when a state lacks its own program or fails to meet the standards set in the bill. It also would provide that coal ash received by manufacturers who intend to use it for other beneficial uses would not to be considered as a receipt of CCR for state permitting purposes.
Passed 258-166.

 

Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

 

Vote: Yea


(459) - HR 1599: Genetically Engineered Food - International GMO Labeling 
July 23, 2015 - DeFazio, D-Ore., amendment that would require a U.S. company or subsidiary with products labeled a containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in any foreign country to indicate the presence of GMOs in the equivalent product sold in the U.S.
Rejected 123-303.

 

Vote: Nay


(460) - HR 1599: Genetically Engineered Food - Tribal Sovereignty 
July 23, 2015 - Huffman, D-Calif., amendment that would ensure tribal sovereignty and would guarantee that the bill does not prohibit or limit the right to cultivate genetically engineered plants on or near tribal lands.
Rejected 196-227.

 

Vote: Nay


(461) - HR 1599: Genetically Engineered Food - Definition of "Natural" in Food Labeling 
July 23, 2015 - DeLauro, D-Conn., amendment that would prohibit foods labeled with the term "natural" to contain genetically engineered plants.
Rejected 163-262.

 

Vote: Nay


(462) - HR 1599: Genetically Engineered Food - Passage 
July 23, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would require the Agriculture Department to establish a voluntary national genetically engineered (GE) food certification program under which food producers could label their product as including or not including genetically modified ingredients. The program created under the bill would pre-empt related state and local laws and prohibits mandatory labeling of GE or non-GE food. Additionally, the bill would also require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue to make determinations regarding the food safety of GE foods, would require the Agriculture Department to establish a notification process before GE plants can be used or applied to the processing of foods, and would modify the process for labeling natural foods.
Passed 275-150.

 

Vote: Yea


(463) - HR 1599: Genetically Engineered Food - Title Change 
July 23, 2015 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would change the title of the bill to the "Deny Americans the Right to Know Act."
Rejected 87-337.

 

Vote: Nay


(464) - HR 3009: Sanctuary Cities - Rule 
July 23, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 370) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 3009, a bill that would withhold certain federal law enforcement grants to state and local governments that bar their officials from taking certain immigration-related actions, such as gathering or maintaining information on the immigration or citizenship status of individuals or sharing such information with federal immigration authorities.
Adopted 243-174.

 

Vote: Yea


(465) - HR 3009: Sanctuary Cities - Recommit 
July 23, 2015 - Jeffries, D-N.Y., motion to recommit the bill to the House Committee on the Judiciary, with instructions to report back with an amendment that would prohibit the Attorney General from reducing federal law enforcement grants to states or local governments if the Attorney General determines that such reductions would result in an increase in the overall crime rate of the state or a decrease in the number of law enforcement officers in that area.
Motion rejected 181-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(466) - HR 3009: Sanctuary Cities - Passage 
July 23, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would withhold certain federal law enforcement grants to state and local governments that bar their officials from taking certain immigration-related actions, such as gathering or maintaining information on the immigration or citizenship status of individuals or sharing such information with federal immigration authorities. The withheld federal law enforcement grants include the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (which allows states to enter into a contractual arrangement with the federal government for compensation for the incarceration of undocumented criminal immigrants), the Community-Oriented Policing Services program (COPS, which helps support the hiring of police officers at the state and local level) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG, which supports a range of programs, including prosecutions and courts).
Passed 241-179.

 

Vote: Yea


(467) - S 1482: College Financial Aid Agreements - Passage 
July 27, 2015 - Goodlatte, R -Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend a current antitrust exemption that allows higher education institutions that disregard financial need in their admissions processes to enter into agreements to administer financial aid programs through September, 2022, as long as the agreements only address aid provided strictly on the basis of financial need that does not target specific students. The bill would also amend the current anti-trust exemption to prohibit higher education institutions from sharing financial need data with an independent third party.
Motion agreed to 378-0.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (252 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(468) - HR 1656: Secret Service Improvements - Passage 
July 27, 2015 - Goodlatte, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would require the Secret Service to extend their protection of the White House, especially in regard to defense against unmanned drones. The bill includes provisions that would authorize the director of the Secret Service to undertake measures to improve training and hire additional Secret Service agents, require Senate confirmation of the Secret Service director, and make it a crime for objects to enter into restricted buildings or grounds, as well as to threaten to kill, kidnap or harm the vice president or his family for up to six months after leaving office.
Motion agreed to 365-16.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (243 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(469) - HR 2270: TSA Maintenance Security - Passage 
July 27, 2015 - Katko, R-N.Y., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would require the Transportation Security (TSA) to outline and document maintenance procedures that are carried out by both TSA personnel and contractors at airports, and to provide schedules for work conducted by outside contractors on a monthly basis. The bill would require that compliance with these procedures be documented and that the TSA must impost penalties for noncompliance.
Motion agreed to 380-0.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (253 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(470) - HR 427: Congressional Major Rules Approval Bill - Previous Question 
July 28, 2015 - Hastings, D-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 380) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 427) that would amend the Congressional Review Act to require Congress to approve all executive agency regulatory proposals categorized as "major rules" before their implementation and would also create an expedited consideration process for joint congressional resolutions of approval. The bill defines "major rules" as regulations with an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, and would not require congressional approval of regulations that are not categorized as "major rules" or of rule proposals issued by the Federal Reserve or the Federal Open Market Committee.
Motion agreed to 240-167.

 

Vote: Yea


(471) - HR 427: Congressional Major Rules Approval Bill - Rule 
July 28, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 380) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 427, a bill that would amend the Congressional Review Act to require Congress to approve all executive agency regulatory proposals categorized as "major rules" before their implementation and would also create an expedited consideration process for joint congressional resolutions of approval. The bill defines "major rules" as regulations with an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, and would not require congressional approval of regulations that are not categorized as "major rules" or of rule proposals issued by the Federal Reserve or the Federal Open Market Committee.
Adopted 240-167.

 

Vote: Yea


(472) - HR 675: Veteran Disability Compensation - Passage 
July 28, 2015 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would authorize the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for veterans' service-connected disability, dependency, and indemnity compensation and would make changes to several benefit programs administered by the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), including requiring that veterans receive interim disability payments as each medical condition is confirmed by the VA. Additionally, the bill would require the VA to create a two-year training program for claims processors, and would extend through 2019 the temporary expansion of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
Motion agreed to 409-0.

 

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

 

Vote: Yea


(473) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Online Rule Information 
July 28, 2015 - Young, R-Iowa., amendment that would require agencies to publish information online on which a rule is based, including data, scientific and economic studies, and cost-benefit analyses, and make such information publically accessible.
Adopted in Committee of the Whole 250-159.

 

Vote: Yea


(474) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Affordable Care Act Regulation Approval 
July 28, 2015 - Smith, R-Mo., amendment that would require that rule and regulations under the Affordable Care Act to be subject to the congressional approval process established in the bill.
Adopted in Committee of the Whole 242-167.

 

Vote: Yea


(475) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Job Impact 
July 28, 2015 - Johnson, R-Ga., amendment that would exempt rules that the Office of Management and Budget determined would increase jobs from the congressional approval process established in the bill.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 163-246.

 

Vote: Nay


(476) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Pipeline Exemption 
July 28, 2015 - Capps, D-Calif., amendment that would exempt rules intended to ensure the safety of natural gas or hazardous materials pipelines from the Congressional approval process outlined in the bill.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 166-244.

 

Vote: Nay


(477) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Public Health and Safety Exemption 
July 28, 2015 - Cicilline, D-R.I., amendment that would exempt rules pertaining to public health and safety from the Congressional approval process outlined in the bill.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 166-242.

 

Vote: Nay


(478) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Child Safety Exemption 
July 28, 2015 - Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, amendment that would exempt rules pertaining to the safety of any product designed for children under two from the Congressional approval process outlined in the bill.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 167-243.

 

Vote: Nay


(479) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Nuclear Reactor Exemption 
July 28, 2015 - Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would exempt any rule relating to nuclear reactor safety standards from the Congressional approval process outlined in the bill.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 167-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(480) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Veterans Healthcare Exemption 
July 28, 2015 - Pocan, D-Wis., amendment that would exempt rules issued by the Veterans Affairs Department relating to the availability of medication and healthcare management for veterans from the Congressional approval process outlined in the bill.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 167-239.

 

Vote: Nay


(481) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Recommit 
July 28, 2015 - Nolan, D-Minn., motion to recommit the bill to the House Judiciary Committee, with instructions to report back with an amendment that would make exemptions for "major rules," as defined by the bill, that pertain to the protection of Social Security and Medicare benefits for seniors.
Motion rejected 167-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(482) - HR 427: Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Passage 
July 28, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would amend the Congressional Review Act to require Congress to approve all executive agency regulatory proposals categorized as "major rules" before their implementation and would also create an expedited consideration process for joint congressional resolutions of approval. The bill defines "major rules" as regulations with an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, and would not require congressional approval of regulations that are not categorized as "major rules" or of rule proposals issued by the Federal Reserve or the Federal Open Market Committee.
Passed 243-165.

 

Vote: Yea


(483) - HR 3236, HR1994: Veterans Affairs Accountability and Highway Funding Extension - Previous Question 
July 29, 2015 - Sessions, R-Texas, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 388) that would provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 1994) that would expand the Veterans' Affairs Department's (VA's) ability to fire employees for misconduct, reform the appraisal process for senior employees, and protect whistleblowers from retaliation, and the bill (HR 3236) that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for three months, through October 2015, and would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover shortfalls during that time. The bill also would authorize the Veterans Affairs Department to use $3.4 billion to pay for veteran care through non-VA providers and instruct the VA to consolidate all non-VA programs into a single program.
Motion agreed to 242-180.

 

Vote: Yea


(484) - HR 3236, HR1994: Veterans Affairs Accountability and Highway Transportation Funding - Rule 
July 29, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 388) that would provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 1994) that would expand the Veterans' Affairs Department's (VA's) ability to fire employees for misconduct, reform the appraisal process for senior employees, and protect whistleblowers from retaliation, and the bill (HR 3236) that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for three months, through October 2015, and would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover shortfalls during that time. The bill also would authorize the Veterans Affairs Department to use $3.4 billion to pay for veteran care through non-VA providers and instruct the VA to consolidate all non-VA programs into a single program.
Adopted 243-183.

 

Vote: Yea


(485) - HR 1300: First Responder Anthrax Preparedness - Passage 
July 29, 2015 - King, R-N.Y., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would establish a pilot program through the Homeland Security Department (DHS) to provide anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials from the Strategic National Stockpile to emergency responders who request them, and also create tracking systems to monitor vaccine distribution. Additionally, the bill would require the DHS to assess the risk posed by anthrax from an act of terror.
Motion agreed to 424-0.

 

Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (283 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

 

Vote: Yea


(486) - HR 3236: Veterans Affairs Accountability and Highway Transportation Funding - Passage 
July 29, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for three months, through October 2015, and would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover shortfalls during that time. The bill also would authorize the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to use $3.4 billion to pay for veteran care through non-VA providers and instruct the VA to consolidate all non-VA programs into a single program.
Passed 385-34.

 

Vote: Yea


(487) - HR 1994: Veterans Affairs Accountability - Substitute Amendment 
July 29, 2015 - Takano, D-Calif., amendment that would give the Veterans Affairs Department the authority to suspend without pay any employee whose performance or misconduct threatens public health and safety.
Rejected 191-233.

 

Vote: Nay


(488) - HR 1994: Veterans Affairs Accountability - Recommit 
July 29, 2015 - Takano, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Veterans? Affairs with instructions to report back to the House with an amendment to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from removing any VA employee from their position if that employee has filed a whistleblower complaint related to a threat to public safety or prohibited personnel practices.
Motion rejected 184-241.

 

Vote: Nay


(489) - HR 1994: Veterans Affairs Accountability - Passage 
July 29, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would expand the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to remove or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct. The bill would also protect VA whistleblowers that report misconduct, modify the Senior Executive Service performance appraisal process, establish an 18-month probationary period for new VA employees, and place limits on administrative leave and bonuses within the VA.
Passed 256-170.

Vote: Yea

 

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