In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of John Edgar Bryson to be Secretary of Commerce
  • Senate: Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act of 2011
  • Senate: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • House: Internal Revenue Code

Editor’s Note: The Senate is in recess this week.

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of John Edgar Bryson to be Secretary of Commerce – Vote Confirmed (74-26)

The Senate confirmed John Bryson as Secretary of Commerce. Bryson succeeds Gary Locke, who is now the ambassador to China.

Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act of 2011 – Vote Rejected (50-50)

Last week the Senate rejected consideration of this bill that would allocate $30 billion in grants to state and local governments to pay to hire or retain teachers and $5 billion in grants to governments and other groups to pay for law enforcement officers and emergency personnel. This was one component of the president’s broader jobs bill that was rejected earlier in the month.

Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 – Vote Agreed to (82-16, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate reached the necessary 60 votes to end debate on a legislative package that combines the fiscal 2012 Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science (S 1572) and Transportation-HUD (S 1596) appropriations bills. When they return from a weeklong recess, senators will resume consideration of the bill.

Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Upcoming Votes
Internal Revenue Code – H.R.674

The House is scheduled to vote this week on a bill to repeal a 3 percent withholding requirement on government contractor payments.

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