Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Emergency Supplemental Disaster Relief Appropriations Resolution, 2011
Senate: Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011
House: Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
House: Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Generalized System of Preferences Act
House: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2012
House: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011
Recent Senate Votes
Emergency Supplemental Disaster Relief Appropriations Resolution, 2011 – Vote Agreed to (62-37, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate agreed to add supplemental disaster relief funding to legislation extending the trade sanctions on Myanmar, still commonly known as Burma. The bill, later passed by unanimous consent, would provide $6.9 billion in immediate aid. The vote came after the Senate rejected two proposals to offset the cost of the funding.
- Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES
- Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES
Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (92-6, 2 Not Voting)
On Thursday, the Senate approved this bill to extend FAA programs through January 2012 and surface transportation authorization through March 2012. The House had passed the bill by voice vote earlier in the week. Aviation programs were scheduled to expire on September 16, and highway programs would have expired this week. The president signed the bill on Friday.
- Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES
- Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES.
Recent House Votes
Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act – Vote Passed (365-54, 12 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill to expand successful charter school programs, the first part of an effort to overhaul and reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act. The Senate is likely to consider charter school legislation as part of a broader reauthorization of No Child Left Behind rather than as a stand-alone bill.
- Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES
- Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted YES
Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act – Vote Passed (238-186, 9 Not Voting)
The House approved this legislation to limit the authority of the National Labor Relations Board. The bill prohibits the board from ordering an employer to restore, shut down or relocate operations. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.
- Rep. Mazie Hirono voted NO
- Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO
Generalized System of Preferences Act – H.R.2832
The Senate is scheduled to vote on this trade preferences bill, which may be used as the legislative vehicle for a restoration of expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.
Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2012 – H.J.RES.79
This House legislation would fund government operations through November 18. Government programs are currently funded through September 30, when the 2011 fiscal year ends.
Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 – H.R.2401
The House plans to take up this measure that calls for examination of the economic effect of EPA regulations, including those pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions.