Vote History

September 2015 Vote History

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Washington, September 1, 2015 | comments

(490) - S 1359: E-Warranty Act - Passage 
September 08, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would change Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules to allow manufacturers to meet federal warranty requirements by posting warranty information on their websites. Currently, the Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions Rule and the Pre-Sale Availability Rule require that written warranties must be clearly written, contain certain information, and be displayed in close proximity to the product or furnished to the consumer prior to sale. The FTC has one year to revise its rules to comply with the bill. Passed (thus cleared for the president) 388-2.

Vote: Yea


(491) - HR 3460, HRES411, HR3461: Iran Nuclear Agreement Measures - Rule 
September 10, 2015 - Adoption of the rule that would provide for consideration of H Res 411, a resolution finding that the president has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015; HR 3461, a bill that would suspend until Jan. 21, 2017, the authority of the president to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran; and HR 3460, a bill that would approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran. Adopted 243-186.

Vote: Yea


(492) - H Res 411: Iran Nuclear Agreement Measures - Passage 
September 10, 2015 - The resolution provides that the president has failed to fully comply with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (PL 114-17) and that the 60-day congressional review period established by that law therefore has not begun. Passed 245-186.

Vote: Yea


(493) - HR 3461: Iran Nuclear Agreement Approval - Passage 
September 11, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would express Congress' approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations. Rejected 162-269.

Vote: Nay


(494) - HR 3460: Delay Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief - Passage 
September 11, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would delay until Jan. 21, 2017, the authority of the president to waive, suspend, or reduce existing sanctions on Iran or on Iranian officials or individuals slated to be granted relief from sanctions under the Iran nuclear agreement. Passed 247-186.

Vote: Yea


(495) - HR 1214: National Forest System Land Sales - Passage 
September 16, 2015 - McClintock, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would expand the authority of the Agriculture Department to sell or exchange small parcels of National Forest System land at its own discretion, without the need for legislation. The bill would allow the department to sell parcels of land valued up to $500,000, up from a current maximum of $150,000. Motion agreed to 403-0.

Vote: Yea


(496) - HR 1949: National Liberty Memorial - Passage 
September 16, 2015 - McClintock (R-CA), motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would make the Agriculture secretary responsible for reviewing and approving site and design proposals for the National Liberty Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Motion agreed to 402-0.

Vote: Yea


(497) - HR 348, HR758: Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions and Environmental Reviews - Previous Question 
September 17, 2015 - Collins, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 420) that would provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 758) that would require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that file frivolous civil lawsuits and the bill (HR 348) relating to environmental reviews and construction projects. The motion to order the previous question also was on the amendment offered by Collins (R-Ga.) that would waive, for resolutions reported on the legislative days of Sept. 24, 2015 and Sept. 25, 2015, the two-thirds majority vote requirement to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the House Rules Committee. Motion agreed to 238-179.

Vote: Yea


(498) - H Res 420: Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions and Environmental Reviews - Same-Day Consideration 
September 17, 2015 - Collins (R-Ga.), amendment that would waive, for resolutions reported on the legislative days of Sept. 24, 2015 and Sept. 25, 2015, the two-thirds majority vote requirement to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the House Rules Committee. Adopted 237-187.

Vote: Yea


(499) - HR 348, HR758: Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions and Environmental Reviews - Rule 
September 17, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 420) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 758) that would require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that file frivolous civil lawsuits, and the bill (HR 348) relating to environmental reviews and construction projects. The rule also would grant suspension authority on the legislative day of September 24, 2015. As amended, the rule would waive, for resolutions reported on the legislative days of Sept. 24, 2015 and Sept. 25, 2015, the two-thirds majority vote requirement to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the House Rules Committee. Adopted 238-183.

Vote: Yea


(500) - HR 758: Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions - Recommit 
September 17, 2015 - DelBene (D-WA), motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would state that the measure would not apply to actions brought under employment discrimination laws.
Motion rejected 179-239.

Vote: Nay


(501) - HR 758: Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions - Passage 
September 17, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would change federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that file frivolous civil lawsuits. The sanctions would need to include monetary payments to the other party to cover the other party's attorney fees and costs. The bill also would eliminate the so-called "safe harbor" clause by removing the ability of parties to withdraw or correct claims considered frivolous within 21 days of filing. Passed 241-185.

Vote: Yea


(502) - HR 3504, HR3134: Abortion Measures - Previous Question 
September 17, 2015 - Foxx, R-N.C., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 421) that would provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 3134) that would bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform abortions during that period, and the bill (HR 3504) that would require health care practitioners to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion as they would give to any other infant born at the same gestational age, and would set criminal fines and penalties for not doing so.
Motion agreed to 243-183.

Vote: Yea


(503) - HR 3134, HR3504: Abortion Measures - Rule 
September 17, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 421) that would provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 3134) that would bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform abortions during that period, and the bill (HR 3504) that would require health care practitioners to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion as they would give to any other infant born at the same gestational age, and would set criminal fines and penalties for not doing so. The rule also would provide that upon passage of the bill (HR 3134) relating to Planned Parenthood, provisions of an unrelated Senate-passed measure (S 764), would be considered to be replaced with provisions of the House-passed bill (HR 3134), and that the House would be considered to have passed the Senate measure, as amended. The rule would contain similar self-executing language relating to passage of the failed abortion measure (HR 3504) and an unrelated Senate bill (S 1603). Under the rule, another rule (H Res 408) that would provide for floor consideration of a joint resolution (H J Res 64) that would disapprove of the Iran nuclear agreement would be laid on the table. Adopted 246-179.

Vote: Yea


(504) - HR 3134: Planned Parenthood Funding Moratorium - Recommit 
September 18, 2015 - Esty (D- Conn.), motion to recommit the bill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee with instructions to report back to the House immediately with an amendment that would state that the bill would not impact the level of funding available in fiscal year 2016 appropriations legislation for organizations that provide women's health services.
Motion rejected 183-245.

Vote: Nay


(505) - HR 3134: Planned Parenthood Funding Moratorium - Passage 
September 18, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that, during that period, they will not perform abortions or provide funds to other entities that perform abortions. The prohibition would apply to all federal funds, including Medicaid. The bill would provide exceptions for abortions provided in the case of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother. As amended, the bill would effectively redirect funds from Planned Parenthood to the community health center program; specifically, it would appropriate $235 million for community health centers, in addition to any other funds available to the program. Passed 241-187.

Vote: Yea


 (506) - HR 3504: Failed Abortions - Passage 
September 18, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would require health care practitioners to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion as they would give to any other infant born at the same gestational age. The bill also would require health care practitioners to ensure that these infants are immediately sent to a hospital. Health care practitioners and hospital and abortion clinic employees who know about a violation would be required to report the failure to comply with these requirements to law enforcement. People who violate these requirements regarding level of care and reporting violations would be subject to criminal fines or up to five years in prison, or both. The bill would prohibit the prosecution of mothers of born-alive infants for either conspiracy to violate born-alive protections or as accessory to the crime. The bill also would allow mothers to file lawsuits against health care providers who fail to appropriately care for born-alive infants from failed abortions. Passed 248-177.

Vote: Yea


(507) - HR 322: Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher Post Office - Passage 
September 24, 2015 - Chaffetz, R-Utah, motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill to designate the post office located at 16105 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, Mo., as the "Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher Post Office." Motion agreed to 405-0.

Vote: Yea


(508) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Natural Disaster and Climate Change Risks 
September 25, 2015 - Lowenthal, D-Calif., amendment that would require alternatives to address flooding, wildfire, and climate change risks. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-228.

Vote: Nay


(509) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Low-Income Communities 
September 25, 2015 - Grijalva, D-Ariz., amendment that would require alternatives to identify potential effects on low-income communities and communities of color.
Adopted in Committee of the Whole 320-88.

Vote: Yea


(510) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Extensions 
September 25, 2015 - Gallego, D-Ariz., amendment that would grant an extension if one is requested by a state or local elected official or a local tribal official. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 179-230.

Vote: Nay


(511) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Removing Automatic Approval 
September 25, 2015 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment that would remove the bill's provision that would automatically approve any project for which the reviewing agency does not make a decision within the bill's deadlines. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 173-237.

Vote: Nay


(512) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Recreational Opportunities and Endangered Species 
September 25, 2015 - Dingell, D-Mich., amendment that would exclude projects that would limit access to or opportunities for hunting or fishing, or that would affect an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act from the bill's provision that would automatically approve projects if the agency has not made a decision within the bill's deadlines.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 187-223.

Vote: Nay


(513) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Social Cost of Carbon 
September 25, 2015 - Peters, D-Calif., amendment that would allow agencies to use the social cost of carbon in an environmental review or environmental decision-making process.
Rejected in Committee of the Whole 179-229.

Vote: Nay


(514) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change 
September 25, 2015 - Gosar, R-Ariz., amendment that would prohibit federal agencies from considering the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change in National Environmental Policy Act reviews. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 223-186.

Vote: Yea


(515) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Terrorist Targets and Critical Infrastructure 
September 25, 2015 - Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment that would bar the bill's provisions from affecting permitting projects that could be a potential target for a terrorist attack or that involve chemical facilities and other critical infrastructure. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 176-232.

Vote: Nay


(516) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Public Comment and Participation 
September 25, 2015 - Johnson, D-Ga., amendment that would state that nothing the bill would limit agencies from allowing public comment or participation in the decision-making process. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 176-232.

Vote: Nay


(517) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Recommit 
September 25, 2015 - Kuster, D-N.H., motion to recommit the bill to the House Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back to the House immediately with an amendment that would exempt projects that affect safe drinking water and air quality of nearby communities, infringe on property rights, or affect tribal sovereignty, and would require environmental documents to assess whether projects use materials manufactured in the United States and whether they would result in hiring certain unemployed workers. Motion rejected 175-229.

Vote: Nay


(518) - HR 348: Environmental Reviews - Passage 
September 25, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would modify the environmental review process for federally-funded projects and for federal permits for private projects by setting deadlines on agency reviews, and by limiting the grounds for civil actions against an environmental review or permit approval. The lead agency - which would need to set a review schedule and oversee the preparation of a single environmental review document that would satisfy National Environmental Policy Act review requirements - would have two years to complete the review, with the option to extend the review period by one year. When multiple agencies have jurisdiction over a project, the agencies would need to conduct their portions of the NEPA review concurrently, instead of sequentially. As amended, the bill would also prohibit federal agencies from considering the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change in NEPA reviews. Passed 233-170.

Vote: Yea


(519) - HR 2835: Border Veteran Employment - Passage 
September 28, 2015 - McSally, R-Ariz., motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill, as amended, that would require the Homeland Security Department (DHS) to expedite hiring recently separated or soon to be separated U.S. servicemembers as Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers. The bill would require placing CBP officials at recruiting events, partnering with regional military bases, expediting applicants with transferrable skills, and streamlining transfers of relevant background investigations and security clearances. Motion agreed to 410-0.

Vote: Yea


(520) - HR 2786: Border Rail Security - Passage 
September 28, 2015 - McSally, R-Ariz., motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would require the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to report to Congress on the inspection of high-risk shipments entering the United States by rail. The report would include the number of high-risk shipments entering the United States by rail each year, details on radiation detection units at rail crossings at northern and southern borders, an assessment of whether additional radiation equipment is necessary, and a plan to train CBP personnel to use the Automated Targeting System for high-risk cross-border rail shipments. Motion agreed to 412-0.

Vote: Yea


(521) - HR 3495: State Medicaid Abortion Exception - Previous Question 
September 29, 2015 - Foxx, R-N.C., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 444) that would provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 3495) that would amend title XIX of the Social Security act to allow states to exclude medical providers who perform abortions from the state's Medicaid contracts. Motion agreed to 243-182.

Vote: Yea


(522) - HR 3495: State Medicaid Abortion Exception - Rule 
September 29, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 444) that would provide for the consideration of the bill (HR 3495) that would amend title XIX of the Social Security act to allow states to exclude medical providers who perform abortions from the state's Medicaid contracts. Adopted 242-183.

Vote: Yea


(523) - HR 3495: State Medicaid Abortion Exception - Recommit 
September 29, 2015 - Sinema, D-Ariz., motion to recommit the bill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee with instructions to report back with an amendment that would ensure that nothing in the act prohibit health care services from being provided to a woman by any institution, agency, entity, or person, so long as such services protect the health of the woman.
Motion rejected 184-242.

Vote: Nay


(524) - HR 3495: State Medicaid Abortion Exceptions - Passage 
September 29, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would amend title XIX of the Social Security act to allow states to exclude medical providers who perform abortions from the state's Medicaid contracts. The bill would expand the exceptions for which a state is not required to provide Medicaid reimbursements, allowing states to deny non-abortion health care reimbursements to medical providers such as Planned Parenthood. Passed 236-193.

Vote: Yea


(525) - H Con Res 79, HR719: Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations - Rule 
September 30, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 448) that would provide for floor consideration of the bill (HR 719) that would require the Transportation Security Administration to classify individuals as criminal investigators eligible for law enforcement benefits, is the legislative vehicle for a stopgap continuing resolution, and the concurrent resolution (H Con Res 79) that would require the House enrolling clerk to add language to the CR defunding Planned Parenthood before it is sent to the president. Adopted 239-187.

Vote: Yea


(526) - S 2082: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act - Passage 
September 30, 2015 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would extend expiring provisions of law administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Motion agreed to 423-0.

Vote: Yea


(527) - H Con Res 79: Continuing Resolution - Passage 
September 30, 2015 - Adoption of the concurrent resolution (H Con Res 79) that would require the House enrolling clerk to add language to the CR defunding Planned Parenthood before it is sent to the president. Adopted 241-185.

Vote: Yea


(528) - HR 719: Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations - Motion to Concur 
September 30, 2015 - Rogers, R-Ky., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would continue funding the government through Dec. 11, 2015 at an annualized rate of $1,017 trillion, the top-line post-sequester discretionary spending level for FY 2016 set by the Budget Control Act. It also would fund for Overseas Contingency Operations at a rate of $74.8 billion, roughly equal to the FY 2015 level. Under the bill, most programs would be funded at a rate that is 0.21 percent less than their FY 2015 funding level, although the measure would include increases for certain activities including $700 million in emergency funding for fighting fire in western states; it would give the VA budget flexibility in constructing a facility in Denver, and would not defund Planned Parenthood. Further, the measure would extend through Dec. 11 the ban on state taxation of Internet access and the E-Verify employment verification system. Motion agreed to 277-151.

Vote: Nay

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