How Hawaii’s Elected Officials Voted – September 23, 2013

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

Recent Congressional Votes

  • House: Mineral Development Bill
  • House: Nutrition Assistance
  • House: Continuing Resolution

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Continuing Resolution
  • House: Continuing Resolution

Recent House Votes

Mineral Development Bill – Vote Passed (246-178, 8 Not Voting)

In a party-line vote, the House passed legislation that would speed up reviews of mineral exploration and mining permits. All House Republicans were joined by 15 Democrats in voting for the bill. Opponents cited provisions that limit a previous environmental law’s safeguard regulations over exploration and permitting.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO

Nutrition Assistance – Vote Passed (217-210, 6 Not Voting)

The House chose to split agriculture policy from food aid early in the summer, resulting in the passage of a farm bill without nutrition assistance in July. Last week, under threat of veto from the White House, the House approved a nutrition bill that results in a $40 billion reduction in the program over the next ten years, which is about 5% of current spending on nutrition assistance. The House bill would also seek to make permanent the separation of farm and nutrition legislation by authorizing the former through fiscal year 2018 and the latter only through fiscal year 2016. It would also remove the policy of states qualifying people for food aid based on non-cash aid or services they receive from other programs for low-income people. The Senate approved their comprehensive farm and nutrition legislation in June. The Senate bill and the two House bills will now go to a conference committee to try and produce a final piece of legislation.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO

Continuing Resolution – Vote Passed (230-189, 13 Not Voting)

At the end of last week, the House passed legislation to fund the government through December 15. The resolution removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a key victory for the House Republicans that align with the various tea party groups. It also authorizes the Treasury Department to continue borrowing above the $16.7 trillion statutory debt limit once it is reached, through December 15, 2014. Scott Rigell of Virginia was the only Republican to vote in opposition of the resolution, and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Jim Matheson of Utah were the only Democrats to vote in favor. Next, the Senate will debate the resolution and likely send a version back to the House with funding for the Affordable Care Act reinstated. Congress has until October 1, the start of the next fiscal year, to approve a continuing resolution and avoid a government shutdown.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO

Upcoming Votes

Continuing Resolution – H.J.RES.59

The Senate will debate and likely vote on the continuing resolution passed by the House last week.

Continuing Resolution – H.J.RES.59

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has warned members that they may have to be in session this upcoming weekend to consider the continuing resolution after the Senate makes its changes and sends it back to the House.





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