First Session - 114th Congress: 2015 Votes
by Rep. Elise Stefanik


Updated: January 20, 2016

Index:


Women's Health -- Passage - Vote Passed (236-193, 5 Not Voting) - The House passed legislation which allows states to exclude from a state's Medicaid contracts those medical providers who also perform abortions, thereby permitting states to deny non-abortion health care reimbursements to organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Specifically, it expands the exceptions for which a state is not required to provide reimbursement under its state Medicaid plans to medical assistance for services "by any individual or entity based on the individual's or entity's involvement in abortions."

Federal Government Funding -- Passage - Vote Passed (277-151, 6 Not Voting) - The House agreed to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to legislation, known as the "clean continuing resolution", which provides funding for federal government operations until December 11. The measure does not include any provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood. It directs the Homeland Security Department Inspector General to review the data and methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to classify personnel as law enforcement officers, and requires TSA to reclassify any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization -- Adoption - Vote Passed (270-156, 8 Not Voting) - The House adopted the conference report to accompany the bill that authorizes $604.2 billion for the Pentagon and defense-related programs for fiscal 2016 and allows $38.3 billion of the $89.2 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funds to be used for additional base defense needs.

Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions - Frivolous Lawsuit Sanctions - Vote Passed (241-185, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would change federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that file frivolous civil lawsuits.

Planned Parenthood Funding Moratorium -- Passage - Vote Passed (241-187, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would bar, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates unless they certify that, during that period, they will not perform abortions or provide funds to other entities that perform abortions.

Failed Abortions -- Passage - Vote Passed (248-177, 1 Present, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would require health care practitioners to give the same level of care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion as they would give to any other infant born at the same gestational age.

Victims of Iranian Terrorism -- Passage - Vote Passed (251-173, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed a measure that prohibits the President from waiving sanctions or refraining to applying sanctions pursuant to the Iran Nuclear Agreement until Iran pays the legal terrorism-related judgments it owes. Under the measure, the president must certify to Congress that the Iranian government has paid all of its outstanding judgments before sanctions against Iran could be lifted or assets released.

Environmental Reviews -- Passage - Vote Passed (233-170, 31 Not Voting) - The House passed legislation that would modify the environmental review process for federally-funded projects and for federal permits for private projects by setting deadlines on agency reviews, and by limiting the grounds for civil actions against an environmental review or permit approval.

Iran Nuclear Agreement Approval Passage - Vote Failed (162-269, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting) - The House rejected a bill that would express Congress' approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations.

Delay Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief -- Passage - Vote Passed (247-186) - The House passed a bill that would delay until Jan. 21, 2017, the authority of the president to waive, suspend, or reduce existing sanctions on Iran or on Iranian officials or individuals slated to be granted relief from sanctions under the Iran nuclear agreement.

Congressional Approval of Major Rules - Vote Passed (243-165, 25 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would amend the Congressional Review Act to require Congress to approve all executive agency regulatory proposals categorized as "major rules" before their implementation and would also create an expedited consideration process for joint congressional resolutions of approval. The bill defines "major rules" as regulations with an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, and would not require congressional approval of regulations that are not categorized as "major rules" or of rule proposals issued by the Federal Reserve or the Federal Open Market Committee.

Veterans Affairs Accountability and Highway Transportation Funding - Passage - Vote Passed (385-34, 1 Present, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for three months, through October 2015, and would transfer $8.1 billion from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover shortfalls during that time.

Veterans Affairs Accountability - Passage - Vote Passed (256-170, 7 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would expand the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to remove or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct.

Coal Combustion Residuals - Passage - Vote Passed (258-166, 9 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would establish minimum federal standards regarding the disposal and storage of coal combustion residuals (CCR) that would codify parts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule regarding coal ash, while superseding other elements of the rule.

Genetically Engineered Food - Passage - Vote Passed (275-150, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would require the Agriculture Department to establish a voluntary national genetically engineered (GE) food certification program under which food producers could label their product as including or not including genetically modified ingredients.

Sanctuary Cities - Passage - Vote Passed (241-179, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would withhold certain federal law enforcement grants to state and local governments that bar their officials from taking certain immigration-related actions, such as gathering or maintaining information on the immigration or citizenship status of individuals or sharing such information with federal immigration authorities.

Veterans Loans - Passage - Vote Passed (410-1, 22 Not Voting) - The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would permanently waive the guarantee fee for veterans and their spouses applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) express loans, beginning Oct. 1, 2015.

Transportation Funding and California Drought - Passage - Vote Passed (312-119, 2 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs through Dec. 18, 2015 and would transfer $8.1 billion in funding from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls over that time.

California Drought - Passage - Vote Passed (245-176, 12 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would require that more water from Northern California be pumped south for agricultural uses in the Central Valley in times of drought, and would require the Interior and Commerce departments to approve any emergency projects or operations that would quickly provide additional water to those users.

Elementary and Second Education Act Overhaul - Passage - Vote Passed (218-213, 3 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill, as amended, that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and would make fundamental changes to many of its programs through Fiscal 2019.

National Forest Management - Passage - Vote Passed (262-167, 4 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill, as amended, that modify federal forest management practices to increase timber production on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands as a means of promoting greater forest health and reducing wildfires, and it seeks to end the "borrowing" of fire prevention funding for fire suppression efforts by providing funding to fight certain catastrophic wildfires from FEMA's disaster relief fund.

Medical Funding and Authorization - Passage - Vote Passed (344-77, 12 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would modify current federal processes involving medical research, developing drugs and other treatments, and testing and approving those drugs and treatments in an effort to accelerate the development and delivery of cures to diseases and medical conditions.

IPAB Repeal - Passage - Vote Passed (244-154, 35 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would repeal the provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul that created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is designed to recommend cost-cutting measures if Medicare spending exceeds a target growth rate.

EPA Carbon Emission Rules -- Passage - Vote Passed (247-180, 6 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would postpone the dates by when states and existing fossil-fuel power plants must comply with current or future EPA rules to reduce carbon emissions until all judicial challenges are completed, and it allows state governors to opt out of developing an emissions reduction plan or complying with a federal plan for existing plants if he or she determines that the requirement would have an adverse effect on electricity ratepayers.

U.S. Citizens in Iran - Passage - Vote Passed (391-0, 42 Not Voting) The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran should immediately release U.S. citizens Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini and provide all known information on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson.

Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization - Passage - Vote Passed (247-178, 8 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would authorize classified amounts in FY 2016 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security Department and other agencies.

Iraq Troop Withdraw - Passage - Vote Failed (139-288, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting) The House rejected a concurrent resolution that would direct the president to withdraw U.S. forces deployed to Iraq in support of operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, other than armed forces required to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel within 30 days of enactment.

CFTC Operations - Passage - Vote Passed (246-171, 15 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) through fiscal 2019 and amend the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. The bill would make numerous changes to CFTC operations.

Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Vote Passed (216-210, 7 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would appropriate $108.7 billion in fiscal 2016, including $55.3 billion in discretionary spending, for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

Police Body Cameras - Passage - Vote Passed (421-6, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting) - The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt a resolution that would recognize the potential for the use of body-worn cameras by on-duty law enforcement officers to improve community relations, increase transparency and protect.

Meat Labeling - Passage - Vote Passed (300-131, 2 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would repeal U.S. country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken that is sold in the United States.

Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations - Passage - Vote Passed (278-149, 6 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would provide $578.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Defense department in fiscal 2016.

Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization - Passage - Vote Passed (225-152, 55 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act through fiscal year 2019. The measure would authorize $397 million annually through fiscal year 2019 for federal activities to carry out the law.

Fiscal 2016 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations -- Passage - Vote Passed (242-183, 7 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would provide $51.4 billion in discretionary funds in fiscal 2016 for the departments of Commerce and Justice and other agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Anti-Human Trafficking Programs and Victims Fund - Passage - Vote Passed (420-3, 9 Not Voting) - The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would authorize a number of programs to combat sex trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors.

Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Passage - Vote Passed (357-67, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would provide $3.3 billion for legislative branch operations, excluding Senate operations, in fiscal 2016.

Science Programs Reauthorization - Passage - Vote Passed (217-205, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would authorize $32.9 billion over fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 for a number of agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities.

Waters of the United States - Passage - Vote Passed (261-155, 16 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would effectively block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing a proposed rule regarding the definition of the "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.

Twenty-Week Abortion Ban - Passage - Vote Passed (242-184, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban.

Iran Nuclear Agreement Congressional Review - Passage - Vote Passed (400-25, 7 Not Voting) The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendments to the bill that would require that Congress be given an opportunity to review any final international agreement on Iran's nuclear program before the president could waive or suspend any sanctions on Iran that were imposed by Congress.

Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization - Passage - Vote Passed (269-151, 12 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would authorize $604.2 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $89.2 billion for overseas contingency operations, of which $38.3 billion would be authorized for non-war base budget operations and maintenance.

Fiscal 2016 Military Construction - VA Appropriations - Passage - Vote Passed (255-163, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would provide $171.1 billion in fiscal 2016 for the Veterans Affairs department, military construction and military housing. It would provide $76.6 billion in discretionary spending, including $60.2 billion for veterans' health programs.

D.C. Reproductive Health Law - Passage - Vote Passed (228-192, 11 Not Voting) - The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for disapproval and repeal of the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on an individual's reproductive health decisions.

Fiscal 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations - Passage - Vote Passed (240-177, 14 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would provide $36.1 billion in fiscal 2016 to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities.

Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Passage - Vote Passed (235-183, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would formally establish three advisory boards with which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) must consult on matters regarding small businesses, credit unions and community banks. The measure is offset by limiting funding for the CFPB in future years.

Manufactured Housing High-Cost Mortgages - Passage - Vote Passed (263-162, 6 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would modify federal rules regarding high-cost-mortgages as they apply to manufactured housing, specifically by changing the definitions of "high-cost mortgage" and "mortgage originator" under federal law to reduce associated regulatory requirements.

  • State and Local Sales Tax Deductions - Passage - Vote Passed (272-152, 7 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would make permanent the ability of taxpayers to deduct state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes, which expired at the end of 2014. The measure would be effective for tax years beginning with 2015.
  • Estate Tax Repeal - Passage - Vote Passed (240-179, 12 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. The measure also would repeal the generation-skipping transfer tax and reduce the top marginal rate for the federal gift tax from 40 percent to 35 percent.

    Ukraine Military Assistance - Passage - Vote Passed (348-48, 36 Not Voting) - The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution stating that the House of Representatives "strongly urges" the president to fully and immediately exercise authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons systems in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to defend their sovereign territory from the "unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation."

    Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning - Passage - Vote Passed (420-0, 12 Not Voting) - The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to annually submit to Congress a future-years veterans program with its budget request.

    Volunteer Firefighters' Healthcare - Passage - Vote Passed (415-0, 17 Not Voting) - The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that qualified services rendered as a bona fide volunteer to an eligible employer do not count as employee hours of service for the purposes of the employer mandate under the 2010 health care overhaul.

    EPA Rule-Making Guidelines - Passage - Vote Passed (241-175, 16 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other covered action unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public so the research can be independently analyzed and reproduced.

    NLRB Case Representation Procedures - Passage - Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting) - The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval and nullification of the National Labor Relations Board rule relating to case representation procedures.

    Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Motion to Recede and Concur - Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting) - The House agreed to a motion made by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho., to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill (HR 240) that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The motion cleared the bill for the president.

    Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Motion to Recede and Concur - Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting) - The House agreed to a motion made by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho., to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill (HR 240) that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The motion cleared the bill for the president.

    Fiscal 2015 Homeland Department Continuing Resolution - Passage - Vote Failed (203-224, 6 Not Voting) - The House rejected a joint resolution that would make further continuing appropriations for the Homeland Security Department for fiscal 2015.

    Education Savings Plan Expansion - Passage - Vote Passed (401-20, 11 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would permanently expand the use of "529" educational savings plans by allowing tax-free distributions for students to buy computers and software.

    Amtrak Reauthorization Passage - Vote Passed (316-101, 15 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would reauthorize Amtrak through fiscal 2019, and restructure funding according to Amtrak's major lines of business.

    Keystone XL Pipeline - Passage - Vote Passed (270-152, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state.

    Small Business Tax Extenders - Passage - Vote Passed (272-142, 18 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would that would make permanent increased expensing limitations in the tax code that allow small businesses to deduct up to $500,000 of their equipment costs for a maximum of $2 million worth of property.

    Healthcare Overhaul Repeal - Passage - Vote Passed (239-186, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul.

    Small Business Regulatory Revisions - Passage - Vote Passed (260-163, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would give the Small Business Administration new authority to ensure that federal agencies comply with a 1980 law requiring that they be flexible in taking regulatory actions that affect small businesses, including by getting more directly involved with an agency's reviews of proposed rules and requiring SBA to convene panels of small entities to review rules proposals.

    Liquefied Natural Gas Exports - Passage - Vote Passed (277-133, 23 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to make a decision on pending applications to export liquefied natural gas within 30 days of the bill's enactment or at the end of the public comment period, whichever is later.

    Gas Pipeline Permit Deadlines - Passage - Vote Passed (253-169, 11 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny a natural gas pipeline project within one year after receiving a completed application.

    Federal Abortion Funding Ban - Passage - Vote Passed (242-179, 12 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities or staff to provide abortion coverage and services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the woman. I

    Rulemaking Process Overhaul - Passage - Vote Passed (250-175, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would modify the federal rulemaking process by requiring agencies to estimate the cost of proposed regulations and consider new criteria, including potential costs and benefits of alternatives.

    Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations - Passage - Vote Passed (236-191, 6 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities.

    Financial Regulatory Revisions - Passage - Vote Passed (271-154, 8 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would modify numerous requirements under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul.

    Healthcare Employer Mandate - Passage - Vote Passed (252-172, 5 Not Voting) - This bill would modify who is covered as a full-time employee under the employer mandate in the 2010 health care law by replacing the 30 hour-a-week threshold with 40 hours per week.

    Keystone XL Pipeline - Passage - Vote Passed (266-153, 1 Present, 9 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state.

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