CCAGW Annual Ratings
Vote Descriptions

Senate Votes

Senate Vote 3 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Discretionary Spending Decrease
January 28, 2013 - Lee, R-Utah, amendment no. 4 that would provide for a 0.49 percent across-the-board cut to discretionary spending for fiscal 2013 and reduce the discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014-2021. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Lee amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 35-62: R 35-10; D 0-52; I 0-0.


Senate Vote 6 - HR 325: Short-Term Debt Limit Increase - Offsetting Cuts
January 31, 2013 - Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Portman, R-Ohio, amendment no. 6 that would require any legislation to raise the debt limit to include an equal amount of spending cuts over the next decade.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 54-44: R 1-44; D 51-0; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 7 - HR 325: Short-Term Debt Limit Increase - Discretionary Spending Decrease
January 31, 2013 - Mikulski, D-Md., motion to table (kill) the Portman, R-Ohio, amendment no. 7 that would automatically continue funding to discretionary programs if Congress does not adopt a budget by Oct. 1, 2013. It would then decrease funding by 1 percentage point every three or four months.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 52-46: R 2-43; D 48-3; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 8 - HR 325: Short-Term Debt Limit Increase - Payment Prioritization
January 31, 2013 - Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) Toomey, R-Pa., amendment no. 8 that would prioritize certain payments if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. The amendment would require the Treasury Department to first pay interest on the federal debt, Social Security benefits and military personnel earnings.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 53-45: R 0-45; D 51-0; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 10 - HR 325: Short-Term Debt Limit Increase - Motion to Commit
January 31, 2013 - Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Vitter, R-La., motion to commit the bill to the Finance Committee with instructions that it be reported back with provisions that would reduce federal spending by the same amount that the debt limit is increased over the next decade.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 53-45: R 0-45; D 51-0; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 11 - HR 325: Short-Term Debt Limit Increase - Passage
January 31, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would suspend the limit on government borrowing through May 18, 2013, and then automatically increase the current $16.4 trillion ceiling to accommodate additional debt accumulated through that date. It also would suspend the salary payments to members in either chamber that does not adopt a fiscal 2014 budget resolution by April 15, 2013. Salaries of members of a chamber that do not adopt a budget by that time would be placed into an escrow account and would not be released until the chamber adopted a budget or until the last day of the 113th Congress, in January 2015.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed (thus cleared for the president) 64-34: R 12-33; D 50-1; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 27 - S 388: Democratic Sequestration Replacement - Cloture
February 28, 2013 - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to a bill that would replace the automatic spending cuts under the sequester imposed by the 2011 debt limit law with provisions to eliminate direct subsidy payments for farmers, require taxpayers with more than $5 million in income to pay a minimum 30 percent in federal taxes and tax oil derived from tar sands. It also would reduce discretionary spending by $9 billion over 10 years. Note: Three-fifths of the total Senate (60) is required to invoke cloture. (Subsequently, Reid, D-Nev., entered a motion to reconsider the vote.) A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion rejected 51-49: R 0-45; D 49-4; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 29 - S Res 64: Senate Committee Funding - National Security Working Group
March 05, 2013 - Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 25 that would eliminate funding provisions for the Senate's National Security Working Group.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 44-53: R 32-13; D 12-38; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 34 - HR 933: Fiscal 2013 Continuing Appropriations - Health Care Funding
March 13, 2013 - Cruz, R-Texas, amendment no. 30, to the Mikulski, D-Md., substitute amendment no. 26. The Cruz amendment would bar the use of funds in the bill to carry out the 2010 health care law or make rules under it. The substitute would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2013 for government operations, including $1.043 trillion in discretionary funds before sequestration. It would provide $517.7 billion in base discretionary funding for the Defense Department and $71.9 billion for veterans programs and military construction as well as $20.5 billion for agriculture programs, $39.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, and $50.2 billion for commerce, law enforcement and science programs. It would fund all other departments and agencies at their fiscal 2012 enacted levels, with adjustments for certain programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-52: R 45-0; D 0-50; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 35 - HR 933: Fiscal 2013 Continuing Appropriations - Infrastructure Projects in Guam
March 13, 2013 - Durbin, D-Ill., motion to table (kill) the McCain, R-Ariz., amendment no. 33 to the Mikulski, D-Md., substitute amendment no. 26. The McCain amendment would strike language that would provide $120 million for a public regional health laboratory and civilian wastewater improvements in Guam, as well as allow the Defense secretary to redirect additional funding from operation and maintenance accounts to supplement other civilian infrastructure funding. The substitute would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2013 for government operations, including $1.043 trillion in discretionary funds before sequestration. It would provide $517.7 billion in base discretionary funding for the Defense Department and $71.9 billion for veterans programs and military construction as well as $20.5 billion for agriculture programs, $39.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, and $50.2 billion for commerce, law enforcement and science programs. It would fund all other departments and agencies at their fiscal 2012 enacted levels, with adjustments for certain programs. Note: Subsequently the amendment was adopted by voice vote.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion rejected 48-50: R 0-45; D 47-4; I 1-1.


Senate Vote 37 - HR 933: Fiscal 2013 Continuing Appropriations - Federal Hiring Freeze
March 14, 2013 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 66 to the Mikulski, D-Md., substitute amendment no. 26. The Coburn amendment would place a hiring freeze on nonessential federal employees. It would allow agencies to hire employees who are excepted or perform emergency functions, as defined by the Office of Personnel Management. The substitute amendment would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2013 for government operations, including $1.043 trillion in discretionary funds before sequestration. It would provide $517.7 billion in base discretionary funding for the Defense Department and $71.9 billion for veterans programs and military construction as well as $20.5 billion for agriculture programs, $39.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, and $50.2 billion for commerce, law enforcement and science programs. It would fund all other departments and agencies at their fiscal 2012 enacted levels, with adjustments for certain programs. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54: R 43-2; D 2-50; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 39 - HR 933: Fiscal 2013 Continuing Appropriations - DHS Grant Funding
March 20, 2013 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 69 to the Mikulski, D-Md., substitute amendment no. 26. The Coburn amendment would bar funds under the Homeland Security Department's Urban Area Security Initiative to be used for employee overtime pay, security at facilities used for professional baseball spring training, attendance at conferences, or to purchase computers or televisions. The substitute amendment would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2013 for government operations, including $1.043 trillion in discretionary funds before sequestration. It would provide $517.7 billion in base discretionary funding for the Defense Department and $71.9 billion for veterans programs and military construction as well as $20.5 billion for agriculture programs, $39.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, and $50.2 billion for commerce, law enforcement and science programs. It would fund all other departments and agencies at their fiscal 2012 enacted levels, with adjustments for certain programs. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to 60 votes.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 48-51: R 43-2; D 5-47; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 44 - HR 933: Fiscal 2013 Continuing Appropriations - Passage
March 20, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2013 for government operations, including $1.043 trillion in discretionary funds before sequestration. As amended, it would provide $517.7 billion in base discretionary funding for the Defense Department and $71.9 billion for veterans programs and military construction as well as $20.5 billion for agriculture programs, $39.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, and $50.2 billion for commerce, law enforcement and science programs. The bill would fund all other departments and agencies at their fiscal 2012 enacted levels, with adjustments for certain programs. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 73-26: R 20-25; D 51-1; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 45 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Motion to Recommit
March 21, 2013 - Sessions, R-Ala., motion to recommit the bill to the Senate Budget Committee with instructions that it be reported back the next day with changes that would produce a balanced budget by fiscal 2023.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 46-53: R 45-0; D 1-51; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 46 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - House GOP Budget Plan
March 21, 2013 - Murray, D-Wash., amendment no. 433 that would replace the text of the resolution with language to provide $2.769 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2014, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume that the spending levels required by the sequester remain in place and that non-war discretionary spending for all future years will be at post-sequester levels. It would assume that all discretionary savings from the sequester beginning in fiscal 2014 will come from non-defense programs. It would assume $4.6 trillion in reductions over the next 10 years in both discretionary and mandatory spending. It would assume repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul and a restructuring of Medicare into a "premium support" system beginning in 2024. It would call for an overhaul of the tax code, under which the alternative minimum tax would be repealed, the six current individual income tax brackets would be consolidated into two and tax credits and deductions would be eliminated or curtailed.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 40-59: R 40-5; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 47 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Medical Device Excise Tax
March 21, 2013 - Hatch, R-Utah, amendment no. 297 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, such as surgical instruments and prosthetics.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 79-20: R 45-0; D 33-19; I 1-1.


Senate Vote 49 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Revenue-Neutral Tax Overhaul
March 21, 2013 - Grassley, R-Iowa, amendment no. 156 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation to implement a revenue-neutral tax overhaul. The amendment would strike reconciliation instructions that would direct the Finance Committee to produce legislation that would increase revenue levels by $975 billion over the next 10 years.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54: R 45-0; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 50 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Unemployment Rate
March 22, 2013 - Ayotte, R-N.H., amendment no. 158 that would create a 60-vote point of order against any budget resolution that would include revenue increases while the unemployment rate is above 5.5 percent

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54: R 45-0; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 51 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Health Care Overhaul Repeal
March 22, 2013 - Cruz, R-Texas, amendment no. 202 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul as long as costs are offset without raising new revenue.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54: R 45-0; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 53 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Tax Increase Repeal
March 22, 2013 - Crapo, R-Idaho, amendment no. 222 that would create a deficit neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would repeal tax increases on low and middle-income individuals enacted under the 2010 health care overhaul.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54: R 45-0; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 58 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Carbon Tax
March 22, 2013 - Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 59 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Motion to Waive
March 22, 2013 - Blunt, R-Mo., motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Murray, D-Wash., point of order against the Blunt amendment no. 261 for not being germane. The Blunt amendment would create a 60-vote point of order against any legislation that includes a tax or fee on carbon emissions. Note: A three-fifths majority vote (60) of the total Senate is required to waive the Budget Act. (Subsequently the chair upheld the point of order and the amendment fell.)

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 53-46: R 45-0; D 8-44; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 61 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Keystone XL Pipeline
March 22, 2013 - Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment no. 494 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for the approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline as long as the legislation's costs are offset without raising revenue.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 62-37: R 45-0; D 17-35; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 65 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Biennial Budget
March 22, 2013 - Isakson, R-Ga., amendment no. 138 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a biennial budget and appropriations process.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 68-31: R 39-6; D 28-24; I 1-1.


Senate Vote 67 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Estate Tax Repeal
March 22, 2013 - Thune, R-S.D., amendment no. 307 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation to permanently eliminate the federal estate tax as long as the legislation's costs are offset without raising new revenue.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 46-53: R 44-1; D 2-50; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 69 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Substitute Amendment
March 22, 2013 - Paul, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 263 that would call for a balanced budget in five years with no revenue increases. It would allow up to $942.6 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2014, including $529.2 billion for defense. It would assume repeal of the 2010 health care and financial regulatory overhaul laws and assume a tax code overhaul that would eliminate the estate and capital gains taxes and switch to a flat tax system. It would assume changes to Medicare to provide seniors the same health insurance as members of Congress and assume a gradual increase in the eligibility age for Social Security from 65 to 70 over 20 years. It also would assume the elimination of the Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Education and Energy departments.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 18-81: R 18-27; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 75 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Union Dues
March 23, 2013 - Scott, R-S.C., amendment no. 597 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would prohibit federal or taxpayer funds to automatically deduct union dues from federal employee pay, as long as the legislation's costs are offset without raising new revenue.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 43-56: R 43-2; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 76 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Greenhouse Gas Regulations
March 23, 2013 - Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 359 that would adjust the resolution to assume for a ban on the EPA regulation of carbon emissions. Note: March 23, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated March 22, 2013)

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 47-52: R 44-1; D 3-49; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 78 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Medical Malpractice
March 23, 2013 - Portman, R-Ohio, amendment no. 152 that would adjust the budget resolution to allow for a medical malpractice overhaul and provide reconciliation instructions for the Senate Judiciary Committee to report legislation that would reduce the deficit by $110 million in fiscal 2014 and by $63.8 billion by fiscal 2023. Note: March 23, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated March 22, 2013).

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 43-56: R 42-3; D 1-51; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 79 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Rules Cost-Benefit Analysis
March 23, 2013 - Shelby, R-Ala., amendment no. 340 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation related to finalizing rules with positive cost-benefit analyses by a financial regulator, such as the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Note: March 23, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated March 22, 2013)

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 47-52: R 45-0; D 1-51; I 1-1.


Senate Vote 84 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Mobile Service Subsidies
March 23, 2013 - Vitter, R-La., amendment no. 338 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would prohibit the Universal Service Fund from subsidizing mobile service, as long as the legislation's costs are offset without raising new revenue. Note: March 23, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated March 22, 2013)

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 46-53: R 45-0; D 1-51; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 88 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Non-Defense Programs
March 23, 2013 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 416 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation related to the Defense Department, including to eliminate programs at the department not related to defense. Note: March 23, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated March 22, 2013)

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 43-56: R 43-2; D 0-52; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 89 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Duplicative Government Programs
March 23, 2013 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 709 that would add language calling for the reduction of more than 15 types of duplicative government programs to a provision in the resolution that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation related to government efficiencies.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 62-37: R 45-0; D 16-36; I 1-1.


Senate Vote 90 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Economic Impact Statements
March 23, 2013 - Portman, R-Ohio, amendment no. 154 that would request that the Congressional Budget Office provide a macroeconomic impact statement for legislation that would impact revenue in excess of $5 billion in a fiscal year or as requested by leaders of the congressional Budget committees.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 51-48: R 45-0; D 6-46; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 92 - S Con Res 8: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Adoption
March 23, 2013 - Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets over the next 10 years. It would allow up to $966 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2014, the statutory level reflecting automatic cuts known as sequestration, but would call for replacing the sequester with a combination of revenue increases and spending cuts. It would direct the Senate Finance Committee to produce legislation that would increase revenue by $975 billion over 10 years. It would call for $275 billion in cuts from mandatory health programs without making major structural changes to entitlements. It also would call for $23 billion in cuts to agriculture programs and an increase of $100 billion for infrastructure and worker training programs. As amended, the resolution would allow for a repeal of the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices and the creation of a biennial budget and appropriations process. Note: March 23, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated March 22, 2013).

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 50-49: R 0-45; D 48-4; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 113 - S 743: Internet Sales Tax - Passage
May 06, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would allow states to require out-of-state retailers with annual remote sales that exceed $1 million to collect sales taxes on items delivered to the state. States would have to simplify how they collect and audit their sales taxes, and provide free software to retailers to calculate the taxes owed. As amended, the bill would delay tax collection by such retailers until six months after the state publishes notice of its intent to require it. States could not impose sales tax requirements on remote sellers that are any different from those required of in-state retailers. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 69-27: R 21-22; D 46-5; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 116 - S 601: Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization - Endowment for the Oceans
May 08, 2013 - Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 803 to the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 799. The Whitehouse amendment would authorize the creation of the National Endowment for the Oceans to help fund projects that would restore, protect or analyze ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems. The substitute would authorize Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects through 2018. It would increase funds available from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for harbor and dredging projects, starting at $1 billion in fiscal 2014 and increasing annually until fiscal 2020, when all the money directed to the fund that year would be for dredging and other harbor projects. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Whitehouse amendment to 60 votes. Subsequently the substitute amendment was adopted by unanimous consent.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 67-32: R 13-32; D 52-0; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 121 - S 601: Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization - Beach Restoration
May 15, 2013 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 815 that would strike provisions in the bill that would extend the maximum time allotted for beach restoration programs from 50 years to 65 years.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 43-53: R 37-7; D 5-45; I 1-1.


Senate Vote 122 - S 601: Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization - Deauthorizing Panel
May 15, 2013 - Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 816 that would subject all Army Corps of Engineers projects to a deauthorizing panel established under the bill.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 35-61: R 30-13; D 4-47; I 1-1.


Senate Vote 130 - S 954: Farm Programs - SNAP Eligibility
May 21, 2013 - Roberts, R-Kan., amendment no. 948 that would limit the type of assistance a household can receive to be eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. It would not allow states to use heating subsidies when determining SNAP benefits. It also would eliminate grants for training and nutrition education, as well as bonus payments to states that show high or improved performance in program administration. The authority to increase SNAP benefits would sunset at the end of fiscal 2013.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 40-58: R 40-3; D 0-53; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 132 - S 954: Farm Programs - SNAP Repeal
May 22, 2013 - Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 960 that would repeal the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, at the end of fiscal 2014 and establish a nutrition assistance block grant program for fiscal 2015 through 2022. It would make grants available to states that create nutrition assistance programs that include work requirements and drug testing for beneficiaries. States would be required to report annually on their program's eligibility requirements, administration costs and participation figures. It would authorize $45.5 billion in grant funds in the first year and would increase funding for the program incrementally through 2022. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 36-60: R 36-9; D 0-49; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 134 - S 954: Farm Programs - Sugar Policy
May 22, 2013 - Shaheen, D-N.H., amendment no. 925, that would reduce price support loan rates for sugar producers to 2008 levels. It also would rescind requirements for government sugar purchases as well as restrictions on import quotas for sugar.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 45-54: R 25-20; D 20-32; I 0-2.


Senate Vote 140 - S 954: Farm Programs - Alfalfa Insurance Program
June 03, 2013 - Moran, R-Kansas, amendment no. 987 that would require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to study and develop a crop insurance policy for alfalfa and report to Congress with the results within one year of the bill's enactment.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 72-18: R 24-15; D 46-3; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 144 - S 954: Farm Programs - Rural Internet Grants
June 10, 2013 - Leahy, D-Vt., amendment no. 998 that would set up a pilot grant program to expand high speed broadband service that transmits at one gigabit per second to rural areas.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted 48-38: R 2-37; D 45-1; I 1-0.


Senate Vote 145 - S 954: Farm Programs - Passage
June 10, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize federal farm, food, nutrition and conservation programs through fiscal 2018. It would modify federal crop insurance programs and replace direct and counter-cyclical payments to farmers with a new "Adverse Markets Payments" program to provide money to farmers when prices fall below a historic reference point. It would require farmers to comply with land conservation plans in order to receive commodity assistance or crop insurance payments. It would reauthorize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, and require states to provide households with more than $10 in utility assistance to qualify them for the SNAP program. The bill would replace the Dairy Product Price Support and Milk Income Loss Contract programs with the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which would reduce incentives to produce milk when margins are low and another voluntary program that would pay the difference between the national average milk price and cost of feed. The bill would create a program to compensate for losses not covered by crop insurance and establish separate crop insurance programs for cotton and peanut growers. As amended, crop insurance premium subsidies for farmers earning more than $750,000 would be reduced by 15 percent if the Agriculture Department determines the reduction will not adversely affect those farmers or the crop insurance program. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 66-27: R 18-25; D 46-2; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 187 - S 1243: Fiscal 2014 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Motion to Recommit
July 25, 2013 - Murray, D-Wash., motion to table (kill) the Toomey, R-Pa., motion to recommit the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee with instructions that it be reported back with an amendment that would reduce discretionary spending levels to no more than $45.5 billion for fiscal 2014. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 56-42: R 3-42; D 51-0; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 209 - H J Res 59: Fiscal 2014 Continuing Appropriations - Passage
September 27, 2013 - Passage of the joint resolution that would provide continuing appropriations for government operations through Nov. 15, 2013, reflecting an annual discretionary level of about $986.3 billion. The measure also would deny funding for a section of current law that authorizes the Agriculture Department to allow farmers to continue to plant and harvest genetically modified crops. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 54-44: R 0-44; D 52-0; I 2-0.


Senate Vote 220 - S J Res 26: Debt Limit Increase Disapproval - Motion to Proceed
October 29, 2013 - McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would express congressional disapproval of a request by the president to suspend the debt limit. Current law provides for a suspension of the debt limit, unless a disapproval measure is enacted, until Feb. 7, 2014 upon certification from the president that the U.S. Treasury cannot pay its obligations. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 45-54: R 45-0; D 0-52; I 0-2.


House of Representatives Votes

House Vote 14 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Spending Offset
January 15, 2013 - Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment to the Rogers, R-Ky., substitute that would offset the $17 billion in emergency relief and recovery funding with a 1.63 percent across-the-board cut to all discretionary spending for fiscal 2013. The substitute amendment would provide $17 billion to address immediate needs relating to damage sustained from Superstorm Sandy. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 162-258: R 157-71; D 5-187; I 0-0.


House Vote 16 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Regional Ocean Partnership Grants
January 15, 2013 - Flores, R-Texas, amendment to the Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., amendment that would strike $150 million for Regional Ocean Partnership grants to coastal states affected by Superstorm Sandy. The Frelinghuysen amendment would add $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and mitigation spending to address storm damage.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 221-197: R 214-14; D 7-183; I 0-0.


House Vote 17 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - National Weather Service
January 15, 2013 - Broun, R-Ga., amendment to the Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., amendment that would strike $13 million to accelerate the National Weather Service ground readiness project. The Frelinghuysen amendment would add $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and mitigation spending to address damage from Superstorm Sandy.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 206-214: R 203-25; D 3-189; I 0-0.


House Vote 18 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Legal Services Corporation
January 15, 2013 - Duncan, R-S.C., amendment to the Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., amendment that would strike language that would provide $1 million to the Legal Services Corporation for expenses related to the consequences of Superstorm Sandy and insert provisions to bar the agency from using funds made available by the bill. The Frelinghuysen amendment would add $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and mitigation spending to address storm damage.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 202-217: R 201-26; D 1-191; I 0-0.


House Vote 19 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Fish and Wildlife Service Construction
January 15, 2013 - Fleming, R-La., amendment to the Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., amendment that would bar Fish and Wildlife Service construction funding from being used to repair seawalls or buildings on islands in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. It also would decrease by $9.8 million the amount for Fish and Wildlife Service construction. The Frelinghuysen amendment would add $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and mitigation spending to address damage from Superstorm Sandy.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 216-205: R 213-15; D 3-190; I 0-0.


House Vote 20 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Historic Preservation Grants
January 15, 2013 - Benishek, R-Mich., amendment to the Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., amendment that would reinstate the mandate that non-federal matching funds are required when awarding historic preservation grants. The Frelinghuysen amendment would add $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and mitigation spending to address damage from Superstorm Sandy.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 208-212: R 202-26; D 6-186; I 0-0.


House Vote 21 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Federal Land Acquisition
January 15, 2013 - Bishop, R-Utah, amendment to the Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., amendment that would prohibit the Interior or Agriculture departments from acquiring federal land using funds provided under the measure. The Frelinghuysen amendment would add $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and mitigation spending to address damage from Superstorm Sandy.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 223-198: R 219-9; D 4-189; I 0-0.


House Vote 22 - HR 152: Disaster Supplemental - Long-Term Recovery Funding
January 15, 2013 - Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., amendment that would add $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and mitigation spending to address damage from Superstorm Sandy. The total includes $12.2 billion for Department of Housing and Urban Development community development activities; $6.1 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund; $5.5 billion for transit support; $4 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects; $700 million for social services programs; and $474 million for repairs to national parks, wildlife refuges and facilities. It also includes an additional $2 billion to repair federal-aid highways.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 228-192: R 38-190; D 190-2; I 0-0.


House Vote 38 - HR 444: Balanced Budget Plan - Passage
February 06, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would require the president to submit a supplemental budget describing when a balanced budget would be reached if his fiscal 2014 budget proposal does not eliminate the deficit in any year for which estimates are provided. The supplemental budget would have to be submitted to Congress by April 1, 2013, and would include an estimate of the earliest fiscal year in which no deficit would occur and a detailed description of additional policies required. As amended the bill would require the supplemental budget to include an estimated cost per taxpayer for each year that a deficit is projected and an evaluation of duplicative agencies and proposals to consolidate them.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 253-167: R 227-1; D 26-166; I 0-0.


House Vote 44 - HR 273: Federal Pay Freeze - Passage
February 15, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would extend the current statutory pay freeze for federal civilian employees -- including members of Congress -- through Dec. 31, 2013. It would not affect an authorized increase in military pay. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 261-154: R 218-10; D 43-144; I 0-0.


House Vote 62 - HR 933: Fiscal 2013 Continuing Appropriations - Passage
March 06, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2013 for government operations, including $1.043 trillion in discretionary funds. The bill also would provide that the across-the-board cuts required by the March 1 sequestration order be made, reducing discretionary spending to $984 billion. The bill would provide $517.6 billion in base funding for the Defense Department and $146.4 billion for veterans programs and military construction. It also would fund all other departments and agencies at their fiscal 2012 enacted levels.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 267-151: R 214-14; D 53-137; I 0-0.


House Vote 68 - HR 890: TANF Work Requirement Waiver - Passage
March 13, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families through Dec. 31, 2013 and bar the Health and Human Services secretary from taking any action to further implement the TANF Work Requirement Waiver program or provide new waivers. It also would rescind any waivers provided under the program prior to the date of enactment.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 246-181: R 228-3; D 18-178; I 0-0.


House Vote 75 - HR 803: Job Training Program Consolidation - Passage
March 15, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize through fiscal 2020 the Workforce Investment Act and consolidate 35 employment and training programs into a single funding stream for state and local use. As amended, it would authorize the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study to determine the administrative cost savings realized through elimination or consolidation of WIA programs under the bill. It also would require that the authorization for WIA be reduced by 10 percent for the next fiscal year if reports due to Congress evaluating WIA programs are not submitted in the time periods specified, and by an additional 10 percent each fiscal year until the report is submitted. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 215-202: R 213-14; D 2-188; I 0-0.


House Vote 86 - H Con Res 25: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Republican Study Committee Substitute
March 20, 2013 - Woodall, R-Ga., substitute that would provide $2.732 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2014, not including off-budget accounts. The substitute would assume a $950 billion cap on total non-war discretionary spending, freezing it for four years until the budget is balanced, and then allowing for inflation growth. It would assume $552 billion for defense spending in fiscal 2014. It also would assume the repeal the 2010 health care overhaul and conversion of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into block grant programs. It also would assume the transformation of Medicare into a premium support program that would compete against private plans. It also would assume the reinstatement of the Bush-era tax cuts for high-income earners and an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate the estate tax, allow taxpayers to switch to a system with two tax brackets and cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 104-132: R 104-118; D 0-14; I 0-0.


House Vote 88 - H Con Res 25: Fiscal 2014 Budget Resolution - Adoption
March 21, 2013 - Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would provide $2.769 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2014, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume that the spending levels required by the sequester remain in place and that non-war discretionary spending for all future years will be at post-sequester levels. It would assume that all discretionary savings from the sequester beginning in fiscal 2014 will come from non-defense programs. It would assume $5.7 trillion in reductions over the next 10 years in both discretionary and mandatory spending. It would assume repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul and a restructuring of Medicare into a "premium support" system beginning in 2024. It would call for an overhaul of the tax code, under which the alternative minimum tax would be repealed, the six current individual income tax brackets would be consolidated into two and tax credits and deductions would be eliminated or curtailed.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted 221-207: R 221-10; D 0-197; I 0-0.


House Vote 105 - HR 249: Federal Employee Tax Debts - Passage
April 15, 2013 - Issa, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would bar the hiring or continued federal employment of anyone with seriously delinquent tax debt for which a lien has been filed in public records. It would exempt debts being paid in a timely manner, those for which a due-process hearing has been requested or a levy issued, or those determined to be an economic hardship to the taxpayer. Employees and applicants would have 180 days to prove their tax debt status. Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (273 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion rejected 250-159: R 215-7; D 35-152; I 0-0.


House Vote 126 - HR 527: Helium Reserve - Maintain Contracts
April 26, 2013 - Dent, R-Pa., amendment that would require existing helium supply and storage contracts to remain in effect until Oct. 1, 2015.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 87-312: R 47-164; D 40-148; I 0-0.


House Vote 142 - HR 807: Debt Limit Prioritization - Passage
May 09, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would allow the Treasury Department to continue borrowing once the statutory debt limit is reached, to pay the principal and interest on government debt and obligations from the Social Security Trust Fund. It would require the Treasury Department to report weekly to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees as long as the special borrowing authority is in use. As amended, it also would prohibit the Treasury secretary from borrowing above the debt limit to pay for compensation for members of Congress. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 221-207: R 221-8; D 0-199; I 0-0.


House Vote 154 - HR 45: Health Care Overhaul Law Repeal - Passage
May 16, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul law, which requires most individuals to buy health insurance by 2014, makes changes to government health care programs and sets requirements for health insurers. It also would repeal provisions pertaining to the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The bill would restore the provisions of law amended or repealed by the health care overhaul, and repeal certain provisions of the health care reconciliation law. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 229-195: R 227-0; D 2-195; I 0-0.


House Vote 179 - HR 3: Keystone XL Pipeline - Passage
May 22, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would declare that a presidential permit is not required for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline's northern route from the Canadian border through Nebraska. Under the bill, environmental impact statements issued to date would be considered sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Interior Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be deemed to have granted all the necessary permits. It would grant the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia exclusive jurisdiction regarding pipeline legal disputes. Claims would have to be brought within 60 days of the action that gives rise to the claim. As amended it would require TransCanada to submit its oil spill response plan and any updates to the governors of each state where the pipeline operates. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 241-175: R 222-0; D 19-175; I 0-0.


House Vote 188 - HR 2216: Fiscal 2014 Military Construction-VA Appropriations - NATO Headquarters
June 04, 2013 - Broun, R-Ga., amendment that would eliminate funding for payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the planning, design and construction of a new headquarters and transfer the savings to a spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 151-269: R 139-89; D 12-180; I 0-0.


House Vote 191 - HR 2216: Fiscal 2014 Military Construction-VA Appropriations - Davis-Bacon Wage Requirements
June 04, 2013 - King, R-Iowa, amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to administer or enforce Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 192-231: R 192-36; D 0-195; I 0-0.


House Vote 225 - HR 1960: Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization - Public-Private Partnerships
June 13, 2013 - Rigell, R-Va., amendment that would permit the Defense secretary to exempt existing public-private partnerships from the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76, which establishes federal policy for the competition of commercial activities.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-248: R 177-55; D 1-193; I 0-0.


House Vote 231 - HR 1960: Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization - Army National Guard Sports Sponsorship
June 14, 2013 - McCollum, D-Minn., amendment that would prohibit the Army National Guard from sponsoring professional wrestling or motor sports as part of a recruiting or advertising campaign.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 134-290: R 23-207; D 111-83; I 0-0.


House Vote 257 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Farm Risk Management Expenditure Cap
June 19, 2013 - Foxx, R-N.C., amendment that would cap the total amount of price loss coverage payments and revenue loss coverage payments during fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2020 at $17 million. It would require producer agreements to specifically state that payments made under these programs be reduced as necessary to comply with the cap.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 267-156: R 183-48; D 84-108; I 0-0.


House Vote 258 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Milk Price Support
June 19, 2013 - Broun, R-Ga., amendment that would repeal permanent price support authority for milk.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 112-309: R 109-122; D 3-187; I 0-0.


House Vote 262 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Food Assistance
June 19, 2013 - Royce, R-Calif., amendment that would allow up to 45 percent of the funds authorized for international food aid to be used for assistance other than U.S. agricultural commodities.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 203-220: R 105-126; D 98-94; I 0-0.


House Vote 263 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Market Access Program Elimination
June 19, 2013 - Chabot, R-Ohio, amendment that would eliminate the Market Access Program, which helps U.S. producers, exporters, private companies and other trade organizations finance promotional activities for U.S. agricultural products.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 98-322: R 89-142; D 9-180; I 0-0.


House Vote 264 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Emerging Markets Program
June 20, 2013 - Brooks, R-Ala., amendment that would terminate the Emerging Markets Program, which promotes exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products in certain emerging global markets, after Sept. 30, 2013.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 103-322: R 101-129; D 2-193; I 0-0.


House Vote 265 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Personal Hygiene Products
June 20, 2013 - Butterfield, D-N.C., amendment that would make household personal hygiene items eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 123-297: R 6-223; D 117-74; I 0-0.


House Vote 266 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - SNAP Redemption Data
June 20, 2013 - Marino, R-Pa., amendment that would direct the Government Accountability Office to establish a pilot program in nine states to collect data on items purchased under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 79-346: R 74-156; D 5-190; I 0-0.


House Vote 267 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Healthy Food Financing Initiative
June 20, 2013 - Schweikert, R-Ariz., amendment that would strike a provision in the bill that would direct the Agriculture secretary to establish an initiative to provide access to healthy food in low-income communities.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 194-232: R 194-37; D 0-195; I 0-0.


House Vote 268 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Emergency Disaster Loan Program
June 20, 2013 - Tierney, D-Mass., amendment that would make commercial fisherman eligible for loans under the Emergency Disaster Loan program.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 211-215: R 23-208; D 188-7; I 0-0.


House Vote 271 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Biodiesel Fuel Education Program
June 20, 2013 - Marino, R-Pa., amendment that would replace a provision in the bill that would authorize $2 million per year from fiscal 2014 through 2018 for the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program with language to repeal the program.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 194-230: R 186-44; D 8-186; I 0-0.


House Vote 272 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Farmers Market Promotion
June 20, 2013 - McClintock, R-Calif., amendment that would strike a provision in the bill that would authorize $10 million per year from fiscal 2014 through 2018 for a program to expand domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 156-269: R 155-76; D 1-193; I 0-0.


House Vote 274 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Christmas Tree Promotion
June 20, 2013 - Walorski, R-Ind., amendment that would strike a provision in the bill that would require the Agriculture secretary to lift the administrative stay placed on establishing an industry-funded promotion, research and information program for fresh-cut Christmas trees within 60 days of the bill's enactment.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 197-227: R 184-47; D 13-180; I 0-0.


House Vote 275 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Specialty Crops
June 20, 2013 - Courtney, D-Conn., amendment that would add farmed shellfish to the list of specialty crops eligible for Agriculture Department marketing and research assistance.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 208-218: R 38-193; D 170-25; I 0-0.


House Vote 276 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Federal Crop Insurance
June 20, 2013 - Kind, D-Wis., amendment that would limit federal crop insurance premium subsidies to producers with adjusted gross income of less than $250,000, limit per-person premium subsidies to $50,000, cap crop insurance providers' reimbursement of administrative and operating expenses in 2013 at $900 million and reduce their rate of return to 12 percent of the retained premium.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 208-217: R 74-157; D 134-60; I 0-0.


House Vote 279 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - National Sheep Industry Improvement Center
June 20, 2013 - Radel, R-Fla., amendment that would strike a provision of the bill that would extend through 2018 the $10 million annual authorization for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and replace it with language to repeal the law that created the center.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 235-192: R 168-64; D 67-128; I 0-0.


House Vote 280 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Agricultural Commodities
June 20, 2013 - Walberg, R-Mich., amendment that would strike from the bill language that would add products of natural stone to the definition of an agricultural commodity.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 215-211: R 175-56; D 40-155; I 0-0.


House Vote 281 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Sugar Program
June 20, 2013 - Pitts, R-Pa., amendment that would direct the Agriculture secretary to lower loan rates for domestic sugar cane producers to 18 cents per pound for raw cane sugar for each crop year 2014 through 2018. It would require the Agriculture secretary to revise trade tariffs to lower the sugar stocks-to-use ratio to 15.5 percent. The department would be required to administer marketing allotments to ensure sugar supplies, be authorized to suspend or modify any marketing allotment provision and exercise discretion in administering the import quota to provide for adequate sugar supplies at "reasonable prices." It also would repeal the sugar-to-ethanol program.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 206-221: R 137-95; D 69-126; I 0-0.


House Vote 282 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Payment Limitations
June 20, 2013 - Fortenberry, R-Neb., amendment that would reduce farm program payment limits, capping commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. It also would clarify who can receive such payments.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 230-194: R 97-134; D 133-60; I 0-0.


House Vote 283 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - SNAP Work Requirements
June 20, 2013 - Huelskamp, R-Kan., amendment that would allow states to create a work activation program that would require able-bodied individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to complete two days of supervised job search at the program site each month. While in the program recipients may not refuse offers of employment or refuse to provide information on employment status without good cause. It would suspend SNAP benefits for individuals who fail to comply with the requirements. It also would repeal the nutrition education and obesity prevention grant program.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 175-250: R 175-57; D 0-193; I 0-0.


House Vote 284 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - SNAP Work Requirements
June 20, 2013 - Southerland, R-Fla., amendment that would direct the Agriculture secretary to administer a pilot program that would allow states to impose work requirements on individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. It would void work requirement waivers in states that participate in the pilot project.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 227-198: R 226-6; D 1-192; I 0-0.


House Vote 286 - HR 1947: Farm Programs - Passage
June 20, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would authorize roughly $939 billion through fiscal 2018 for federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development and agricultural trade programs. It would repeal direct and countercyclical payments to agriculture commodity producers, replacing them with two new risk-management programs to protect farmers when they suffer significant losses. It would consolidate conservation programs and repeal several major dairy programs and replace them with a new program to manage the supply of milk. It would restrict "categorical eligibility" for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, under which individuals become eligible based on their participation in other low-income assistance programs. Under the bill, households that receive more than $20 in utility assistance would be eligible for SNAP benefits. As amended it would allow states to conduct drug testing on SNAP applicants as a condition for receiving benefits and impose work requirements on SNAP recipients, mandating employment or job training. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Rejected 195-234: R 171-62; D 24-172; I 0-0.


House Vote 304 - HR 2231: Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan - Passage
June 28, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would direct the Interior secretary to develop a five-year offshore leasing plan that would make at least 50 percent of the unleased coastal areas with the most potential for energy production available for oil and gas exploration and development. It would create a nationwide revenue sharing system so coastal states would receive a share of the federal royalties. Drilling would be allowed off the coasts of California, South Carolina and Virginia. It also would require the Interior secretary to prepare a multi-sale environmental impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act for all lease sales authorized by the bill. As amended it would require that claims arising from projects covered by the bill be filed within 60 days and resolved within six months. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 235-186: R 219-6; D 16-180; I 0-0.


House Vote 315 - HR 2609: Fiscal 2014 Energy-Water Appropriations - Renewable-Energy Programs
July 09, 2013 - Broun, R-Ga., amendment that would reduce by $9.8 million the amount provided for energy efficiency, renewable-energy, electricity delivery and energy reliability activities and transfer the savings to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 153-257: R 153-70; D 0-187; I 0-0.


House Vote 317 - HR 2609: Fiscal 2014 Energy-Water Appropriations - Renewable-Energy Programs
July 09, 2013 - Broun, R-Ga., amendment that would decrease by $4.8 million the amount provided for renewable-energy, energy reliability and energy efficiency activities and transfer the savings to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 158-256: R 158-66; D 0-190; I 0-0.


House Vote 319 - HR 2609: Fiscal 2014 Energy-Water Appropriations - Renewable-Energy Programs
July 09, 2013 - McClintock, R-Calif., amendment that would reduce by $1.5 billion the amount provided in the bill for energy efficiency, renewable-energy, nuclear-energy, and fossil energy research and development activities and transfer the savings to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 115-300: R 115-109; D 0-191; I 0-0.


House Vote 330 - HR 2609: Fiscal 2014 Energy-Water Appropriations - ATV Manufacturing Loan Program
July 10, 2013 - Broun, R-Ga., amendment that would eliminate funding for administrative expenses associated with the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program and transfer the savings to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 165-252: R 162-60; D 3-192; I 0-0.


House Vote 339 - HR 2609: Fiscal 2014 Energy-Water Appropriations - Wind Energy Program Funding
July 10, 2013 - Whitfield, R-Ky., amendment that would bar the Energy Department from using funds in the bill designated for renewable-energy, energy reliability and efficiency activities for wind energy programs.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 94-329: R 93-133; D 1-196; I 0-0.


House Vote 340 - HR 2609: Fiscal 2014 Energy-Water Appropriations - Electrical Energy Program Funding
July 10, 2013 - Fleming, R-La., amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to pay Energy Department employees or officers to implement an electric-power transmission facilities program authorized by the 2009 economic stimulus law.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 230-194: R 223-4; D 7-190; I 0-0.


House Vote 343 - HR 2609: Fiscal 2014 Energy-Water Appropriations - Community Development
July 10, 2013 - Chabot, R-Ohio, amendment that would eliminate funding in the bill for economic and community development activities of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Delta Regional Authority, Denali Commission, Northern Border Regional Commission and the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 147-273: R 144-81; D 3-192; I 0-0.


House Vote 353 - HR 2642: Farm Programs - Passage
July 11, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would authorize agriculture programs through fiscal 2018. It would permanently reauthorize the sugar program, which provides a price guarantee to processors and producers of sugarcane and sugar beets. It would create two risk-management programs to replace the direct and countercyclical payments to agriculture commodity producers repealed by the bill. It also would replace several major dairy programs with a new dairy margin insurance program. The permanent 1938 and 1949 farm laws that set commodity support and other agriculture support levels would be repealed. It would reauthorize most conservation activities through fiscal 2018 but consolidate the 23 programs into 13. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Passed 216-208: R 216-12; D 0-196; I 0-0.


House Vote 361 - HR 2667: Employer Health Insurance Mandate Delay - Passage
July 17, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would delay for one year, until the beginning of 2015, the requirement in the 2010 health care overhaul that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. It also would delay by one year associated reporting requirements for employers and insurance providers. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 264-161: R 229-1; D 35-160; I 0-0.


House Vote 363 - HR 2668: Individual Health Insurance Mandate Delay - Passage
July 17, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would delay for one year, until the start of 2015, the requirement in the 2010 health care overhaul that most individuals maintain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 251-174: R 229-1; D 22-173; I 0-0.


House Vote 368 - HR 5: Education Law Overhaul - Educational Curriculum
July 18, 2013 - Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., amendment that would express the sense of Congress that states and local educational agencies should determine the curriculum and assessments for elementary and secondary education.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 241-182: R 230-1; D 11-181; I 0-0.


House Vote 369 - HR 5: Education Law Overhaul - School Administration
July 18, 2013 - Meehan, R-Pa., amendment that would prohibit the Education Department from imposing administrative requirements unless explicitly authorized by the bill. It also would clarify opportunities for local education representatives to comment on proposed federal regulations regarding the implementation of elementary and secondary education law.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 239-187: R 230-2; D 9-185; I 0-0.


House Vote 370 - HR 5: Education Law Overhaul - Federal Assistance
July 19, 2013 - Culberson, R-Texas, amendment that would require states to expressly approve the programs authorized under elementary and secondary education law before any federal funds could be released to them. The provision would not apply in years that the state legislature does not meet, but it would allow states to disapprove grant programs established in years the state legislature did not meet. It also would stipulate that any funds not allocated to a state because the legislature did not approve the program would not be reallocated among the other states.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 227-196: R 227-4; D 0-192; I 0-0.


House Vote 374 - HR 5: Education Law Overhaul - Passage
July 19, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize and overhaul current elementary and secondary education law from fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2019. The bill would require states to establish academic standards in reading, math and science that apply to all students and schools in the state. It would allow states to develop standards in other subjects at their discretion. The bill would eliminate the yearly progress metric, which requires students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014 and allow states to develop their own accountability systems. It would require states and school districts to create teacher and principal evaluation systems based on several parameters, including student achievement and multiple measures of teacher performance. As amended it would allow Title I funds to follow individual students to other public or charter schools. It also would require states to approve the programs under the bill before any funds could be released to them. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 221-207: R 221-12; D 0-195; I 0-0.


House Vote 422 - HR 2610: Fiscal 2014 Transportation-HUD Appropriations - Essential Air Service
July 30, 2013 - McClintock, R-Calif., amendment that would eliminate the $100 million in the bill provided for the Essential Air Service Program and transfer the savings to the bill's spending reduction account.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 166-248: R 151-73; D 15-175; I 0-0.


House Vote 437 - HR 367: Congressional Approval of Federal Regulations - Carbon Tax
August 02, 2013 - Scalise, R-La., amendment that would include in the definition of major regulations, rules that would provide for the implementation or collection of a carbon tax.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 237-176: R 225-0; D 12-176; I 0-0.


House Vote 438 - HR 367: Congressional Approval of Federal Regulations - Healthcare Regulations
August 02, 2013 - Smith, R-Mo., amendment that would include in the definition of major regulations, rules made under the 2010 health care overhaul law.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 227-185: R 221-2; D 6-183; I 0-0.


House Vote 439 - HR 367: Congressional Approval of Federal Regulations - Regulatory Duplication
August 02, 2013 - Latham, R-Iowa, amendment that would require that federal agencies include in the report submitted to Congress a list of any related regulatory actions or pending actions by another federal agency with authority to implement the same statutory provision or regulatory objective.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 263-152: R 227-0; D 36-152; I 0-0.


House Vote 445 - HR 367: Congressional Approval of Federal Regulations - Passage
August 02, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would require Congress to approve executive agency regulatory proposals that are deemed to be "major rules." As amended, the bill would include in the definition of "major rules" those likely to cost more than $50 million; rules that would have adverse economic effects; any regulations crafted to implement or provide for the collection of a carbon tax; and rules made under the 2010 health care overhaul law. It also would require that federal agencies list, in reports submitted to Congress, any related regulatory actions or pending actions by another federal agency with authority to implement the same statutory provision or regulatory objective. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 232-183: R 226-0; D 6-183; I 0-0.


House Vote 447 - HR 2009: IRS Enforcement of Health Care Law - Passage
August 02, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would prohibit the Treasury secretary, or any delegate of the secretary, including the IRS, from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the 2010 health care law. Provisions of the law slated to go into effect in 2014 require individuals to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 232-185: R 228-0; D 4-185; I 0-0.


House Vote 458 - HR 2775: Health Care Subsidy - Passage
September 12, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would block premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the 2010 health care overhaul law until a program to verify recipient qualifications is in place. As amended, the bill would require the Health and Human Services inspector general to certify the program. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 235-191: R 230-0; D 5-191; I 0-0.


House Vote 476 - HR 3102: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Passage
September 19, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would reauthorize through fiscal 2016 the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It would establish a pilot program to allow states to impose new work requirements on SNAP recipients, including parents of young children exempt under current law. It would require that individuals receive at least $20 or more in aid through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to qualify for automatic increases in SNAP benefits. It would authorize states to conduct drug testing on applicants as a condition of receiving benefits. Stores authorized to accept SNAP benefits would be required to purchase point-of-sale equipment to track where they are used. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 217-210: R 217-15; D 0-195; I 0-0.


House Vote 478 - H J Res 59: Fiscal 2014 Continuing Appropriations - Passage
September 20, 2013 - Passage of the joint resolution that would provide continuing appropriations through Dec. 15, 2013 for government operations that would reflect an annual discretionary level of about $986.3 billion. It also would defund the 2010 health care overhaul and allow the U.S. Treasury, once the statutory debt limit is reached, to continue borrowing over the debt limit until Dec. 15, 2014. Funds could only be used to pay the principal and interest on both government debt held by the public and on obligations to the Social Security trust fund. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 230-189: R 228-1; D 2-188; I 0-0.


House Vote 497 - H J Res 59: Fiscal 2014 Continuing Appropriations - Motion to Concur
September 29, 2013 - Rogers, R-Ky., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the joint resolution that would provide fiscal 2014 continuing appropriations with a Paulsen, R-Minn., amendment that would repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax included in the 2010 health care overhaul. It also would set the expiration date for the continuing appropriations to Dec. 15, 2013; bar authority for capital construction for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission through Dec. 15, 2013; and extend and increase available visas for the special immigrant visa program for Iraqis who supported U.S. efforts in Iraq after March 2003. Note: Sept. 29, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated Sept. 28, 2013).

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 248-174: R 231-0; D 17-174; I 0-0.


House Vote 498 - H J Res 59: Fiscal 2014 Continuing Appropriations - Motion to Concur
September 29, 2013 - Rogers, R-Ky., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the joint resolution that would provide fiscal 2014 continuing appropriations with a Blackburn, R-Tenn., amendment that would delay for one year implementation of any provision of the 2010 health care overhaul that would take effect between Oct. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2014, including the individual mandate and the imposition or increase of specified taxes and fees. It also would allow companies and insurance providers until 2015 to opt out of mandated birth control coverage for religious or moral reasons, and bar appropriations and transfers from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Fund. It also would set the expiration date for the continuing appropriations to Dec. 15, 2013. Note: Sept. 29, 2013 (in the session that began and the Congressional Record dated Sept. 28, 2013). A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 231-192: R 229-2; D 2-190; I 0-0.


House Vote 504 - H J Res 59: Fiscal 2014 Continuing Appropriations - Motion to Recede and Concur
September 30, 2013 - Rogers, R-Ky., motion to recede from House amendments and concur in the Senate amendment with an additional House amendment to the joint resolution that would provide fiscal 2014 continuing appropriations. The House amendment would fund the government until Dec. 15, 2013, and delay for one year a requirement in the 2010 health care overhaul that all individuals purchase health insurance or pay a tax penalty. It also would require the president, vice president, members of Congress, congressional staff and political appointees to purchase health insurance through the health care law's state insurance exchanges and would limit the subsidies they may receive for purchasing insurance. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 228-201: R 219-12; D 9-189; I 0-0.


House Vote 545 - H Res 378: U.S. Sugar Tariffs - Adoption
October 12, 2013 - Adoption of the resolution that would express the sense of the House that House farm bill conferees should propose repeal of provisions of the 2008 farm programs law dealing with tariffs in the federal sugar support program, in order to restore the Agriculture secretary's authority to manage supplies of sugar throughout the marketing year to meet domestic demand at reasonable prices.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Rejected 192-212: R 130-85; D 62-127; I 0-0.


House Vote 570 - H J Res 99: Debt Limit Increase Disapproval - Passage
October 30, 2013 - Passage of the joint resolution that would express congressional disapproval of a request by the president to suspend the debt limit. Current law provides for a suspension of the debt limit, unless a disapproval measure is enacted, until Feb. 7, 2014 upon certification from the president that the U.S. Treasury cannot pay its obligations. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 222-191: R 219-4; D 3-187; I 0-0.


House Vote 581 - HR 2655: Frivolous-Lawsuit Sanctions - Passage
November 14, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would require that courts impose sanctions on parties that violate the prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits. Penalties would include payments to the other party for expenses, including attorneys' fees and other costs, as well as court payments and non-monetary sanctions like dismissal of the lawsuit. The bill would remove parties' ability to withdraw lawsuits or correct claims within 21 days of filing. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 228-195: R 225-2; D 3-193; I 0-0.


House Vote 587 - HR 3350: Grandfathered Health Care Plans - Passage
November 15, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would allow health insurance companies to continue to offer in 2014, outside of the new insurance exchanges, health care plans in the individual market that were in effect as of Jan. 1, 2013. Such policies would be treated as grandfathered health plans that satisfy the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirements set by the 2010 health care overhaul. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 261-157: R 222-4; D 39-153; I 0-0.


House Vote 600 - HR 1965: Domestic Energy Production - Passage
November 20, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would require the Interior Department to develop a 30-year strategic plan for the nation's energy needs and set domestic production goals to meet demand. It would make available for leasing at least 25 percent of eligible federal land each year and would provide for oil shale leases in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve. It would streamline the process for approving drilling permits, impose new fees to help finance the processing of permits and set new judicial review standards for civil actions filed against energy lease sales or drilling permits. It also would facilitate oil and gas resource development on Indian tribal lands. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 228-192: R 221-1; D 7-191; I 0-0.


House Vote 604 - HR 2728: Hydraulic-Fracturing Regulation - Passage
November 20, 2013 - Passage of a bill that would prohibit the Interior Department from enforcing federal hydraulic-fracturing rules in states that have such oversight rules. It would require the EPA to publish a final, peer-reviewed report on the impacts hydraulic fracturing would have on drinking water by Sept. 30, 2016. The report would have to be accompanied by estimates of the probability, uncertainty and consequence of such impacts that takes into account the state and industry risk management practices. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 235-187: R 223-2; D 12-185; I 0-0.


House Vote 611 - HR 1900: Natural-Gas Pipelines - Passage
November 21, 2013 - Passage of the bill that would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny pipeline construction certificates within one year of receiving a complete application. Other federal agencies that also must approve portions of pipeline construction projects would have to approve or deny permits within 90 days of FERC's issuance of an environmental-impact statement. FERC could extend, for 30 days, the time for other agencies to approve or deny permits if they are unable to do so within the original 90-day period. If a federal agency does not act by the stipulated deadline, the permit would be deemed approved 30 days later. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Yea
Vote Results: Passed 252-165: R 226-0; D 26-165; I 0-0.


House Vote 640 - H J Res 59: Fiscal 2014 Budget Agreement - Passage
December 12, 2013 - Ryan, R-Wis., motion to recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment to the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (H J Res 59) with an amendment that would increase the discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015, establish a budget for fiscal 2014 and outline the fiscal 2015 budget process. The increased spending would be offset by increased passenger air travel fees, increased federal employee pension contributions, extending sequester cuts to Medicare for two years and other changes. It also would block a scheduled cut to Medicare reimbursements for physicians. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position.

CCAGW Position: Nay
Vote Results: Motion agreed to 332-94: R 169-62; D 163-32; I 0-0.