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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 13, 2015
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July 13, 2015

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

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Cloture
  • House: Elementary and Second Education Act Overhaul – Passage
  • House: National Forest Management – Passage
  • House: Medical Funding and Authorization – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: No Child Left Behind Act Overhaul
  • House: Superstorm Sandy Relief Act of 2015
  • House: Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Cloture - Vote Agreed to (81-15, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to insist upon the Senate amendment and agree to the request by the House for a conference on the measure that would authorize funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016. The motion also would authorize the presiding officer to appoint conferees.

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

Recent House Votes

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. The bill would allow Title I funding to follow individual students to other schools, and eliminates more than 65 elementary and secondary education programs and merges their funding. In addition, the new Title I block grant would give states greater flexibility in how funds are used.

Rep. Mark Takai voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO

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. The bill would also provide for expedited actions by federal agencies by expanding the types of forestry activities that can occur without environmental impact statements and by accelerating environmental reviews for salvage operations and reforestation activities after catastrophic events.

Rep. Mark Takai voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO

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. It would also reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years and includes numerous initiatives to promote medical research and attract young scientists, and it reauthorizes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) activities for five years and modifies elements of FDA's drug and medical device review and approval process to accelerate the approval and distribution of new drugs and medical devices for diseases and conditions that don't currently have treatments.

Rep. Mark Takai voted YES

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES

Upcoming Votes

No Child Left Behind Act Overhaul - S1177

The bill would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that every child achieves.

Superstorm Sandy Relief Act of 2015 - HR208

The bill would require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a program to make loans to certain businesses, homeowners, and renters affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 - HR2898

The bill would provide drought relief in the State of California, and for other purposes.

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