Vote Note 7th & 16th CD

From: Nancy B-N
Sent on: Monday, March 18, 2013 8:43 PM
In this VoteNote for Ohio's 7th & 16th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

Senate: FY 2013 Continuing Appropriations – Amendment 
House: TANF Reauthorization, Welfare Rule Repeal – Final Passage 
House: Consolidation of Job Training Programs – Final Passage 
Upcoming Congressional Bills

Senate: Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 
House: Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023 
House: Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 

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Recent Senate Votes 
FY 2013 Continuing Appropriations – Amendment - Vote Rejected (45-52, 3 Not Voting)

At the end of last week, the Senate was mired in disagreement over how to proceed with amendment votes on a measure to keep the government running past March 27. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and lead appropriators Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., had hoped to complete debate and pass the bill by Friday. By late Thursday, however, it became clear that there were too many amendments to work through and little agreement on how to proceed, leading Reid to file cloture on the bill. The bill under consideration is largely identical to one passed by the House two weeks ago, though it adds full appropriations for the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Sci­ence and Homeland Security accounts. President Obama has stated his support for the more expansive Senate version. Before adjourning for the week, senators did vote on a handful of amendments, starting with one offered by Texas Republican Ted Cruz to cut off funding through the end of FY 13 for implementation of and rulemaking related to the 2010 health care overhaul. The Cruz amendment was defeated by a party-line vote of 45-52. The upper chamber also rejected amendments from Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to increase funding for education and medical research (Roll Call 36) and from Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn to put in place a hiring freeze for non-essential federal employees (Roll Call 37). An amendment from John McCain, R-Ariz., to remove funding for infrastructure projects in Guam was adopted after Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois failed to table it (Roll Call 35).

Sen. Rob Portman voted 
YES
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Sen. Sherrod Brown voted 
NO
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Recent House Votes 
TANF Reauthorization, Welfare Rule Repeal – Final Passage - Vote Passed (246-181, 4 Not Voting)

The House moved last week to reauthorize the federal government’s main welfare program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), through the end of the year. Legislation is needed because authorizing language was not included in the continuing resolution. The bill also contains language forbidding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from taking further action on a program to give states flexibility in carrying out their welfare programs. HHS issued a memorandum last July proposing to waive certain TANF requirements if states could demonstrate success in moving welfare recipients into paid employment. Republicans have decried the move as essentially ending the work requirement embedded in TANF. The administration, in a policy statement issued on H.R. 890, noted that the HHS waivers were initially requested by governors and are intended to grant flexibility. The Senate is not likely to take up this bill, though TANF will need to be reauthorized by March 27, when its mandate expires.

Rep. Bob Gibbs voted 
YES
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Consolidation of Job Training Programs – Final Passage - Vote Passed (215-202, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a controversial measure last week to consolidate about three dozen federal job training programs into a single “Workforce Investment Fund.” Republican bill sponsor Virginia Foxx of North Carolina argued that the bill was necessary to cut down on duplicative programs that confuse and ultimately do little to help workers. Democrats almost uniformly opposed the measure, with only Blue Dogs John Barrow and Jim Matheson voting for the bill. Though Republicans claimed they were responding to President Obama’s challenge in his 2012 State of the Union address to “cut through the maze of confusing training programs,” the administration released a statement critical of the bill, saying it went too far by eliminating certain programs without providing additional assistance for vulnerable populations.

Rep. Bob Gibbs voted 
YES
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Recent House Votes 
TANF Reauthorization, Welfare Rule Repeal – Final Passage - Vote Passed (246-181, 4 Not Voting)

The House moved last week to reauthorize the federal government’s main welfare program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), through the end of the year. Legislation is needed because authorizing language was not included in the continuing resolution. The bill also contains language forbidding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from taking further action on a program to give states flexibility in carrying out their welfare programs. HHS issued a memorandum last July proposing to waive certain TANF requirements if states could demonstrate success in moving welfare recipients into paid employment. Republicans have decried the move as essentially ending the work requirement embedded in TANF. The administration, in a policy statement issued on H.R. 890, noted that the HHS waivers were initially requested by governors and are intended to grant flexibility. The Senate is not likely to take up this bill, though TANF will need to be reauthorized by March 27, when its mandate expires.

Rep. James Renacci voted 
YES
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Consolidation of Job Training Programs – Final Passage - Vote Passed (215-202, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed a controversial measure last week to consolidate about three dozen federal job training programs into a single “Workforce Investment Fund.” Republican bill sponsor Virginia Foxx of North Carolina argued that the bill was necessary to cut down on duplicative programs that confuse and ultimately do little to help workers. Democrats almost uniformly opposed the measure, with only Blue Dogs John Barrow and Jim Matheson voting for the bill. Though Republicans claimed they were responding to President Obama’s challenge in his 2012 State of the Union address to “cut through the maze of confusing training programs,” the administration released a statement critical of the bill, saying it went too far by eliminating certain programs without providing additional assistance for vulnerable populations.

Rep. James Renacci voted 
YES
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Upcoming Votes 
Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 - H.R.933

The Senate will be fully preoccupied this week with attempting to pass the government-funding bill. A cloture vote is set for Monday afternoon if agreement on amendments is not reached before then.




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Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023 - H.CON.RES.25

The House will debate and pass its budget resolution setting spending targets for the next decade. Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s vision includes the same controversial changes to entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid as it has in previous years. This budget also institutes nearly $6 trillion in spending cuts to achieve a balanced budget by FY 2023.




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Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 - H.R.933

If the Senate can pass the CR, the House may be able to clear the bill and get it to the president’s desk this week.


 

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Nancy
There is No Left and Right
There is Only Tyranny and Freedom

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