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Potomac in the Pines

How Texans voted in Congress

In Potomac in the Pines

By staff
March 21, 2016 at 2:44 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2016 at 2:44 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. Note: The Senate is not in session this week:

Recent Senate votes

King Nomination – Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (49-40, 11 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John B. King Jr. to be secretary of education.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted Not Voting
Sen. John Cornyn voted Yes


Genetically Modified Organism Food Labeling – Cloture - Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to an unrelated bill (S 764) with a Senate amendment containing the genetically modified organism food labeling measure. The amendment would have blocked state and local labeling requirements for genetically engineered food and seeds. It also would have required the Agriculture Department to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and later would have required the department to issue a mandatory standard if there is not at least "70 percent substantial participation" in voluntary labeling. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted Not Voting
Sen. John Cornyn voted Yes

Recent House votes

Air Pollution – Passage - Vote Passed (231-183, 19 Not Voting)

The measure establishes separate standards under which electricity-generating power plants that primarily use waste coal as a fuel source could comply with EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule, by blocking reductions in emissions allowances for sulfur dioxide as it relates to the rule and by setting an alternative standard for sulfur dioxide under the rule.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted Yes


Small Business Broadband Deployment – Passage - Vote Passed (411-0, 22 Not Voting)

The bill exempts, for a period of five years after enactment, small-business broadband Internet access providers that have 250,000 or fewer subscribers from the enhanced disclosure requirements of the Federal Communications Commission 2015 net neutrality rule.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted Yes 

Authorize House Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Immigration Case– Adoption - Vote Passed (234-186, 14 Not Voting)

The measure authorizes the Speaker of the House to file as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court on behalf of the House of Representatives regarding the case United States, et al. v. Texas, et al., in support of the position that the Obama administration in that immigration case acted in a manner that is inconsistent with its duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted Yes 

Upcoming votes

Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews - HR2745

The measure would harmonize the standards in antitrust cases that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Justice Department must meet before seeking a preliminary injunction against a proposed transaction. It also would require the FTC to resolve such cases through the federal courts rather than through administrative action.

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