Congressional votes for June 26-28

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

HOUSE VOTES:FUNDING WASHINGTON SUBWAY SYSTEM: The House has rejected an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5972). The amendment would have eliminated $150 million of funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, popularly known as Metro. The vote, on June 26, was 160 yeas to 243 nays.

YEAS: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

NAYS: Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th).

NOT VOTING: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd).

MORTGAGE COUNSELING: The House has rejected an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5972). The amendment would have increased funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Counseling Assistance Program by $10 million and offset the increase with an identical cut to HUD's operations and management account. The vote, on June 26, was 184 yeas to 218 nays.

YEAS: Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th).

NAYS: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

NOT VOTING: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd).

DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS: The House has rejected an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5972). The amendment would have cut funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grants program by $396 million. The vote, on June 27, was 157 yeas to 267 nays.

YEAS: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

NAYS: Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th).

AFFORDABLE HOUSING GRANTS: The House has rejected an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5972). The amendment would have cut $200 million of funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's HOME investment program of providing block grants to state and local governments in order to create affordable housing for low-income households. The vote, on June 27, was 178 yeas to 242 nays.

YEAS: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

NAYS: Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th).

PORT SECURITY COOPERATION: The House has passed the Securing Maritime Activities through Risk-based Targeting for Port Security Act (H.R. 4251). The bill would authorize measures to improve the cooperation and efficiency of port security programs at agencies of the Homeland Security Department, including Customs and Border Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard. The vote, on June 28, was 402 yeas to 21 nays.

YEAS: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd), Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

NAYS: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th).

GAPS IN PORT SECURITY: The House has passed the Gauging American Port Security Act (H.R. 4005). The bill would require the Homeland Security Secretary to conduct a study of gaps in port security and propose a strategy for fixing the gaps. The vote, on June 28, was 411 yeas to 9 nays.

YEAS: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd), Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

FAST AND FURIOUS: The House has passed a resolution (H. Res. 711) recommending that the House hold in contempt Attorney General Eric Holder for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena requesting documents related to the Justice Department's Fast and Furious initiative that allowed Mexican drug cartels to illegally import firearms from the U.S. The vote, on June 28, was 255 yeas to 67 nays.

YEAS: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

NOT VOTING: Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th).

ENFORCING FAST AND FURIOUS SUBPOENAS: The House has agreed to a resolution (H. Res. 706) authorizing the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to make judicial proceedings to enforce subpoenas requiring Attorney General Eric Holder to submit information about the Justice Department's Fast and Furious initiative that allowed Mexican drug cartels to illegally import firearms from the U.S. The vote, on June 28, was 258 yeas to 95 nays.

YEAS: Rep. W. Todd Akin R-MO (2nd), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson R-MO (8th), Rep. Sam Graves R-MO (6th), Rep. Billy Long R-MO (7th), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer R-MO (9th).

NAYS: Rep. Russ Carnahan D-MO (3rd).

NOT VOTING: Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr. D-MO (1st), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO (5th), Rep. Vicky Hartzler R-MO (4th).

SENATE VOTES:

FDA REAUTHORIZATION: The Senate has agreed to the House amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187). The bill would reauthorize and extend the FDA's user-fee programs for prescription drugs and medical devices and establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars. The vote, on June 26, was 92 yeas to 4 nays.

YEAS: Sen. Roy Blunt R-MO, Sen. Claire McCaskill D-MO.

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