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


Updated: December 16, 2016

Index:


Medical Research and Associated Activities - Vote Agreed to (94-5, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would reauthorize the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration, and would modify the FDA's drug and medical device review and approval process to accelerate the approval and distribution of new drugs and devices. The measure would create three dedicated offset funds within the Treasury into which $6.3 billion would be transferred over 10 years, through 2026. The accounts would include $4.8 billion for NIH medical research, $500 million for FDA approval and review modification and $1 billion for opioid addiction treatment and response. Funding for the accounts would not count against annual discretionary budget caps. Within the NIH funding, $1.8 billion would be for cancer therapy and test development, $1.5 would be for brain-related research and $1.5 billion would be for medical treatments related to genetic characteristics. The measure would also expand the Health and Human Services Department's oversight of mental health issues, would modify the Medicare program for hospitals, and would allow small employers to provide certain reimbursement plans for employees to purchase their own health insurance. The House replaced the original text of HR 34 with an amendment that consisted of the medical research and expedited drug approval legislative provisions.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization Conference Report - Vote Agreed to (92-7, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate adopted the conference report on the bill that would authorize $611.2 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2017, including $59.5 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. It would authorize $222.4 billion for operations and maintenance; $139.6 billion for military personnel; $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing; $10 billion for ballistic-missile defense; and $33.4 billion for defense health care programs, including $334 million from the overseas operations account. It would prohibit the use of funds for a new round of base closures. The bill would authorize a 2.1 percent pay raise for military personnel. It would elevate U.S. Cyber Command to an independent major command within the Defense Department. It would prohibit detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from being transferred to U.S. soil, and would prohibit the closing of the main base and detention facility at Guantanamo. It would extend, through fiscal 2017, the authority for several bonus and special payments for military members.

Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations - Vote Agreed to (63-36, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the original bill that would provide funding for federal government operations until April 28, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.070 trillion. The measure would provide $170 million for repairs to the water system in Flint, Mich., $872 million for medical research, and $45 million for an extension, through April 30, 2017, of health benefits for retired coal miners. The measure would include $10.1 billion in supplemental Overseas Contingency Operations funds for the Defense Department and certain other security-related accounts. It would include $4.1 billion in natural disaster funding to address damage caused by hurricane and flooding events in 2016. The measure would also provide for expedited Senate consideration of legislation to waive the requirement that a former member of the armed forces cannot become secretary of Defense until seven years have lapsed since the person left active duty.

Water Infrastructure Conference Report - Vote Agreed to (78-21, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill that would authorize new water projects for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers, allow for the Corps to conduct feasibility studies for additional projects and deauthorize certain existing projects. It also would modify numerous Corps water resources authorities and seek to ensure that Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending levels are sustained. It would authorize $170 million in aid to Flint, Mich., to repair its lead-contaminated drinking water system, including $100 million to replace its water pipes and other infrastructure, and it would establish several new programs to promote safe drinking water and reduce any concentrations of lead, as well as to test for lead in schools and child care centers. The measure also would take several actions to help California deal with its years-long drought, including by requiring that more northern water be diverted south to drought-stricken areas.

Health Care Videoconferencing Passage - Vote Passed (97-0, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate passed the bill that would require the Health and Human Services secretary to examine distance education models that use videoconferencing to connect medical specialists with multiple other health care professionals. The examination also would need to look at the models' impacts on: addressing chronic disease, mental disorders, palliative care and other types of care; health care workforce issues; implementing public health programs; and health care services in rural and underserved communities. The secretary would be required to submit a report to Congress based on this examination.

Oil and Gas Royalties - Vote Rejected (51-47, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate voted on the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would establish revenue sharing for states involved in energy production from onshore and offshore areas leased by the government. It also would incorporate revenues generated by offshore wind energy production projects. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture and end debate.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Cloture Motion on Substitute Amendment - Vote Rejected (45-55) - The Senate voted on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment to the original legislative branch appropriations bill. The substitute amendment would provide funding for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction and military housing for fiscal 2017. It would fund other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at 0.496 percent less than the fiscal 2016 levels, and would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $500 million for Community Development Block Grants to respond to major disasters. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Cloture Motion on the Bill - Vote Rejected (40-59, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate voted on the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the original legislative branch bill whose text would have been replaced with a new bill that would have funded various government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Veto Override - Vote Not Sustained (97-1, 2 Not Voting) - The bill narrows the immunity of foreign states and their employees from U.S. lawsuits by victims of terrorist acts. U.S. courts could hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for death, damage or physical injury that occur inside the United States due to terrorism and acts of a foreign state or its employees.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Reconsideration of Cloture Motion on Substitute Amendment - Vote Agreed to (77-21, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to reconsider the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment to the original legislative branch appropriations bill. The substitute amendment would provide funding for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction and military housing for fiscal 2017. It would fund other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at 0.496 percent less than the fiscal 2016 levels, and would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $500 million for Community Development Block Grants to respond to major disasters. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Cloture Motion on Bill - Vote Agreed to (77-21, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate voted on the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the original legislative branch appropriations bill whose text was replaced with legislative language consisting of the continuing federal government funding resolution that funds other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels; provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus; and provides $500 million for the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to major disasters declared in 2016. It also provides for full-year fiscal 2017 funding for military construction and for programs and activities of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department. It appropriates a total of $185 billion for the VA and military construction, including $82.3 billion in discretionary spending subject to caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Passage - Vote Passed (72-26, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate voted on legislation that funds other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels; provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus; and provides $500 million for the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to major disasters declared in 2016. It also provides for full-year fiscal 2017 funding for military construction and for programs and activities of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department. It appropriates a total of $185 billion for the VA and military construction, including $82.3 billion in discretionary spending subject to caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Cloture Motion on Substitute Amendment - Vote Rejected (45-55) - The Senate voted on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment to the original legislative branch appropriations bill. The substitute amendment would provide funding for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction and military housing for fiscal 2017. It would fund other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at 0.496 percent less than the fiscal 2016 levels, and would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $500 million for Community Development Block Grants to respond to major disasters. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Cloture Motion on the Bill - Vote Rejected (40-59, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate voted on the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the original legislative branch bill whose text would have been replaced with a new bill that would have funded various government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Veto Override - Vote Not Sustained (97-1, 2 Not Voting) - The bill narrows the immunity of foreign states and their employees from U.S. lawsuits by victims of terrorist acts. U.S. courts could hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for death, damage or physical injury that occur inside the United States due to terrorism and acts of a foreign state or its employees.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Reconsideration of Cloture Motion on Substitute Amendment - Vote Agreed to (77-21, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to reconsider the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment to the original legislative branch appropriations bill. The substitute amendment would provide funding for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction and military housing for fiscal 2017. It would fund other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at 0.496 percent less than the fiscal 2016 levels, and would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $500 million for Community Development Block Grants to respond to major disasters. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Cloture Motion on Bill - Vote Agreed to (77-21, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate voted on the McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the original legislative branch appropriations bill whose text was replaced with legislative language consisting of the continuing federal government funding resolution that funds other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels; provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus; and provides $500 million for the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to major disasters declared in 2016. It also provides for full-year fiscal 2017 funding for military construction and for programs and activities of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department. It appropriates a total of $185 billion for the VA and military construction, including $82.3 billion in discretionary spending subject to caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. Sixty votes were needed for cloture.

Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding Passage - Vote Passed (72-26, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate voted on legislation that funds other government operations through Dec. 9, 2016, at roughly 0.5 percent less than fiscal 2016 levels; provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus; and provides $500 million for the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to major disasters declared in 2016. It also provides for full-year fiscal 2017 funding for military construction and for programs and activities of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department. It appropriates a total of $185 billion for the VA and military construction, including $82.3 billion in discretionary spending subject to caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

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 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.

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.

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.

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