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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 3, 2014
By Congress.org @ 1:57 PM :: 3059 Views :: Congressional Delegation
March 3, 2014

In this MegaVote for Hawaii's 1st & 2nd Congressional Districts:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Veterans Benefits -- Cloture
  • Senate: Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave
  • House: Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage
  • House: Eminent Domain Authority – Passage
  • House: Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013
  • House: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
  • House: Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act

Recent Senate Votes
Veterans Benefits -- Cloture - Vote Agreed to (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted YES
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted YES


Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave - Vote Rejected (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veterans benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted YES
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted YES


Recent House Votes
Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage - Vote Passed (295-114, 21 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made "unlocking" cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires. 

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted YES
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO



Eminent Domain Authority – Passage - Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations. 

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted YES
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES



Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage - Vote Passed (236-179, 15 Not Voting)

A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House on Thursday. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency's rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa voted NO
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO



Upcoming Votes
Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 - S.1086

The Senate will vote on motion to proceed on the Child Care and Development Block Grant program reauthorization.



Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act - HR3370

On Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a homeowner flood insurance measure.



Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act - HR4118

The House will also vote on a bill delaying penalties for the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act.



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