110th Congress: Recent Votes
by the North Country Congressional Team

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Updated: Aug. 1, 2007

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Recent House Votes

Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations, FY 2008 - Vote Passed (268-153, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed this $104.4 billion bill that would fund the Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development for the 2008 fiscal year.

Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations for FY 2008 - Vote Passed (281-142, 9 Not Voting) - The House passed this $53.6 billion bill that would fund the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, NASA and other science agencies.

Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act - Vote Passed (231-191, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed this large farm bill, which provides aid for farmers and funds for low-income nutrition programs.

Improving America's Security Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (371-40, 22 Not Voting) - The House passed this bill which would implement recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.

Energy/Water Development Appropriations, FY2008 - Vote Passed (312-112, 7 Not Voting) - This $31.6 billion bill would fund the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation for the upcoming fiscal year.

Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations, FY2008 - Vote Passed (276-140, 15 Not Voting) - The House passed this $153.7 billion bill that would fund the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education for the 2008 fiscal year.

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act - Vote Passed (223-201, 8 Not Voting) - The House voted to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations, FY 2008 - Vote Passed (272-155, 5 Not Voting) - The House passed this $27.6 billion bill that would fund the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, the Forest Service and the Indian Health Service for the 2008 fiscal year.

Financial Services and General Government Appropriations, FY 2008 - Vote Passed (240-179, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed this $21.4 billion bill that would fund the Department of Treasury, the Executive office, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia and independent agencies for the 2008 fiscal year.

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations, FY 2008 - Vote Passed (241-178, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed this $34.2 billion bill that would fund State Department operations and foreign aid for the 2008 fiscal year.

H.RES.406 - Resolution celebrating the accomplishments of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, also known as the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, and recognizing the need to continue pursuing the goal of educational opportunities for women and girls

Homeland Security Appropriations, FY2008 - Vote Passed (268-150, 14 Not Voting) - The House passed this $37.4 billion bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for the 2008 fiscal year.

Ethics Committee Investigations - Vote Passed (387-10, 15 Present, 20 Not Voting) - The House adopted this resolution directing the Ethics committee to begin an investigation within 30 days of a lawmaker's indictment.

Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act - Vote Passed (406-10, 16 Not Voting) - This $6.4 billion Afghanistan aid bill would cut off funds to local Afghani governments with ties to criminals, drug dealers or terrorists.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act - Vote Passed (247-176, 10 Not Voting) - The House voted to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act - Vote Passed (284-141, 7 Not Voting) - This House bill would allow the President to declare an energy emergency for a specific period of time and make the sale of gasoline at "unconscionably excessive" prices a federal offense.

Lobbying Transparency Act - Vote Passed (382-37, 13 Not Voting) - This bill would require lobbyists to disclose the names of donors when they "bundle" campaign contributions to Members of Congress.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (396-22, 1 Present, 13 Not Voting) - This House bill would institute new lobbying reporting requirements and increase penalties for violating lobbying rules.

Supplemental Appropriations bill, Amendment No. 1 - Vote Passed (348-73, 12 Not Voting) - The House split the emergency supplemental spending bill into two parts, with this first part including the domestic spending and minimum wage hike portions of the bill.

Supplemental Appropriations bill, Amendment No. 2 - Vote Passed (280-142, 11 Not Voting) - The House approved the $103 billion portion of the supplemental spending bill that funds military operations in Iraq.

National Defense Authorization Act - Vote Passed (397-27, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed this bill authorizing $504 billion in Defense Department spending and $142 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Budget Resolution, FY2008 - Vote Passed (214-209, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed the conference report for this $2.9 trillion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Budget Resolution, FY2008 - Vote Passed (212-207, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed a $2.9 trillion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Student Loan Sunshine Act - Vote Passed (414-3, 15 Not Voting) The House passed this bill aimed at introducing transparency into dealings between private student loan lenders and colleges.

Homeland Security Authorization Act - Vote Passed (296-126, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed this bill authorizing $39.8 billion in Department of Homeland Security spending for the 2008 fiscal year.

Re-deployment from Iraq Act - Vote Failed (171-255, 7 Not Voting) - The House rejected this bill that would have required all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq within six months.

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations - Vote Passed (221-205, 7 Not Voting) - The House approved this bill that would fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in two installments.

Agricultural Disaster Assistance Appropriations Act - Vote Passed (302-120, 10 Not Voting) - This House bill would provide $3.5 billion to farmers who lost crops or livestock due to weather-related events during fiscal years 2005 through 2007.

Intelligence Authorization Act - Vote Passed (225-197, 10 Not Voting) - This bill authorizes spending for 16 U.S. intelligence gathering agencies for the upcoming fiscal year.

Veto Override, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations - Vote Failed (222-203, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting) - The House fell over 60 votes short of overturning President Bush's veto of a $124 billion spending bill that would have set a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Improving Head Start Act - Vote Passed (365-48, 19 Not Voting) - This House bill is intended to boost funding for the Head Start program.

Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (237-180, 16 Not Voting) - The House passed this bill that expands the definition of a "hate crime" to include sexual orientation.

U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 - Vote Passed (218-208, 2 Present, 5 Not Voting) - The House passed this $124 billion bill that funds military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and sets a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Wild Horse Protection Bill - Vote Passed (277-137, 18 Not Voting) - This House bill would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from selling wild horses or burros to be slaughtered for commercial use.

District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act - Vote Passed (241-177, 1 Present, 14 Not Voting) - This bill would increase the size of the U.S. House of Representatives to 437 by granting the District of Columbia a full vote in the chamber and adding another seat in Utah.

Water Resources Development Act - Vote Passed (394-25, 14 Not Voting) - The House passed this $15 billion bill funding improvements to the nation's waterways.

Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act - Vote Passed (269-134, 30 Not Voting) - The House voted to give shareholders in public companies a nonbinding vote on executive compensation.

Budget Resolution, FY2008 - Vote Passed (216-210, 7 Not Voting) - The House passed this $2.9 trillion budget plan setting spending priorities for the 2008 fiscal year.

Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act - Vote Passed (302-125, 6 Not Voting) - This House bill would require the government to replace public housing that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act - Vote Passed (218-212, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting) - The House passed this $124 million emergency supplemental bill that provides funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and sets a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

Freedom of Information Act Amendments - Vote Passed (308-117, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed this bill that would impose new requirement on government agencies regarding Freedom of Information Act requests.

Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act - Vote Passed (331-94, 8 Not Voting) - This House bill is intended to strengthen federal workers' whistleblower rights.

Accountability in Contracting Act - Vote Passed (347-73, 13 Not Voting) - This House bill is intended to increase oversight of federal contractors.

Water Quality Investment Act - Vote Passed (367-58, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed this $1.7 billion bill intended to help communities modernize their wastewater systems.

Water Quality Financing Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (303-108, 22 Not Voting) - This House bill would provide $14 billion for wastewater treatment plant improvements.

Employee Free Choice Act - Vote Passed (241-185, 8 Not Voting) - This bill is intended to make it easier for a plant to unionize and would end the right of employers to request secret-ballot elections.

Advanced Fuels Infrastructure Research and Development Act - Vote Passed (400-3, 31 Not Voting) - This House bill is intended to encourage the use of alternative fuels.

Further Continuing Appropriations, FY2007 - Vote Passed (286-140, 9 Not Voting) - The House passed this $463.5 billion measure funding government operations through the end of the 2007 fiscal year.

Voting by Delegates and the Resident Commissioner - Vote Passed (226-191, 18 Not Voting) - This resolution changes House rules to allow the five non-voting members of the chamber to cast votes on the floor in certain situations.

Implementing the 9/11Commission Recommendations Act - Vote Passed (299-128, 8 Not Voting). This House bill is intended to implement the remaining 9/11 Commission homeland security recommendations.

Fair Minimum Wage Act - Vote Passed (315-116, 4 Not Voting). This House bill would raise the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 over the next two years.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act - Vote Passed (253-174, 8 Not Voting). This House bill would expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act - Vote Passed (255-170, 10 Not Voting). This House bill would require the government to negotiate Medicare prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.

College Student Relief Act - Vote Passed (356-71, 8 Not Voting). This House bill is intended to make college education more affordable by gradually reducing the interest rate on need-based student loans issued after July 2007 from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent.

Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation Act - Vote Passed (264-163, 8 Not Voting). This House bill is intended to encourage development of alternate sources of energy.

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Recent Senate Votes

Higher Education Amendments of 2007 - Vote Passed (95-0, 5 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this bill that would increase the amount of the Pell Grant a low-income student can receive, make the federal financial aid application easier to complete and eliminate some conflicts of interest for student loan businesses.

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008 - Vote Passed (89-4, 7 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this $40.6 billion appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

Improving America's Security Act of 2007 - Vote Agreed to (85-8, 7 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this bill which would implement recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.

Troop Withdrawal Amendment - Vote Rejected (52-47, 1 Not Voting) - During the Defense Authorization bill debate, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on this amendment that would have set a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

College Cost Reduction Act - Vote Passed (78-18, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate approved this bill to increase the amount of aid to college students.

Dorgan Amendment-Bringing Osama bin Laden and Other Leaders of al Qaeda to Justice - Vote Agreed to (87-1, 12 Not Voting) - This amendment to the defense authorization bill calls for quarterly classified reports on the Bush administrationís work to capture al Qaeda leaders.

Employee Free Choice Act - Vote Rejected (51-48, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate did not have the necessary 60 votes to close debate and proceed to a vote on this labor bill, which would allow workers to form unions by signing union cards rather than by secret ballot elections.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act - Vote Rejected (46-53, 1 Not Voting) - After six weeks of working toward a compromise on immigration reform, the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to close debate and vote on this bill.

CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (65-27, 7 Not Voting) - The Senate passed the first energy bill under the new Democratic majority.

S.RES.242 - A resolution celebrating the accomplishments of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, also known as the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, and recognizing the need to continue pursuing the goal of educational opportunities for women and girls.

Cloture Motion; Gonzales Resolution - Vote Rejected (53-38, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting) - The Senate failed to invoke cloture and move to a final vote on a resolution that said the chamber had lost confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Cloture Motion; Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act - Vote Rejected (45-50, 4 Not Voting) - The weeklong debate over this comprehensive immigration reform bill ended with a failed cloture motion to end debate and proceed to a final vote.

Supplemental Appropriations bill - Vote Agreed to (80-14, 6 Not Voting) The Senate approved this $120 billion bill funding military operations in Iraq.

Water Resources Development Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (91-4, 5 Not Voting) - The Senate approved this $13.9 billion bill that would fund Army Corps of Engineers projects related to water supply, flood control and waterways navigation.

Budget Resolution, FY2008 - Vote Agreed to (52-40, 8 Not Voting) - The Senate passed the conference report for this $2.9 trillion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments - Vote Passed (93-1, 6 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this bill that would renew a Food and Drug Administration program requiring pharmaceutical companies to contribute to the costs of testing new medicines.

U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 - Vote Agreed to (51-46, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate gave final approval to this $124 billion bill that funds military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and sets a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Cloture Motion, Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act - Vote Rejected (55-42, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected this motion to take up a bill that would have allowed the federal government to negotiate Medicare prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (63-34, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate voted to reverse President Bush's 2001 decision prohibiting government funds from being spent to create new lines of embryonic stem cells.

HOPE Act - Vote Passed (70-28, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this bill that would increase funding for adult stem cell research.

U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act - Vote Passed (51-47, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this $122 million emergency supplemental bill that provides funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and sets a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

Budget Resolution, FY2008 - Vote Agreed to (52-47, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate approved this $2.9 trillion budget resolution that sets spending priorities for the 2008 fiscal year.

Preserving United States Attorney Independence Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (94-2, 4 Not Voting) The Senate passed this bill that would prohibit the attorney general from filling U.S. attorney vacancies for an indefinite time period.

Improving Americaís Security Act - Vote Passed (60-38, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this bill that would implement several 9/11 Commission recommendations.

U.S. Policy on Iraq - Vote Rejected (48-50, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected this resolution that called for beginning the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq within four months.

Airport Screener Amendment - Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting) - During consideration of the 9/11 Commission bill, the Senate approved this amendment that would give Transportation Security Administration airport screeners the right to unionize.

Confirmation of Gen. George Casey to be Chief of Staff, U.S. Army - Vote Confirmed (83-14, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Gen. George Casey to be the U.S. Army chief of staff.

Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (94-3, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate passed this bill that would raise the minimum wage to $7.25 over the next two years.

Confirmation of Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus - Vote Confirmed (81-0, 19 Not Voting) - The Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Lt. General David Petraeus to oversee U.S. troops in Iraq.

Ethics Reform bill - Vote Passed (96-2, 2 Not Voting). This Senate ethics and lobbying reform bill is intended to bring transparency to lawmakers' dealings with lobbyists.

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