Wednesday, July 06, 2016

MegaVote - How Your CT Senators and 3rd Distict Congressman Voted

June 28, 2016
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of Being a Terrorist Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearm Transfer Denial and Reasonable Suspicion of an Individual’s Ties to Terrorism Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on "No Fly" or "Selectee" Lists Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on "No Fly" or "Selectee" Lists Amendment
  • House: Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule – Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report -– Adoption
Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report
  • Senate: Puerto Rico Financial Stability

Editor's Note: The House is not in session this week.
Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment - Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Grassley, R-Iowa, amendment to the instructions on the McConnell motion to commit, that reauthorizes the National Instant Criminal Background Check System at $125 million annually through fiscal 2020, audits the program and makes federal court information available for the purposes of the program. The underlying bill would fund the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment - Vote Rejected (44-56)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of Being a Terrorist Amendment - Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment to the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that requires law enforcement to be notified of any request to transfer a firearm to a person who is, or who has been within five preceding years, investigated on suspicion of being a terrorist, and authorizes the attorney general to delay firearms transfers for such individuals for up to three business days, allowing for the filing of an emergency petition in court to stop the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearm Transfer Denial and Reasonable Suspicion of an Individual’s Ties to Terrorism Amendment - Vote Rejected (47-53)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that authorizes the attorney general to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that represents a threat to public safety based on reasonable suspicion that the individual has ties to terrorism. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment - Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on "No Fly" or "Selectee" Lists Amendment - Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back to the Senate forthwith with the McConnell, R-Ky., for Collins, R-Maine, amendment that authorizes the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that appears on the "no fly list" or the "selectee list," notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an individual denied a firearm to petition the decision in a U.S. or state court of appeals. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on "No Fly" or "Selectee" Lists Amendment - Vote Agreed to (67-31, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., for Johnson, R-Wis., amendment to the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee, that allows for the attorney general to block a gun transfer to an individual that is on the "no fly" or "selectee list," if there is a reasonable basis to believe, based on specific information and evidence, that the individual is in some way related to terrorism, notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an expedited review for a petition on the denial of the transfer that requires a reasonable basis based on specific and articulate information and credible evidence that the transferee is or has been engaged with terrorism in order to uphold the block on the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES

Recent House Votes
Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule – Passage - Vote Failed (239-180, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted on overriding the president's veto of legislation that disapproved of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule. The resolution disapproved the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee retirement investments to the fiduciary standard under which they must provide investment advice that is in the best interest of the investor "without regard to the financial or other interests" of the financial institution, adviser or other party. A two-thirds vote of both chambers is needed to override a veto.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report -– Adoption - Vote Passed (239-171, 24 Not Voting)

The conference report on the bill provides $1.1 billion in supplemental funding for the government to prepare for and respond to the public health threat posed by the Zika virus, and it provides a total of $185 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction in fiscal 2017 — including $82.5 billion in discretionary spending subject to the budget caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The Zika funding includes $933 million in domestic funding and $175 million for international activities, with approximately $750 million of the total being offset through rescissions to Ebola, Affordable Care Act, and other Health and Human Services Department funding.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO

Upcoming Votes
Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report - HR2577

The conference report on the bill would provide $1.1 billion in supplemental funding for the government to prepare for and respond to the public health threat posed by the Zika virus, and it would provide a total of $185 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction in fiscal 2017 — including $82.5 billion in discretionary spending subject to the budget caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The Zika funding would include $933 million in domestic funding and $175 million for international activities, with approximately $750 million of the total being offset through rescissions to Ebola, Affordable Care Act, and other Health and Human Services Department funding.


Puerto Rico Financial Stability - S2328

The bill would allow the debt-ridden island, through a fiscal oversight board, to restructure its $72 billion in debt in federal court.

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