How Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation Voted: March 9, 2010

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In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 1st and 2nd Congressional District:

”Recent Senate Votes”

”Temporary Extension Act of 2010 – Vote Passed (78-19, 3 Not Voting)”

The Senate passed this bill that provides short-term extensions of a number of programs that expired February 28, including unemployment benefits and federal health care subsidies for jobless workers. The bill was quickly signed by the President.

*Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES

*Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES

”Recent House Votes”

”Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act – Vote Passed (262-153, 16 Not Voting)”

The House passed this legislation that would establish the first federal safety standards on seclusion and restraint in schools, allowing for restraints in cases when there is immediate danger to the student or others. The bill now heads to the Senate.

*Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES.

”Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act – Vote Passed (217-201, 14 Not Voting)”

The House approved this bill that would provide $13 billion in payroll tax relief over 10 years for employers who hire unemployed workers and extend through 2010 a law that allows small businesses to deduct up to $250,000 in qualified expenses. The bill goes to the Senate.

*Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES.

”Upcoming Votes”

”Tax Extenders Act of 2009 – H.R.4213”

The Senate is expected to continue work on this legislation to extend expired tax provisions as well as other programs, including unemployment insurance, flood insurance and COBRA health care subsidies.

”Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act – H.R.2847”

The Senate may also vote on this job creation bill, which would provide tax relief to businesses hiring unemployed workers.

”Afghanistan War Powers Resolution – H.Con.Res.248”

The House is scheduled to take up this resolution that would set a timeline for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan.

”Impeaching Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. for high crimes and misdemeanors – H.Res.1031”

The House is also expected to vote on the impeachment of Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr.

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