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Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 +Motion to invoke cloture, limit debate, and vote on a bill related to the alternative minimum tax, which would serve as the vehicle for an emergency loan package for domestic automakers. Failing to receive the required 60 votes, the Motion was rejected 52-35
America's Climate Security Act of 2007 +Motion to invoke cloture and limit debate on the Boxer (D-CA) amendment to cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances. Failing to receive 60 votes, Motion rejected 48-36. June 6, 2008

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Budget resolution FY2009 +Adoption of the concurrent resolution setting broad spending and revenue targets over the next five years (including provisions noted above). The resolution would allow up to $1 trillion in discretionary spending for 2009, including a $35 billion economic stimulus package, a one-year alternative minimum tax “patch,” and allow for the extension of certain 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, including the 10 percent tax bracket and the child tax credit.

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Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act +Passage of a bill to overhaul the Consumer Product Safety Commission, strengthen toy safety standards, and authorize $88.5 million for the Commission in fiscal 2009, to be increased by 10 percent every year through 2015. It would increase civil penalties imposed on companies for manufacturing faulty products, create a public database of consumer safety incidents, and permit state attorneys general to get injunctions on behalf of residents to enforce product safety laws.
Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 +Motion to invoke cloture to limit debate and allow a vote to repeal 2004 and 2005 tax benefits for oil companies worth $17 billion over 10 years and direct the money to renewable energy. It also would impose a profits tax on the largest oil companies.

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Employment discrimination legislation (U.S.) +Motion to invoke cloture, limit debate, and vote on a bill to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and allow employees to file charges of pay discrimination within 180 days of receipt of the last received paycheck affected by the alleged discriminatory decision (in effect undoing the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision).

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FY 2009 Defense Department authorization +Vitter (R-LA) amendment to authorize an additional $271 million for the Missile Defense Agency for programs to address and respond to near-term ballistic missile threats. The cost would be offset by unspecified cuts in other military programs
FY 2009 U.S. federal budget +Adoption of the concurrent resolution setting broad spending and revenue targets over the next five years (including provisions noted above). The resolution would allow up to $1 trillion in discretionary spending for 2009, including a $35 billion economic stimulus package, a one-year alternative minimum tax “patch,” and allow for the extension of certain 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, including the 10 percent tax bracket and the child tax credit., Specter (R-PA) amendment to adjust the budget resolution to reduce the individual alternative minimum tax from its current, more progressive two-rate structure of 26 percent and 28 percent to the single 24 percent rate that was in effect prior to 1993. The revenue loss would not be offset., Alexander (R-TN) amendment that would shift $670,000 from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to the Department of Education’s English Literacy-Civics Education State Grant program. (The amendment restricts the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from taking enforcement actions against English-only rules in the workplace where the employer’s policy has no business justification.),
Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 +including crop subsidies, food stamps, conservation and rural development. It would authorize a $10.4 billion increase for nutrition programs, offset by extending customs user fees. It would cut direct-payment subsidies overall by $313 million, in part by reducing the percentage of acres for which a farmer can collect the payments. Farmers making more than $750,000 a year in farm-related income and those with more than $500,000 a year in non-farm-related income would not be eligible for Federal subsidies. Country-of-origin labels for all meat would be required by September 2008.
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008 +Passage of a bill to amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that authorizes warrantless surveillance of foreign targets, even if they are communicating with someone in the United States. The amendment would authorize the FISA court to approve several aspects of how such surveillance is conducted and grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program. It would sunset in six years.

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Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2008 +Adoption of the conference report on a bill to authorize classified amounts in fiscal 2008 for 17 U.S. intelligence activities and agencies, including the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Agency and for the intelligence portion of the fiscal 2008 emergency supplemental for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would prohibit the use of any interrogation treatment not authorized by the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collection Operations against any individual in the intelligence community’s custody.

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Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008 +Motion to invoke cloture and proceed to a vote on a bill to extend dozens of expired or expiring tax provisions for one year and create new tax incentives for energy-related technology. It also would appropriate $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund, with tax offsets. Failing to receive the required 60 votes, motion was rejected 51-43. July 30, 2008. A yes vote is an A+.

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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 +Motion to invoke cloture, limit debate, and vote on a bill to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and allow employees to file charges of pay discrimination within 180 days of receipt of the last received paycheck affected by the alleged discriminatory decision (in effect undoing the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision).

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Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 +Motion to invoke cloture to limit debate and proceed to a vote on a bill to prevent a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare physician payments scheduled to take effect July 1, 2008, by holding payments at current rates for 18 months. It would give doctors a 1.1 percent increase in 2009 and provide $16.6 billion over 10 years for changes to Medicare beneficiary programs. The costs would be partially offset by reducing the cost of Medicare Advantage plans.

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New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act +Reid (D-NV) motion to accept a House bill to grant authority to the Treasury Department to extend new credit and buy stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It would create an independent regulator for the two mortgage giants and the Federal Home Loan Bank System, overhaul the Federal Housing Administration, allowing it to insure up to $300 billion worth of new, refinanced loans for struggling mortgage borrowers. It also includes a $7,500 tax credit for some first-time homebuyers, higher loan limits for FHA-backed loans, a standard tax deduction for property taxes and revenue-raisers to offset part of the costs. It also would authorize $3.9 billion in grants to states and localities to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, and increase the federal debt limit to $10.6 trillion.

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RESTORE Act (2007 FISA bill) +Passage of a bill to amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that authorizes warrantless surveillance of foreign targets, even if they are communicating with someone in the United States. The amendment would authorize the FISA court to approve several aspects of how such surveillance is conducted and grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program. It would sunset in six years.
Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008 +Motion to invoke cloture, limiting debate, on the Reid (D-NV) measure to provide a tax refund for most taxpayers of $500 for individuals and $1,000 for couples, with an additional $300 for each child under 17, and expand eligibility for rebate checks to include low-income seniors and disabled veterans, phasing out the benefit for individuals with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 and married couples with incomes above $300,000.

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U.S. House of Representatives record vote 140, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Passage, over President Bush’s May 21, 2008, veto, of the bill to reauthorize Federal farm and nutrition programs for five years, including crop subsidies, food stamps, conservation and rural development. It would authorize a $10.4 billion increase for nutrition programs, offset by extending customs user fees. It would cut direct-payment subsidies overall by $313 million, in part by reducing the percentage of acres for which a farmer can collect the payments. Farmers making more than $750,000 a year in farm-related income and those with more than $500,000 a year in non-farm-related income would not be eligible for Federal subsidies. Country-of-origin labels for all meat would be required by September 2008.
U.S. Senate record vote 110, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Motion to invoke cloture, limit debate, and vote on a bill to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and allow employees to file charges of pay discrimination within 180 days of receipt of the last received paycheck affected by the alleged discriminatory decision (in effect undoing the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision).
U.S. Senate record vote 140, 110th Congress, Session 2 +including crop subsidies, food stamps, conservation and rural development. It would authorize a $10.4 billion increase for nutrition programs, offset by extending customs user fees. It would cut direct-payment subsidies overall by $313 million, in part by reducing the percentage of acres for which a farmer can collect the payments. Farmers making more than $750,000 a year in farm-related income and those with more than $500,000 a year in non-farm-related income would not be eligible for Federal subsidies. Country-of-origin labels for all meat would be required by September 2008.
U.S. Senate record vote 142, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Adoption of the conference report on the concurrent resolution to allow up to $1 trillion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2009, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $5.8 billion for hurricane recovery. It would assume $1.9 trillion in mandatory spending and increase of the statutory debt limit to $10.615 trillion. It would create a “trigger” mechanism that would reinforce pay-as-you-go rules in the House. The measure assumes a one-year alternative minimum tax “patch” that would be offset. It also would require 60 votes to increase the deficit by $10 billion in a year.
U.S. Senate record vote 145, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Motion to invoke cloture and limit debate on the Boxer (D-CA) amendment to cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances. Failing to receive 60 votes, Motion rejected 48-36. June 6, 2008
U.S. Senate record vote 146, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Motion to invoke cloture to limit debate and allow a vote to repeal 2004 and 2005 tax benefits for oil companies worth $17 billion over 10 years and direct the money to renewable energy. It also would impose a profits tax on the largest oil companies.
U.S. Senate record vote 169, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Motion to invoke cloture to limit debate and proceed to a vote on a bill to prevent a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare physician payments scheduled to take effect July 1, 2008, by holding payments at current rates for 18 months. It would give doctors a 1.1 percent increase in 2009 and provide $16.6 billion over 10 years for changes to Medicare beneficiary programs. The costs would be partially offset by reducing the cost of Medicare Advantage plans.
U.S. Senate record vote 186, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Reid (D-NV) motion to accept a House bill to grant authority to the Treasury Department to extend new credit and buy stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It would create an independent regulator for the two mortgage giants and the Federal Home Loan Bank System, overhaul the Federal Housing Administration, allowing it to insure up to $300 billion worth of new, refinanced loans for struggling mortgage borrowers. It also includes a $7,500 tax credit for some first-time homebuyers, higher loan limits for FHA-backed loans, a standard tax deduction for property taxes and revenue-raisers to offset part of the costs. It also would authorize $3.9 billion in grants to states and localities to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, and increase the federal debt limit to $10.6 trillion.
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