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July 29, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 7-28-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Insourcing Incentives – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (93-7)

The Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would give businesses a tax credit for up to 20 percent of the expenses incurred to bring work done in foreign countries back into the United States, if the business also increases its number of full-time employees. It also would prohibit tax deductions for expenses incurred when moving jobs outside the U.S.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Higher Education Tax Credits – Passage – Vote Passed (227-187, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would modify and make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit for tuition and higher-education expenses. It would eliminate the “above the line” higher-education tax deduction for qualified tuition and repeal the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act – HR4315

The House will consider a bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species.

July 15, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 7-14-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Castro Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (71-26, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Julian Castro of Texas to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Donovan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (75-22, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate voted to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Shaun Donovan of New York to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Workforce Investment Reauthorization – Motion to Concur – Vote Passed (415-6, 11 Not Voting)

The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted Not Voting


Fiscal 2015 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (253-170, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $34.0 billion in fiscal 2015 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Terrorism Risk Insurance Act – S2244

The Senate will vote on a bill that would extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.


Fiscal 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act – HR5016

The House will vote on a bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

July 1, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-30-14: Recent Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Workforce Training Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would overhaul and reauthorize workforce training programs and make changes in the makeup of advisory boards. It also would set out specific authorized appropriations, which would increase annually, for each program through fiscal 2020.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
CFTC Reauthorization – Passage – Vote Passed (265-144, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and would largely exempt end users or nonfinancial companies that use derivatives to hedge risks from tough rules on derivatives under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Trans-National Pipelines – Passage – Vote Passed (238-173, 20 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require future oil and gas pipeline projects and power lines that cross international borders to be reviewed by the State or Energy secretary within 120 days of the environmental review, unless the agency finds the project is not in the public interest of the United States. It would eliminate the current system created by executive orders under which a presidential permit must be issued.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Liquefied Natural Gas Exports – Passage – Vote Passed (266-150, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. It would require that all applications publicly disclose the specific nation or nations that would receive the proposed export of liquefied natural gas.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Oil and Gas Exploration – Passage – Vote Passed (229-185, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would establish a five-year program for oil and gas leasing. The bill would double the cap for offshore oil and gas revenue sharing to $1 billion and require at least 25 percent of eligible federal land be made available each year to lease for oil and gas exploration.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO

June 24, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-23-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Minibus ‘Shell’ – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would that would provide for $51.2 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other science agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. The bill is intended to serve as the legislative vehicle for the Senate’s Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture spending bills for fiscal 2015.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2015 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (340-73, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $570.4 billion in non-war discretionary funding for the Defense Department in fiscal 2015. It also would provide $79.4 billion in fiscal 2015 for contingency funds to support operations in Afghanistan and the general war on terrorism.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization – HR803

The Senate is expected to vote on this bill that would overhaul and reauthorize the 1998 Workforce Investment Act.


CFTC Reauthorization – HR4413

The House is expected to vote on this bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and shield nonfinancial companies from some of the rules on derivatives in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul.

June 17, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-16-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Veterans Benefits – Passage – Vote Passed (93-3, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill to allow veterans experiencing long wait times or who live more than 40 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility to see doctors outside the VA health system, as long as the doctors participate in the Medicare program or are at a federally qualified health center, Defense Department facility or a facility funded by the Indian Health Service. It would also authorize the VA secretary to demote or fire poor-performing Senior Executive Service employees.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Fischer Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (63-24, 13 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Stanley Fischer of New York to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2014 NASA Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (401-2, 28 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $17.6 billion for NASA for fiscal 2014.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (229-192, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $105.5 billion in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act – HR4870

The bill would make appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

June 10, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-9-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Burwell Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (78-17, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell of West Virginia to be secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal Year 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act – HR4745

The bill would make appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

June 3, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 6-2-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (321-87, 23 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to provide $51.2 billion in discretionary funds in fiscal 2015 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies, such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Fiscal 2014-2015 Intelligence Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (345-59, 27 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to authorize classified amounts for fiscal 2014 and 2015 for 16 intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) and foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department and Homeland Security Department.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
UN Human Rights Council Nomination – PN1108

Today the Senate is scheduled to vote on cloture on the nomination of Keith M. Harper to be the U.S. representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is the first of many expected votes on nominations.

June 1, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 5-27-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Water Projects – Conference Report – Vote Agreed to (91-7, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted the conference report on a bill authorizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects – costing an estimated $12 billion. It would also require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Water Projects – Conference Report – Vote Passed (412-4, 15 Not Voting)

The House adopted the conference report on a bill authorizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects – costing an estimated $12 billion. It would also require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


NSA Metadata Collection – Passage – Vote Passed (303-121, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would prohibit the government’s bulk collection and storage of business records, including telephone metadata, and instead require the government, except in cases of emergency, to receive pre-approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to conduct a search of call detail records for individual target phone numbers.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (325-98, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to authorize $592.9 billion for defense programs in fiscal year 2015, including $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The bill would authorize a 1.8 percent pay increase for military personnel and prohibit a new round of Base Realignment and Closure.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act – HR4660

The House is expected to vote on this bill that would make appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.


Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 – HR4681

The bill would authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 for the conduct of intelligence and intelligence-related activities.

May 14, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 5-12-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Energy-Efficient Building Codes –Cloture – Vote Agreed to (79-20, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to a bill that would promote updates to state building codes to encourage energy savings and provide incentives for energy-efficient manufacturing.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Benghazi Select Committee–Passage – Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting)

The House approved a resolution establishing a 12-member panel to examine both the events that led to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as the Obama administration’s response to it and to subsequent congressional inquiries.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Research Tax Credit –Passage – Vote Passed (274-131, 26 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would permit companies that incur research and development expenses in the United States to deduct up to 20 percent of the amount in which their qualified research expenses exceed a calculated base amount for the current taxable year. It would also permanently extend and expand a tax break for university and corporate research expenses that expired in December 2013. Sixty-two Democrats joined all but one Republican to support the bill.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Charter School Program Expansion–Passage – Vote Passed (360-45, 27 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to require the Education secretary to consolidate the federal Charter Schools Program, which gives grants to states to open charter schools, and the Charter School Credit Enhancement Program, which assists schools in acquiring better credit terms for facilities, into one program, and direct a certain percentage of funds into national charter school management activities.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Energy-Efficient Building Codes – S.2262

The Senate is scheduled to continue work on this building code bill.

May 7, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 5-5-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Friedland Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (51-40, 9 Not Voting)

On Monday, the Senate approved the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to be a judge on the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Minimum Wage Increase – Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

Senators failed to invoke cloture for a bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 last Wednesday.

Sen. Mark Udall voted YES
Sen. Michael Bennet voted YES


Recent House Votes
Mil Con/Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (416-1, 14 Not Voting)

The House approved a bill on Wednesday to provide $165 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction, and military housing. The bill would provide $58.7 billion in advance appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for certain VA medical care programs. Only Rep. Raul Labrador, R.-Idaho voted against the measure.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (402-14, 15 Not Voting)

House members voted to approve $3.3 billion to fund the legislative branch of the federal government, excluding the Senate, in 2015. The bill includes money for the Library of Congress, Government Accountability Office, Architect of the Capitol, and Capitol Police.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Nomination of Nancy L. Moritz, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit -

The Senate will vote on the nomination of Nancy L. Moritz of Kansas to be a judge for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.


American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 – H.R.4438

On Wednesday, the House will consider a bill to extend the research and development tax credit that expired at the end of 2013 permanently.


Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act – H.R.10

Later in the week, the House will consider a bill that would consolidate and reauthorize funding for charter school programs within the Department of Education.

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