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In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

Senate: Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011
Senate: To ban EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions

House: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
House: Net Neutrality Disapproval
House: Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011

Upcoming Congressional Bills

Senate: FY2011 appropriations
House: FY2012 budget resolution

Recent Senate Votes

Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (87-12, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate gave final approval to this bill repealing a provision of the 2010 health care bill requiring businesses to report payments to vendors over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service. The House passed the bill last month. The president is expected to sign it into law.

  • Sen. Daniel Inouye voted NO
  • Sen. Daniel Akaka voted NO

To ban EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions – Vote Rejected (50-50)

During work on the small business bill, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes required to pass this amendment that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases for the purpose of addressing climate change. The House passed a stand-alone bill later in the week, but its future is unclear at this time.

  • Sen. Daniel Inouye voted NO
  • Sen. Daniel Akaka voted NO

Recent House Votes

Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (255-172, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases for the purpose of addressing climate change. A similar measure failed in the Senate earlier in the week.

  • Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO.
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono voted NO

Net Neutrality Disapproval – Vote Passed (240-179, 13 Not Voting)

This resolution would nullify a Federal Communications Commission rule prohibiting broadband Internet service providers from blocking content or traffic. Supporters of the resolution say the FCC does not have the authority to regulate the Internet, while opponents contend the regulations are necessary to provide unfettered access to the Internet. A companion resolution has been introduced in the Senate but its future is unclear.

  • Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO.
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono voted NO

Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 – Vote Passed (348-70, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed this one-week appropriations measure, giving negotiators time to draft the full-year appropriations measure. The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent earlier on Friday night. The president signed the measure into law on Saturday.

  • Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted YES.
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono voted NO

Upcoming Votes
FY2011 appropriations –

Work could begin Tuesday on the 2011 fiscal year appropriations bill resulting from the deal negotiators struck late last week.

FY2012 budget resolution –

The House is scheduled to vote on a non-binding resolution that sets spending levels for the 2012 federal budget.

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