MegaVote for Maine’s 1st Congressional District:September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015In this MegaVote for Maine’s 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Twenty-Week Abortion Ban- Cloture
  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture
  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations “Shell”– Cloture
  • House: Environmental Reviews — Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act
  • House: Women’s Public Health and Safety Act
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization

Recent Senate Votes
Twenty-Week Abortion Ban- Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later, except in cases of rape, incest against a minor or when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger. Specifically, it would provide an exemption for pregnancies that are the result of rape against adult women if the woman obtained counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours before the abortion.

Sen. Susan Collins voted NO
Sen. Angus King voted NO


Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture – Vote Rejected (54-42, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell, R-Ky., 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. Susan Collins voted YES
Sen. Angus King voted NO


Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations “Shell”– Cloture – Vote Rejected (47-52, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on the Cochran, R-Miss., substitute amendment no. 2669 that would provide continuing appropriations for government operations through Dec. 11, 2015, at an annual rate of about $1.017 trillion. It also would prohibit for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood or its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform, or fund other entities that perform, abortions during that period. The substitute amendment would redirect $235 million to community health centers.

Sen. Susan Collins voted NO
Sen. Angus King voted NO


Recent House Votes
Environmental Reviews — Passage – Vote Passed (233-170, 31 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would modify the environmental review process for federally-funded projects and for federal permits for private projects by setting deadlines on agency reviews, and by limiting the grounds for civil actions against an environmental review or permit approval. The lead agency – which would need to set a review schedule and oversee the preparation of a single environmental review document that would satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements – would have two years to complete the review, with the option to extend the review period by one year. When multiple agencies have jurisdiction over a project, the agencies would need to conduct their portions of the NEPA review concurrently, instead of sequentially.

Rep. Chellie Pingree voted NO


Upcoming Votes
TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act – HR719

This is the “shell” bill for the continuing resolution that will fund the federal government through December 11.


Women’s Public Health and Safety Act – HR3495

The bill would amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to allow for greater State flexibility with respect to excluding providers who are involved in abortions.


Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – HR1735

The conference report to accompany the bill that would reauthorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Post expires at 6:15pm on Saturday October 10th, 2015

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