U.S. Capitol - Illustration by Emily Metcalf
U.S. Capitol - Illustration by Emily Metcalf
U.S. Capitol – Illustration by Emily Metcalf

May 12, 2014- In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

Senate: Energy-Efficient Building Codes –Cloture

House: Benghazi Select Committee–Passage
House: Research Tax Credit –Passage
House: Charter School Program Expansion–Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

Senate: Energy-Efficient Building Codes

Editor’s Note: The House is in recess this week and will return on Monday, May 19.

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. Brian Schatz voted YES
Sen. Mazie Hirono 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. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa 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. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa 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. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted YES

Upcoming Votes

Energy-Efficient Building Codes – S.2262

The Senate is scheduled to continue work on this building code bill.

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