Mega Vote January 19, 2016

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

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Auditing the Federal Reserve – Motion to Proceed
House: Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules — Passage
House: Disapprove “Waters of the United States” Rule — Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Refugee Vetting
Editor’s Note: The House is not in session this week.

Recent Senate Votes
Auditing the Federal Reserve – Motion to Proceed – Vote Failed (53-44, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the Perdue, R-Ga. motion to proceed to a bill that requires the full audit of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Banks by the Comptroller General for the United States.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

Recent House Votes
Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules — Passage – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that prevents the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) from issuing any final rules related to coal mining activities near streams, including updating a stream buffer zones (SBZ) rule, until after the National Academy of Sciences submits a study on the effectiveness of existing rules in effect — effectively delaying any new or revised SBZ rules for at least three years.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Disapprove “Waters of the United States” Rule — Passage – Vote Passed (253-166, 14 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a joint resolution which disapproves of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the “waters of the United States” rule that seeks to clarify the federal government’s authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Upcoming Votes
Refugee Vetting – HR4038

The bill would prohibit refugees from Syria or Iraq from being admitted into the United States without undergoing a comprehensive, government-certified vetting process.

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