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HR 1314 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 - Key Vote

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Doug LaMalfa voted Nay (Concurrence Vote With Amendment) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (64-35) - (Key vote)

Title: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that extends the debt limit and appropriates funds for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Highlights:
  • Extends the $14.29 trillion statutory limit on debt incurred by the federal government until March 15, 2017 (Sec. 901).
  • Establishes spending limits for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, including the following limits (Sec. 101):
    • $548 billion for defense and security purposes for fiscal year 2016;
    • $551 billion for defense and security purposes for fiscal year 2017; and
    • $518 billion for domestic purposes for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
  • Appropriates funds to the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund generated from the following payroll taxes (Sec. 833):
    • 2.37 percent between December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2018; and
    • 1.8 percent after December 31, 2018.
  • Extends a prohibition on the increase of monthly Medicare Part B premiums (Sec. 601).
  • Requires the Commissioner of Social Security to ensure that a qualified physician has reviewed the medical portion of a case review for an individual seeking physical disability benefits (Sec. 832).
  • Prohibits the Commissioner from considering certain evidence to determine whether an individual qualifies for disability benefits, including the following evidence (Sec. 812):
    • Evidence from an individual who has been convicted of certain felonies;
    • Evidence from an individual who has been excluded from a health care program; or
    • Evidence from an individual who has been fined for submitting false evidence.
  • Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prepare a proposal to auction licenses for the private use of certain electromagnetic spectrum technology (Sec. 1006).
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (266-167) - (Key vote)

Title: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Vote Result
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Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and adopt additional amendments to a bill that extends the debt limit and appropriates funds for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Highlights:
  • Extends the $14.29 trillion statutory limit on debt incurred by the federal government until March 15, 2017 (Sec. 901).
  • Establishes spending limits for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, including the following limits (Sec. 101):
    • $548 billion for defense and security purposes for fiscal year 2016;
    • $551 billion for defense and security purposes for fiscal year 2017; and
    • $518 billion for domestic purposes for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
  • Appropriates funds to the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund generated from the following payroll taxes (Sec. 833):
    • 2.37 percent between December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2018; and
    • 1.8 percent after December 31, 2018.
  • Extends a prohibition on the increase of monthly Medicare Part B premiums (Sec. 601).
  • Requires the Commissioner of Social Security to ensure that a qualified physician has reviewed the medical portion of a case review for an individual seeking physical disability benefits (Sec. 832).
  • Prohibits the Commissioner from considering certain evidence to determine whether an individual qualifies for disability benefits, including the following evidence (Sec. 812):
    • Evidence from an individual who has been convicted of certain felonies;
    • Evidence from an individual who has been excluded from a health care program; or
    • Evidence from an individual who has been fined for submitting false evidence.
  • Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prepare a proposal to auction licenses for the private use of certain electromagnetic spectrum technology (Sec. 1006).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (62-37) -
Legislation - Cloture Invoked (Senate) (65-33) -
Note:

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

Legislation - Cloture Not Invoked (Senate) (52-46) - (Key vote)

Title: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that authorizes the president to enter into trade agreements with foreign countries and establishes principal trade objectives.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the president to enter into a trade agreement with a foreign country to modify an existing duty or import restriction that “unduly burdens” or limits foreign trade of the United States, within the following deadlines (Sec. 103):
    • Before July 1, 2018; or
    • Before July 1, 2021, if trade authorities procedures are extended.
  • Prohibits either House of Congress from amending or filibustering a trade agreement under the provisions of this bill (Sec. 103).
  • Requires the majority leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate to introduce a bill to approve of a trade agreement under the provisions of this bill the same day on which the agreement is submitted to Congress (Sec. 103).
Note:

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

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