How Hawaii’s Elected Officials Voted – January 13, 2014

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

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Federal Reserve Chair Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: U.S. Court of Appeals Nomination – Cloture
  • House: Solid Waste Disposal Regulations – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Unemployment Compensation Extension
  • Senate: Government Funding
  • House: Government Funding

Recent Senate VotesFederal Reserve Chair Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-26, 18 Not Voting)

On Monday, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the next four years. Only 11 Republican Senators voted in support of her nomination.

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


U.S. Court of Appeals Nomination – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (55-38, 1 Present, 6 Not Voting)

Senators agreed to invoke cloture and end debate on Thursday on the nomination of Robert L. Wilkins to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. As in other cloture votes since the Senate changed its filibuster rules on judicial nominees in November, Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted with Democrats to end debate. The Senate is expected to confirm this nomination today.

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


Recent House VotesSolid Waste Disposal Regulations – Passage – Vote Passed (225-188, 19 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill along party lines on Thursday to alter the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in overseeing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. The measure requires the EPA to get states’ approval to add sites to a priority list within its Superfund cleanup program and would allow states to add potential cleanup sites to the list. It also would allow the EPA to review and revise waste disposal regulations and would eliminate the federal government’s claims to sovereign immunity from state enforcement actions over Superfund cleanups of sites on federal property.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted Not Voting

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO

Upcoming Votes

Unemployment Compensation Extension – S.1845

Senators will consider a bill extending long-term unemployment benefits on Monday.


Government Funding – H.R.___

The Senate also is expected to consider legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year if it passes the House this week.


Government Funding – H.R.___

The House is expected to consider legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year on Wednesday.