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How Texans voted in Congress

In Potomac in the Pines

By Potomac
June 22, 2015 at 11:52 p.m.
Updated June 22, 2015 at 11:52 p.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 2016 Defense Authorization - Passage - Vote Passed (71-25, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would authorize approximately $612 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $88.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. Excluding Overseas Contingency Operations funding, the bill would authorize, within the Senate Armed Services Committee's jurisdiction, approximately: $134.1 billion for operations and maintenance, roughly $112.2 billion for procurement,$ 135.5 billion for military personnel, $8.3 billion for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure, roughly $70.9 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation, and $32.2 billion for the Defense Health Program.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture - Vote Rejected (50-45, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to the intended legislative vehicle for the bill that would provide nearly $576 billion in discretionary spending for defense programs in fiscal 2016, including $86.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House votes

U.S. Citizens in Iran - Passage - Vote Passed (391-0, 42 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran should immediately release U.S. citizens Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini and provide all known information on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization – Passage - Vote Passed (247-178, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize classified amounts in FY 2016 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Defense Department, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security Department and other agencies. The measure covers general intelligence operations, including signals intelligence, clandestine human intelligence programs and analysis, and covert action programs, as well as research and development and projects to improve information dissemination.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO


Iraq Troop Withdraw – Passage - Vote Failed (139-288, 1 Present, 5 Not Voting)

The House rejected a concurrent resolution that would direct the president to withdraw U.S. forces deployed to Iraq in support of operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, other than armed forces required to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel within 30 days of enactment.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO


Upcoming Votes

Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act - H.R.1190

The bill would repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board.


Fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment Appropriations - H.R.2822

The bill would make appropriations for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.



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