Mega Vote March 3, 2014

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Veterans Benefits — Cloture
  • Senate: Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave
  • House: Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage
  • House: Eminent Domain Authority – Passage
  • House: Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013
  • House: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
  • House: Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act

Recent Senate Votes Veterans Benefits — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave – Vote Rejected (56-41, 3 Not Voting)
On Thursday, the Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veterans benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.
Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Recent House Votes Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage – Vote Passed (295-114, 21 Not Voting)
On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made “unlocking” cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Eminent Domain Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage – Vote Passed (236-179, 15 Not Voting)
A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House on Thursday. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency’s rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Upcoming Votes Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 – S.1086
The Senate will vote on motion to proceed on the Child Care and Development Block Grant program reauthorization.


Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act – HR3370
On Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a homeowner flood insurance measure.


Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act – HR4118
The House will also vote on a bill delaying penalties for the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

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