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June 24, 2014

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

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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.

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June 17, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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 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

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