|May 21, 2012In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Editor’s Note: The House is in recess this week.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|Paul Budget Resolution – Vote Rejected (16-83, 1 Not Voting)
This budget resolution from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would set new FY 2013 budget authority at $3.084 trillion. According to the Senator, his resolution would balance the budget in five years and cut the national deficit by $2 trillion over ten years. It introduces means-testing requirements to Social Security and raises the retirement age to 70 by 2032. It would also means-test Medicare and raise the age of eligibility to 70 over a 20-year window. Senior citizens would be permitted to enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan used by congressional Members and staff. The resolution would set a flat tax rate of 17 percent for all individuals and businesses and eliminate all credits and deductions except the child credit and mortgage interest deduction.
Sen. Daniel Inouye voted NO……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Daniel Akaka voted NO……send e-mail or see bio
Lee Budget Resolution – Vote Rejected (17-82, 1 Not Voting)
Agency Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (70-24, 6 Not Voting)
Agency Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (74-21, 5 Not Voting)
Export-Import Bank Reauthorization – Vote Passed (78-20, 2 Not Voting)
“Obama” Budget Resolution – Vote Rejected (0-99, 1 Not Voting)
Ryan Budget Resolution – Vote Rejected (41-58, 1 Not Voting)
Toomey Budget Resolution – Vote Rejected (42-57, 1 Not Voting)
|Recent House Votes|
|Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization – Vote Passed (222-205, 4 Not Voting)
The House last week passed its version of a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Originally passed in 1994, the bill had been reauthorized twice without controversy until this year. The Senate version (S 1925), passed April 26, created several new provisions to which the House objected, such as expanding protections to include LGBT victims. President Obama has threatened to veto the House bill. While it looked like the two bills were headed to a conference committee following House passage, it was discovered late last week that the Senate bill contained a revenue-raising provision, causing the House to raise constitutional objections. The path forward at this point is not clear.
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO……send e-mail or see bio
Suspension Vote: Iran Sanctions Resolution – Vote Passed (401-11, 9 Present, 10 Not Voting)
Flood Insurance Extension – Vote Passed (402-18, 11 Not Voting)
National Defense Authorization, FY 2013 – Vote Passed (299-120, 12 Not Voting)
|Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act – S.3187
The Senate is scheduled to hold a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to this bill, which would reauthorize FDA user fees.