Vote History

December 2015 Vote History

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(646) - HR 8, SJRES23, SJRES24: Carbon and Energy Regulations - Previous Question December 01, 2015 - Nunes, R-Calif., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 539) that would provide for House floor consideration of S J Res 23, the bill that would provide that the Environmental Protection Agency's rules on new power plants have no force or effect, S J Res 24, the bill that would provide that the Environmental Protection Agency's rules on existing power plants have no force or effect, and HR 8, the bill that would revise national energy efficiency standards, require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to designate at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built, and require the Department of Energy to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. Motion agreed to 242-179.

VOTE: Yea

(647) - HR 8, SJRES23, SJRES24: Carbon and Energy Regulations – Rule December 01, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 539) would provide for House floor consideration of S J Res 23, the bill that would provide that the Environmental Protection Agency's rules on new power plants have no force or effect, S J Res 24, the bill that would provide that the Environmental Protection Agency's rules on existing power plants have no force or effect, and HR 8, the bill that would revise national energy efficiency standards, require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to designate at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built, and require the Department of Energy to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. Adopted 243-181.

VOTE: Yea

(648) - S 1170: Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization – Passage December 01, 2015 - Chaffetz, R-Utah, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend the authority of the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp to raise funds for breast cancer research for four years, through Dec. 31, 2019. The bill would continue the stamp's surcharge of no less than 15 percent more than the value of a first-class stamp, with surplus revenues set aside for breast cancer research as provided under current law. The measure would require agencies receiving proceeds from this stamp to use the funds for breast cancer research. Motion agreed to 422-1.

VOTE: Yea

(649) - HR 4127: Intelligence Authorization – Passage December 01, 2015 -

Nunes, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security. The bill would provide authorizations for fighting terrorism, activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, investments in information technology enterprises, surveillance and reconnaissance, and cyber defense. The classified annex, which specifies the funding levels and personnel ceilings for each intelligence program, is only available to members. Motion agreed to 364-58.

VOTE: Yea

(650) - S J Res 24: State Emissions Regulations – Passage December 01, 2015 -

Passage of the resolution that would disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency emissions rule for existing power plants issued on Oct. 23, 2015. The resolution provides that the rule will have no force or effect. The EPA rule sets different emissions targets for 49 states based on their existing energy profile and requires each state to reduce emissions by a certain amount by 2030. Under the rule, states are required to submit proposed plans on how to reduce emissions to the EPA by June 2016, with the agency evaluating whether the plans reduce emissions and are enforceable. Adopted 242-180.

VOTE: Yea

(651) - S J Res 23: Power Plant Regulations – Passage December 01, 2015 -

Passage of the resolution that would disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency emissions rule for new power plants issued on Oct. 23, 2015. The resolution provides that the rule will have no force or effect. The EPA rule sets specific emission limits for new fossil-fuel electrical power plants, limiting large new natural-gas-fired turbines to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour and smaller turbines to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, with the option of averaging emissions over multiple years to allow for operational flexibility. Adopted 235-188.

VOTE: Yea

(644): Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act - Motion to Request Conference December 01, 2015 - Brady, R-Texas, motion that the House insist on the House amendment to the Senate amendment and request a conference on a bill (HR 644) that would establish U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); authorize the complete development and implementation of the automated commercial environment (ACE) system for CBP to process imports and exports; establish reporting requirements for program accountability; transition to an electronic import claims process; raise de minimis amounts that trigger reporting requirements; require semiannual currency reports on major U.S. trading partners; direct the administration to take specific steps if it finds a country manipulating its currency; and amend the Trade Promotion Authority bill, once enacted, to include additional trade negotiating objectives, including that trade not include provisions on immigration or climate change. Motion agreed to 252-170.

VOTE: Yea

(653) - S 1177, HR8: Education Reauthorization and Energy Standards - Previous Question December 02, 2015 - Burgess, R-Texas, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 542) that would provide for House floor consideration of HR 8, the bill that would revise national energy efficiency standards, require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to designate at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built, and require the Department of Energy to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas , and the conference report to accompany S 1177, the bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through FY 2020, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act and transferring authority for setting academic standards to the states, continuing the requirement to regularly test students in math, reading, and science, and requiring states to develop plans to help underperforming public and high schools. Motion agreed to 243-177.

VOTE: Yea

(654) - HR 8, S1177: Education Reauthorization and Energy Standards – Rule December 02, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 542) would provide for House floor consideration of HR 8, the bill that would revise national energy efficiency standards, require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to designate at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built, and require the Department of Energy to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas , and the conference report to accompany S 1177, the bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through FY 2020, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act and transferring authority for setting academic standards to the states, continuing the requirement to regularly test students in math, reading, and science, and requiring states to develop plans to help underperforming public and high schools. Adopted 240-181.

VOTE: Yea

(655) - HR 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act - Motion to Instruct Conferees December 02, 2015 - Kuster, D-N.H., motion to instruct conferees to agree to the provisions contained in Subtitle A of Title 7 in the Senate amendment, which requires the United States Trade Representative to investigate currency manipulation by foreign governments and public entities and specifies the methodology with which the Trade Representative determines currency manipulation. Motion rejected 193-232.

VOTE: Nay

(656) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Striking Energy Efficiency Provisions December 02, 2015 - Upton, R-Mich., amendment that would strike incentives to hydropower operators to make energy efficient improvements and would end the requirement that the Energy Department report on energy savings performance contracts that a federal agency has with electrical utilities. The bill would create an Energy Security and Infrastructure Modernization Fund paid for with sales of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as well as a program to improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs. The amendment would also make a number of technical corrections. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 246-177.

VOTE: Yea

(657) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Pipeline Permitting December 02, 2015 - Tonko, D-N.Y., amendment that would remove the bill's changes to the permitting process of pipelines. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 179-244.

VOTE: Nay

(658) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Cross-Border Infrastructure Permitting December 02, 2015 - Green, D-Texas, amendment that would create a permitting process including the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Department of State for cross-border infrastructure projects, including the import and export of water, petroleum, natural gas, and the transmission of electricity. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 263-158.

VOTE: Yea

(659) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Federal Building Energy Reduction December 02, 2015 - Beyer, D-Va., amendment that would continue currently enacted targets for reducing energy from fossil fuels in federal buildings.  Rejected in Committee of the Whole 172-246.

VOTE: Nay

(660) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Energy Star Lawsuit Prohibition December 02, 2015 - Schakowsky, D-Ill., amendment that would remove the bill's provisions that would prohibit lawsuits when consumers purchase Energy Star products that do not deliver the associated energy savings. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 183-239.

VOTE: Nay

(661) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Weatherization Assistance Program Reauthorization December 02, 2015 - Tonko, D-N.Y., amendment that would reauthorize the Weatherization Assistance Program, under the Energy Conservation and Production Act, and the State Energy Program, under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, through FY 2020. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 198-224.

VOTE: Nay

(662) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Local Renewable Thermal Energy December 02, 2015 - Castor, D-Fla., amendment that would incentivize local renewable thermal energy and waste heat such as combined heat and power, and would provide technical assistance to eligible entities to establish distributed energy systems. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 175-247.

VOTE: Nay

(663) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Land Owner Notification December 02, 2015 - Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would require the Department of the Interior to notify land owners when federally owned minerals beneath their land have been leased for oil and gas development. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 206-216.

VOTE: Nay

(664) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Crude Oil Exports December 02, 2015 - Barton, R-Texas, amendment that would allow the export of crude oil produced in the United States by removing the export ban imposed by the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The amendment would prohibit U.S. officials from imposing or enforcing restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports, and would require separate reports on how lifting the ban will affect greenhouse gas emissions, national security, and jobs for veterans and women. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 255-168.

VOTE: Yea

(665) - S 1177: K-12 Education Agreement – Passage December 02, 2015 - Adoption of a conference report to accompany the Every Student Succeeds Act (S 1177) that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for four years, through FY 2020. The bill would replace the No Child Left Behind Act, ending the federal accountability system and shifting academic standards and school accountability authority back to states and local school districts. The measure would continue the requirement for regular testing of students to assess their proficiency in math, reading, and science, with the results of those assessments to be disaggregated by race, income, and other categories to determine whether any subgroup of students is lagging academically. States would be required to develop plans to help the lowest-performing 5 percent of all public schools, high schools that fail to graduate one-third or more of their students, and schools where a subgroup of students consistently underperforms. Adopted 359-64.

VOTE: Yea

(666) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization - Previous Question December 03, 2015 - Woodall, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 546) that would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report to accompany HR 22, the bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for five years, through FY 2020, at increased funding levels. The bill would transfer over $70 billion from the Treasury's general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund and to fully fund the measure's estimated $305 billion cost. Further, the bill would reauthorize Amtrak, renew the charter for the Export-Import Bank, and roll back a reduction in the crop insurance program used as an offset in last month's two-year budget deal. Motion agreed to 243-179.

VOTE: Yea

(667) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization – Rule December 03, 2015 -

Adoption of the rule (H Res 546) would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report to accompany HR 22, the bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for five years, through FY 2020, at increased funding levels. The bill would transfer over $70 billion from the Treasury's general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund and to fully fund the measure's estimated $305 billion cost. Further, the bill would reauthorize Amtrak, renew the charter for the Export-Import Bank, and roll back a reduction in the crop insurance program used as an offset in last month's two-year budget deal. Adopted 384-40.

VOTE: Yea

(668) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Vegetation Management December 03, 2015 - Cramer, R-N.D., amendment that would permit voluntary vegetation management within 150 feet of certain right-of-ways near structures for selective thinning and fuel reduction without being held liable for wildlife damage, loss, or injury, including the cost of fire suppression, except in cases of gross negligence or criminal misconduct. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 252-170.

VOTE: Yea

(669) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Wood Heaters Efficiency Standards December 03, 2015 - Rouzer, R-N.C., amendment that would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's March 2015 rule titled, "Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces," which establishes energy efficiency standards for residential wood heaters. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 247-177.

VOTE: Yea

(670) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure - Carbon Impact ReportDecember 03, 2015 - Pallone, D-N.J., amendment that would prohibit the provisions of the bill from taking effect until after the Energy Information Administration has analyzed and published a report on the carbon impacts of its provisions. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 181-243.

VOTE: Nay

(671) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure – Recommit December 03, 2015 Cartwright, D-Pa., motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report back to the House with an amendment that would remove market barriers that inhibit the development of renewable energy infrastructure in response to the scientific consensus on climate change. Motion rejected 180-243.

VOTE: Nay

(672) - HR 8: Energy Security and Infrastructure – Passage December 03, 2015 -

Passage of the bill that would revise national energy efficiency standards, require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to designate at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built, and require the Department of Energy to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. As amended, the bill would create a permitting process for cross-border infrastructure projects, allow U.S. export of crude oil, prohibit U.S. officials from imposing or enforcing restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports, require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to satisfy regulatory planning and review requirements, place a filing deadline on judicial cases involving energy projects on federal lands, require studies on barriers to the export of natural energy resources and on the shipment of crude oil, and incentivize community solar projects. As further amended, the bill would modify the hydrokinetic energy regulatory process, establish privacy standards for smart meters, establish a youth energy enterprise competition, modify racial terminology, and require the Energy Department to report to Congress on smart meter security, permit voluntary vegetation management around electrical structures, and repeal an EPA rule on residential wood heaters. Passed 249-174.

VOTE: Yea

(673) - HR 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization – Passage December 03, 2015 - Adoption of a conference report to accompany the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (HR 22) that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for five years, through FY 2020, at increased funding levels. The bill would transfer over $70 billion from the Treasury's general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund and to fully fund the measure's estimated $305 billion cost. Further, the bill would reauthorize Amtrak, renew the charter for the Export-Import Bank, and roll back a reduction in the crop insurance program used as an offset in last month's two-year budget deal.
Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 359-65.

VOTE: Yea

(674) - : Motion to Adjourn - Procedural Motion December 08, 2015 - Thompson, D-Calif., motion to adjourn. Motion rejected 0-399.

VOTE: Nay

(675) - : Motion to Adjourn - Procedural Motion December 08, 2015 - Kildee, D-Mich., motion to adjourn. Motion rejected 0-405.

VOTE: Nay

(676) - : Motion to Adjourn - Procedural Motion December 08, 2015 - Swalwell, D-Calif., motion to adjourn. Motion rejected 3-399.

VOTE: Nay

(677) - : Motion to Adjourn - Procedural Motion December 08, 2015 - Speier, D-Calif., motion to adjourn. Motion rejected 4-394.

VOTE: Nay

(678) - : Motion to Adjourn - Procedural Motion December 08, 2015 - Capps, D-Calif., motion to adjourn. Motion rejected 7-398.

VOTE: Nay

(679) - HR 158: Visa Restrictions – Passage December 08, 2015 - Goodlatte, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would prohibit individuals who have been to specified nations, including Syria, Iran, Sudan, and Iraq, from entering the United States unless they were interviewed by U.S. officials and obtained a regular visa, even if the individuals arrived from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program. The bill would also update requirements for countries to participate in the Visa Waiver Program; would require fraud-resistant electronic passports, biographic and biometric information; and would require participation in the program's electronic collection of information on all additional countries where an applicant has or had citizenship. Motion agreed to 407-19.

VOTE: Yea

(680) - HR 3842: Law Enforcement Training – Passage December 08, 2015 - Carter, R-Ga., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would codify the functions of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) within the Department of Homeland Security and would establish the criteria for training to take place at the centers. The bill would require centers to provide state-of-the-art training and performance evaluation to employees of federal agencies that are engaged in homeland security operations or federal law enforcement activities, particularly regarding improving coordination and security of critical infrastructure. The bill further requires partner organizations participating in FLETC training programs to assign instructors to the program or reimburse the FLETC for the salary equivalent required. Motion agreed to 420-2.

VOTE: Yea

(681) - HR 2130: Red River Private Property Protection Act - Question of Consideration December 09, 2015 - Question of whether the House should consider the rule (H Res 556) that would provide for further House floor consideration of the bill (HR 2130) that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell to current and adjacent landowners the roughly 30,000 acres of federal land along the border between Texas and Oklahoma. The rule would also grant same-day authority through Dec. 13, allowing for expedited consideration of a possible spending bill. Agreed to consider 241-174.

VOTE: Yea

(682) - HR 2130: Land Management and Expedited Consideration - Previous Question December 09, 2015 - Newhouse, R-Wash., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 556) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 2130) that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell to current and adjacent landowners the roughly 30,000 acres of federal land along the border between Texas and Oklahoma. The rule would also grant same-day authority through Dec. 13, allowing for expedited consideration of a possible spending bill. Motion agreed to 242-178.

VOTE: Yea

(683) - HR 2130: Land Management and Expedited Consideration – Rule December 09, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 546) that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell to current and adjacent landowners the roughly 30,000 acres of federal land along the border between Texas and Oklahoma. The rule would also grant same-day authority through Dec. 13, allowing for expedited consideration of a possible spending bill. Adopted 241-183.

VOTE: Yea

(684) - HR 2130: Land Management - Tribal Right of Refusal December 09, 2015 - Cole, R-Okla., amendment that would allow Indian tribes to have the right of first refusal on purchasing lands. The amendment would require land to be sold at fair market value instead of $1.25 per acre as under the bill. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 246-183.

VOTE: Nay

(685) - HR 2130: Land Management and Expedited Consideration - Motion to Table December 09, 2015 - Bishop, R-Utah, motion to table the Thompson, D-Calif., motion to appeal the ruling of the Chair that the Thompson motion to recommit is out of order. The Thompson, D-Calif., motion to recommit proposed adding an amendment to the Red River Private Property Protection Act (HR 2130) that would grant the Attorney General authority to deny the sale or transfer of firearms, and to deny the issuance of federal firearms licenses, to any individuals known or suspected of engaging in conduct constituting, relating to or in support of terrorism. Motion agreed to 246-182.

VOTE: Yea

(686) - HR 2130: Land Management and Expedited Consideration – Passage December 09, 2015 - Passage of the bill that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell roughly 30,000 acres of federal land along the Red River on the border between Texas and Oklahoma to current and adjacent landowners. The bill would require the BLM to sell at $1.25 per acre, with no cap on the amount an individual can buy. After the boundary between public and private land is settled, BLM would be required to sell the remaining federal land along the Red River at no less than fair market value, with adjacent landowners given the right of first refusal. Passed 253-177.

VOTE: Yea

(687) - HR 3578: Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate – Passage December 10, 2015 - Ratcliffe, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would codify the functions of the Science and Technology Directorate as the primary research, development, testing, and evaluation arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill would require the agency to address homeland security capability gaps, develop a five-year research and development plan, and improve cybersecurity technology and information-sharing. The bill would establish Homeland Security Science and Technology fellowships and summer internship programs. Motion agreed to 416-0.

VOTE: Yea

(688) - : Firearms and Explosives Regulations - Motion to Table December 10, 2015 - McCarthy, R-Calif., motion to table the Pelosi, D-Calif., motion to appeal the ruling of the Chair that the Pelosi privileged resolution is out of order. The Pelosi privileged resolution would direct the Speaker to place on the calendar the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act (HR 1076), which would allow the Attorney General to deny the sale or transfer of firearms to individuals suspected of engaging in or assisting terrorist activities. Motion agreed to 242-173.

VOTE: Yea

(689) - HR 2795: First Responder Protection – Passage December 10, 2015 - Hurd, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to submit a report to Congress on state and local policies and programs related to preparedness and protection of first-responders with respect to terrorist attacks. The report could include information on the degree to which the programs and policies consider the presence of the first responder's family in an area affected by a terrorist attack and the degree to which these policies and programs are implemented using Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants. The bill would further require the DHS to assess how the report applies to federal first-responders. Motion agreed to 396-12.

VOTE: Yea

(690) - HR 2250, HR644: Trade Enforcement and Continuing Resolution - Previous Question December 11, 2015 - Cole, R-Okla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 560) that would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report to accompany HR 644, the bill that would establish the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), implement an automated system for export and import processing, increase funding for trade agreement enforcement and intellectual property protection, and permanently ban taxation on Internet access, and Senate amendments to HR 2250, the five-day continuing resolution for FY 2016. Adopted 236-177.

VOTE: Yea

(691) - HR 2250, HR644: Trade Enforcement and Continuing Resolution – Rule December 11, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 560) that would provide for House floor consideration of the conference report to accompany HR 644, the bill that would establish the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), implement an automated system for export and import processing, increase funding for trade agreement enforcement and intellectual property protection, and permanently ban taxation on Internet access, and Senate amendments to HR 2250, the five-day continuing resolution for FY 2016. Adopted 236-174.

VOTE: Yea

(692) - HR 644: Trade Enforcement – Recommit December 11, 2015 - Doggett, D-Texas, motion to recommit the conference report to accompany the billl to the Conference Committee with instructions to report back to the House with an amendment that would allow climate change and human trafficking provisions in trade deals, and that would insist on the currency manipulation provisions included in the Senate amendments, defining currency undervaluation as an illegal subsidy and thereby making it subject to duty laws. Motion rejected 172-239.

VOTE: Nay

(693) - HR 644: Trade Enforcement – Passage December 11, 2015 - Adoption of a conference report to accompany the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act (HR 644) that would formally establish the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and authorize the CBP to use an automated import-export processing system. Further, the bill would strengthen enforcement of intellectual property rights and U.S. trade agreements by establishing the Trade Enforcement Trust Fund and the National Intellectual Property Rights within the Treasury Department and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), respectively. The bill would permanently ban state and local taxation of Internet access and ends grandfathered Internet access taxation in seven states. The bill would also amend the Trade Promotion Authority to add more negotiating objectives for future trade agreements, specifically that future trade agreements not require changes to U.S. immigration law or climate change obligations. Adopted 256-158.

VOTE: Yea

(694) - H Res 536: Latin American Press Freedom – Passage December 15, 2015 -Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution that would express support for press freedom in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The resolution would urge countries to condemn violations of press freedoms and would call upon the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist the media in closed societies, when appropriate, to promote an open and free press. Motion agreed to 399-2.

VOTE: Yea

(695) - HR 2820: Stem Cell Research Reauthorization - Motion to Concur December 16, 2015 - Pitts, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would reauthorize the National Cord Blood Inventory and the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation programs through Sept. 30, 2020, authorizing $23 million and $30 million for the programs, respectively. As amended by the Senate, the bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the use of adult stem cells and birthing tissues for new therapies, to maximize the number of cord blood units available for transplant and to consider how many units a cord blood bank has contributed in the previous year. HHS is required to review and report to Congress on the use of stem cell science to develop new therapies for patients. Further, the bill requires HHS to issue a determinations on including of peripheral blood stem cells and umbilical cord blood under human organ donation regulation. Motion agreed to 421-0.

VOTE: Yea

(696) - HR 4246: Veteran and National Guard Bankruptcy Protection – Passage December 16, 2015 - Goodlatte, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend the exemption from Chapter 7 bankruptcy means testing for four additional years, for reservists and National Guard members. The bill would continue to require that this exemption applies only to reservists and National Guard members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days since Sept. 11, 2001, and who file for bankruptcy within 540 days of being released from active duty. Motion agreed to 419-1.

VOTE: Yea

(697) - S 1090: Broadcasting Disaster Assistance – Passage December 16, 2015 -Costello, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would add "broadcasting facilities" to the definition of private nonprofit facilities that are eligible for disaster assistance. The bill would also expand the definition of communications under critical services to include "broadcast and telecommunications" to clarify that radio stations are eligible for FEMA disaster assistance. Motion agreed to 420-1.

VOTE: Yea

(698) - HR 2297: Hezbollah Fundraising - Motion to Concur December 16, 2015 - Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that, as amended, would sanction foreign financial institutions that facilitate transactions or money laundering on behalf of Hezbollah or its agents. The bill would direct the president to prohibit opening or maintaining an account in the United States by a foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates Hezbollah or a person or activity of Hezbollah. The measure would make entities who violate this prohibition subject to monetary fines or prison terms. Further, the bill would allow the president to waive the sanctions on a case-by-case basis in the interest of the United States' national security. The bill also would require the president to submit reports to Congress on Hezbollah's transnational criminal activities and would require the State and Treasury departments to submit reports on Hezbollah's assets and international fundraising and financial activities. Motion agreed to 425-0.

VOTE: Yea

(699) - HR 3750: First Responders Passport Waiver – Passage December 16, 2015 -Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would waive passport fees for disaster response teams that respond to international relief efforts for natural disasters, as authorized by the Secretary of State. The bill would also require the Department of State to report to Congress on the number of waivers issued under the bill. Motion agreed to 421-2.

VOTE: Yea

(700) - HR 4239: Terrorist Safe Havens – Passage December 16, 2015 - LoBiondo, R-N.J., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the National Intelligence Director (DNI) to submit regular reports to Congress on terrorist safe havens. Specifically, the DNI would be required to prepare a report on each terrorist safe haven, including the total number of foreign fighters who have traveled to or are suspected of having traveled to the safe haven since 2011; the countries of origin of these foreign fighters; the total number of U.S. citizens in the safe haven; and the total number of foreign fighters who have left the safe haven or whose whereabouts are unknown. The bill would allow the reports to be classified, but would require the DNI to include an unclassified summary. Motion agreed to 423-0.

VOTE: Yea

(701) - HR 2029: Omnibus Appropriations and Tax Extenders - Previous Question December 17, 2015 - Cole, R-Okla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 566) that would provide for House floor consideration of the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to HR 2029 with an amendment that would renew various expired individual and business tax provisions for the 2015 tax year and extend them for varying periods, and the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill, with an amendment that would fund the government for fiscal 2016. Adopted 244-177.

VOTE: Yea

(702) - HR 2029: Omnibus Appropriations and Tax Extenders – Rule December 17, 2015 - Adoption of the rule (H Res 566) that would provide for House floor consideration of the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to HR 2029 with an amendment that would renew various expired individual and business tax provisions for the 2015 tax year and extend them for varying periods, and the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with an amendment that would fund the government for fiscal 2016. Adopted 240-185.

VOTE: Yea

(703) - HR 2029: Tax Extenders - Motion to Concur December 17, 2015 - Brady, R-Texas, motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with an amendment that would renew various expired tax provisions for the 2015 tax year, which would allow businesses and individuals to claim those tax breaks when filing their 2015 tax returns in the new year. It would extend a number of provisions for two years. Further, it would extend four provisions for five years, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the new markets tax credit. It would make the research and development, a financing exemption for business income earned overseas, certain charitable tax provisions, changes to the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent. It would place a two-year moratorium on the 2010 health care overhaul's medical device tax and would include IRS administrative provisions for the treatment of 501(c)4 social welfare organizations and program integrity initiatives for three refundable tax credits. Motion agreed to 318-109.

VOTE: Yea

(704) - : Procedural Motion – Journal December 17, 2015 - Approval of the House Journal of Dec. 16, 2015. Approved 234-155.

VOTE: Nay

(705) - HR 2029: FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations - Motion to Concur December 18, 2015 - Rogers, R-Ky., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with an amendment that would provide $1.15 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2016 for federal departments and agencies covered by the fiscal 2016 spending bills. Included in that total is: $21.75 billion for Agriculture, $55.7 billion for Commerce-Justice-Science, $572.7 billion for Defense, $37.2 billion for Energy-Water, $23.2 billion for Financial Services, $41 billion for Homeland Security, $32.2 billion for Interior-Environment, $162.1 billion for Labor-HHS-Education, $4.4 billion for Legislative, $79.9 billion Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, $52.8 billion for State-Foreign Operations, and $114 billion for Transportation-HUD. The measure would end the U.S. ban on crude oil exports and would reauthorize health care and victim compensation programs for 9/11 first-responders. Motion agreed to 316-113.

VOTE: Nay

 

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