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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 16, 2016
By Congress.org @ 12:27 PM :: 4019 Views :: Congressional Delegation

February 16, 2016

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

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: North Korea Sanctions – Passage
  • Senate: Customs and Trade Enforcement – Cloture
  • Senate: Customs and Trade Enforcement – Passage
  • House: Limit on National Science Foundation – Passage
  • House: Debt Reduction Plans – Passage
  • House: Menu Nutrition Disclosures – Passage
  • House: North Korea Sanctions – Concur in the Senate Amendment

Editor's Note: The House is not in session this week.
The Senate is not in session this week.

Recent Senate Votes

North Korea Sanctions – Passage - Vote Passed (96-0, 4 Not Voting)

The measure, as amended, expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

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


Customs and Trade Enforcement – Cloture - Vote Agreed to (73-22, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted NO
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted NO
Customs and Trade Enforcement – Passage - Vote Agreed to (75-20, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted NO
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted NO

Recent House Votes

Limit on National Science Foundation – Passage - Vote Passed (236-178, 19 Not Voting)

The bill allows the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award grants or enter into cooperative agreements for basic research and science education only if it determines that the grant or cooperative agreement promotes the progress of science in the United States and is consistent with the NSF's mission.

Rep. Mark Takai voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO


Debt Reduction Plans – Passage - Vote Passed (267-151, 15 Not Voting)

The measure requires the Treasury secretary to appear before Congress within a couple of months before the federal government is projected to reach the legal debt limit and report on the state of the nation's public debt and the drivers of increasing debt, the impact of increasing debt and the administration's plans for reducing debt in the short, medium and long terms.

Rep. Mark Takai voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO 


Menu Nutrition Disclosures – Passage - Vote Passed (266-144, 1 Present, 22 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to modify its rules regarding the nutrition information that restaurants and other retail food establishments must provide to customers.

Rep. Mark Takai voted YES

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO


North Korea Sanctions – Concur in the Senate Amendment - Vote Passed (408-2, 23 Not Voting)

The final version of the legislation expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

Rep. Mark Takai voted YES

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES

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