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

Recent Congressional Votes

Senate: Confirmation of Gen. David H. Petraeus to be General

Senate: Motion to Invoke Cloture on Reid Amendment; American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010

House: Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act

House: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

House: Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act

Editor’s Note: Congress is in recess. The Senate is scheduled to return on Monday, July 12. The House is expected to return on Tuesday, July 13.

Recent Senate Votes

Confirmation of Gen. David H. Petraeus to be General – Vote Confirmed (99-0)

The Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. Petraeus for reappointment to the grade of general and to be commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

  • Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES
  • Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES

Motion to Invoke Cloture on Reid Amendment; American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 – Vote Rejected (58-38, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate once again rejected the motion to end debate on this latest version of a bill to extend several expired tax provisions and unemployment benefits due to concerns about the federal deficit. The bill’s future still remains unclear.

  • Sen. Daniel Inouye voted YES
  • Sen. Daniel Akaka voted YES

Recent House Votes
Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act – Vote Passed (409-5, 18 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House passed this legislation to extend the required closing date for the first-time homebuyer tax credit, allowing individuals who have already entered a contract by April 30 to close on the purchase no later than September 30, 2010. The Senate passed the bill by a voice vote the next day, sending it to the president. The president signed it into law on Friday.

  • Rep. Charles Djou voted YES
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – Vote Passed (237-192, 4 Not Voting)

The House passed the final version of the financial regulation reform legislation. It now awaits Senate approval.

  • Rep. Charles Djou voted NO
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES

Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act – Vote Passed (270-153, 10 Not Voting)

The House approved this bill to further extend eligibility for extended federal unemployment insurance for laid-off workers through November 30. The bill, which would also make these changes retroactive to June 2, now heads to the Senate, where its future is not clear.

  • Rep. Charles Djou voted NO
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono voted YES

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