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July 26, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 2584: Department of the Interior, Environment Appropriations Act, 2012

H.Res. 363: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2584

House Report 112-176

On Passage
Passed by 74 votes: 205-131, 96 not voting


H.R. 2584: Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

Amendments

H.Amdt. 714 by Rep. Moran [D-VA8]
An amendment to reduce the funds in the Management of Lands and Resources account by $18,663,000 and increase the Indian Health Facilities account by $18,663,000.
Failed by 63 votes: 175-237, 20 not voting

H.Amdt. 715 by Rep. Huelskamp [R-KS1]
An amendment to reduce the various accounts by $3,000,231,000 and applies the savings to the spending reduction account.
Failed by 159 votes: 126-284, 22 not voting

H.Amdt. 716 by Rep. Cleaver [D-MO5]
An amendment to reduce the Management of Lands and Resources account by $3,000,000 and increase the Environmental Programs and Management account by $3,000,000.
Failed by 84 votes: 165-248, 19 not voting

H.Amdt. 717 by Rep. Richmond [D-LA2]
An amendment to reduce the Management of Lands and Resources account by $6,000,000 and increase the Regulation and Enforcement, Ocean Energy Managment account by $5,000,000.
Agreed to by 29 votes: 221-192, 19 not voting

H.Amdt. 719 by Rep. Hochul [D-NY26]
An amendment to reduce the amount in the Bureau of Land Management account available for the processing of applications for drilling permits by $4,452,000.
Failed by 131 votes: 141-271, 20 not voting


House Republicans target EPA in environment spending bill
House Republicans on Monday made no secret that their Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Related Agencies spending bill is designed to trim back the EPA, which they said is a huge creator of uncertainty in an already uncertain environment for business and job creation. The overall bill, H.R. 2584, cuts spending by about 7 percent, but the EPA could be cut by 18 percent. Republican supporters of the bill said these cuts are justified, in part because the EPA received stimulus money that pumped up its budget. But they also made it clear on the House floor that it's time to rein in the agency.

House Dems filibuster GOP's 'anti-environment' bill
House Democrats late Monday afternoon were staging a mini-filibuster against a Republican bill that they said would significantly undermine U.S. environmental protection laws. A handful of amendments were debated before Democratic leaders and senior committee members each took five minutes to talk in opposition to the bill.

July 23, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 2551: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012

H.Res. 359: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2551

House Report 112-173

On Passage
Passed by 67 votes: 239-172, 21 not voting


H.R. 2551: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012
Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

Amendments

H.Amdt. 698 by Rep. Watt [D-NC12]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-173 to reduce funding for the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) by 40% ($619,200) and transfer the funds to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 201 votes: 102-302, 28 not voting

H.Amdt. 701 by Rep. Hayworth [R-NY19]
An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-173 to reduce funding for the Botanic Garden by $632,780 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
Agreed to by 187 votes: 299-112, 21 not voting

H.Amdt. 702 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-173 to reduce funding for the Botanic Garden to the FY 2008 level (a $3,192,000 reduction) and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
Failed by 108 votes: 153-260, 19 not voting

H.Amdt. 704 by Rep. Stutzman [R-IN3]
An amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 112-173 to reduce the GPO funding by $4,946,140.80 by transferring $3,414,150.29 from GPO, Congressional Printing and Binding and $1,531,990.51 from GPO, Office of Superintendent of Documents, to the spending reduction account.
Agreed to by 24 votes: 218-194, 20 not voting

H.Amdt. 707 by Rep. Thompson [R-PA5]
An amendment numbered 15 printed in House Report 112-173 to prohibit use of funds to purchase, acquire, install, or use any medium screw base compact fluorescent lamp or light bulb (CFL).
Failed by 154 votes: 130-283, 19 not voting

H.Amdt. 711 by Rep. Holt [D-NJ12]
An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 112-173 to provide $2.5 million for the congressional Office of Technology Assessment and reduce funding for the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund by the same amount.
Failed by 60 votes: 176-235, 21 not voting

H.Amdt. 712 by Rep. Moran [D-VA8]
An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 112-173 to prohibit the use of funds for polystyrene containers in the food service facilities of the House of Representatives.
Failed by 56 votes: 179-234, 19 not voting


On Passage
Passed by 93 votes: 252-159, 21 not voting

Senate Vote - H.R. 2560: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act

H.R. 2560: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011

Previous House Votes

Motion to Table the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 2560
Motion to Table Agreed to by 5 votes: 51-46, 3 not voting

House Votes - H.R. 1315: Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act

H.Res. 358: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1315

House Report 112-172

On Question of Consideration of the Resolution
Passed by 54 votes: 227-173, 32 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 61 votes: 238-177, 17 not voting


H.R. 1315: Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Amendments

H.Amdt. 687 by Rep. Jackson-Lee [D-TX18]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-172 to restore a 2/3 majority vote in order for the Financial Stability Oversight Council to overrule Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulation.
Failed by 70 votes: 170-239, 23 not voting

H.Amdt. 690 by Rep. Miller [D-NC13]
An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-172 to require specific disclosure of information related to filing agency petitions to the Financial Stability Oversight Council to overturn Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rulemaking.
Failed by 64 votes: 175-238, 19 not voting

H.Amdt. 691 by Rep. Jackson-Lee [D-TX18]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-172 to restore time limits in which the Financial Stability Oversight Council must review and make a determination on regulations issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Failed by 66 votes: 175-240, 17 not voting

H.Amdt. 694 by Rep. Maloney [D-NY14]
An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 112-172 to transfer all authority that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would receive to the Secretary of the Treasury if no Commission Chair is in place by July 21st until such time as a Chair has been confirmed by the Senate.
Failed by 77 votes: 168-244, 20 not voting

H.Amdt. 696 by Rep. Rigell [R-VA2]
An amendment numbered 11 printed in House Report 112-172 to require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to (1) submit an analysis on the impact of its proposed rule or regulation on the financial industry, and (2) an analysis of consumers and small businesses' access to credit as a result of the regulation, to the Financial Stability Oversight Council for the purposes of public review.
Agreed to by 79 votes: 246-167, 19 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 50 votes: 183-232, 17 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 68 votes: 241-173, 18 not voting

July 21, 2011

Senate Votes - H.R. 2055: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act

H.R. 2055: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

Previous Senate Votes

Amendments

S.Amdt. 568 by Sen. Vitter [R-LA]
To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be obligated or expended at a rate higher than the level of the Senate and House of Representative concurrent budget resolution for fiscal year 2012.
Motion to Table Agreed to by 39 votes: 69-30, 1 not voting

S.Amdt. 564 by Sen. Coburn [R-OK]
To require evidence of causal relationships for presumptions by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of service connection for diseases associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents.
Motion to Table Agreed to by 39 votes: 69-30, 1 not voting


On Passage
Bill Passed by 95 votes: 97-2, 1 not voting

House Votes - H.R. 2553: Airport and Airway Extension Act

H.Res. 357: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2553

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed by 56 votes: 239-183, 10 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 64 votes: 242-178, 12 not voting


H.R. 2553: Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011, Part IV
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 47 votes: 187-233, 12 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 66 votes: 243-177, 12 not voting

House Votes - H.R. 2560: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act

H.Res. 355: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2560

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed by 60 votes: 235-175, 21 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 59 votes: 236-177, 19 not voting


H.R. 2560: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 49 votes: 188-236, 8 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 44 votes: 234-190, 8 not voting

July 19, 2011

House Suspension Vote - H.R. 33: Church Investment Plans

H.R. 33: To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to specify when certain securities issued in connection with church plans are treated as exempted securities for purposes of that Act.

On Passage
Passed by 309 votes: 310-1, 120 not voting (2/3 required)


CQ Roll Call 7/18 Daily Briefing: This is a bill allowing church pension plans to form investment partnerships with other pension plans.

July 16, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 2354: Energy and Water Appropriations, FY 2012

H.Res. 337: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2354

Passed House by voice vote.


H.R. 2354: Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

Amendments

Monday, July 11, 2011 Votes

H.Amdt. 583 by Rep. Tierney [D-MA6]
An amendment to increase funds for the Army Corps of Engineers, Construction and Operation accounts and reduce funds for the Nuclear Energy account under the Department of Energy.
Failed by 85 votes: 162-246, 23 not voting

H.Amdt. 585 by Rep. Graves [R-MO6]
An amendment to reduce the Army Corps of Engineers Construction account by $1,750,000 and increase the Army Corps of Engineers Operation and Maintenance account by $1,000,000.
Agreed to by 26 votes: 216-190, 25 not voting

H.Amdt. 586 by Rep. Scalise [R-LA1]
An amendment to increase the Army Corps of Engineers Operation and Maintenance account by $6,360,000 for efficient cargo transportation by improving dredging and navigation of waterways, and reduce the Army Corps of Engineers Administration Expenses account by the same amount.
Agreed to by 73 votes: 241-168, 22 not voting

H.Amdt. 588 by Rep. Woodall [R-GA7]
An amendment to reduce the Army Corps of Engineers Operation and Maintenance account by $4,900,000 and increase the Spending Reduction account by the same amount.
Agreed to by 27 votes: 218-191, 22 not voting

H.Amdt. 596 by Rep. McClintock [R-CA4]
An amendment to reduce various accounts by $3,250,437,000 and transfer the savings to the spending reduction account.
Failed by 218 votes: 96-313, 22 not voting

Tuesday, July 14, 2011 Votes

H.Amdt. 590 by Rep. Sessions [R-TX32]
An amendment to strike section 102 of the bill, which prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement any competitive sourcing actions under OMB Circular A-76 or High Performing Organizations for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Agreed to by 28 votes: 224-196, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 591 by Rep. Moran [D-VA8]
An amendment to strike section 109 of the bill, which prohibits the use of funds to be used by the Army Corps of Engineers to adopt or enforce a change or supplement to the rule or guidance documents pertaining to the definition of waters under the jurisdiction of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
Failed by 81 votes: 170-250, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 597 by Rep. Markey [D-MA7]
An amendment to increase the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $100 million and reduce the Nuclear Energy account by $50 million and the Fossil Energy Research and Development account by $50 million.
Failed by 113 votes: 154-266, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 598 by Rep. Lamborn [R-CO5]
An amendment numbered 5 printed in the Congressional Record to strike language related to the allocation of funds relating to weatherization assistance funds.
Failed by 96 votes: 164-259, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 599 by Rep. Connolly [D-VA11]
An amendment to increase allocations for energy and efficiency and renewable energy by $46,000,000.
Failed by 77 votes: 173-249, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 601 by Rep. Miller [D-NC13]
An amendment to increase funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy by $24,018,000 by reducing funds for fossil energy research and development.
Failed by 66 votes: 179-244, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 602 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment to reduce energy efficiency and renewable energy funds by $26,510,000 and increase the spending reduction account by the same amount.
Failed by 162 votes: 131-292, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 603 by Rep. Welch [D-VT]
An amendment to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy by $491,000,000 and decrease the National Nuclear Security Administration weapons activities account by the same amount.
Failed by 178 votes: 123-300, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 604 by Rep. Pompeo [R-KS4]
An amendment to reduce energy efficiency and renewable energy by $45,641,000 and increase the spending reduction account by the same amount.
Failed by 170 votes: 127-296, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 605 by Rep. Tonko [D-NY21]
An amendment to increase EERE by $226,800,000 offset by a decrease of a similar amount in weapons funding.
Failed by 125 votes: 149-273, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 606 by Rep. Garrett [R-NJ5]
An amendment to reduce various accounts by $500 million and to apply the savings to the deficit reduction account.
Failed by 126 votes: 149-274, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 607 by Rep. Wu [D-OR1]
An amendment to reduce the account for Departmental Administration by $60, 500,000 and to increase the account for EERE by a similar amount.
Failed by 33 votes: 196-228, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 609 by Rep. McClintock [R-CA4]
An amendment to reduce the account for EERE by $166,143,000 and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
Failed by 187 votes: 119-305, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 610 by Rep. Schiff [D-CA29]
An amendment to increase the account for the Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy by $79,640,000 and to decrease the account for Departmental Administration by a similar amount.
Failed by 91 votes: 167-257, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 612 by Rep. Garamendi [D-CA10]
An amendment to reduce the account for fossil fuels by $450 million and increase the account for Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy by a similar amount.
Failed by 132 votes: 145-276, 10 not voting

Thursday, July 13, 2011 Votes

H.Amdt. 639 by Rep. Matheson [D-UT2]
An amendment to increase the Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup account under the Department of Energy by $10 million and reduce the Weapons Activities account under the National Nuclear Security Administration by the same amount.
Failed by 90 votes: 168-257, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 640 by Rep. Reed [R-NY29]
An amendment to increase the Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup account under the Department of Energy by $41 million and reduce the account for Departmental Administration under the Department of Energy by $21 million and reduce the account for Departmental Administration under the National Nuclear Security Administration by $20 million.
Agreed to by 99 votes: 261-162, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 641 by Rep. Holt [D-NJ12]
An amendment numbered 65 printed in the Congressional Record to increase the Science account under the Department of Energy by $42,665,000 and reduce the Weapons Activities account under the National Nuclear Security Administration by the same amount.
Failed by 98 votes: 164-261, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 642 by Rep. Royce [R-CA40]
An amendment numbered 68 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce the Science account under the Department of Energy by $10 million and increase the Spending Reduction account by the same amount.
Failed by 156 votes: 136-291, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 643 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment numbered 43 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce the Science account under the Department of Energy by $820,488,000 and increase the Spending Reduction account by the same amount.
Failed by 230 votes: 99-328, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 645 by Rep. Schiff [D-CA29]
An amendment to increase the amount appropriated for carrying out the research activities authorized by the America COMPETES Act by $79,640,000 and reduce the Departmental Administration account for the Department of Energy by the same amount.
Agreed to by 1 votes: 214-213, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 646 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment numbered 48 printed in the Congressional Record to strike the funds for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
Failed by 196 votes: 114-309, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 649 by Rep. Shimkus [R-IL19]
An amendment to reduce the Departmental Administration account under the Department of Energy by $10 million and increase the Nuclear Regulatory Commission account for the Yucca Mountain license application by the same amount.
Agreed to by 167 votes: 297-130, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 650 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment No. 47 printed in the Congressional Record to zero out the $250,000 appropriation for the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission and to apply the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 53 votes: 187-239, 5 not voting

Friday, July 15, 2011 Votes

H.Amdt. 651 by Rep. Cole [R-OK4]
An amendment numbered 26 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to implement any rule, regulation, or executive order regarding the disclosure of political contributions that takes effect on or after the date of enactment of H.R. 2354.
Agreed to by 80 votes: 249-169, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 654 by Rep. Cohen [D-TN9]
An amendment to reduce the appropriations for fossil energy research and development by $16,000,000.
Failed by 107 votes: 158-264, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 655 by Rep. Gosar [R-AZ1]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to be used to administer or enforce the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act, except with respect to a contract that exceeds $20 million.
Failed by 56 votes: 183-238, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 658 by Rep. Kaptur [D-OH9]
An amendment to reduce the Departmental Administration account under the Department of Energy by $10 million and increase the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by the same amount.
Agreed to by 2 votes: 212-210, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 663 by Rep. Flake [R-AZ6]
An amendment to prohibit the use of of funds to be used for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy.
Failed by 261 votes: 81-341, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 664 by Rep. Capps [D-CA23]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to be used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to issue a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
Failed by 118 votes: 152-269, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 665 by Rep. Flake [R-AZ6]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to be used for the Fossil Energy Research and Development program of the Department of Energy.
Failed by 286 votes: 68-353, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 667 by Rep. Scalise [R-LA1]
An amendment to increase the Corps of Engineers-Civil-Construction account for the purpose of coastal restoration by $1 million and reduce the Corps of Engineers-Civil-Expenses account by the same amount.
Agreed to by 123 votes: 271-148, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 668 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment No. 81 printed in the Congressional Record to strike the funds made available for the the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account under the Department of Energy.
Failed by 286 votes: 69-354, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 669 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment No. 63 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to carry out the activities specified in section 505 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Failed by 243 votes: 90-332, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 672 by Rep. Landry [R-LA3]
An amendment No. 76 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to pay the salary of individuals appointed to their current position through, or otherwise carry out, paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of section 5503(a) of title 5, United States Code.
Agreed to by 34 votes: 227-193, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 673 by Rep. Blackburn [R-TN7]
An amendment to reduce each amount made available this Act by 5%.
Failed by 164 votes: 129-292, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 674 by Rep. Blackburn [R-TN7]
An amendment to reduce each amount made available by this bill by 1 percent.
Failed by 123 votes: 150-272, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 675 by Rep. Harris [R-MD1]
An amendment numbered 53 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for any portion of the International program activities at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the Department of Energy with the exception of the activities authorized in section 917 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17337).
Agreed to by 51 votes: 236-185, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 681 by Rep. Rohrabacher [R-CA46]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds made available by this Act may be used to carry out projects described in section 1703(b)(5) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C 16513(b)(5)).
Failed by 284 votes: 68-351, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 683 by Rep. Adams [R-FL24]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds for maintaining, developing, or creating any Web site which disseminates information regarding energy efficiency and educational programs on energy efficiency specifically to children under 18 years of age.
Failed by 53 votes: 181-233, 17 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 51 votes: 182-232, 17 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 23 votes: 219-196, 16 not voting

July 15, 2011

Senate Votes - H.R. 2055: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations

H.R. 2055: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

Previous House Votes

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Waive Section 303 of the Congressional Budget Act on H.R. 2055
Cloture Motion Agreed to by 45 votes: 71-26, 3 not voting (3/5 required)

Motion to Waive Section 303 of the Congressional Budget Act on H.R. 2055, any amendments thereto and motions thereon
Motion Agreed to by 16 votes: 56-40, 4 not voting

July 14, 2011

Senate Vote - S. 1323: Budget Deficit Resolution and Shared Sacrifice

S. 1323: A bill to express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit

On the Motion to Proceed to Consider S. 1323
Motion to Proceed Agreed to by 42 votes: 69-27, 4 not voting

Motion to Invoke Cloture on S. 1323
Cloture Motion Rejected by 9 votes: 51-49 (3/5 required)

House Votes - H.R. 2018: Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act

H.Res. 347: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2018

House Report 112-144

On Passage
Passed by 79 votes: 250-171, 10 not voting


H.R. 2018: Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State's water quality standards, and for other purposes.

Amendments

H.Amdt. 629 by Rep. Jackson-Lee [D-TX18]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-144 to allow the EPA to continue to have the authority to set standards for NPDES Permit programs by striking section 2.
Failed by 83 votes: 170-252, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 630 by Rep. Capito [R-WV2]
An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-144 to require the EPA to analyze the impact of certain covered actions on employment levels and economic activity and require public notice and a hearing in those instances where a covered action has more than a de minimis impact on employment or economic activity in any given state.
Agreed to by 116 votes: 268-152, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 632 by Rep. Polis [D-CO2]
An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-144 to exclude from this act permit holders who are on the significant non-compliance list.
Failed by 41 votes: 191-231, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 633 by Rep. Connolly [D-VA11]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report to 112-144 to align federal funding with the scope of federal clean water regulations.
Failed by 60 votes: 181-240, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 635 by Rep. Blumenauer [D-OR3]
An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 112-144 to exclude from coverage under the bill, any waters that EPA determines provide flood protection for communities, are a valuable fish and wildlife habitat that provides benefits to the economy, or are coastal recreational waters.
Failed by 55 votes: 183-237, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 636 by Rep. Carnahan [D-MO3]
An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 112-144 to restrict the application of the bill if a major disaster had been declared in the area due to flooding within the last five years, or the waters in question had contributed to such a declaration.
Failed by 75 votes: 173-247, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 628 by Rep. Jackson-Lee [D-TX18]
An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-144 to strike all after the enacting clause.
Failed by 88 votes: 167-254, 10 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 51 votes: 188-238, 5 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 55 votes: 239-184, 8 not voting

July 13, 2011

House Suspension Vote - H.R. 2417: BULB Act

H.R. 2417: Better Use of Light Bulbs Act

On Passage
Failed by 40 votes: 233-193, 5 not voting (2/3 required)

House Votes - H.R. 1309: Flood Insurance Reform Act

H.Res. 340: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1309

On Passage
Passed by 123 votes: 269-146, 16 not voting


H.R. 1309: Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011
To extend the authorization of the national flood insurance program, to achieve reforms to improve the financial integrity and stability of the program, and to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risk, and for other purposes.

Amendments

H.Amdt. 615 by Rep. Speier [D-CA12]
An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-138 to make it a violation for a lender, whose only interest in the property is the amount of the outstanding mortgage indebtedness, to require a homeowner to purchase more than the legally required amount of flood insurance--an amount equal to the outstanding principal balance of the loan.
Failed by 36 votes: 195-230, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 616 by Rep. Flake [R-AZ6]
An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-138 to strike additional coverage provided in H.R. 1309 for business interruption and cost of living expenses.
Failed by 188 votes: 118-305, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 619 by Rep. Cardoza [D-CA18]
An amendment numbered 11 printed in House Report 112-138 to eliminate requirements to more broadly map areas considered to be residual risk.
Agreed to by 98 votes: 261-163, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 624 by Rep. Westmoreland [R-GA3]
An amendment numbered 19 printed in House Report 112-138 to add a reserve fund requirement to the National Flood Insurance Program.
Agreed to by 58 votes: 241-183, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 625 by Rep. Miller [R-MI10]
An amendment numbered 20 printed in House Report 112-138 to terminate current spending on TV and Radio commercials being aired to promote the NFIP in all 50 states and directs remaining funds to pay down NFIP's debt. The amendment would continue FEMA's mailing programs that are used to notify current policy holders of changes to their policies and maps as well as other educational publications they produce.
Failed by 53 votes: 186-238, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 626 by Rep. Scott [D-VA3]
An amendment numbered 23 printed in House Report 112-138 to direct the GAO to conduct a study of the means and effects of facilitating a market for all-peril insurance policies for residential properties.
Failed by 39 votes: 192-230, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 627 by Rep. Miller [R-MI10]
An amendment numbered 25 printed in House Report 112-138 to terminate NFIP by January 1, 2012 and allow States to form interstate compacts to provide insurance.
Failed by 347 votes: 38-384, 9 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 64 votes: 181-244, 6 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 384 votes: 406-22, 3 not voting

July 9, 2011

Congress Last Week

House
GOP House leaders prepare to work through July recess
GOP leaders told their rank-and-file the House is likely to be in session through the scheduled July district work week.


Senate

House Votes - H.R. 2219: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012

H.R. 2219: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

Previous Votes

Amendments

Votes - Friday, July 8, 2011

H.Amdt. 566 by Rep. Flake [R-AZ6]
An amendment to reduce funds made available by this Act for "Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide" by $250,000,000.
Failed by 342 votes: 39-380, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 567 by Rep. Flake [R-AZ6]
An amendment to reduce by $3,577,192,676 the funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund provided by title IX.
Failed by 178 votes: 118-295, 18 not voting

H.Amdt. 569 by Rep. Flake [R-AZ6]
An amendment to reduce the amounts made available in sundry sections of title IV.
Failed by 222 votes: 100-321, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 573 by Rep. Huelskamp [R-KS1]
An amendment numbered 77 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to implement the curriculum of the Chaplain Corps Tier 1 DATD repeal training dated April 11, 2011.
Agreed to by 52 votes: 236-184, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 575 by Rep. Polis [D-CO2]
An amendment to prohibit use of funds in the bill to maintain an end strength level of troops in Europe to more than 30,000 and to reduce military personnel accounts accordingly.
Failed by 195 votes: 113-307, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 579 by Rep. Kucinich [D-OH10]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds for military operations in or against Libya except under a declaration of war against Libya pursuant to clause 11 in section 8 of article I of the Constitution.
Failed by 83 votes: 169-251, 11 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 47 votes: 188-234, 9 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 249 votes: 336-87, 8 not voting

House Suspension Vote - H.Res. 268: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

H.Res. 268: Reaffirming the United States' commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and for other purposes.

Passed by 401 votes: 407-6, 18 not voting (2/3 required)

July 8, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 2219: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012

H.Res. 320: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2219

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed by 79 votes: 247-168, 16 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 78 votes: 251-173, 7 not voting


H.R. 2219: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

Amendments

Votes - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

H.Amdt. 506 by Rep. Connolly [D-VA11]
An amendment to transfer $10,000,000 from Operation and Maintenance to Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.Failed by 67 votes: 175-241, 15 not voting

H.Amdt. 507 by Rep. Broun [R-GA10]
An amendment numbered 23 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce spending in Operation and Maintenance and deposit the savings in the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 242 votes: 87-328, 16 not voting

H.Amdt. 508 by Rep. Connolly [D-VA11]
An amendment nubered 9 printed in the Congressional Record to transfer $15,000,000 from Operation and Maintenance to Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.
Failed by 115 votes: 152-266, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 509 by Rep. Kucinich [D-OH10]
An amendment to transfer funds from Operation and Maintenance to the Defense Health Program.
Agreed to by 86 votes: 253-167, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 516 by Rep. Welch [D-VT]
An amendment to transfer $297,023,000 from Research, Development, Test and Evaluation to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 225 votes: 98-322, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 520 by Rep. Amash [R-MI3]
An amendment numbered 62 printed in the Congressional Record to strike section 8015 of the bill.
Agreed to by 4 votes: 212-208, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 522 by Rep. Sessions [R-TX32]
An amendment to strike section 8101 of the bill.
Agreed to by 13 votes: 217-204, 10 not voting


Votes - Thursday, July 7, 2011

H.Amdt. 525 by Rep. Lee [D-CA9]
An amendment to strke $33,000,124,000 from title IX and increase the Spending Reduction Account by the same amount.
Failed by 226 votes: 97-322, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 526 by Rep. Garamendi [D-CA10]
An amendment to strike $20,887,651,000 from title IX and increase the Spending Reduction Account by the same amount.
Failed by 163 votes: 133-295, 3 not voting

H.Amdt. 528 by Rep. Nadler [D-NY8]
An amendment to transfer funds with respect to Operation and Maintenance.
Failed by 78 votes: 174-251, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 529 by Rep. Poe [R-TX2]
An amendment to reduce funds in Operation and Maintenance and apply the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 167 votes: 131-297, 3 not voting

H.Amdt. 530 by Rep. Lee [D-CA9]
An amendment to strike funding for Overseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund and apply it to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 201 votes: 114-314, 3 not voting

H.Amdt. 531 by Rep. Cohen [D-TN9]
An amendment numbered 41 printed in the Congressional Record to strike $200,000,000 from the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund and apply the same amount to the Spending Reduction account.
Failed by 8 votes: 210-217, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 532 by Rep. Cicilline [D-RI1]
An amendment to strike funding from the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund and apply the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 139 votes: 145-283, 3 not voting

H.Amdt. 534 by Rep. Cohen [D-TN9]
An amendment to strike $4,000,000,000 from the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund and apply the same amount to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 188 votes: 119-306, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 537 by Rep. Poe [R-TX2]
An amendment to strike $1,000,000,000 from the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund and apply the same to the Spending Reduction Account.
Failed by 146 votes: 140-285, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 538 by Rep. McCollum [D-MN4]
An amendment to strike $124,800,000.
Agreed to by 25 votes: 226-201, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 539 by Rep. McCollum [D-MN4]
An amendment to add a section to the bill limiting funds to be used for motorsports advertising and sponsorships to $20,000,000.
Failed by 94 votes: 167-260, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 542 by Rep. Cole [R-OK4]
An amendment numbered 13 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the Department of Defense to assist any group or individual not part of a country's armed forces for the purpose of assisting that group or individual in carrying out military activities in or against Libya.
Agreed to by 24 votes: 225-201, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 543 by Rep. Amash [R-MI3]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds for the use of military force against Libya.
Failed by 31 votes: 199-229, 3 not voting

H.Amdt. 544 by Rep. Rigell [R-VA2]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to support Operation Odyssey Dawn or Operation Unified Protector.
Failed by 74 votes: 176-249, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 546 by Rep. Foxx [R-NC5]
An amendment numbered 61 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in contravention of section 7 of title 1, United States Code (the Defense of Marriage Act).
Agreed to by 73 votes: 248-175, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 550 by Rep. Mulvaney [R-SC5]
An amendment to reduce the total amount of appropriations made available by this Act by $17,192,000,000, not to be derived from amounts of appropriations made available by title IX.
Failed by 156 votes: 135-290, 6 not voting

H.Amdt. 553 by Rep. Sherman [D-CA27]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds in contravention of the War Powers Resolution.
Agreed to by 205 votes: 316-111, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 554 by Rep. Rohrabacher [R-CA46]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds be used to provide assistance to Pakistan.
Failed by 250 votes: 89-338, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 555 by Rep. Gohmert [R-TX1]
An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to be obligated, expended, or used in any manner to support military operations, including NATO or United Nations operations, in Libya or in Libya's airspace.
Failed by 104 votes: 162-265, 4 not voting

H.Amdt. 559 by Rep. Welch [D-VT]
An amendment to limit the use of funds to not more than $200,000,000, provided by title IX under the heading "Operation and Maintenance, Army", may be available for the Commander's Emergency Response Program. Also, the amount otherwise provided under such heading is reduced by $200,000,000.
Failed by 89 votes: 169-257, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 562 by Rep. Cole [R-OK4]
An amendment numbered 4 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds be used to implement any rule, regulation, or executive order regarding the disclosure of political contributions that takes effect on or after the date of enactment of the this Act.
Agreed to by 86 votes: 256-170, 5 not voting

H.Amdt. 563 by Rep. Frank [D-MA4]
An amendment numbered 97 printed in the Congressional Record to add a section at the end of the bill which reduces the total amount of appropriations by $8,500,000,000 not to be derived from amounts of appropriations made available by title I ("Military Personnel"), under the heading "Defense Health Program" in title VI, or by title IX ("Overseas Contingency Operations").
Failed by 64 votes: 181-244, 6 not voting

Senate Cloture Vote - S. 1323: Shared Sacrifice on Budget Deficit

S. 1323: A bill to express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider S. 1323
Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to by 52 votes: 74-22, 4 not voting (3/5 required)


Senate GOP tries to spring trap on taxes
Republicans allowed a resolution on millionaires to proceed in hopes of putting Democrats on the spot about raising taxes.

July 2, 2011

Congress Last Week

House

The House was out of session last week.

Senate

VoteDateIssueQuestionResultDescription
0010430-JunPN604On the NominationConfirmedConfirmation David H. Petraeus, of New Hampshire, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
0010329-JunS.Res. 116On the ResolutionAgreed toS. Res. 116 as Amended; A resolution to provide for expedited Senate consideration of certain nominations subject to advice and consent.
0010229-JunS.Res. 116On the Amendment S.Amdt. 521RejectedCoburn Amdt. No. 521; To prevent the creation of duplicative and overlapping Federal programs.
0010129-JunS. 679On Passage of the BillPassedS. 679 as Amended; A bill to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.
0010029-JunS. 679On the Amendment S.Amdt. 511RejectedDeMint Amdt. No. 511; To enhance accountability and transparency among various Executive agencies.
0009929-JunS. 679On the Amendment S.Amdt. 501RejectedDeMint Amdt. No. 501; To repeal the authority to provide certain loans to the International Monetary Fund, the increase in the United States quota to the Fund, and certain other related authorities, and to rescind related appropriated amounts.
0009828-JunS. 679On the MotionAgreed toMotion to Instruct the Sgt At Arms to Request the Presence of Absentee Senators; A bill to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.


Conrad ready to present Dems' budget as soon as next week
The Senate Budget Committee Chairman said Democrats have a plan that would reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over 10 years.

McConnell calls balanced-budget amendment to floor
Sen. McConnell said he would push for a vote on the legislation when the Senate returns from recess.

Senate to add procedural change to accommodate streamlining bill
The Senate is now working on a resolution that would change its standing rules to streamline the confirmation process for some executive nominees.

Senate cancels July 4 recess
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday morning that he will cancel the July 4 recess.

Cornyn: Senate has been 'treading water' during Biden talks
Republican Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) said Thursday he doubted the Senate would accomplish much in the way of reaching a deficit-reduction deal even after canceling

Battle lines harden for Obama, Senate GOP as time for debt deal runs short
The fight over raising the debt ceiling turned more bitter Thursday and began to bleed into other issues.

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