March 2, 2015
In this MegaVote for Hawaii's 1st & 2nd Congressional Districts:
Recent Congressional Votes
- Senate: Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations - Passage
- House: Fiscal 2015 Homeland Department Continuing Resolution – Passage
- House: Education Savings Plan Expansion – Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
- Senate: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
- House: Secret Science Reform Act of 2015
- House: Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act
Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations - Passage - Vote Passed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate passed a bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill would include $12.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection; $6 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $7.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, including fees; $10 billion for the Coast Guard; $1.7 billion for the Secret Service; and $10.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including $6.4 billion for emergency disaster relief.
Sen. Brian Schatz voted YES
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted YES
Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2015 Homeland Department Continuing Resolution – Passage - Vote Failed (203-224, 6 Not Voting)
The House rejected a joint resolution that would make further continuing appropriations for the Homeland Security Department for fiscal 2015. The measure would extend funding for the department for three weeks, through March 19, 2015.
Rep. Mark Takai voted NO
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO
Education Savings Plan Expansion – Passage - Vote Passed (401-20, 11 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would permanently expand the use of "529" educational savings plans by allowing tax-free distributions for students to buy computers and software. It also would eliminate the requirement that multiple 529 accounts held by a beneficiary be treated as a single account and exempt from taxation any amounts that are refunded from colleges as long as the beneficiary re-contributes the funds back into a 529 account within 60 days.
Rep. Mark Takai voted YES
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 - H.R.240
The Senate is scheduled to work on this bill that would make appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.
Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 - H.R.1030
The bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.
Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act - H.R.294
This House bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the transfer of veterans to non-Department medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently.