March 5, 2012 – In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Motion to Table Blunt Amendment
    House: Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act
    House: Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Surface transportation authorization
    House: Tariffs on non-market economies
    House: Hydropower development
    House: Cost of going public for businesses

Recent Senate Votes

Motion to Table Blunt Amendment – Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected an amendment to the surface transportation bill that would have allowed employers to exclude certain health services from its insurance plans based on religious grounds.

  • Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES
  • Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES

Recent House Votes

Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act – Vote Passed (303-114, 16 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would overturn an Education Department regulation defining credit hours and rules education institutions must adhere to in order to operate in a state. The bill is intended to ease regulations on the for-profit education industry.

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

Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act – Vote Passed (246-175, 1 Present, 11 Not Voting)

This House bill is intended to increase access to water for agricultural and municipal uses in the San Joaquin Valley in California. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.

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

Upcoming Votes

Surface transportation authorization – S.1813

The Senate is scheduled to continue work on their two-year, $109 billion bill to fund transportation projects.

Tariffs on non-market economies – H.R.4105

This House bill would impose higher tariffs on goods imported from state-controlled economies.

Hydropower development – H.R.2842

The House is scheduled to take up this bill to speed up the approval process of hydropower projects.

Cost of going public for businesses – H.R.3606

This bipartisan House bill is intended to make it easier for small and mid-sized companies to go public.

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