Vote History

November 2015 Vote History

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(582) - HR 1853: Taiwan Interpol Status – Passage

November 02, 2015 - Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the president to instruct Interpol Washington to both officially request observer status for Taiwan in Interpol and to actively urge Interpol's member states to support such observer status for Taiwan. It also would require the president to develop, and report to Congress describing, a strategy for obtaining observer status for Taiwan. Motion agreed to 392-0.

Vote: Yea

(583) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Previous Question

November 03, 2015 - Woodall, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 507) that would provide for House floor consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs, with offsets that would cover three years of projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. The motion to order the previous question also was on the amendment offered by Woodall, R-Ga., that would make 16 additional amendments in order. Motion agreed to 241-178.

Vote: Yea

(584) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization – Rule

November 03, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 507) that would provide for House floor consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs, with offsets that would cover three years of projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. As amended, the rule would make 45 amendments in order. The rule also would grant suspension authority on the legislative day of Nov. 5, 2015 relating to a measure authorizing appropriations for fiscal 2016 for the Defense Department. Adopted 248-171.

Vote: Yea

(585) - H Res 354: Anti-Semitic Attacks – Passage

November 03, 2015 - Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution that would state that the House of Representatives urges the U.S. government to work closely with European governments and their law enforcement agencies, as well as with certain other multilateral organizations, encouraging them to conduct a number of specified activities, including training and sharing information with Jewish community security groups to boost mitigation and response related to anti-Semitic attacks. Motion agreed to 418-0.

Vote: Yea

(586) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Shared Use Mobility Projects

November 03, 2015 - Swalwell, D-Calif., amendment that would expand the eligibility of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program to include projects that use innovative mobility technologies to provide alternatives to driving alone, such as bikeshare and carpool programs, that are shown to reduce vehicle miles travelled or improve air quality. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 181-237.

Vote: Nay

(587) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Environmental Review Tracking

November 03, 2015 - Gosar, R-Ariz., amendment that would specify that a website required under the bill that would make publicly available the status of infrastructure projects that require environmental review would need to include the total number of environmental reviews that were initiated and the total average cost and time to conduct environmental reviews. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 196-225.

Vote: Yea

(588) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Truck Weight Limits

November 03, 2015 - Ribble, R-Wis., amendment that would allow states to permit trucks on their Interstate highways that exceed the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds. Trucks would need to be equipped with a sixth axle and could not exceed a gross weight of 91,000 pounds. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 187-236.

Vote: Yea

(589) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Tourism Committee

November 03, 2015 -Brown, D-Fla., amendment that would require the establishment of a National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure to advise the Transportation secretary on infrastructure issues and funding needs related to the use of the intermodal transportation network in facilitating travel and tourism, identify critical transportation facilities and corridors, and other duties. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 216-207.

Vote: Yea

(590) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Pipeline Project Safety Review

November 03, 2015 - Lynch, D-Mass., amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to conduct a safety review of pipeline transportation infrastructure project if requested by a state or tribal government. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-263.

Vote: Nay

(591) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Project Cost Requirement

November 03, 2015 -Takano, D-Calif., amendment that would allow the Transportation secretary to regard a program of projects as a single project for purposes of meeting a requirment under the nationally significant freight and highway projects program for estimated project costs to equal or exceed $100 million. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-248.

Vote: Nay

(592) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Small Freight Project Set-Aside

November 03, 2015 - Brownley, D-Calif., amendment that would increase to 20 percent the set-aside from grants under the nationally significant freight and highways projects program for freight projects carried out on the National Highway Freight Network that do not meet the $100 million cost threshold. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-263.

Vote: Nay

(593) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Territorial Highway Program

November 03, 2015 - Radewagen, R-A.S., amendment that would require the allocation of funds under the territorial highway program to be made according to the quantifiable measures indicative of surface transportation needs of each territory, such as population, land area, or roadway mileage. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 113-310.

Vote: Nay

(594) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Landscape and Roadside Development Costs

November 04, 2015 - Hartzler, R-Mo., amendment, as modified, that would eliminate the authority of the Transportation secretary to approve the cost of landscape and roadside development as part of the construction of federal-aid highways. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 172-255.

Vote: Nay

(595) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Vehicle Weight Limit for Hauling Livestock

November 04, 2015 - Rooney, R-Fla., amendment that would provide for states to allow, by special permit, the operation of vehicles with a gross weight up to 95,000 pounds for hauling livestock. The cost of a permit could not exceed $200 annually. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 185-240.

Vote: Yea

(596) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Transportation "Megaprojects"

November 04, 2015 - DeSaulnier, D-Calif., amendment that would require transportation "megaprojects" - those estimated to cost at least $2.5 billion - that receive federal financial assistance to establish a peer review group and a comprehensive risk management plan to identify and monitor elements that could result in cost overruns or project delays. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 169-257.

Vote: Nay

(597) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Previous Question

November 04, 2015 - Woodall, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 512) that would provide for further House floor consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs, with offsets that would cover three years of projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. Motion agreed to 241-183.

Vote: Yea

(598) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization – Rule

November 04, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 512) that would provide for further House floor consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs, with offsets that would cover three years of projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. It also would provide that upon adoption of further amendments in the House, a motion that the House concur in the Senate amendment, as amended, with such further amendment or amendments would be considered as adopted. Adopted 243-183.

Vote: Yea

(599) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Project Prioritization

November 04, 2015 - DeSaulnier, D-Calif., amendment that would direct states and metropolitan planning organizations to develop publicly available criteria to prioritize transportation projects. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 171-252.

Vote: Nay

(600) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Roadside Plant Program

November 04, 2015 - Hunter, R-Calif., amendment that would establish a 10-state pilot program that would permit the use of live plant materials in roadside maintenance. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 173-255.

Vote: Yea

(601) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - State Motor Carrier Employee Laws

November 04, 2015 - Denham, R-Calif., amendment that would bar states from enacting or enforcing laws or regulations that prohibit working to the full extent allowed under federal requirements regarding maximum hours of service for motor carrier employees, or imposing additional obligations on motor carriers if employees work to the full extent allowed under federal requirements. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 248-180.

Vote: Yea

(602) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Prevailing Wage Requirements

November 04, 2015 - King, R-Iowa, amendment that would bar funds made available by the measure from being used in the implementation, administration, or enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act's prevailing wage requirements. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 188-238.

Vote: Yea

(603) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Asset-Liability Ratio

November 04, 2015 - Culberson, R-Texas, amendment that would require local transit entities to have a one to one ratio of current assets to current liabilities to be eligible for federal funding. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 116-313.

Vote: Yea

(604) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Commercial Vehicles Operated by Drivers Ages 18 to 21

November 04, 2015 - Lewis, D-Ga., amendment that would remove the provisions for the establishment of a graduated commercial driver's license pilot program and replace it with a requirement for a study to review the safety effects of state laws that allow drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial vehicles. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 181-248.

Vote: Nay

(605) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - West Coast Ports Labor Contract Negotiations

November 04, 2015 - Reichert, D-Wash., amendment that would require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the economic impact of the slowdown that occurred during labor contract negotiations at West Coast ports from May 2014 to Feb. 2015, as well as steps taken to resolve the dispute and what other mechanisms are available to the president to avoid disruptions in future labor negotiations at ports. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 200-228.

Vote: Yea

(606) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - 'Devolution' Sense of Congress

November 04, 2015 - DeSantis, R-Fla., amendment that would state the sense of Congress that the Transportation secretary should provide a new policy blueprint for the federal role in transportation that would give states the maximum authority for elements of the national surface transportation system that are not the direct purview of the federal government. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 118-310.

Vote: Nay

(607) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Export-Import Bank Small Business Set-Aside

November 04, 2015 - Perry, R-Pa., amendment that would increase by five percent each fiscal year for four years the percent of financing available to the Export-Import Bank that it is required to set aside for small businesses. Absent an increase in the set-aside, the bank would be temporarily barred from issuing guarantees, insurance or credit more than $100 million benefitting one person. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 121-303.

Vote: Yea

(608) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Export-Import Bank Foreign Competition Standard

November 04, 2015 - Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would prohibit the Export-Import Bank from guaranteeing, insuring or extending credit involving transactions that do not meet competition from foreign export credit agencies. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 117-309.

Vote: Yea

(609) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Private Sector Financing Denials

November 04, 2015 - Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would require recipients of Export-Import Bank financing of more than $10 million to have been denied financing at least twice by the private sector. It also would institute penalties for inaccurate claims made by financing recipients about the availability of competing foreign export financing or private sector financing. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 124-302

Vote: Yea

(610) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Export-Import Bank Foreign Company Financing

November 04, 2015 - Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would prohibit the Export-Import Bank from providing financing to foreign companies that benefit from support from a foreign government if the foreign government's sovereign wealth funds have a value of more than $100 billion. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 116-308.

Vote: Yea

(611) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Treasury Loss Guarantee

November 04, 2015 - Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would eliminate the Treasury Department's guarantee of losses at the Export-Import Bank. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 117-308.

Vote: Yea

(612) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Export-Import Bank Financing Distribution

November 04, 2015 - Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would require the Export-Import Bank's credit exposure in a single industrial sector to be limited to 20 percent of the bank's total credit exposure. It also would prohibit the bank from issuing financing in a fiscal year if doing so would result in a single person benefitting from more than 10 percent of the total dollar amount of the bank's credit assistance in the fiscal year. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 114-314. 

Vote: Yea

(613) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Repayment Guarantee from U.S. Company

November 04, 2015 - Rothfus, R-Pa., amendment that would prohibit the Export-Import Bank from providing financing to a foreign borrower in connection with the export of goods or services by a U.S. company without a guarantee from the company of repayment by the foreign borrower, and a pledge of collateral, in certain percentages specified in the measure. It also would require that the guarantee be senior to any other obligation. Small businesses would be exempt. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 115-313.

Vote: Yea

(614) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - State-Sponsor of Terrorism Prohibition

November 04, 2015 - Royce, R-Calif., amendment that would prohibit the Export-Import Bank from providing financing to an entity designated a state-sponsor of terrorism by the secretary of State. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 183-244.

Vote: Yea

(615) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Fair Value Accounting Principles

November 04, 2015 - Schweikert, R-Ariz., amendment that would require financial statements of the Export-Import Bank to be in accordance with fair value accounting principles. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 133-295.

Vote: Yea

(616) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Economic Harm Allegation

November 04, 2015 - Westmoreland, R-Ga., amendment that would allow companies to appeal directly to the Export-Import Bank's board of directors regarding an allegation that the company would suffer economic harm from a proposed bank transaction. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 129-298.

Vote: Yea

(617) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Rulemaking Data, Studies and Analyses

November 04, 2015 - Young, R-Iowa, amendment that would require, for each publication in the Federal Register related to a rule that would be required under the measure, the inclusion by the agency of information on which the rule is based, including data, studies and cost-benefit analyses. It also would need to identify how the public can access the information online. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 236-192.

Vote: Yea

(618) - S 1356: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Passage

November 05, 2015 - Thornberry, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that, as amended, would authorize $599 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $540 billion for the base defense budget (including $18.5 billion for national security programs at the Energy Department) and $58.8 billion for overseas contingency operations. The bill would authorize roughly: $209 billion for military operations and maintenance, $8.1 billion for military construction, $138.8 billion for military personnel, and $31.8 billion for the Defense Health Program. The measure also would effectively allow for an across-the-board 1.3 percent pay increase for military personnel. It also would authorize $715 million for security assistance to Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It would overhaul the military retirement system to blend the current all-or-nothing annuity benefit with a matching Thrift Savings Plan. 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. Motion agreed to 370-58.

Vote: Yea

(619) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Vehicle Safety Information

November 05, 2015 - Schakowsky, D-Ill., amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to make the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety databases more publicly accessible and require certain additional information regarding vehicle history to be displayed on used cars for sale. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 176-251.

Vote: Nay

(620) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Natural Gas Vehicles

November 05, 2015 - Mullin, R-Okla., amendment that would require the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator to ensure that preference or incentives provided to electric vehicles would also be provided to natural gas vehicles, and to revise regulations as necessary to do so. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 246-178.

Vote: Yea

(621) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Low-Volume Vehicle Exemptions

November 05, 2015 - Burgess, R-Texas, amendment that would exempt low-volume vehicle manufacturers of replica cars from safety and emissions standards. It also would include other provisions related to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 235-192.

Vote: Yea

(622) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Federal Reserve Surplus Funds

November 05, 2015 - Neugebauer, R-Texas, amendment that would liquidate the Federal Reserve's surplus funds and redirect that money to the General Fund. Future money that would have been deposited in the funds would also be deposited in the General Fund. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 354-72.

Vote: Yea

(623) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Committee of the Whole Amendments

November 05, 2015 - Adoption of the amendments adopted in the Committee of the Whole, including an amendment consisting of the text of the surface transportation reauthorization measure (HR 3763) approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, with modifications. That amendment would reauthorize surface transportation programs for six years, with policy provisions including those that would change the Surface Transportation Program into a block grant program, create a new grant program for nationally significant freight and highway projects, and make a number of changes to the environmental review process. Another amendment would liquidate the Federal Reserve's surplus funds and redirect that money to the General Fund. The House amendments did not affect a Senate move to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Adopted 363-64.

Vote: Yea

(624) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Motion to Request Conference

November 05, 2015 - Shuster, R-Pa., motion that the House insist on the House amendment to the Senate amendment and request a conference on a bill (HR 22) that would provide a six-year authorization of surface transportation programs. Motion agreed to 371-54.

Vote: Yea

(625) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Motion to Instruct

November 05, 2015 - Huffman, D-Calif., motion to instruct House conferees to agree to the provisions of the Senate amendment with respect to the total amount of funding that would be provided annually for fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2021 out of the Highway Trust Fund for surface transportation programs, and to insist on the section of the House amendment relating to adjustments to contract authority. Motion rejected 179-239.

Vote: Nay

(626) - HR 308: Native American Gaming Prohibition – Passage

November 16, 2015 - Young, R-Alaska, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would prohibit any tribal nation from operating bingo or Las Vegas-style gaming in the Phoenix metropolitan area through Jan. 1, 2027. The measure would apply to lands held in trust by the Interior Department after April 9, 2013. The legislation is in reaction to an Arizona tribe, the Tohono O'odham Nation, seeking to open a casino under an exception in the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Proponents of the bill argue that opening this casino violates Arizona's Proposition 202, an agreement between tribes and Arizona voters to limit the number of casinos in the state of Arizona and in the Phoenix metropolitan area in return for the passage of the Indian Gaming Preservation and Self-Reliance Act. Motion rejected 263-146.

Vote: Yea

(627) - HR 1338: Veteran Interment – Passage

November 16, 2015 - Miller, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the issues relating to interring unclaimed remains of veterans in national cemeteries under the control of the National Cemetery Administration, including issues relating to unclaimed remains, the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans Affairs in working with people who have custody of remains in facilitating internment in national cemeteries, assessing state and local laws that affect the secretary's ability to inter unclaimed remains, and recommendations for legislative or administrative action. The bill would give the secretary one year to complete this study. Additionally, the bill would limit awards and bonuses paid to VA employees who are members of the senior executive service to no more than $2 million during fiscal 2016. Motion agreed to 409-0.

Vote: Yea

(628) - HR 1384: Army Reserve Retirees – Passage

November 16, 2015 - Costello, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would would amend Title 38 of the United States Code to grant certain retired reservists, who have served for at least 20 years in the reserves and were never called to active duty, honorary veteran status. Under this measure, these veterans would not be eligible for additional benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department. Motion agreed to 407-0.

Vote: Yea

(629) - HR 511, HR1737: Tribal Labor Law and Auto Lending - Previous Question

November 17, 2015 - Slaughter, D-N.Y., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 526) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 511, a bill that would amend the National Labor Relations Act to exempt tribes and tribally-owned businesses on Indian lands from federal labor laws, and HR 1737, a bill that would nullify certain guidance of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and provide requirements for guidance issued by the Bureau with respect to indirect auto lending. The rule would further substitute into the Senate-passed bill (S 1177) the text of the House-passed Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization (HR 5) and authorizes the chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee to request a conference with the Senate. Finally, the rule would direct the House Enrolling Clerk, when preparing to send the House-passed reconciliation bill (HR 3762) to the Senate, to strike Title I, which would repeal the 2010 health care law's requirement that business with 200 or more full-time employees automatically enroll new employees in company-sponsored health care plans. Motion agreed to 245-178.

Vote: Yea

(630) - HR 1737, HR511: Tribal Labor Law and Auto Lending – Rule

November 17, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 526) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 511, the bill that would amend the National Labor Relations Act to exempt tribes and tribally-owned businesses on Indian lands from federal labor laws, and HR 1737, the bill that would nullify certain guidance of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and provide requirements for guidance issued by the Bureau with respect to indirect auto lending. The rule would further substitute into the Senate-passed bill (S 1177) the text of the House-passed Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization (HR 5) and authorizes the chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee to request a conference with the Senate. Finally, the rule would direct the House Enrolling Clerk, when preparing to send the House-passed reconciliation bill (HR 3762) to the Senate, to strike Title I, which would repeal the 2010 health care law's requirement that business with 200 or more full-time employees automatically enroll new employees in company-sponsored health care plans. Adopted 243-181.

Vote: Yea

(631) - HR 1694: Highway Funding for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses – Passage

November 17, 2015 - Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would amend the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act to set aside federal-aid highway project funding for veteran-owned small businesses. The bill would apply to the reauthorization of federal highway programs. Motion agreed to 285-138.

Vote: Yea

(632) - HR 3114: Veteran Curation Program – Passage

November 17, 2015 - Gibbs, R-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers with funds for a Veterans Curation Program (VCP), which would hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with curation and historic preservation of artifacts and nationally significant items uncovered in their work. Motion agreed to 422-3.

Vote: Yea

(633) - HR 511: Tribal Labor Laws – Passage

November 17, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to exempt tribes and tribally-owned businesses on Indian lands from federal labor laws by providing that any enterprise or institution owned or operated by an Indian tribe and located on its lands is not considered an employer. Passed 249-177.

Vote: Yea

(634) - HR 3189, HR1210: Mortgage and Federal Reserve Reuglation – Rule

November 18, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 529) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 1210, the bill that would amend the Truth in Lending Act to provide a safe harbor from certain requirements related to qualified mortgages for residential mortgage loans held on an originating depository institution's portfolio, and HR 3189, the bill that would amend the Federal Reserve Act to establish requirements for policy rules and blackout periods of the Federal Open Market Committee, to establish requirements for certain activities of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and to amend Title 31, United States Code, to reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited. Adopted  243-184.

Vote: Yea

(635) - HR 1210: Safe Harbor for Non-Qualified Mortgages – Recommit

November 18, 2015 - Thompson, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report back to the House with an amendment that would that would exclude consumers that are veterans or members of the armed forces from those provided for under provisions of the bill, specifically those provisions that would prohibit lawsuits against creditors that are depository institutes and fail to comply with certain requirements of a home mortgage loan. Motion rejected 184-242.

Vote: Nay

(636) - HR 1210: Safe Harbor for Non-Qualified Mortgages – Passage

November 18, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would create a safe harbor from the penalties under the Dodd-Frank Act for banks that originate non-qualified mortgages that do not comply with the ability-to-repay requirements, as long as the bank retains the mortgage in its own portfolio. The bill would also create safe harbor for mortgage originators (brokers) if the mortgage lender is a depository institution and intends to hold the mortgage for the life of the loan, and the originator tells the consumer that the lender will hold the mortgage for the life of the loan. The bill would also require that prepayment penalties comply with current statutory requirements. Further, the bill would provide safe harbor to balloon payment loans, as long as these loans meet all other qualified mortgage requirements. As amended, the bill would clarify that systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs) are excluded from the safe harbor provisions under the bill. Passed 255-174.

Vote: Yea

(637) - HR 1737: Indirect Auto Lending Regulation – Passage

November 18, 2015 - Passage of a bill that would nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) guidance on indirect auto lending published on March 21, 2013. The bill would require the CFPB to provide for a public notice and comment period, make available to the public all data and analysis used in preparing the guidance, and consult with the boards of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Justice Department when proposing and issuing guidance on indirect auto financing. As amended, the bill would ensure that the CFPB is required to conduct a study on the costs and impacts of guidance on veteran-owned businesses, rural customers, and rural small businesses in addition to studying the costs and impacts on women-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses. Further, the bill, as amended, would clarify that nothing in this bill shall be construed to apply to guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that is not primarily related to indirect auto financing. Passed 332-96.

Vote: Yea

(638) - HR 4038: Iraqi and Syrian Refugees - Previous Question

November 19, 2015 - Collins, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 531) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 4038, the bill that would prohibit admitting any refugee from Iraq or Syria to the United States before the secretary of Homeland Security, with the unanimous concurrence of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the director of National Intelligence, has conducted a thorough background check on any refugee from Iraq or Syria and certified that they are not a security threat to the United States. Further, the bill would require that the secretary of Homeland Security submit a monthly report to the appropriate congressional committees on the number of applications for admission and number of security certifications not made. Motion agreed to 243-182.

Vote: Yea

(639) - HR 4038: Iraqi and Syrian Refugees – Rule

November 19, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 531) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 4038, the bill that would prohibit admitting any refugee from Iraq or Syria to the United States before the secretary of Homeland Security, with the unanimous concurrence of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the director of National Intelligence, has conducted a thorough background check on any refugee from Iraq or Syria and certified that they are not a security threat to the United States. Further, the bill would require that the secretary of Homeland Security submit a monthly report to the appropriate congressional committees on the number of applications for admission and number of security certifications not made. Adopted  242-183.

Vote: Yea

(640) - HR 3189: Federal Reserve Regulations – Recommit

November 19, 2015 - Matsui, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report back to the House with an amendment that would ensure that any company that has been convicted of a crime or that has received a judicial or administrative decree related to actions deemed harmful to the financial health of seniors be prohibited from receiving an emergency loan or financial assistance from the Federal Reserve.
Motion rejected 182-242.

Vote: Nay

(641) - HR 3189: Federal Reserve Regulations – Passage

November 19, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would require the Federal Reserve to develop detailed strategies for monetary policy that would be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), require the Fed chairman to testify before Congress if GAO determines that the strategy does not comply with bill requirements, and provide for GAO audits of all Fed activities, including its deliberations over monetary policy. Further, the bill would require that the Fed conduct cost-benefit analyses of all proposed rules, provide greater public disclosure, and limit its emergency lending powers, only allowing these powers to be used if a supermajority of Fed governors and Federal Reserve Bank presidents agree. The bill would establish a Centennial Monetary Commission to study monetary policy in the United States since the creation of the Federal Reserve System and to consider the proper mandate for the Fed in the 21st century. Lastly, the bill defines the Reference Policy, or Taylor, Rule as a specific calculation of the nominal federal funds interest rate. As amended, the bill would ensure that the Federal Open Market Committee uses the most up-to-date and accurate data for the Directive Policy and Reference Policy Rules. Further, the bill, as amended, would make the Federal Reserve's audit annual. Lastly, the bill, as amended, would require the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting transcripts to be available to the public. Passed 241-185.

Vote: Yea

(642) - HR 4038: Iraqi and Syrian Refugees – Recommit

November 19, 2015 - Thompson, D-Miss., motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report back to the House with an amendment that would require the secretary of Homeland Security to verify the identities and biographic information of Iraqi and Syrian refugees and certify that the individual is not a threat to the security of the United States, but would not require that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the director of National Intelligence conduct background checks or concur in this certification. Motion rejected 180-244.

Vote: Nay

(643) - HR 4038: American SAFE Act – Passage

November 19, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit admitting any refugee from Iraq or Syria to the United States before the secretary of Homeland Security, with the unanimous concurrence of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the director of National Intelligence, has conducted a thorough background check on any refugee from Iraq or Syria and certified that they are not a security threat to the United States. Further, the bill would require that the secretary of Homeland Security submit a monthly report to the appropriate congressional committees on the number of applications for admission and number of security certifications not made. Passed 289-137.

Vote: Yea

(644) - HR 2288: Property Restrictions – Passage

November 30, 2015 - LaMalfa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would release deed restrictions on a one-acre portion of the property of Rockingham County, Va., that is authorized to be used for a child care facility, allowing the nonprofit operating the facility to obtain loans to make improvements to the property. The bill would specify that the other two acres would continue to be subject to the deed's restrictions. Further, the bill would eliminate the current requirement in Rockingham Country to report biennially to the Secretary of the Interior about the use of the property. Motion agreed to 407-0.

Vote: Yea

(645) - HR 2270: Wildlife Refuge Renaming – Passage

November 30, 2015 - LaMalfa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would redesignate the wildlife refuge on the Nisqually River Delta in Washington state as "The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge." The bill would further create a national memorial at the location of the signing of the 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty between the United States and Nisqually Indian Tribes. Motion agreed to 413-2.

Vote: Yea

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