The Senate finally voted on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Unfortunately, it didn’t receive the votes required to pass. Want to see how they voted? Check out heritageactionscorecard.com to see how your Senators voted on one of the most important energy projects in recent years.
August is here and that means it is recess for Congress.
But now is not the time for conservative accountability to take a break. With Members of Congress back at home holding events, having meetings, and making public appearances, August is the perfect time to meet them and talk about their voting records.
You can use the Heritage Action Scorecard as your guide on what to talk about during your meetings with Members of Congress.
In typical Washington fashion, Congress saved three “must pass” items — a bailout of the federal highway trust fund, legislation that claims to fix our failing VA system, and action to address a border crisis caused by President Obama’s refusal to enforce the law — for the last minute.
So last week, with four days left and a full plate, many Members of Congress had to choose between standing for principle and a quick ticket home for recess.
Five of last week’s votes are now live on our scorecard: 3 in the Senate and 2 in the House.
The common thread in these five votes is the choice they presented to Members of Congress: take the easy way out and support “patches” and flawed legislation, or push for real conservative reforms that would actually solve the issues.
Check out our Scorecard to see how your Members of Congress voted and make sure to hold them accountable and as you meet with them during the congressional August recess.
Today, the House voted on H.R. 3409, The Stop the War on Coal Act. This bill was designed to prevent regulations that would adversely impact employment in coal mines in the U.S., that would reduce the amount of coal available for domestic consumption or for export, or that would designate any area as unsuitable for surface coal mining. In short, it would prevent many of burdensome regulations that hinder the economy and job creation.
American companies have had to eliminate thousands of jobs as a result of overregulation imposed upon them by the EPA. Accordingly, Heritage Action supported H.R. 3409 which was specifically designed to lessen the onslaught of EPA regulations. The current Administration has encouraged policies designed by EPA bureaucrats that are demonstrably harmful to consumers and job seekers alike. This legislation helps reverse this negative trend.
The vote results are listed below.
Yesterday, the House voted on H.J.Res. 118, the joint resolution disapproving of an Information Memorandum submitted by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) relating to a waiver of work requirements established by the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.
We opposed HHS’s Information Memorandum because the work requirement of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 allowed welfare rolls to drop dramatically and the poverty rate for black children to reach its lowest level in history. Congress was able to combat the Administration’s nonsensical and illegal gutting of welfare reform by voting “yes” on H.J.Res. 118.
The vote results are listed below.
Last Thursday, the House voted on the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012 (H.R.6233), which would provide $383 million in emergency assistance for farmers, ranchers and orchardists in response to various natural disasters. The bill provided assistance to those who failed to adequately prepare for hardship, at the taxpayers’ expense. The key vote is listed below, along with a breakdown of how Republicans and Democrats voted: