Second Session - 114th Congress: 2016 Votes
by NYS Senators


Updated: October 1, 2016

Index:


Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed - Vote Agreed to (89-7, 4 Not Voting) The bill appropriates $3.5 billion Legislative Branch bill for fiscal 2017, which covers the operations of the House, the Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress and other agencies. The measure is expected to be the vehicle for the continuing resolution that would deal with broader veterans funding and emergency money needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture.

Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia – Motion to Table - Vote Agreed to (71-27, 2 Not Voting) The joint resolution prohibits a roughly $1 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, including well more than a hundred Abrams tanks.

Water Resources Development – Motion to Invoke Cloture - Vote Agreed to (94-3, 3 Not Voting) - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill which authorizes $10.6 billion in funding for more than 30 Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects under the current law (PL 113-121), including waterways and flood control systems, as well as Environmental Protection Agency drinking water infrastructure programs. The measure authorizes $220 million in recovery assistance, specifically $100 million for water infrastructure improvements available to "states with emergency drinking water situations" via state revolving fund loans; $70 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit subsidies; and $50 million in health screening and education grants. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Water Resources Development - Passage - Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate passed legislation which authorizes $10.6 billion in funding for more than 30 Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects under the current law (PL 113-121), including waterways and flood control systems, as well as Environmental Protection Agency drinking water infrastructure programs. The measure also authorizes $220 million in recovery assistance, specifically $100 million for water infrastructure improvements available to "states with emergency drinking water situations" via state revolving fund loans; $70 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit subsidies; and $50 million in health screening and education grants.

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report - Vote Rejected (52-46, 2 Not Voting) - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the conference report on the bill which 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. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill - Vote Rejected (55-43, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide billions in discretionary defense spending for the Defense Department. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Opioid Programs – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report - Vote Agreed to (90-2, 8 Not Voting) - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the conference report on the bill that contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment, particularly access to opioid overdose reversal drugs or medication-assisted treatment that eases withdrawal symptoms, and by establishing or strengthening specific programs for vulnerable groups such as drug-addicted infants. It also requires the Veterans Affairs Department to take several actions to better manage and track the use of opioids by veterans.

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Motion to Concur in the House Amendments to the Senate Amendments to the Bill - Vote Agreed to (89-4, 7 Not Voting) - The bill extends the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization through September 2017. It also includes language that would require the FAA to check on security practices in overseas airports that service direct flights to the United States.

Opioid Programs – Agreeing to the Conference Report - Vote Agreed to (92-2, 6 Not Voting) - The conference report on the bill contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment, particularly access to opioid overdose reversal drugs or medication-assisted treatment that eases withdrawal symptoms, and by establishing or strengthening specific programs for vulnerable groups such as drug-addicted infants. It also requires the Veterans Affairs Department to take several actions to better manage and track the use of opioids by veterans.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Reconsideration of Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill - Vote Rejected (55-42, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide billions in discretionary defense spending for the Defense Department.

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Reconsideration of Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report - Vote Rejected (52-44, 4 Not Voting) - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the conference report on the bill which 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. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage - Vote Passed (85-13, 2 Not Voting) - The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed to Bill - Vote Agreed to (94-3, 3 Not Voting) - The legislation would fund the Commerce and Justice departments and NASA. It also would include language that would prevent the administration from spending money to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States or find places to house them here.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Domestic Issues Money Amendment - Vote Rejected (43-55, 2 Not Voting) - The amendment would have increased funding levels for domestic issues by $18 billion above and beyond the current levels specified by the 2015 budget agreement. Sixty votes were needed to end debate on the amendment.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Defense Money Amendment - Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting) - The amendment would have redirected $18 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to go to authorizations above and beyond the current levels specified by the 2015 budget agreement. Sixty votes were needed to end debate on the amendment.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Bill - Vote Agreed to (68-23, 9 Not Voting) - The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

Congressional Disapproval of Labor Department Rule on the Term "Fiduciary" – Passage - Vote Passed (56-41, 3 Not Voting) - The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

Congressional Disapproval of Agriculture Department Rule on Catfish – Passage - Vote Passed (55-43, 2 Not Voting) - The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed - Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting) - The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting) - The military construction and veterans part of the bill would provide a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The transportation section of the bill would provide $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. The overall measure also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Zika Funding - Vote Agreed to (68-30, 2 Not Voting) - The second-degree amendment to the substitute amendment provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Cloture on the Substitute Amendment - Vote Agreed to (88-10, 2 Not Voting) - The substitute amendment provides a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding in the military construction and veterans part of the bill for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The amendment also funds the transportation section of the bill with $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. It also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to deal with the Zika virus.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment - Vote Rejected (50-42, 8 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment - Vote Agreed to (97-2, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate passed a measure that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Army Corps of Engineers - Vote Rejected (12-84, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected an amendment by Flake, R-Ariz., to the Alexander, R-Tenn., substitute amendment that would eliminate $69 million from the Army Corps of Engineering construction account.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment - Vote Rejected (50-46, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Reconsideration of Cloture to the Substitute Amendment - Vote Rejected (52-43, 5 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected a reconsideration of the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate.

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Passage - Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate passed a measure which authorizes $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology.

Energy Policy – Passage - Vote Passed (85-12, 3 Not Voting) - The chamber passed a bill which streamlines the permitting for liquefied natural gas exports, mandates improvements to the electric grid's reliability and security, raises energy efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Eliminate Funding for Various Commissions - Vote Rejected (25-71, 4 Not Voting) - The chamber rejected an amendment by Joni Ernst, R-Neb., that would have cut $200 million from a number of joint state-federal commissions that promote economic development, infrastructure improvements and job training across four regions of the country.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program - Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected an amendment by Dan Coats, R-Ind., that would have limited the use of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. The vote was subject to a 60-vote threshold.

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Cloture on Substitute Amendment - Vote Agreed to (94-4, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the Thune, R-S.D. substitute amendment to an unrelated bill (HR 636) consisting of three bills that would reduce taxes on small businesses. The substitute amendment would authorize $33.1 billion in funding for FAA programs through fiscal year 2017, including those related to unmanned aircraft, equipment certification, and aircraft control system technology. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

King Nomination – Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (49-40, 11 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of John B. King, Jr. to be secretary of Education.

Genetically Modified Organism Food Labeling – Cloture - Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to an unrelated bill (S 764) with a Senate amendment containing the genetically modified organism food labeling measure. The amendment would have blocked state and local labeling requirements for genetically engineered food and seeds. It also would have required the Agriculture Department to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and later would have required the department to issue a mandatory standard if there is not at least "70 percent substantial participation" in voluntary labeling. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

Opioid Abuse – Cloture - Vote Agreed to (93-3, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture (thus ending debate) on legislation that authorizes the Attorney General and HHS to issue federal grants to states, organizations and local entities for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs.

Opioid Abuse – Passage - Vote Passed (94-1, 5 Not Voting) - The measure authorizes the Attorney General and HHS to issue federal grants to states, organizations and local entities for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. It also authorizes grants to expand availability of medication-assisted treatment, creates treatment programs as alternatives to incarceration, makes opioid overdose reversal drugs like naloxone available to first-responders, and mandates investigations into heroin distribution and unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

Opioid Abuse – Anti-Kickback Penalties - Vote Rejected (46-50, 4 Not Voting) - The amendment would have increased anti-kickback penalties for doctors prescribing opioids and test a model for limiting Medicare opioid prescriptions. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order.

Opioid Abuse – Additional Funding - Vote Rejected (48-47, 5 Not Voting) - The amendment would have provided an additional $600 million for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order.

FDA Commissioner – Nomination - Vote Confirmed (89-4, 7 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Energy Policy - Cloture - Vote Rejected (43-54, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. cloture motion to end debate on the energy policy bill that would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

Energy Policy - GAO Report on Energy Production - Vote Agreed to (62-29, 9 Not Voting) - The Senate adopted an amendment to the energy policy bill that requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review and submit a report to Congress on energy production in the United States and the effects of crude oil exports. The initial report must be submitted within one year of the bill's enactment date and then resubmitted for the following two years.

Disapprove 'Waters of the United States' Rule - Cloture on Veto Message - Vote Failed (52-40, 8 Not Voting) - The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the veto message concerning legislation that would disapprove 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. Sixty votes were needed to end debate. Failing to invoke cloture essentially upheld the president's veto of the joint resolution.

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.

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