Mega Vote January 11, 2016

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

Recent Congressional Votes
House: Review Federal Regulations for Repeal– Passage
House: Class-Action Litigation — Passage
House: Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Adoption
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Auditing the Federal Reserve
House: Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules
House: Iran Sanctions
House: Disapprove ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule
Recent House Votes
Review Federal Regulations for Repeal– Passage – Vote Passed (245-174, 14 Not Voting)
The bill establishes a nine-member commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be immediately repealed and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “Cut-Go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Class-Action Litigation — Passage – Vote Passed (211-188, 1 Present, 33 Not Voting)
The bill prohibits federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it requires quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Adoption – Vote Passed (240-181, 13 Not Voting)
The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the original House bill. The final version repeals or significantly modifies numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law, including the individual and employer mandates, tax subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance from exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It also effectively eliminates more than a dozen taxes included in the law, including the medical device tax, the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, the net investment tax and the additional Medicare tax, and it blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and provides alternative women’s health funding for community health centers.
Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Upcoming Votes
Auditing the Federal Reserve – S2232
The measure 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.

Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules – HR1644
The bill 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.

Iran Sanctions – HR3662
The bill restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Disapprove ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule – SJRES22
The resolution 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.

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