|In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Editor’s Note: The Senate is in recess this week.
|Recent Senate Votes|
|FDA User Fee Reauthorization – Vote Passed (96-1, 3 Not Voting)
After extensive wrangling between the parties about which amendments would be allowed a floor vote, the Senate last week passed a bill to reauthorize Food and Drug Administration user fees for five years. The FDA relies on the fees, levied primarily on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, to fund reviews of those same industries’ products. Two new user fee programs, for generic and generic biologic drugs, would be created under the bill. The bill would also permanently reauthorize programs to encourage the development of drugs for pediatric patients. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was the lone “no” vote. He felt the bill did not do enough to lower the cost of prescription drugs (An amendment introduced by John McCain, R-Ariz., to allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada, failed 43-54, Senate Roll Call #108). The House will debate its version of the reauthorization this week. President Obama has endorsed the Senate bill. The current authorization expires September 30, and leaders of both parties have prioritized getting this item to the president well ahead of time.
Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Student Loan Interest Rates – Republican Substitute – Vote Rejected (34-62, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting)
Student Loan Interest Rates – Democratic Version – Vote Rejected (51-43, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)
|Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012 – H.R.5651
As noted above, the House will take up its version of the FDA user fee reauthorization this week. It will be considered under suspension of the rules, indicating it is expected to pass easily.
Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 – H.R.3541
National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act – H.R.5740
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 – H.R.5743
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 – H.R.5854