114th Congress Keyvotes
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REVISED 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT (H.R. 34)
December 2016
The Senate will vote on an updated version of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton. The 21st Century Cures Act was originally a bill that provided additional funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for medical research and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for accelerated approval of new treatments. Heritage Action key voted against the original House version of the bill in 2015. Though the original version of Cures ultimately passed the House, it was never considered by the Senate.
REVISED 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT (H.R. 34)
November 2016
The House of Representatives voted on an updated version of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton. The 21st Century Cures Act was originally a bill that provided additional funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for medical research and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for accelerated approval of new treatments.
LAME DUCK CONTINUING RESOLUTION (H.R. 5325)
September 2016
The House will vote on a 10-week continuing resolution (H.R. 5325).
KILDEE/MOOLENAAR FLINT AMENDMENT
September 2016
The House of Representatives will vote on an amendment that authorizes $170 million in new federal spending for the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
LAME DUCK CONTINUING RESOLUTION (H.R. 5325)
September 2016
The Senate will vote on a 10-week continuing resolution (H.R. 5325), which in its current form is a substitute amendment (#5082) introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
MANDATORY GMO LABELING ACT (S. 764)
July 2016
The House is scheduled to vote on S. 764, a Senate-passed bill authored by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that would create a new federal labeling requirement for GMO products.
Offshore Energy Restrictions
July 2016
The House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL), Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) and Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL), to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. This amendment would prohibit funds to be used to research, investigate, or study offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
CONSCIENCE PROTECTION ACT OF 2016 (S. 304)
July 2016
The House is scheduled to vote on the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304), initially introduced by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) as H.R. 4828.
NOMINATION OF CARLA HAYDEN TO BE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS
July 2016
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Carla Hayden to a 10-year term as our nation’s Librarian of Congress, where she would oversee all the operations of the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Eliminate $100 million in wasteful EPA grants
July 2016
The House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. This amendment would eliminate funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program, which would save taxpayers $100 million.
SEPARATION OF POWERS RESTORATION ACT (H.R. 4768)
July 2016
The House voted on H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA), sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX).
MANDATORY GMO LABELING ACT
July 2016
The Senate will vote on S. 764, the GMO labeling compromise reached by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), which would create a federal labeling requirement for GMO products.
Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA)
July 2016
The House voted on an amendment offered by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) that would prohibit funds from being used to implement D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA).
“Too Big To Fail” Amendment
July 2016
The House voted on an amendment offered by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) that would prohibit the use of funds to designate any nonbank financial company as “too big to fail” or as a “systemically important financial institution” or to make a determination that material financial distress at a nonbank financial company could pose a threat to U.S. financial stability. In short, this amendment would end the financially dangerous practice of considering an institution as “too big to fail.”
“Draft Our Daughters” Prohibition
July 2016
The House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) to H.R. 5485, the Financial Services Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. His amendment would prohibit the use of funds to change the Selective Service System registration requirements to force young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service. This amendment would confirm the previous House opposition to this policy during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Sewell CFPB Payday Loan Regulation Amendment
July 2016
The House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) which would strike section 639 from the underlying bill. This section prohibits funds from being used by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) to enforce regulations or rules with respect to payday loans, vehicle title loans, or other similar loans during Fiscal Year 2017.
STOP ILLEGAL REENTRY ACT (KATE’S LAW), S. 2193
July 2016
The Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to Senator Cruz’s Stop Illegal Reentry Act (Kate’s Law), S. 2193. This bill takes positive steps towards better enforcement of current immigration laws and ending dangerous practices that have cost American lives.
STOP DANGEROUS SANCTUARY CITIES ACT, S. 3100
July 2016
The Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to Senator Toomey’s Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, S. 3100. This bill takes positive steps towards better enforcement of current immigration laws and ending dangerous practices that have cost American lives.
PUERTO RICO OVERSIGHT, MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC STABILITY ACT
June 2016
The Senate is scheduled to consider H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which attempts to address Puerto Rico’s current debt crisis.
Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment
June 2016
The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program.
Sanford Freedom in Footwear Amendment
June 2016
The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. This amendment would prevent section 808 of the House passed NDAA from going into effect by withholding funding. Section 808 was added during the HASC markup en bloc after being offered by Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA).
“Draft Our Daughters” Defense Bill
June 2016
The Senate voted on S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The Heritage Foundation has articulated numerous problems with the bill reported out of committee, including the inclusion of a provision in the base bill that forces young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service, making them eligible for conscription if Congress reinstates the draft for future military needs.
PUERTO RICO OVERSIGHT, MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC STABILITY ACT (H.R. 5278)
June 2016
The House considered H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which attempts to address Puerto Rico’s current debt crisis.
AMENDMENTS TO SENATE NDAA (S. 2943)
June 2016
The Senate voted on an amendment offered by Sen. Dick Durbin to S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. His amendment would strike two provisions in the base bill restricting funding for non-defense research priorities.
HOUSE’S FY17 ENERGY & WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL (H.R. 5055)
May 2016
The House is will vote on H.R. 5055 the FY 2017 Energy & Water Appropriations bill.
MALONEY ANTI-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT
May 2016
The Maloney Amendment would ratify President Obama’s 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. In practice, it would have required federal contractors to grant biologically male employees who identify as women unfettered access to women’s lockers, showers, and bathrooms.
CRA TO BLOCK THE CATFISH PROGRAM (S.J. RES. 28)
May 2016
The Senate will vote on S.J. Res.28, a resolution offered by Sen. John McCain under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would block the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) catfish inspection rule.
Motion to Table Lee HUD Zoning Amendment
May 2016
The Senate voted on a motion to table (i.e., kill) an amendment introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to defund Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Lee’s amendment would have prevented the creation of a national zoning board.
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE NDAA
May 2016
The House will vote on an amendment by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) 100% to H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The amendment would prohibit funding for the renewable energy mandate at DOD and prohibit the Secretary of Defense from purchasing alternative energy unless it is equivalent to conventional energy in terms of cost and capability.
On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 3900 to S.Amdt. 3896 to H.R. 2577 (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016)
May 2016
The Senate will vote on three separate proposals to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus.
On the Nomination of Paula Xinis
May 2016
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Paula Xinis for a lifetime appointment on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
FY17 ENERGY & WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL
May 2016
The Senate considered H.R. 2028, the vehicle for its version of FY17 Energy & Water Appropriations bill. The $37.5 billion spending bill aligns with the spending caps enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) last fall, and would raise spending by $355 million above FY16 levels and $261 million over President Obama’s request.
EMAIL PRIVACY ACT (H.R. 699)
April 2016
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and cosponsored by over 190 Republicans, this bill would update the Email Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by bringing privacy protection standards for electronic communications into the 21st Century.
ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT (S. 2012)
April 2016
The 420-page bipartisan bill, introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) seeks to promote energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply, accountability, and land conservation through federal intervention.
BENNET-ISAKSON FHA AMENDMENT TO S. 2012
April 2016
The Senate will vote on an amendment by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to S. 2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The Bennet-Isakson amendment would force the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to further subsidize government-backed mortgage loans under the pretense of energy efficiency.
NOMINATION OF JOHN KING FOR SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
March 2016
The Senate voted on the nomination of John B. King, Jr. to be Secretary of Education.
SHAHEEN AMENDMENT FOR $600 MILLION IN EMERGENCY SPENDING
March 2016
The Senate will vote on Amendment #3345 offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016. The amendment would provide $600 million in new emergency spending for the purpose of addressing opioid abuse.
NOMINATION OF WILHELMINA WRIGHT FOR US DISTRICT COURT FOR MINNESOTA
January 2016
The Senate voted on the nomination of Wilhelmina Wright for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
MOTION TO TABLE $1.1 TRILLION OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL
December 2015
The Senate will vote on the year-end omnibus spending bill. Heritage Action key voted the Motion to Table (i.e., kill).
$1.1 TRILLION YEAR-END OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL
December 2015
The House will vote on the year-end omnibus spending bill, formally known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND REAUTHORIZATION (S. 1177)
December 2015
The Senate will vote on the conference report for S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This long sought-after revision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) falls well short in rolling back federal intervention in education, and in many ways represents a step backwards for conservative education policy.
TRANSPORTATION SPENDING HIKE, BAILOUT, AND EX-IM REAUTHORIZATION BILL (H.R. 22)
December 2015
The Senate will vote on the conference report for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill would spend more on highways than either the House or Senate-passed bills, and would finance that increased funding almost exclusively with embarrassing budget gimmicks.
TRANSPORTATION SPENDING HIKE, BAILOUT, AND EX-IM REAUTHORIZATION BILL (H.R. 22)
December 2015
The House will vote on the conference report for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill would spend more on highways than either the House or Senate-passed bills, and would finance that increased funding almost exclusively with embarrassing budget gimmicks.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND REAUTHORIZATION (S. 1177)
December 2015
The House will vote on the conference report for S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This long sought-after revision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) falls well short in rolling back federal intervention in education, and in many ways represents a step backwards for conservative education policy.
BARTON AMENDMENT TO LIFT EMBARGO ON CRUDE OIL EXPORTS
December 2015
The House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. The amendment would contain much of the policies of the previous House-passed bill, H.R. 702, but importantly would leave out that bill’s $500 million labor union buy-out program.
FED OVERSIGHT REFORM AND MODERNIZATION ACT (H.R. 3189)
November 2015
The House will vote on the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 3189). The bill, introduced by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), would make several important policy changes to improve America’s monetary policy.
HIGHWAY-TRANSIT BAILOUT AND EXPORT-IMPORT BANK REAUTHORIZATION (H.R. 22)
November 2015
The gimmicky procedure concocted by the House Rules Committee gave members two opportunities to stop the advancement of a $325 billion highway and transit bill that also provided for the reauthorization of the defunct Export-Import Bank. Representatives voting no on either “agreeing to the amendments en gros” or “the motion to go to conference” would have prevented H.R. 22 from advancing through the legislative process.
BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT OF 2015 (H.R. 1314)
October 2015
The Senate will vote on the House-passed Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (H.R. 1314). The agreement negotiated by President Obama and outgoing Speaker John is essentially two bills merged into one: a clean suspension of the debt limit until March 2017 equal to roughly $1.5 trillion and a $112 billion spending increase that busts the heralded 2011 budget caps for the next two years. Combined, the package represents the very worst of Washington – a last minute deal that increases spending and debt under the auspices of fiscal responsibility.
BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT OF 2015 (H.R. 1314)
October 2015
The House will vote on the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (H.R. 1314). The agreement negotiated by President Obama and outgoing Speaker John is essentially two bills merged into one: a clean suspension of the debt limit until March 2017 equal to roughly $1.5 trillion and a $112 billion spending increase that busts the heralded 2011 budget caps for the next two years. Combined, the package represents the very worst of Washington – a last minute deal that increases spending and debt under the auspices of fiscal responsibility.
SAVING THE NOW-DEFUNCT EXPORT-IMPORT BANK (H.R. 597)
October 2015
The House will vote on a bill to resurrect the now-defunct Export-Import Bank (H.R. 597). The bill, introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), will come to the floor because Fincher worked directly with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to bypass the Financial Services Committee and the Rules Committee. Forty-two House Republicans joined every House Democrat in signing the discharge petition.
HOUSE BUDGET RECONCILIATION BILL THAT DID NOT REPEAL OBAMACARE
October 2015
The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762) would not restore Americans’ health care freedom because it leaves the main pillars of Obamacare in place, nor would it actually defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. This bill violates an explicit promise made in the budget, which “affirm[ed] the use of reconciliation for the sole purpose of repealing the President’s job-killing health care law.”
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OPPORTUNITY AND RESULTS (SOAR) ACT (H.R. 10)
October 2015
The House will vote to reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act (H.R. 10). The bill would continue funding through Fiscal Year 2021 and allow eligible students in Washington, D.C. to enroll in a participating private school.
STOP SANCTUARY POLICIES AND PROTECT AMERICANS ACT (S. 2146)
October 2015
The Senate voted on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146). Introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the legislation would hold sanctuary cities accountable for defying federal law by denying certain federal grants to those jurisdictions, including Community Development Block Grants. The bill would also “increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement.”
AMASH AMENDMENT TO STRIKE $500 MILLION LABOR BUYOFF
October 2015
The House voted on an amendment offered by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to H.R. 702, a bill that would lift the decades-old embargo on exporting crude oil. A new, stealthily added provision to the bill would “increase the annual operating stipend for the 60 ship Maritime Security Fleet.” The Amash Amendment would strike that provision, which has caused a good bill to become entangled in corporate welfare and a $500 million labor union buyoff.
CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD (H.R. 719)
September 2015
The House will vote to consider the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government’s discretionary operations until December 11, 2015. That bill will also continue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that will commit more than 70,000 abortions between now and December 11. Planned Parenthood has been accused of manipulating abortion procedures to secure higher prices for the sale of baby parts from aborted children.
CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD
September 2015
The Senate will consider a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government’s discretionary operations until December 11, 2015. That bill will also continue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that will commit more than 70,000 abortions between now and December 11. Planned Parenthood has been accused of manipulating abortion procedures to secure higher prices for the sale of baby parts from aborted children.
HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT BAILOUT (H.R. 22)
July 2015
The Senate will consider the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The 1,000+ page bill would reauthorize highway and transit programs for six years while increasing spending, revenue and deficits. It would authorize $317 billion over six years for core highway and transit programs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also promised the bill would serve as a vehicle to resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank.
REINS ACT OF 2015 (H.R. 427)
July 2015
The House is scheduled to vote on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015 (H.R. 427) This bill would increase accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all new major regulations.
MCCONNELL AMENDMENT TO SAVE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK
July 2015
The Senate will vote on an amendment to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The amendment, offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank.
SENATE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND REAUTHORIZATION
July 2015
The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177), introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), would reauthorize the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law until 2021.
21ST CENTURY CURES ACT (H.R. 6)
July 2015
The House will consider the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), the bill would create a new mandatory funding stream outside the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps and make a number of changes to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
A-PLUS AMENDMENT S. 1177
July 2015
The Senate will likely vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177).The amendment, known as A-PLUS, would give the states the ability to escape No Child Left Behind’s prescriptive programmatic requirements, consolidate their federal education funds and use them for any lawful education purpose they deem beneficial.
A-PLUS AMENDMENT TO STUDENT SUCCESS ACT (H.R. 5)
July 2015
An amendment offered by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). The amendment, known as A-PLUS, would give the states the ability to escape No Child Left Behind’s prescriptive programmatic requirements, consolidate their federal education funds and use them for any lawful education purpose they deem beneficial.
BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL TRADE PRIORITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015 (H.R. 2146)
June 2015
The Senate will vote on the House-passed Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 2146), which would grant President Obama fast-track authority, also known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
TRADE PROMOTIONAL AUTHORITY
June 2015
H.R. 1314 combines President Obama’s request for fast track authority or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with a stimulus-level extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The vote for this bill was spilt into two parts, one on TAA and the other on TPA.
TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE
June 2015
H.R. 1314 combines President Obama’s request for fast track authority or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with a stimulus-level extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The vote for this bill was spilt into two parts, one on TAA, and the other on TPA.
MOTION TO TABLE KIRK EXPORT-IMPORT BANK AMENDMENT
June 2015
The Senate voted on the motion to table (i.e. kill) an amendment introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS
June 2015
The House will vote on the FY16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577). The bill, commonly referred to at T-HUD, provides $55.3 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is a $1.5 billion increase above the current funding.
MCCLINTOCK AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICES PROGRAM
June 2015
An amendment offered by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) to the FY 16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577) would save $155 million by eliminating funding for the Essential Air Services (EAS) program.
STRIKE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA) FROM TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY (TPA)
May 2015
The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), would strike the extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. If adopted TAA would be removed from the bill and senators would have the ability to debate and vote on the Trade Promotion Authority on its merits.
REMOVE AMNESTY FROM NDAA
May 2015
Introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and 31 additional members, the amendment would strip language added to the Nation Defense Authorization Act during the committee markup by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that would encourage the Pentagon to consider allowing deferred action for child arrivals (DACA) recipients to enlist in the military.
REDUCE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
May 2015
Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the amendment would reduce “from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have.”
PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT
May 2015
This legislation will protect unborn children by preventing abortions five months after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain.
HUDSON AMENDMENT TO TAKE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SPENDING DOWN TO 2008 LEVELS
April 2015
The amendment would take spending back to pre-stimulus FY 2008 levels with an across the board cut of 11.2 percent. The cuts would not apply to defense accounts.
DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION OF DC’S ABORTION BILL
April 2015
The House is voted on a disapproval resolution (H.J. Res. 43) related to the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which was passed by the District of Columbia Council in January. Introduced by Diane Black (R-TN), the resolution would ensure pro-life individuals and organizations in the District of Columbia would not be forced to violate their religious beliefs or organizational missions.
KING AMENDMENT TO STOP DAVIS-BACON
April 2015
An amendment offered by Steve King (R-IA) to the FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029). The amendment would prohibit any funds in the Act from being used to carry out Davis-Bacon wage requirements.
HICE AMENDMENT TO STOP ABUSES OF “OFFICIAL TIME”
April 2015
The amendment would prohibit any funds in the act from going to pay federal employees for union activities.
CONFIRMATION OF LORETTA LYNCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
April 2015
The Senate vote leading to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General.
LEAHY AMENDMENT TO UNDERMINE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
April 2015
The Senate voted on the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 262) as an amendment to the long-stalled Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178). Introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the amendment contains language that would undermine basic civil rights and our nation’s commitment to religious freedom.
DEATH TAX REPEAL ACT
April 2015
This bill would repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, as well as cut the top gift tax rate. Collectively, these measures repeal the pernicious double tax known as the “death tax,” and result in a tax cut of $269 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).
$500 BILLION DOC FIX
April 2015
The Senate voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). The bill, negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would permanently repeal Medicare\'s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) while making some small-scale reforms to the entitlement program and extending other programs such as the Clinton-era Children\'s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The package will likely increase America’s debt by $500 billion over the next two decades.
LEE MOTION TO STRIKE PAY-GO EXEMPTION FROM “DOC FIX” PACKAGE
April 2015
Senators voted on a motion to strike Sec. 525 from the House-passed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), the so-called permanent doc fix. The amendment, offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) would strike the bill’s provision exempting it from PAYGO. If adopted with a majority vote, the change would require Congress to offset the $141 billion cost of the bill, including at least $7 billion this year.
SAME-SEX \"MARRIAGE\" BENEFITS
March 2015
On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), this amendment would provide Social Security and veterans benefits for legally married same-sex spouses.
FIGHTING THE UN ARMS TRADE TREATY
March 2015
On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), this amendment prohibits the funding of international organizations responsible for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) prior to Senate ratification. ATT contains provisions that require export and import controls on weapons.
MANDATORY PAID SICK LEAVE
March 2015
On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), this amendment instructs the appropriations committee to set aside funds for a government program that establishes paid sick leave as well as “promote equal employment opportunities.”
$500 BILLION DOC FIX DEAL
March 2015
The House voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). The bill, negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would permanently repeal Medicare\'s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) while making some small-scale reforms to the entitlement program and extending other programs such as the Clinton-era Children\'s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The package will likely increase America\'s debt by $500 billion over the next two decades.
RSC BLUEPRINT FOR A BALANCED BUDGET
March 2015
The House voted on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget offered by the Republican Study Committee. The RSC\'s Blueprint for a Balanced Budget, introduced by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) and Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), would balance in six years, reduce non-defense discretionary spending, reestablish national defense spending to support the military, repeal and replace Obamacare, reform Medicare and Medicaid, safeguard Social Security, and enact pro-growth tax reform.
RE-AUTHORIZE DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICES IN HAWAII
March 2015
The House voted on the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 360). Introduced by Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), the bill would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. In doing so, it would re-authorize the discriminatory housing policies implemented in Hawaii by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
AMTRAK REAUTHORIZATION
March 2015
Introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Jeffrey Denham (R-CA), and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (H.R. 749) authorizes $7.2 billion in spending for Amtrak and other rail programs through 2019 and claims to make numerous reforms, though those reforms are suspect.
DHS FUNDING BILL AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
March 2015
The House voted on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), as amended by the Senate. The Senate amendment, offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) removed essential language included by the House. As amended, H.R. 240 does nothing to prevent the President Obama\'s unconstitutional amnesty.
TABLE SENATE AMENDMENT TO DHS FUNDING
March 2015
The House voted to table the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), as amended by the Senate, after the bill had been brought to the floor via House Rule 22. The Senate amendment, offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) removed essential language included by the House. As amended, H.R. 240 does nothing to prevent the President Obama\'s unconstitutional amnesty. A vote against tabling the bill was an affirmative vote in favor of the legislation.
DHS FUNDING BILL: A BLANK CHECK FOR AMNESTY
February 2015
On Friday, February 27, the Senate adopted a substitute amendment (#255) offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240). Heritage Action was key voting in favor of the House-passed DHS funding bill prior to the adoption of the McConnell Amendment, which essentially removed language that would have denied funding and resources for the President’s unconstitutional amnesty. With the adoption of the substitute amendment, Heritage Action will key vote against H.R. 240 and include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.
FULL REPEAL OF OBAMACARE
February 2015
This vote would fully repeal of Obamacare. This is an important, but not sufficient vote: it forms the beginning of a multi-month effort that should culminate with the House and Senate using the reconciliation process to send a bill that fully repeals Obamacare to the President’s desk.
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
January 2015
This week, the Senate began consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1), which mirrors the bill (H.R. 3) approved by the House on January 9th. The project would increase American energy security, create thousands of jobs, and increase revenue in the states it runs through.
HEITKAMP AMENDMENT SUPPORTING THE WIND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT
January 2015
The amendment, introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), expresses the sense of the Senate that the Wind Production Tax Credit and seven other now-expired tax credits for green energy production should be reauthorized and extended until 2020. At the beginning of the year, special interest tax breaks for wind, closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal and solar energy facilities, landfill gas facilities, trash facilities, qualified hydropower facility, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities expired.
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION
January 2015
The House voted on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal taxpayer funding of abortion and health benefits plans that include coverage of abortion, as well as prevent federal tax dollars from being entangled in abortion coverage under Obamacare.
Amnesty-Stopping DHS Appropriations Bill
January 2015
When President Obama took action to, as he said \"change the law\", the outcry from Congress was widespread. Republicans and Democrats alike took issue with the President on the process and the policy. The half-measures and strongly worded statements that followed have been insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge. The only way Congress can retain its constitutional authority — and fight for hardworking Americans all across the country — is to swiftly deny funding and resources for the program.
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE ACT
January 2015
The 1,200 mile pipeline, which enjoys broad bipartisan support, would transport 380,000 barrels of oil daily from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast and would create an estimated 15,000 jobs. The State Department conducted numerous reviews of the project\'s environmental impacts on soil, wetlands, water resources, vegetation, fish, wildlife, and endangered species and repeatedly confirmed it would be safe.
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