How Texans voted in Congress
Feb. 9, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2015 at 7:34 a.m.
Here's a look at recent votes in the U.S. Senate and House and how Texas senators and East Texas' representative voted:
Recent Senate votes
Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations – Cloture - Vote Rejected (52-47, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill also would bar the use of funds to implement the administration's immigration policies or to grant any federal benefit to any illegal immigrant as a result of those policies. Sixty votes were required.
Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
Recent House votes
Healthcare Overhaul Repeal – Passage - Vote Passed (239-186, 8 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul. The bill would delay the repeal by 180 days after enactment and direct several House committees to submit alternative legislation with a number of provisions, including ones to increase economic growth by eliminating certain regulations; lower health care premiums through increased competition; overhaul the medical liability system; and provide states greater flexibility to administer Medicaid programs.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES
Small Business Regulatory Revisions – Passage - Vote Passed (260-163, 10 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would give the Small Business Administration new authority to ensure that federal agencies comply with a 1980 law requiring that they be flexible in taking regulatory actions that affect small businesses, including by getting more directly involved with an agency's reviews of proposed rules and requiring SBA to convene panels of small entities to review rules proposals.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES
Botticelli Nomination - PN60
The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Michael P. Botticelli, of the District of Columbia, to be director of National Drug Control Policy.
Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act - S1
The House will consider a Senate-passed bill that would immediately allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline, including any revision to the pipeline route within Nebraska as required or authorized by the state. The measure also would consider the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.
America Gives More Act - HR644
The House will consider a bill to combine four charitable tax measures. The measure makes permanent a number of tax provisions intended to provide incentives for charitable giving — including those related to food contributions, conservation property, contributions from certain retirement accounts and the treatment of private foundations.
America's Small Business Tax Relief Act - HR636
The House is expected to consider a bill to combine three small-business tax measures. The legislation makes permanent increased Section 179 expensing limitations for small businesses and farms, as well as rules for the S-corporation built-in gains tax and for S-corporation charitable contributions — all of which expired at the end of calendar year 2014.