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April 16, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 4-14-14: Recent Votes

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Recent Senate Votes
Unemployment Benefits Extension – Passage – Vote Passed (59-38, 3 Not Voting)

Senators passed a bill on Monday that, as amended, would extend unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

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


Equal Pay – Cloture – Vote Rejected (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (PL 75-718), requiring employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications in similar jobs have a business justification. The bill would also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees seeking salary information to investigate gender discrimination in wages.

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


Recent House Votes
Budget Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (2019-205, 8 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the House adopted a concurrent resolution that would provide $2.842 trillion to fund the federal government in fiscal 2015. The resolution assumes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years and reductions in personal and corporate tax rates.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted Not Voting

April 9, 2014

Perlmutter Watch 4-7-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

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Recent House Votes
Ukraine Aid – Passage – Vote Passed (378-34, 19 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House agreed to concur with a Senate amendment and pass a package of $150 million in aid and loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government. The vote required a two-thirds majority under the suspension of House rules. President Obama signed the bill into law on April 3.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Employee Hours Rules – Passage – Vote Passed (248-179, 4 Not Voting)

House members voted on Thursday to change the number of hours employees must work to qualify for mandatory employer coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law would define full-time employees as those working 40 hours a week, ten more hours than as defined under current law.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Unemployment Benefits – H.R.3979

Senators will consider passage of an extension of long-term unemployment benefits tonight.


Budget resolution – H.CON.RES.96

The House is scheduled to consider the Budget Committee’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget resolution this week.

April 2, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 3-31-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

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Recent Senate Votes
Ukraine Aid – Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (98-2)

The Senate agreed upon a substitute amendment offered by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. to a Ukrainian aid package on Thursday. As amended, the bill would offer $150 million in aid to the Ukrainian government and offer loan guarantees from unobligated funds in the State Department budget. It would expand visa restrictions, freeze the assets of Russian officials and require the Defense Department to review Russian military capabilities annually through 2020. As amended, the bill passed by voice vote later that day.

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


Unemployment Benefits – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (65-34, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate invoked cloture on a bill that would exempt volunteer service hours by firefighters and other first responders from the 30-hour-a-week threshold under the 2010 health care reform laws that established a full-time employer mandate for health coverage. The bill is intended to serve as a legislative vehicle to extend expired long-term unemployment benefits.

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

 


Recent House Votes
National Monument Designations – Passage – Vote Passed (222-201, 8 Not Voting)

The House narrowly approved a bill on Wednesday to limit the power of the president to designate national monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The bill would limit presidential authority to one designation per state over a four-year term. It also would require an environmental impact statement for designations over 5,000 acres and a cost estimate study for the proposed monument. Sites less than 5,000 acres would expire after three years without a full environmental review, but could be made permanent if the environmental review process was used.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO
 


Ukraine Aid—Passage – Vote Passed (399-19, 13 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the House approved a $120 million aid package to Ukraine and expanded sanctions against Russian government officials in the wake of that country’s annexation of Crimea. The bill easily cleared the two-thirds majority required for passage under a suspension of House rules.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES

 


Upcoming Votes
Medicare “Doc Fix” – HR4302

On Monday the Senate is expected to vote on the Medicare physician payment fix.
 


Unemployment Benefits – HR3979

The Senate is also expected to vote on the extension of unemployment insurance this week.

 


Ukraine Aid – HR4152

The House is scheduled to vote on the Senate’s substitute amendment on Ukrainian aid on Tuesday.

 


Health Care Reform – HR2575

On Wednesday, members will vote on a bill to replace the 30-hour-a-week threshold for full-time employment under the 2010 health care reform laws with a 40-hour threshold.

March 19, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 3-17-14: Recent Votes

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Recent Senate Votes
Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions – Passage – Vote Passed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)

Senators finished work on reforming the military’s practices for reporting and prosecuting sexual assaults within its ranks on Monday, passing a bill written by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO. The bill would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to require special victims’ counsels in sexual assault cases and forbid using the defendant’s military record in defense arguments. The bill would also require the evaluation of whether commanding officers have established a climate in which allegations of sexual assault are properly managed and fairly evaluated and a victim can report criminal activity without fear of retaliation or ostracism.

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


Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization – Enzi Amendment – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the Senate agreed to an amendment (S.AMDT.2812) offered by Senator Michael Enzi, R-Wy., to the reauthorization of child care block grant programs. The amendment requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of Education, to conduct a review of Federal early learning and care programs and make recommendations for streamlining the various programs. The block grant program was reauthorized through Fiscal Year 2019 on Thursday.

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


Flood Insurance Rates – Passage – Vote Passed (72-22, 6 Not Voting)

Senators approved a bill to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program’s full actuarial rates. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.

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


Recent House Votes
Ukraine Resolution – Passage – Vote Passed (402-7, 1 Present, 20 Not Voting)

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation for their actions in Crimea.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Federal Water Rights – Passage – Vote Passed (238-174, 19 Not Voting)

On Thursday, House members passed a bill that would prohibit Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from making any transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right a condition of the issuance of any permit, lease, or other use agreement concerning federal lands. The law would apply to lands covered by interstate water rights compacts as well.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Medicare Doc Fix – Passage – Vote Passed (238-181, 12 Not Voting)

On Friday, the House agreed to repeal the sustainable growth rate model of physicians’ compensation rates under Medicare. The bill would establish a single conversion rate of cost increases for physicians’ services at .5 percent through 2018 and would completely freeze updates thereafter through 2023. The bill would also require certain federal agencies to perform studies of access to health care and cost controls for some procedures under Medicare.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO

March 12, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 3-10-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Adegbile Nomination – Cloture – Vote Rejected (47-52, 1 Not Voting)

Senators rejected invoking cloture on the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be assistant attorney general for civil rights.

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


Military Prosecutions – Cloture – Vote Rejected (55-45)

On Thursday, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bill that would require decisions to prosecute felony-level crimes in the military, except those unique to the armed forces, be made by experienced commissioned officers who are not in the alleged perpetrator’s chain of command.

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


Recent House Votes
Environmental Reviews – Passage – Vote Passed (229-179, 22 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would expedite the environmental review process for federally funded projects and limit grounds for legal action against the review or permit approval process by outside groups. Agencies would have up to two years to complete environmental reviews. Only groups whose public comments on the review or permitting process that provide adequate notice of the issue being used to bring a civil action would be allowed legal standing in a lawsuit.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Ukrainian Loan Guarantees – Passage – Vote Passed (385-23, 22 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure on Thursday to make Ukraine eligible for U.S. loan guarantees using previously-appropriated State Department program funds to cover funding. The vote required a two-thirds majority under a suspension of House rules.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage – Vote Passed (306-91, 33 Not Voting)

The House approved a bill on Tuesday to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program’s full actuarial rates. Passed under a suspension of House rules, the bill received 40 votes more than the required two-thirds majority. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Individual Health Insurance Mandate – Passage – Vote Passed (250-160, 20 Not Voting)

House members voted on Wednesday to postpone until 2015 the tax penalty for individuals who fail to purchase health insurance under the 2010 health care reform package. The current deadline for health insurance enrollment is March 31, 2014.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Sexual Assault in the Military – S.1917

The Senate is scheduled to consider a military sexual assault victims’ rights bill and several U.S. district judge nominations this week.


Religious Conscience Health Coverage Exemption – H.R.1814

Among the items it is scheduled to consider Tuesday, the House is expected to vote on a bill extending additional religious exemptions under the health care coverage mandate.


Hire More Heroes Act – H.R.3474

On Tuesday the House will also consider a measure that exempts veteran employees from employer mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Water Rights Protection – H.R.3189

Later in the week, the House is scheduled to consider a water rights bill concerning the Department of the Interior.

March 6, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 3-3-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Veterans Benefits — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

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


Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave – Vote Rejected (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veterans benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.

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


Recent House Votes
Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage – Vote Passed (295-114, 21 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made “unlocking” cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Eminent Domain Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage – Vote Passed (236-179, 15 Not Voting)

A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House on Thursday. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency’s rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 – S.1086

The Senate will vote on motion to proceed on the Child Care and Development Block Grant program reauthorization.


Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act – HR3370

On Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a homeowner flood insurance measure.


Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act – HR4118

The House will also vote on a bill delaying penalties for the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

February 21, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 2-18-14: Recent Votes

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Recent Senate Votes
Debt Limit – Passage – Vote Agreed to (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

One day after the House voted to raise the U.S. Treasury’s debt limit, the Senate finalized an extension of the limit through March 15, 2015. The final vote fell along party lines, with both independent Senators voting with the Democratic caucus to approve the motion to concur.

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


Recent House Votes
Debt Limit – Passage – Vote Passed (221-201, 10 Not Voting)

The House narrowly passed an extension of the U.S. Treasury’s temporary debt limit on Tuesday by agreeing to a previous Senate bill. The debt limit extension raised the debt limit through March 15, 2015. House members did not add on conditions to raising the debt limit or additional policy requirements to the Senate legislation.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES

February 12, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 2-10-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Farm and Nutrition Programs Conference Report – Passage – Vote Agreed to (68-32)

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to adopt the conference report on the bill that would reauthorize most federal farm and nutrition programs through fiscal 2018, sending the measure to the president. Senators agreed to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $8 billion over 10 years. The bill would also reauthorize sugar and dairy subsidy programs, replace $5 billion in direct payments to farmers with two new subsidies to cover losses. It also would create a new crop insurance program for producers that would cover losses over 14 percent.

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


Unemployment Benefits – Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-40, 2 Not Voting)

A motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would extend eligibility for unemployment benefits through March 31, 2014 failed on Thursday, the third such cloture vote to fail in the Senate. Four Republicans – Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – voted with Democrats and Independents to end debate on the bill.

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


Baucus Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (96-0, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed overwhelmingly the nomination of Sen. Max Baucus of Montana to be the U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China on Thursday. Baucus voted present on his own nomination.

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


Recent House Votes
Recreational Shooting on Federal Lands – Passage – Vote Passed (268-154, 9 Not Voting)

House members passed a slate of measures designed to make hunting, target shooting, and fishing easier on federally-managed lands. The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act would exempt ammunition and fishing equipment from the Toxic Substances Control Act, increase public funds for the construction of shooting ranges on federal lands, make permanent the electronic duck stamp licensing system, and allow firearms on water projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


California Water Resources – Passage – Vote Passed (229-191, 11 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would change the Interior Department’s water management practices around the San Joaquin Valley of California. The bill would require the department to increase the total water delivery capacity of the Central Valley Project by 800,000 acre-feet by September 30, 2018. It would also limit the enforcement and consideration of some environmental laws in completing this delivery.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Public Land Management – Passage – Vote Passed (220-194, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Thursday that would exempt public land access, land conveyances, and land restoration activities from federal environmental review requirements. The bill would also extend the term of new grazing permits on federal lands from 10 to 20 years and allow currently expired or transferred permits to remain in effect until new ones are issued. It would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from acquiring new land until it creates a website database that lists all BLM lands suitable for disposal. The bill also would require a comprehensive plan and budget for state and federal efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and instruct the Agriculture Department to implement a lumber salvage program in California’s Stanislaus National Forrest.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Military Retirement Pay – S.1963

The Senate will vote Monday for cost-of-living increases to military pay.


Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013 – H.R.3193

Later this week, the House will consider a bill making changes to financial regulations for small capitalization firms.

February 5, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 2-3-14: Recent and Upcoming Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Federal Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage – Vote Passed (67-32, 1 Not Voting)

Senators on Thursday voted to delay increases to premiums billed by the National Flood Insurance Program until after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes a study on flood insurance affordability. The bill would require FEMA to certify its flood mapping approach before certain rate changes are made and would allow insurance agents and brokers to sell insurance in multiple states without additional licensing.

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


Recent House Votes
Federal Abortion Funding – Passage – Vote Passed (227-188, 1 Present, 15 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, House members passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities, or staff to provide abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the mother. The District of Columbia would also be prohibited from using local funds for covering abortion procedures.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted NO


Farm Programs Conference Report – Passage – Vote Passed (251-166, 14 Not Voting)

The House voted to adopt the conference report on the five-year agricultural and nutritional programs bill on Wednesday, bringing to a close a six-month standoff between it and the Senate. The compromise conference report bridged differences between the chambers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program funding levels and direct payments to farm owners, the two most contentious issues holding up the bill’s final passage. The conference report cuts SNAP benefits by $8 billion over 10 years and replaces direct payment programs with new subsidy and crop insurance programs to cover farm revenue losses.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Farm Programs Conference Report – HR2642

Senators will consider the conference report to accompany the farm bill on Monday.


GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act – HR357

On Monday, the House will consider a bill allowing veterans attending state-supported colleges and universities to pay in-state tuition regardless of their original state of residency.

January 23, 2014

Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 1-21-14: Recent Votes

From MegaVote at Congress.org:

Recent Senate Votes
Omnibus Appropriations – passage – Vote Agreed to (72-26, 2 Not Voting)

One day after it passed the House, the Senate on Thursday cleared the omnibus appropriations package that would fund every corner of the federal government through September. Senators voted, 72-26 , to endorse the $1.1 trillion omnibus, sending the measure to the president’s desk. The bill retained funding for the 2010 health care reform laws.

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


Recent House Votes
Omnibus Appropriations – passage – Vote Passed (359-67, 7 Not Voting)

On Wednesday, the House voted to pass roughly $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending for the remainder of fiscal 2014. The vote bundled together 12 separate bills to fund federal departments and agencies. More than half of the funds will go to the Department of Defense, the war in Afghanistan, and other counterterrorism operations. With the vote, the House stuck to the deal over top-line discretionary spending struck between House and Senate appropriators in December.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted YES
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