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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 26, 2015
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In this MegaVote for Hawaii's 1st & 2nd Congressional Districts:

May 26, 2015

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Trade Promotion Authority – Passage
  • Senate: Patriot Act Reauthorization -- Cloture
  • Senate: Two-Month FISA Reauthorization – Cloture
  • House: Anti-Human Trafficking Programs and Victims Fund – Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage
  • House: Science Programs Reauthorization – Passage

Editor's Note: Both chambers are in recess this week.

Recent Senate Votes

Trade Promotion Authority – Passage - Vote Passed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would set specific conditions on the president of the United States when negotiating foreign trade agreements and grant Congress final approval on any agreement reached by the participating parties without amendment in an up or down vote. The bill would also extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program through June 30, 2021 at a level of $450 million a year.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted NO
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted NO

Patriot Act Reauthorization -- Cloture - Vote Rejected (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would modify domestic surveillance authorities by prohibiting the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone metadata and ability to collect other bulk data.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted YES
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted YES
Two-Month FISA Reauthorization – Cloture - Vote Rejected (45-54, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture on bill that would amend the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to extend until July 31, 2015, expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

Sen. Brian Schatz voted NO
Sen. Mazie Hirono voted NO

Recent House Votes

Anti-Human Trafficking Programs and Victims Fund – Passage - Vote Passed (420-3, 9 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would authorize a number of programs to combat sex trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors. The bill would include provisions that would establish a fund to support trafficking victims, create a new victim-centered grant program to provide assistance to states and local law enforcement to bolster the investigation and prosecution of sex trafficking, and to help victims of such crimes; and bolster the ability of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking, including by targeting individuals who purchase sex from human trafficking victims.

Rep. Mark Takai voted YES

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES

Fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (357-67, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would provide $3.3 billion for legislative branch operations, excluding Senate operations, in fiscal 2016. The total would include $1.2 billion for House operations, $591 million in net appropriations for the Library of Congress, $522 million for the Government Accountability Office, $492 million for the Architect of the Capitol and $369 million for the Capitol Police. As amended, the bill would provide no funding for the Open World Leadership Center.

Rep. Mark Takai voted YES

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted YES

Science Programs Reauthorization – Passage - Vote Passed (217-205, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would authorize $32.9 billion over fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 for a number of agencies that support scientific research, industrial innovation and certain educational activities. Within that total, the bill would annually authorize for those two fiscal years: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation, roughly $7.9 billion for various Energy Department activities, $939 million for the National institute of Standards and Technology and $5 million for the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Rep. Mark Takai voted NO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted NO


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