|Recent Senate Votes|
|Judicial Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (91-3, 6 Not Voting)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jacqueline H. Nguyen of California to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cloture Motion: Student Loan Interest Rates – Vote Rejected (52-45, 1 Present, 2 Not Voting)
This bill would extend the current 3.4 percent interest rate on federally-subsidized Stafford loans to undergraduate students for one year. This extension would be paid for by eliminating a tax preference for certain shareholders of S-Corporations. The Senate failed to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to invoke cloture, and thereby end debate, on the motion to proceed to the bill. It is possible the Senate will hold another cloture vote on this bill. The House passed a competing version (H.R.4628) on April 27.
|Recent House Votes|
|Suspension Vote: Export-Import Bank Reauthorization – Vote Passed (330-93, 8 Not Voting)
This bill would extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States through FY 2014. It would allow the bank’s lending limit to rise incrementally to $140 billion (from $100 billion currently). HR 2072 passed under suspension of the rules, meaning the support of at least two thirds of all Members voting (in this case 282) is required for passage. The Senate will take up H.R.2072 on Monday, May 14, with a cloture vote scheduled.
Suspension Vote: U.S.-Israel Cooperation – Vote Passed (411-2, 9 Present, 9 Not Voting)
This bill states that it shall be U.S. policy to deepen cooperation with Israel in a wide variety of areas, particularly regarding Israels “qualitative military edge” over regional rivals; to veto anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations; and to assist Israel in ongoing negotiations on a two-state solution. The bill also extends U.S.-government-backed loan guarantees to Israel through FY 2015. HR 4133 passed under suspension of the rules, meaning the support of at least two thirds of all Members voting (in this case 276) is required for passage.
Sequester Replacement – Vote Passed (218-199, 1 Present, 13 Not Voting)
This bill cancels the automatic discretionary spending cuts instituted by last year’s debt-ceiling agreement and replaces those cuts with a different set of reductions to a variety of mandatory spending programs, as well as a reduction on the overall spending limit for all FY 2013 appropriations bills. The bill separately eliminates the cap on defense spending instituted by the debt-limit agreement to accommodate a higher level of spending in that area. The Senate is unlikely to take up this bill. The President has issued a veto threat.
Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations, FY 2013 – Vote Passed (247-163, 21 Not Voting)
This appropriations bill provides $51.1 billion dollars in funding in FY 2013 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. This funding level would be $1.8 billion less than in FY 2012 and $731 million less than the president requested for the upcoming fiscal year. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the bill on April 19, but floor time has not been scheduled. The President has threatened a veto on the House version.
May 15, 2012
Bennet, Udall, and Perlmutter Watch 5-14-12: Recent Votes
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