Recent votes

EDITOR:

Here are some recent congressional votes.

Senate: Energy-Efficient Building Codes – Cloture.

House: Benghazi Select Committee – Passage.

House: Research Tax Credit – Passage.

House: Charter School Program Expansion – Passage.

Upcoming Congressional Bills:

Senate: Energy-Efficient Building Codes

Note: The House is in recess this week and will return on Monday, May 19.

Recent Senate Votes:

Energy-Efficient Building Codes – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (79-20, 1 Not Voting).

The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to a bill that would promote updates to state building codes to encourage energy savings and provide incentives for energy-efficient manufacturing.

Sen. Carl Levin voted Yes.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow voted Yes.

Recent House Votes:

Benghazi Select Committee – Passage – Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting).

The House approved a resolution establishing a 12-member panel to examine both the events that led to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as the Obama administration’s response to it and to subsequent congressional inquiries.

Rep. Dan Benishek voted Yes.

Research Tax Credit – Passage – Vote Passed (274-131, 26 Not Voting).

The House passed legislation that would permit companies that incur research and development expenses in the United States to deduct up to 20 percent of the amount in which their qualified research expenses exceed a calculated base amount for the current taxable year. It would also permanently extend and expand a tax break for university and corporate research expenses that expired in December 2013. Sixty-two Democrats joined all but one Republican to support the bill.

Rep. Dan Benishek voted Yes.

Charter School Program Expansion – Passage – Vote Passed (360-45, 27 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill to require the Education secretary to consolidate the federal Charter Schools Program, which gives grants to states to open charter schools, and the Charter School Credit Enhancement Program, which assists schools in acquiring better credit terms for facilities, into one program, and direct a certain percentage of funds into national charter school management activities.

Rep. Dan Benishek voted Yes.

Upcoming Votes:

Energy-Efficient Building Codes – S.2262.

The Senate is scheduled to continue work on this building code bill.

Karl (Ben) Weber

Sagola Township