Yeas and Nays – How the Alabama delegation voted this week: 11/20/15

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Here’s a look at how the Alabama delegation voted on major issues this week in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate:

House votes

H.R. 3819A short-term reauthorization of federal-aid highway and transit programs. House and Senate conferees are currently negotiating a long-term reauthorization but are not expected to reach a final agreement this week. The current authorization expires on Friday, Nov. 20.

Passed by voice vote.

H.R. 511: the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. The bill adds Native American tribes to the list of entities that are excluded from the definition of “employer” in the National Labor Relations Act and re-instating Congress’ initial intent when it first passed the NLRA in 1935, thereby treating them similarly to state and local governments.

Passed the House: 249-177.

H.R. 1737: the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act. The bill nullifies 2013 guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) denying the public a chance to comment on regulations directly impacting them.

Passed the House, 332-96.

H.R. 1210: the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act. The bill creates a safe harbor from lawsuits for banks that originate non-qualified mortgages that do not comply with ability-to-repay requirements, as long as the bank retains the mortgage in its own portfolio. The bill is meant to unwind certain restrictive Dodd-Frank regulations in order to expand access to mortgages and home ownership.

Passed the House, 255-174.

H.R. 3189: the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization (FORM) Act. The bill brings greater accountability and transparency to the Federal Reserve.

Passed the House, 241-185.

A motion to go to conference on legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which under its last reauthorization was known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The House in July passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act to reauthorize ESEA through 2019 and make fundamental changes to many of its programs, while the Senate later that month passed its own ESEA reauthorization (S. 1177).

Passed by voice vote.

H.R. 4038: the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: requires that refugee applicants from Iraq and Syria not be admitted to the United States until and unless the FBI Director, Homeland Security Secretary and Director of National Intelligence all certify that the applicant is not a security threat.

Passed the House, 255-174.

Senate

S.J.Res.23: a joint resolution that strikes an EPA rule on greenhouse gas emissions

Passed the Senate, 52-46.

S.J. Res. 24: a joint resolution that strikes an EPA rule on carbon pollution emission guidelines

On the nomination of Peter William Bodde, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Libya.

Passed the Senate, 95-0.

On the nomination of LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall, of New York, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District.

Passed the Senate, 93-1.

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