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

‘Editor’s Note: Congress will be on a short recess for Veterans Day starting no later than Wednesday, November 11. Both chambers are expected to reassemble on Monday, November 16.’

”Recent Senate Votes”

”Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 – Vote Passed (98-0, 2 Not Voting)”

The Senate passed this bill that would extend unemployment benefits in states with a jobless rate over 8.5% and tax credits for some homebuyers and businesses. The bill was sent back to the House for final approval.

*Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES

*Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES

”Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 – Vote Passed (71-28, 1 Not Voting)”

The Senate completed its work on this $64.9 billion legislation funding the Justice Department, Commerce Department, National Science Foundation and related agencies and programs. The House and Senate will now go to conference to work out differences between their versions of the bill.

*Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES

*Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES

”Recent House Votes”

”Expedited CARD Reform for Consumers Act of 2009 – Vote Passed (331-92, 9 Not Voting)”

The House passed this bill that would move the date credit card companies would have to comply with new credit card regulations from February 22, 2010 to December 1, 2009. The Senate has a similar bill, though it is unclear whether it will take action on either bill.

*Rep. Neil Abercrombie voted YES

*Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES

”Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 – Vote Passed (403-12, 18 Not Voting)”

The House gave final approval to this bill extending unemployment benefits and tax credits for some homebuyers and businesses, sending it to the President. The President signed it on Friday.

*Rep. Neil Abercrombie voted YES

*Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES

”Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009 – Vote Passed (230-193, 11 Not Voting)”

The House passed this bill intended to bolster security at chemical plants. It now goes to the Senate.

*Rep. Neil Abercrombie voted YES

*Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES

”Affordable Health Care for America Act – Vote Passed (220-215)”

On Saturday the House approved this health care reform bill by a slim margin. The Senate is expected to begin work on its own health care reform bill soon.

*Rep. Neil Abercrombie voted YES

*Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES

”Upcoming Votes”

”Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010 – H.R.3082”

The Senate is scheduled to start work on this $133.9 billion bill funding military construction projects and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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