How Hawaii’s Elected Officials Voted – April 7, 2014

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U.S. Capitol – Illustration by Emily Metcalf

April 7, 2014- In this MegaVote for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes


Senate: Unemployment Benefits – Cloture
House: Ukraine Aid – Passage
House: Employee Hours Rules – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

Senate: Unemployment Benefits
House: Budget resolution
Recent Senate Votes

Unemployment Benefits – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (61-35, 4 Not Voting)

Senators voted to invoke cloture on an amended bill that would extended eligibility for long-term unemployment benefits through May 31, 2014.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted YES
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted YES

Recent House Votes

Ukraine Aid – Passage – Vote Passed (378-34, 19 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House agreed to concur with a Senate amendment and pass a package of $150 million in aid and loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government. The vote required a two-thirds majority under the suspension of House rules. President Obama signed the bill into law on April 3.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted YES

Employee Hours Rules – Passage – Vote Passed (248-179, 4 Not Voting)

House members voted on Thursday to change the number of hours employees must work to qualify for mandatory employer coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law would define full-time employees as those working 40 hours a week, ten more hours than as defined under current law.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO

Upcoming Votes

Unemployment Benefits – H.R.3979

Senators will consider passage of an extension of long-term unemployment benefits tonight.

Budget resolution – H.CON.RES.96

The House is scheduled to consider the Budget Committee’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget resolution this week.