CCAGW Annual Ratings
Vote Descriptions

Senate Votes

Senate Vote Debt Limit Disapproval - Motion to Proceed H J Res 98
January 26 2012 - McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would disapprove of a request by the president for a $1.2 trillion debt limit increase. Current law provides for a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt limit upon certification from the president that the debt is within $100 billion of the debt limit unless a disapproval measure is enacted. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 44-52 : D 2-49; R 42-1; I 0-2


Senate Vote 8 Congressional Insider-Trading Ban - Earmark Prohibition S 2038
February 2 2012 - Toomey, R-Pa., amendment no. 1472 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 1470. The Toomey amendment would prohibit the congressional practice of targeting money to individual projects in spending and authorization bills, known as earmarking, by establishing points of order in the House and Senate against the practice. The substitute would clarify that members of Congress and their aides are covered by current Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that bar the use of non-public information for trading stocks and bonds. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Toomey amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 40-59 : D 7-44; R 33-13; I 0-2


Senate Vote 10 Congressional Insider-Trading Ban - CRS Reporting Requirements S 2038
February 2 2012 - Coburn, R-Okla. amendment no. 1473 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 1470. The Coburn amendment would amend Senate rules to require the Congressional Research Service to conduct an analysis of legislation before it reaches the Senate floor to determine if the bill would create duplicative government programs. The substitute would clarify that members of Congress and their aides are covered by current Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that bar the use of non-public information for trading stocks and bonds. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to two-thirds of senators present and voting (66 in this case).

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 60-39 : D 14-37; R 46-0; I 0-2


Senate Vote 11 Congressional Insider-Trading Ban - Congressional Term Limits S 2038
February 2 2012 - DeMint, R-S.C., amendment no. 1488 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 1470. The DeMint amendment would express the sense of the Senate in support of amending the Constitution to provide for congressional term limits. The substitute would clarify that members of Congress and their aides are covered by current Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that bar the use of non-public information for trading stocks and bonds. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the DeMint amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 24-75 : D 1-50; R 23-23; I 0-2


Senate Vote 20 Surface Transportation Authorization - Cloture S 1813
February 17 2012 - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., amendment no. 1633 that would add safety, revenue and public transit titles to a bill that would authorize federal highway programs for two years. Note: Three-fifths of the total Senate (60) is required to invoke cloture.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion rejected 54-42 : D 50-0; R 2-42; I 2-0


Senate Vote 28 Surface Transportation Authorization - Outer Continental Shelf Leases S 1813
March 8 2012 - Vitter, R-La., amendment no. 1535 that would provide for implementation of a 2008 offshore drilling plan. It would allow new oil and gas leases throughout the outer continental shelf. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Vitter amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 43-55 : D 3-48; R 40-5; I 0-2


Senate Vote 30 Surface Transportation Authorization - Boiler Emmission Standards S 1813
March 8 2012 - Collins, R-Maine, amendment no. 1660 that would delay the implementation of EPA emission standards for industrial and commercial boilers, known as Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards, and grant the agency 15 months to propose new rules. It would delay the compliance date for the new rules by five years. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Collins amendment to 60 votes. A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 52-46 : D 8-43; R 44-1; I 0-2


Senate Vote 31 Surface Transportation Authorization - Duplicative Government Programs S 1813
March 8 2012 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 1738 that would direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to coordinate, within 150 days, with department and agency officials to eliminate and consolidate duplicative government programs identified in two Government Accountability Office Reports. OMB would be required to find at least $10 billion in spending rescissions. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 52-46 : D 7-44; R 45-0; I 0-2


Senate Vote 34 Surface Transportation Authorization - Keystone XL Pipeline S 1813
March 8 2012 - Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment no. 1537 that would provide for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the United States. It would require that the route for the pipeline in Nebraska be submitted by the state of Nebraska. It also would provide for certain environmental protections. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Hoeven amendment to 60 votes. A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 56-42 : D 11-40; R 45-0; I 0-2


Senate Vote 36 Surface Transportation Authorization - State Discretionary Authority S 1813
March 13 2012 - DeMint, R-S.C., substitute amendment no. 1756 that would provide additional flexibility for state surface transportation projects and reauthorize certain core highway programs through fiscal 2018. It would specify that only projects funded by the federal government would be considered federal-aid highways. It also would reduce the federal tax rates for gasoline and other fuels that fund the Highway Trust Fund.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 30-67 : D 0-50; R 30-15; I 0-2


Senate Vote 43 Surface Transportation Authorization - Federal Highway Program Opt-Out S 1813
March 13 2012 - Portman, R-Ohio, amendment no. 1736 that would allow states to opt out of receiving apportioned or allocated funding and instead receive the amount they paid in taxes to the Highway Trust Fund, reduced by a pro-rated amount withheld by the Transportation secretary to fund certain programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 30-68 : D 0-51; R 30-15; I 0-2


Senate Vote 52 Small Business Startups - Cloture HR 3606
March 20 2012 - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Cantwell, D-Wash., amendment no. 1836 that would reauthorize the charter for the Export-Import bank for four years and increase its lending cap by $40 billion. Note: Three-fifths of the total Senate (60) is required to invoke cloture.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion rejected 55-44 : D 51-0; R 3-43; I 1-1


Senate Vote 70 Postal Service Overhaul - Postal Reorganization S 1789
April 24 2012 - McCain, R-Ariz., amendment no. 2044 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The McCain amendment would establish a new Commission on Postal Reorganization responsible for providing recommendations for postal facility closures and consolidations. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the McCain amendment to 60 votes. April 24, 2012, on the legislative day April 23, 2012.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 30-69 : D 0-51; R 30-16; I 0-2


Senate Vote 71 Postal Service Overhaul - Mandatory Retirement S 1789
April 24 2012 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 2061 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The Coburn amendment would allow the U.S. postmaster general to require employees of the postal service eligible for retirement to retire, beginning two years after enactment of the bill. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to 60 votes. April 24, 2012, on the legislative day April 23, 2012.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 33-65 : D 0-51; R 33-12; I 0-2


Senate Vote 72 Postal Service Overhaul - Delivery Service S 1789
April 24 2012 - Udall, D-N.M., amendment no. 2043 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The Udall amendment would strike provisions in the bill that would allow for reducing delivery service to five days a week starting two years from the date of the bill's enactment. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Udall amendment to 60 votes. April 24, 2012, on the legislative day April 23, 2012.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected 43-56 : D 41-10; R 1-45; I 1-1


Senate Vote 74 Postal Service Overhaul - Delivery Service S 1789
April 24 2012 - Corker, R-Tenn., amendment no. 2083 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The Corker amendment would allow the Postal Service to transition immediately to a delivery service of five days per week. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Corker amendment to 60 votes. April 24, 2012, on the legislative day April 23, 2012.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 29-70 : D 0-51; R 29-17; I 0-2


Senate Vote 76 Postal Service Overhaul - Mailbox Usage S 1789
April 24 2012 - Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 2025 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The Paul amendment would allow mailbox owners to determine whether to allow organizations or entities other than the Postal Service to put things in their mailboxes. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Paul amendment to 60 votes. April 24, 2012, on the legislative day April 23, 2012.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 35-64 : D 0-51; R 35-11; I 0-2


Senate Vote 77 Postal Service Overhaul - Closure Moratorium S 1789
April 25 2012 - Manchin, D-W.Va., amendment no. 2079 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The Manchin amendment would place a two-year moratorium on the closure of post offices and mail processing facilities. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Manchin amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected 43-53 : D 38-12; R 4-40; I 1-1


Senate Vote 78 Postal Service Overhaul - Local Mail Delivery Pilot Program S 1789
April 25 2012 - Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 2028 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The Paul amendment would establish a pilot program to allow local postmasters to determine the best ways to process and deliver mail within their jurisdictions, with approval of the Postal Regulatory Commission. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Paul amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 35-64 : D 0-51; R 35-11; I 0-2


Senate Vote 79 Postal Service Overhaul - Collective Bargaining S 1789
April 25 2012 - Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 2039 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The Paul amendment would prohibit collective bargaining by Postal Service employees. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Paul amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 23-76 : D 0-51; R 23-23; I 0-2


Senate Vote 81 Postal Service Overhaul - Union Dues S 1789
April 25 2012 - DeMint, R-S.C., amendment no. 2046 to the Lieberman, I-Conn., substitute amendment no. 2000. The DeMint amendment would bar the use of union dues paid by Postal Service employees for purposes other than collective bargaining and similar activities without an annual certification. The substitute would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the DeMint amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 46-53 : D 0-51; R 46-0; I 0-2


Senate Vote 82 Postal Service Overhaul - Passage S 1789
April 25 2012 - Passage of the bill that would allow the Postal Service to recoup about $11 billion in overpayments to a retirement account and use the money to provide financial incentives to some 100,000 employees to retire. It also would delay for two years a cost-savings plan to eliminate Saturday postal deliveries. As amended, it would establish limits on the compensation of executives of the Postal Service. It would direct the postmaster general to maintain overnight delivery for some first-class mail for the next three years. It also would allow the operation of only one post office on each side of the Capitol complex. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for passage of the bill to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 62-37 : D 47-4; R 13-33; I 2-0


Senate Vote 91 Export-Import Bank - Termination HR 2072
May 15 2012 - Lee, R-Utah, amendment no. 2100 that would terminate the Export-Import Bank one year after reauthorization and direct the president to pursue negotiations with other countries to end export subsidies. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Lee amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 12-86 : D 0-50; R 12-34; I 0-2


Senate Vote 96 Export-Import Bank - Passage HR 2072
May 15 2012 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize through Sept. 30, 2014 the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank. It would incrementally increase to $140 billion, from $100 billion, the cap on outstanding loans, guarantees and insurance that the bank is authorized to have at any given time. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for passage of the bill to 60 votes. A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed (thus cleared for the president) 78-20 : D 50-0; R 27-19; I 1-1


Senate Vote 98 House Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Motion to Proceed H Con Res 112
May 16 2012 - Conrad, D-N.D., motion to proceed to the concurrent resolution that would allow $2.794 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 41-58 : D 0-51; R 41-5; I 0-2


Senate Vote 99 Toomey Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Motion to Proceed S Con Res 37
May 16 2012 - Conrad, D-N.D., motion to proceed to the concurrent resolution that would allow $2.843 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 42-57 : D 0-51; R 42-4; I 0-2


Senate Vote 108 FDA User Fees - Canadian Drug Importation S 3187
May 24 2012 - McCain, R-Ariz., amendment no. 2107 that would allow the importation by individuals of drugs from approved Canadian online pharmacies. It would require the Health and Human Services secretary to publish on the Food and Drug Administration website a list of approved Canadian pharmacies, including their website addresses. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the McCain amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected 43-54 : D 26-24; R 16-29; I 1-1


Senate Vote 119 Farm Programs - Sugar Program Repeal S 3240
June 13 2012 - Reid, D-Nev., motion to table (kill) the Reid amendment no. 2393 to the Reid amendment no. 2392 to the motion to recommit the bill to the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. The Reid amendment no. 2393 would phase out the federal price-support program for sugar, eliminating the funding entirely for crop year 2015. The Reid amendment no. 2392 would replace the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with block grants to states to provide nutrition assistance. The motion would recommit the bill to the committee with instruction to report it back immediately with a Reid perfecting amendment no. 2391 that would replace the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with block grants to states to provide nutrition assistance.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 50-46 : D 32-16; R 16-30; I 2-0


Senate Vote 123 Farm Programs - Value-Added Agricultural Products S 3240
June 19 2012 - Ayotte, R-N.H., amendment no. 2192 that would overhaul the grant program for producers of value-added agricultural products, which are products that are modified to expand a product's customer base and increase the revenue share of its producers. Grants could not be provided to producers of alcoholic beverages.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 38-61 : D 1-50; R 37-9; I 0-2


Senate Vote 124 Farm Programs - Milk Prices S 3240
June 19 2012 - Snowe, R-Maine, amendment no. 2190 that would direct the Agriculture secretary to eliminate end-product price formulas in setting certain milk prices. It also would overhaul the process of amending federal milk marketing orders.Sessions, R-Ala., amendment no. 2174 that would restrict categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, to recipients of cash assistance from other state and federal aid programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 66-33 : D 42-9; R 22-24; I 2-0


Senate Vote 125 Farm Programs - Loan Marketing Payment Limits S 3240
June 19 2012 - Grassley, R-Iowa, amendment no. 2167 that would set payment limits for marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments on certain agricultural commodities. The payment limit for peanuts and other covered commodities would be $75,000.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 75-24 : D 45-6; R 29-17; I 1-1


Senate Vote 126 Farm Programs - Commodity Credit Corporation Program Funding S 3240
June 19 2012 - Brown, D-Ohio, amendment no. 2445 that would provide $150 million for various rural development programs administered by the Commodity Credit Corporation as well as $50 million in funding for water and sewer projects in small rural communities.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 55-44 : D 50-1; R 3-43; I 2-0


Senate Vote 127 Farm Programs - SNAP Eligibility S 3240
June 19 2012 - Sessions, R-Ala., amendment no. 2174 that would restrict categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, to recipients of cash assistance from other state and federal aid programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 43-56 : D 1-50; R 42-4; I 0-2


Senate Vote 128 Farm Programs - Pulse Crops for School Meals S 3240
June 19 2012 - Cantwell, D-Wash., amendment no. 2370 that would direct the Agriculture secretary to purchase pulse crop products, derived from dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas, for school meal programs.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 58-41 : D 50-1; R 6-40; I 2-0


Senate Vote 129 Farm Programs - SNAP Bonus Payments S 3240
June 19 2012 - Sessions, R-Ala., amendment no. 2172 that would repeal provisions allowing bonus payments to states under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 41-58 : D 0-51; R 41-5; I 0-2


Senate Vote 131 Farm Programs - Income Limit on Beneficiaries S 3240
June 19 2012 - Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 2181 that would establish a $250,000 limit on adjusted gross income for recipients of benefits provided under the bill.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 15-84 : D 1-50; R 14-32; I 0-2


Senate Vote 134 Farm Programs - Organic Certification Cost Share Assistance S 3240
June 19 2012 - Toomey, R-Pa., amendment no. 2217 that would eliminate the Agriculture Department's National Organic Certification Cost Share Program and Agricultural Management Assistance Program, which reimburse producers for costs associated with certifying organic agricultural products.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 42-57 : D 1-50; R 41-5; I 0-2


Senate Vote 136 Farm Programs - Broadband Access Funding S 3240
June 19 2012 - DeMint, R-S.C., amendment no. 2263 that would maintain funding at current levels for programs that provide access to broadband telecommunications services in rural areas.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54 : D 0-51; R 45-1; I 0-2


Senate Vote 141 Farm Programs - Rural Broadband S 3240
June 20 2012 - DeMint, R-S.C., amendment no. 2273 that would eliminate the authority of the Agriculture Department to increase the federal share of certain new grants for rural broadband development beyond 50 percent.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 44-55 : D 1-50; R 43-3; I 0-2


Senate Vote 142 Farm Programs - Market Access Program S 3240
June 20 2012 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 2289 that would reduce by 20 percent the amount provided in the bill for the Agriculture Department's Market Access Program, which provides funding to help producers and trade associations finance promotional campaigns. The amendment would prohibit funding for wine tastings, reality television programs, animal spa products and food for cats and dogs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 30-69 : D 2-49; R 28-18; I 0-2


Senate Vote 143 Farm Programs - Conservation Income Limits S 3240
June 20 2012 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 2293 that would rescind the authority of the Agriculture secretary to grant waivers to allow individuals with non-farm adjusted gross income in excess of $1 million to receive payments for conservation programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 62-37 : D 15-36; R 46-0; I 1-1


Senate Vote 151 Farm Programs - Sugar Policy S 3240
June 20 2012 - Toomey, R-Pa., amendment no. 2433 that would rescind increases in price support levels and requirements for government sugar purchases enacted as part of the 2008 farm law. It also would repeal restrictions on import quotas for sugar.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 46-53 : D 18-33; R 28-18; I 0-2


Senate Vote 152 Farm Programs - Recommit S 3240
June 20 2012 - Lee, R-Utah, motion to recommit the bill to the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee with instructions that it be reported back with an amendment that would reduce authorization levels to $714.2 billion, matching 2008 levels.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 29-70 : D 0-51; R 29-17; I 0-2


Senate Vote 153 Farm Programs - Recommit S 3240
June 20 2012 - Johnson, R-Wis., motion to recommit the bill to the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee with instructions that it be reported back as two separate bills. One would contain the nutrition title of the bill, including provisions regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The other would contain all other provisions of the original bill.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 40-59 : D 0-51; R 40-6; I 0-2


Senate Vote 156 Farm Programs - Crop Insurance S 3240
June 20 2012 - Thune, R-S.D., amendment no. 2437 that would raise subsidized crop insurance premiums for policyholders with an adjusted gross income of more than $750,000 a year. The higher premiums would not take effect until the Agriculture Department conducted a study, in consultation with crop insurance companies, to determine whether the increase would significantly raise premiums for other farmers or increase the overall costs of the program.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 44-55 : D 16-35; R 27-19; I 1-1


Senate Vote 163 Farm Programs - Employee Wages S 3240
June 21 2012 - Rubio, R-Fla., amendment no. 2166 that would allow employers to pay higher wages to their employees, even if those wage increases were not agreed to under a collective bargaining agreement. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Rubio amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54 : D 0-51; R 45-1; I 0-2


Senate Vote 164 Farm Programs - Passage S 3240
June 21 2012 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize federal farm and nutrition programs for five years, including crop subsidies, food stamps, conservation, rural development and foreign food aid programs, for a total projected cost of roughly $969 billion over the next decade. It would reauthorize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for five years. The bill would eliminate direct payments and counter-cyclical payments, and replace it with a new supplemental coverage option, which would allow producers to purchase additional crop insurance coverage on an area yield and loss basis. Those with losses of between 11 percent and 21 percent could receive payment from the supplemental coverage, while losses in excess of 21 percent would be covered by crop insurance. It would authorize $175 million annually for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides assistance to food banks. It also would reauthorize the Export Credit Guarantee Program, which provides export credit guarantees to help finance the exports of U.S. agricultural products to countries where financing might not be available, but it would reduce current levels of export credit guarantees from $5.5 billion to $4.5 billion annually. The bill would lower the acreage cap of the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers and ranchers to remove erodible land from their production, from 33 million acres to 25 million acres. It also would make any person or entity with a non-farm adjusted gross income of more than $750,000 ineligible for payments from commodity programs, capped at $50,000 per entity under the bill. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for passage of the bill to 60 votes. A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 64-35 : D 46-5; R 16-30; I 2-0


Senate Vote 183 Tax Rates Extensions - Republican Substitute S 3412
July 25 2012 - McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2573 that would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all income levels for one year. It also would extend estate tax levels, with a 35 percent on estates worth more than $5 million. The substitute also would extend alternative minimum tax provisions through 2013.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54 : D 1-50; R 44-2; I 0-2


Senate Vote 184 Tax Rates Extensions - Passage S 3412
July 25 2012 - Passage of the bill that would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for one year on taxable income of up to $200,000 for single filers or up to $250,000 for joint filers. The bill would set the tax rate for adjusted gross income above $250,000 at 33 percent and for adjusted gross income above $400,000 at 35 percent. It also would expand the child tax credit and extend the college tuition tax credit and the earned-income tax credit. It would set tax rates for long-term capital gains and dividends at 20 percent. The bill also would allow a business property deduction of $250,000 and extend the alternative minimum tax provisions for 2012 income. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 51-48 : D 50-1; R 0-46; I 1-1


Senate Vote 206 Fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization - Alternative Fuels S 3254
November 28 2012 - Udall, D-Colo., amendment no. 2985 that would strike the section of the bill that would limit Defense Department procurement and production of alternative fuels to those that do not exceed the cost of traditional fossil fuels. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 62-37 : D 49-2; R 11-35; I 2-0


Senate Vote 209 Fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization - Biofuel Refineries S 3254
November 29 2012 - Hagan, D-N.C., amendment no. 3095 that would strike a section of the bill that would prohibit the Defense Department from entering into a contract to plan, refurbish or construct a biofuel refinery or similar facility unless authorized by law.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 54-41 : D 48-1; R 4-40; I 2-0


Senate Vote 239 Disaster Supplemental - Federal Cost Share HR 1
December 28 2012 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 3368 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 3395. The Coburn amendment would decrease the federal cost requirements for rebuilding certain damaged maritime assets such as harbors and locks to 65 percent of the Army Corps of Engineers costs rather than 90 percent. The substitute would provide $60.4 billion in emergency spending for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, including an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, $13 billion for mitigation projects, $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund and $10.8 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild public transit systems. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 44-51 : D 0-48; R 44-1; I 0-2


Senate Vote 240 Disaster Supplemental - Limitations on Fisheries Aid HR 1
December 28 2012 - Division II of the Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 3370 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 3395. Division II would prohibit supplemental funds from being used for commercial fisheries located more than 50 miles outside the boundaries of the designated disaster area. The substitute would provide $60.4 billion in emergency spending for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, including an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, $13 billion for mitigation projects, $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund and $10.8 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild public transit systems. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to divide the question on the Coburn amendment and to raise the majority requirement for adoption of each division of the amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 35-60 : D 2-46; R 33-12; I 0-2


Senate Vote 242 Disaster Supplemental - Competitive Disaster Recovery Contracts HR 1
December 28 2012 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 3382 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 3395, that would require merit-based and competitive awards of disaster recovery contracts. The substitute would provide $60.4 billion in emergency spending for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, including an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, $13 billion for mitigation projects, $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund and $10.8 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild public transit systems. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 48-47 : D 9-39; R 39-6; I 0-2


Senate Vote 243 Disaster Supplemental - Prevailing Wages HR 1
December 28 2012 - Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 3376 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 3395, that would bar the use of funds in the bill to administer or enforce prevailing wage requirements under the Davis-Bacon Act for public works projects. The substitute would provide $60.4 billion in emergency spending for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, including an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, $13 billion for mitigation projects, $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund and $10.8 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild public transit systems. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Paul amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 42-52 : D 0-47; R 42-3; I 0-2


Senate Vote 245 Disaster Supplemental - Forest Restoration Funding HR 1
December 28 2012 - McCain, R-Ariz., amendment no. 3355 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 3395, that would strike funding for an emergency forest restoration fund. The substitute would provide $60.4 billion in emergency spending for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, including an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, $13 billion for mitigation projects, $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund and $10.8 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild public transit systems. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the McCain amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 46-49 : D 3-45; R 43-2; I 0-2


Senate Vote 246 Disaster Supplemental - Motion to Waive HR 1
December 28 2012 - Merkley, D-Ore., motion to waive all applicable budget laws with respect to the Sessions, R-Ala., point of order on the Merkley amendment no. 3367 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 3395. The Merkley amendment would reimburse ranchers, fruit growers and farmers for lost crops, livestock and damaged land caused by drought or certain other natural disasters in the 2012 crop year. The substitute would provide $60.4 billion in emergency spending for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, including an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, $13 billion for mitigation projects, $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund and $10.8 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild public transit systems. Note: A three-fifths majority vote of the total Senate (60) is required to waive the applicable budget laws.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected 55-40 : D 48-0; R 5-40; I 2-0


Senate Vote 247 Disaster Supplemental - Republican Substitute HR 1
December 28 2012 - Coats, R-Ind., substitute amendment no. 3391 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 3395. The Coats amendment would provide $23.8 billion in emergency funding for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy. It would eliminate $13 billion in mitigation funds and spending on a variety of programs outside of the North Atlantic coastal region. The substitute would provide $60.4 billion in emergency spending for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy, including an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, $13 billion for mitigation projects, $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund and $10.8 billion to the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild public transit systems. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coats amendment to 60 votes. Subsequently, the Reid substitute amendment was adopted by voice vote.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 41-54 : D 0-48; R 41-4; I 0-2


House of Representatives Votes

House Vote 4 - H J Res 98, HJRES98: Debt Limit Disapproval - Passage
January 18 - Passage of the joint resolution that would disapprove of a request by the president for a $1.2 trillion debt limit increase. Current law provides for a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt limit upon certification from the president that the debt is within $100 billion of the debt limit unless a disapproval measure is enacted.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 239-176: R 233-1; D 6-175; I 0-0.


House Vote 18 - HR 1173, HR1173: Long-Term Care Program Repeal - Passage
February 01 - Passage of the bill that would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program authorized as part of the 2010 health care overhaul law. It also would shift funding for the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information from a mandatory appropriation to an authorization.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 267-159: R 239-0; D 28-159; I 0-0.


House Vote 19 - HR 3835, HR3835: Pay Freeze Extension - Passage
February 01 - Ross R-Fla. motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend an existing pay freeze on federal employees for an additional year through Dec. 31 2013 and apply the same pay freeze to members of Congress.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 309-117: R 237-2; D 72-115; I 0-0.


House Vote 30 - HR 3582, HR3582: Dynamic Scoring - Passage
February 02 - Passage of the bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office to prepare supplements to their cost estimates that include a macroeconomic impact analysis of the budgetary effects of major pieces of legislation a calculation known as dynamic scoring. The bill would exclude appropriations measures from the dynamic scoring requirement.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 242-179: R 238-0; D 4-179; I 0-0.


House Vote 32 - HR 3578, HR3578: Budget Baseline - Passage
February 03 - Passage of the bill that would amend current law governing the development of budget baselines to remove the assumption that discretionary spending will increase each year by the level of inflation. It would require the Congressional Budget Office to prepare an annual alternative baseline that shows the projected spending revenue deficits and debt that would occur if current tax policy was maintained.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 235-177: R 231-0; D 4-177; I 0-0.


House Vote 38 - HR 1734, HR1734: Civilian Property Realignment - Passage
February 07 - Passage of the bill that would establish an independent Civilian Property Realignment Commission that would make recommendations to the president about federal properties including public buildings occupied grounds or leased space to be consolidated sold exchanged or redeveloped. Congress would be required to take a vote on the commission's recommendations.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 259-164: R 238-1; D 21-163; I 0-0.


House Vote 42 - HR 3581, HR3581: Calculation of Federal Loans and Loan Guarantees - Passage
February 07 - Passage of the bill that would change the way costs of federal loans and loan guarantees are calculated for budget purposes. It would require costs of federal credit programs to be measured on a fair-value basis which incorporates a premium for market risk that more closely reflects the costs of loans offered in the private market. The bill would increase discretionary spending caps to accommodate resulting cost increases. It would require the budgets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be included in the federal budget and require departments and agencies to make publicly available the justifications used to prepare their annual budget requests.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 245-180: R 238-2; D 7-178; I 0-0.


House Vote 46 - HR 3521, HR3521: Expedited Line-Item Veto - Passage
February 08 - Passage of the bill that would grant the president expedited rescission authority over discretionary spending items in enacted appropriations bills which would be subject to an expedited up-or-down vote in Congress. Proposed rescissions would take effect only if Congress passes and the president signs a measure specifically approving the spending cuts. The expedited authority would expire Dec. 15 2015.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 254-173: R 197-41; D 57-132; I 0-0.


House Vote 71 - HR 3408, HR3408: Expanded Oil and Gas Production - Passage
February 16 - Passage of the bill that would open up a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and production and expand lease sales to include areas off the coast of southern California the eastern and central Gulf of Mexico and Virginia coastline and near Bristol Bay Alaska. The bill also would provide for approval of the 1700-mile Canadian tar sands Keystone XL pipeline and shift permitting authority for the project from the State Department to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As amended it would establish a trust fund for Gulf Coast restoration efforts.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 237-187: R 216-21; D 21-166; I 0-0.


House Vote 126 - HR 5, HR5: IPAB Repeal and Medical Malpratice Lawsuits - Passage
March 22 - Passage of the bill that would repeal the provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul laws that established the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) responsible for curbing Medicare costs. It would restore previous law provisions to maintain the current Medicare spending review process. The bill also would impose caps on some damages in malpractice lawsuits limit attorney fees and establish a statute of limitations for filing health care lawsuits. As amended the medical liability damage caps would also apply to medical professionals who volunteer at federally declared disaster sites.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 223-181: R 216-10; D 7-171; I 0-0.


House Vote 149 - H Con Res 112, HCONRES112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Republican Study Committee Substitute
March 29 - Garrett R-N.J. substitute amendment that would provide $2.663 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013 not including off-budget accounts. It would limit non-defense discretionary spending for fiscal 2013 to $931 billion. It would assume a health care overhaul that would beginning in 2023 transform Medicare into a health insurance program that provide premium subsidies to enrollees to help offset the cost of health insurance policies. It also would assume conversion of the federal share of Medicaid spending into a block grant to states that would be level-funded at $267 billion per year for the next 10 years. It would assume an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate the estate tax allow taxpayers to switch to a system with two tax brackets and cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285: R 136-104; D 0-181; I 0-0.


House Vote 151 - H Con Res 112, HCONRES112: Fiscal 2013 Budget Resolution - Adoption
March 29 - Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would provide $2.793 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013 not including off-budget accounts. It calls for limiting discretionary appropriations to $1.028 trillion in 2013 and for major cuts in non-defense discretionary and mandatory spending over the next 10 years. It would assume significant future savings by restructuring Medicare into a premium support system beginning in 2023 converting Medicaid and the food stamp program into block grants to states and repealing the 2010 health care overhaul. It calls for an overhaul of the tax code under which the alternative minimum tax would be repealed the six current individual income tax brackets would be consolidated into two tax credits and deductions would be eliminated or curtailed and the corporate tax code modified to reduce the top rate to 25 percent from 35 percent and converted into a territorial tax system where U.S. companies would pay tax only on income earned in the United States. It also would direct the Budget Committee to report a bill that would repeal the sequestration of discretionary spending set for January 2013 by the 2011 debt limit law and direct six House committees to find substitute savings from mandatory programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 228-191: R 228-10; D 0-181; I 0-0.


House Vote 192 - HR 3523, HR3523: Cybersecurity Information Sharing - Passage
April 26 - Passage of the bill that would require the director of national intelligence (DNI) to establish procedures to promote information sharing between the federal intelligence community and the private sector. It would require the DNI to issue guidelines for temporary or permanent security clearances to allow the government to share classified cybersecurity threat intelligence with certified entities. As amended the bill would limit the federal government's use of shared information to cybersecurity purposes as well as for the investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crimes and threats that could cause death or serious bodily harm and the protection of minors from child pornography or other sexual crimes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 248-168: R 206-28; D 42-140; I 0-0.


House Vote 203 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Spending Reduction
May 08 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by about 3 percent the amounts provided in the bill for various administrative and salaries and expenses accounts covered in the bill and direct $874.6 million to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 137-270: R 133-100; D 4-170; I 0-0.


House Vote 204 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - International Trade Administration Funding
May 08 - McClintock R-Calif. amendment that would reduce by $277.8 million the amount provided for International Trade Administration operations and administration and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 121-287: R 121-112; D 0-175; I 0-0.


House Vote 206 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Economic Development Administration Salaries and Expenses
May 08 - Scalise R-La. amendment that would reduce funding for Economic Development Administration salaries and expenses by $7.5 million and also reduce funding for the Commerce Department's management account by $10.7 million. The amendment would direct $18.2 million to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-233: R 172-61; D 2-172; I 0-0.


House Vote 207 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Economic Development Administration Grants
May 08 - Pompeo R-Kan. amendment that would eliminate $182 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) program grants and $37.5 million in EDA salaries and expenses and direct $219.5 million to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 129-279: R 129-104; D 0-175; I 0-0.


House Vote 208 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia
May 08 - Quayle R-Ariz. amendment that would reduce by $21 million the amount provided for industrial technology services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and direct that amount to the bill's spending reduction account. It would strike a requirement that $21 million be allocated for NIST's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 147-259: R 147-86; D 0-173; I 0-0.


House Vote 209 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - NOAA Operations and Research
May 08 - Harris R-Md. amendment that would reduce by $542000 the amount provided for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operations research and facilities and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 219-189: R 216-17; D 3-172; I 0-0.


House Vote 211 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Pacific Salmon Populations
May 08 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $15 million the amount provided for expenses associated with the restoration of Pacific salmon populations and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 168-239: R 163-70; D 5-169; I 0-0.


House Vote 215 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Bureau of Prisons and Federal Prison Industries
May 08 - Huizenga R-Mich. amendment that would strike language from the bill that would bar the use of funds in the bill for a public-private sector competition within the Bureau of Prisons and Federal Prison Industries.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 199-211: R 193-38; D 6-173; I 0-0.


House Vote 217 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - National Science Foundation Funding
May 09 - Flake R-Ariz. amendment that would reduce by $1.2 billion the amount provided for activities at the National Science Foundation and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 121-291: R 121-112; D 0-179; I 0-0.


House Vote 218 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Legal Services Corporation Funding
May 09 - Westmoreland R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $128 million the amount provided for payment to the Legal Services Corporation and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 165-246: R 163-69; D 2-177; I 0-0.


House Vote 219 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Legal Services Corporation Funding
May 09 - Scott R-Ga. amendment that would eliminate all funding in the bill for payments to the Legal Services Corporation and direct $328 million to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 122-289: R 122-110; D 0-179; I 0-0.


House Vote 221 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - One Percent Funding Reduction
May 09 - Blackburn R-Tenn. amendment that would reduce the amounts that would be provided in the bill by 1 percent. It would exclude from that reduction any amounts required under current law.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-251: R 156-77; D 4-174; I 0-0.


House Vote 224 - HR 2072, HR2072: Export-Import Bank Reauthorization - Passage
May 09 - Miller R-Calif. motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would reauthorize through Sept. 30 2014 the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The bill would incrementally increase to $140 billion the cap on outstanding loans guarantees and insurance that the bank is authorized to have at any given time.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 330-93: R 147-93; D 183-0; I 0-0.


House Vote 228 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Healthcare Litigation
May 09 - Blackburn R-Tenn. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill for defending against any action challenging a provision of the 2010 health care law or any of the health care-related provisions in the corresponding reconciliation law.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 229-194: R 220-17; D 9-177; I 0-0.


House Vote 230 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Residential Mortgage Settlements
May 09 - Garrett R-N.J. amendment that would bar the use of funds for the Justice Department to be a party to a single or multi-state court settlement agreement where funds are removed from any residential mortgage-backed securitization trust.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 238-185: R 233-4; D 5-181; I 0-0.


House Vote 232 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - American Community Survey
May 09 - Webster R-Fla. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill for conducting the Commerce Department's American Community Survey which gathers demographic information to help determine how federal and state funds are distributed each year.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 232-190: R 228-10; D 4-180; I 0-0.


House Vote 233 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Alternative Fuels Procurement
May 09 - Flores R-Texas amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to enforce a law that prohibits government procurement and acquisition of alternative fuels including those produced from unconventional petroleum sources for uses other than research or testing unless the contract certifies that the greenhouse gas emissions generated from producing and burning those fuels are less than or equal to conventional fuel emissions.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 250-173: R 235-3; D 15-170; I 0-0.


House Vote 234 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - National Ocean Policy
May 09 - Flores R-Texas amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to implement an executive order calling for a national ocean policy that would protect maintain and restore the health of ocean coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 246-174: R 229-8; D 17-166; I 0-0.


House Vote 241 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - NSF Climate Change Education Program
May 09 - Cravaack R-Minn. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to carry out the National Science Foundation's Climate Change Education Partnership program.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 238-188: R 230-10; D 8-178; I 0-0.


House Vote 242 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - Business Investments
May 09 - Flake R-Ariz. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill for the Commerce Department's SelectUSA program which coordinates and helps direct foreign business investments in the United States.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 209-217: R 206-34; D 3-183; I 0-0.


House Vote 243 - HR 5326, HR5326: Fiscal 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations - NSF Political Science Program
May 09 - Flake R-Ariz. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to carry out the National Science Foundation's Political Science Program which supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship government and politics.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 218-208: R 213-27; D 5-181; I 0-0.


House Vote 267 - HR 4310, HR4310: Fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization - Labor Agreements
May 17 - Bartlett R-Md. amendment that would prohibit government agencies when awarding federal construction contracts from requiring or prohibiting contractors to enter into labor agreements or from awarding or withholding contracts on the basis of contractor decisions regarding such agreements. The provision would not apply to contracts awarded before the bill's enactment.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 211-209: R 210-28; D 1-181; I 0-0.


House Vote 272 - HR 4310, HR4310: Fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization - Contractor Authority
May 18 - Coffman R-Colo. amendment that would allow contractor personnel to perform functions currently restricted to Defense Department civilian employees and would repeal the prohibition against public-private competition for certain Defense Department functions.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 209-211: R 209-29; D 0-182; I 0-0.


House Vote 303 - HR 5854, HR5854: Fiscal 2013 Military Construction-VA Appropriations - Wage Requirements
May 31 - Franks R-Ariz. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to enforce Davis Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 180-237: R 180-52; D 0-185; I 0-0.


House Vote 310 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - Energy Efficiency Funding
June 01 - Chaffetz R-Utah amendment that would reduce by $74 million the amount provided for energy efficiency and renewable-energy activities and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 140-245: R 139-81; D 1-164; I 0-0.


House Vote 311 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - Renewable Energy Funding
June 01 - McClintock R-Calif. amendment that would eliminate all funding provided in the bill for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The $1.5 billion total includes an appropriation of $115 million that would remain available through fiscal 2014. It would transfer $1.5 billion to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 113-275: R 113-107; D 0-168; I 0-0.


House Vote 317 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - Fossil Fuels Programs
June 05 - McClintock R-Calif. amendment that would eliminate the $554 million funding in the bill provided for fossil fuels programs which includes an appropriation of $116 million that would remain available through fiscal 2014. The measure also would direct an equivalent amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 138-249: R 102-123; D 36-126; I 0-0.


House Vote 319 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - U.S.-China Clean Energy Resource Center
June 06 - Rohrabacher R-Calif. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill for the U.S.-China Clean Energy Resource Center.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 181-229: R 162-72; D 19-157; I 0-0.


House Vote 334 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - Economic Development Funding
June 06 - Chabot R-Ohio amendment that would eliminate funding in the bill for the Appalachian Regional Commission Delta Regional Authority Denali Commission Northern Border Regional Commission and Southeast Crescent Regional Commission and direct $99.3 million to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 141-276: R 135-100; D 6-176; I 0-0.


House Vote 335 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - Funding Reduction
June 06 - Blackburn R-Tenn. amendment that would make an across-the-board cut of 1 percent in the bill's discretionary spending.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 157-261: R 152-84; D 5-177; I 0-0.


House Vote 337 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - Funding Reduction
June 06 - Flake R-Ariz. amendment that would make an across-the-board reduction of 0.27 percent in the bill's discretionary spending.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 144-274: R 140-95; D 4-179; I 0-0.


House Vote 338 - HR 5325, HR5325: Fiscal 2013 Energy-Water Appropriations - Prevailing Wages
June 06 - King R-Iowa amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to implement administer or enforce prevailing wage requirements under the Davis-Bacon Act when awarding federal contracts.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 184-235: R 184-52; D 0-183; I 0-0.


House Vote 361 - HR 436, HR436: Medical Device Tax Repeal - Passage
June 07 - Passage of the bill that would repeal an excise tax of 2.3 percent on medical devices created under the 2010 health care overhaul. It also would repeal the overhaul law's restrictions on using tax-preferred accounts to pay for over-the-counter drugs and allow individuals to recoup up to $500 of unused funds that are left in their flexible-spending arrangements (FSAs) after the end of a plan year. It also would make individuals who receive subsidies to help buy coverage in the state insurance exchanges liable for the full amount of any overpayments.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 270-146: R 233-0; D 37-146; I 0-0.


House Vote 371 - HR 5882, HR5882: Fiscal 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Botanic Garden Funding
June 08 - Gosar R-Ariz. amendment that would reduce by $1.2 million the amount provided for the maintenance care and operation of the Botanic Garden and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 213-193: R 188-41; D 25-152; I 0-0.


House Vote 372 - HR 5882, HR5882: Fiscal 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Congressional Research Service Funding
June 08 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would cut $878000 from the amount provided for the Congressional Research Service and direct the same amount to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 214-189: R 206-25; D 8-164; I 0-0.


House Vote 373 - HR 5882, HR5882: Fiscal 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Open World Leadership Center
June 08 - Scalise R-La. amendment that would eliminate funding in the bill for the Open World Leadership Center and direct $1 million to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 204-203: R 190-41; D 14-162; I 0-0.


House Vote 374 - HR 5882, HR5882: Fiscal 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Polystyrene Products
June 08 - Moran D-Va. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to obtain polystyrene products for use in food service facilities of the House of Representatives.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-229: R 10-219; D 168-10; I 0-0.


House Vote 375 - HR 5882, HR5882: Fiscal 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations - Online Advertising
June 08 - Flake R-Ariz. amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill for members committees and leadership offices to purchase online advertisements on websites outside of their own official sites.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 148-261: R 94-137; D 54-124; I 0-0.


House Vote 378 - HR 4348, HR4348: Surface Transportation Extension - Motion to Instruct
June 08 - Broun R-Ga. motion to instruct conferees to limit funding out of the Highway Trust Fund including the Mass Transit Account to $37.5 billion for fiscal 2013.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 82-323: R 82-145; D 0-178; I 0-0.


House Vote 402 - HR 4480, HR4480: Domestic Energy Production - Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Lease
June 21 - Rigell R-Va. amendment that would require the Interior Department to make specific outer continental shelf lands located off the coast of Virginia available for leasing within one year of the bill's enactment. It would bar any lease-related activity from interfering with military operations within the area and provide the federal government with the authority to declare portions of the lease as national defense areas and withdraw them from energy-related activities.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 263-146: R 230-1; D 33-145; I 0-0.


House Vote 404 - HR 4480, HR4480: Domestic Energy Production - Meteorological Permits
June 21 - Wittman R-Va. amendment that would require the Interior Department to complete reviews of offshore meteorological permits within 30 days of receiving the application. It would waive the environmental review requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act regarding the issuance of such permits.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 256-161: R 232-4; D 24-157; I 0-0.


House Vote 410 - HR 4480, HR4480: Domestic Energy Production - Passage
June 21 - Passage of the bill that would delay the implementation of certain EPA regulations and create an interagency committee to review the impact of EPA rules on energy prices and the broader economy. The Interior Department would be required to develop a strategic plan for the nation's energy needs over 30 years and set domestic production goals to meet demand. It would require the department to ensure that at least 25 percent of eligible federal land is available for leasing each year. It also would increase the amount of federal land available for energy production and streamline the process for approving drilling permits. It would mandate an increase in the percentage of federal land leased for oil and gas production equivalent to any release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and set new standards for judicial review of civil actions filed against energy lease sales or drilling permits. It also would impose new fees associated with filing a protest against a lease sale or permit.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 248-163: R 229-5; D 19-158; I 0-0.


House Vote 417 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Essential Air Service Funding
June 26 - McClintock R-Calif. amendment that would eliminate the $114 million in funding to carry out the Essential Air Services (EAS) program.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 164-238: R 154-77; D 10-161; I 0-0.


House Vote 418 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Grants
June 26 - Garrett R-N.J. amendment that would eliminate $150 million in funding provided for grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-243: R 156-76; D 4-167; I 0-0.


House Vote 420 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - HUD Salaries and Expenses
June 26 - Gosar R-Ariz. amendment that would reduce by $24.4 million the amount provided for salaries and expenses of administration management and operations of the Housing and Urban Development Department.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 179-224: R 174-58; D 5-166; I 0-0.


House Vote 421 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Federal Railroad Administration Expenses
June 26 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $5.4 million the amount provided for expenses of the Federal Railroad Administration.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 173-230: R 170-62; D 3-168; I 0-0.


House Vote 422 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Federal Transit Administration Expenses
June 26 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $1.3 million the amount provided for administrative expenses of the Federal Transit Administration's programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 188-215: R 183-49; D 5-166; I 0-0.


House Vote 423 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Expenses
June 26 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $1.67 million the amount provided for operational expenses of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 138-265: R 137-95; D 1-170; I 0-0.


House Vote 424 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing Expenses
June 27 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $6.5 million the amount provided for salaries and expenses of the Office of Public and Indian Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 168-256: R 166-71; D 2-185; I 0-0.


House Vote 425 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - HUD Office of Community Planning and Development Expenses
June 27 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $3.5 million the amount provided for salaries and expenses of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-240: R 175-59; D 3-181; I 0-0.


House Vote 426 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - HUD Office of Housing Expenses
June 27 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $5 million the amount provided for salaries and expenses of the Office of Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 174-248: R 171-65; D 3-183; I 0-0.


House Vote 427 - HR 5972, HR5972: Fiscal 2013 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - HUD Office of Policy Development and Research Expenses
June 27 - Broun R-Ga. amendment that would reduce by $115000 the amount provided for salaries and expenses of the Office of Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 193-229: R 184-50; D 9-179; I 0-0.


House Vote 460 - HR 6079, HR6079: Repeal of Health Care Overhaul - Passage
July 11 - Passage of the bill that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul law which requires most individuals to buy health insurance by 2014 makes changes to government health care programs and sets new requirements for health insurers. The bill would restore the provisions of law amended or repealed by the health care overhaul and repeal certain provisions of the health care reconciliation law.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 244-185: R 239-0; D 5-185; I 0-0.


House Vote 473 - HR 5856, HR5856: Fiscal 2013 Defense Appropriations - NASCAR Sponsorship
July 18 - Kingston R-Ga. amendment that would reduce various operations and maintenance accounts by $72.3 million to restrict NASCAR sponsorship and transfer the savings to a spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 202-216: R 81-156; D 121-60; I 0-0.


House Vote 511 - HR 6082, HR6082: Republican Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Plan - Passage
July 25 - Passage of the bill that would replace the Interior Department's current offshore oil and gas drilling plan with one that would establish a timeline for 29 specific leases up from the current 15. Certain leases would be conducted under a 2009 draft regulation rather than the plan. The bill also would require the Interior Department to prepare a multilease environmental impact statement for any leases required under the bill not in the June plan.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 253-170: R 228-9; D 25-161; I 0-0.


House Vote 527 - HR 4078, HR4078: Regulatory Revisions - 'Significant Regulatory Action' Definition
July 26 - McKinley R-W.Va. amendment that would reduce the economic cost threshold for the definition of significant regulatory action from $100 million to $50 million.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 240-178: R 226-10; D 14-168; I 0-0.


House Vote 536 - HR 4078, HR4078: Regulatory Revisions - Passage
July 26 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit federal agencies from issuing new rules that have an annual economic cost of more than $50 million until the unemployment rate drops to or below 6 percent. It also would prevent outgoing administrations from proposing or finalizing so-called midnight rules after Election Day. The measure would permit third-party intervention in litigation between private parties and government agencies that could result in legal settlements compelling agencies to take regulatory actions. It also would require most independent regulatory agencies to assess the effects of significant regulations that are exempted under current law and it would change the environmental review process for permits.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 245-172: R 232-2; D 13-170; I 0-0.


House Vote 538 - HR 828, HR828: Tax Debts - Passage
July 31 - Chaffetz R-Utah motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would make individuals with seriously delinquent tax debts including current federal employees ineligible for federal employment effective nine months after the date of the bill's enactment.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 263-114: R 204-6; D 59-108; I 0-0.


House Vote 545 - HR 8, HR8: Tax Rate Extension - Passage
August 01 - Passage of the bill that would extend all expiring 2001 and 2003 tax rates for one year. The bill would effectively tie alternative minimum tax exemption amounts to inflation in and 2013. The bill would extend the so-called marriage penalty-tax relief the $1000 child tax credit and the 15 percent top rate on dividends and capital gains. It would keep the estate tax at its current levels.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 256-171: R 237-1; D 19-170; I 0-0.


House Vote 552 - HR 6169, HR6169: Tax Code Overhaul - Passage
August 02 - Passage of the bill that would establish rules in the House and Senate for the expedited consideration of a tax overhaul measure in the 113th Congress. The bill would outline principles that a tax measure would need to meet to receive the expedited consideration including the consolidation of the six current tax brackets into two brackets one at 10 percent and the other at no more than 25 percent; the reduction of the corporate tax rate to no greater than 25 percent; the repeal of the alternative minimum tax; and the expansion of the tax base to maintain revenue between 18 and 19 percent of the economy.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 232-189: R 232-3; D 0-186; I 0-0.


House Vote 582 - HR 6213, HR6213: Energy Department Loans - New Loan Guarantees
September 14 - Waxman D-Calif. amendment that would strike language prohibiting the Energy Department from issuing new loan guarantees after Dec. 31 2011.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-231: R 5-219; D 165-12; I 0-0.


House Vote 584 - HR 6213, HR6213: Energy Department Loans - Passage
September 14 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit the Energy Department from issuing new loan guarantees for energy projects. Applications submitted before Dec. 31 2011 would still be eligible for loans. For any pending loan guarantee applications submitted prior to that date the Treasury Department would be required to review the loan's financial terms and conditions and the Energy Department would be required to report to Congress within 60 days of issuing the guarantee.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 245-161: R 223-4; D 22-157; I 0-0.