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Sen. Thad Cochran

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Sen. Thad Cochran

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VOTES (10 of 36)

HEITKAMP AMENDMENT SUPPORTING THE WIND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT The amendment, introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), expresses the sense of the Senate that the Wind Production Tax Credit and seven other now-expired tax credits for green energy production should be reauthorized and extended until 2020. At the beginning of the year, special interest tax breaks for wind, closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal and solar energy facilities, landfill gas facilities, trash facilities, qualified hydropower facility, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities expired. No No
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE This week, the Senate began consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1), which mirrors the bill (H.R. 3) approved by the House on January 9th. The project would increase American energy security, create thousands of jobs, and increase revenue in the states it runs through. Yes Yes
DHS FUNDING BILL: A BLANK CHECK FOR AMNESTY On Friday, February 27, the Senate adopted a substitute amendment (#255) offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240). Heritage Action was key voting in favor of the House-passed DHS funding bill prior to the adoption of the McConnell Amendment, which essentially removed language that would have denied funding and resources for the President’s unconstitutional amnesty. With the adoption of the substitute amendment, Heritage Action will key vote against H.R. 240 and include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard. No Yes
FIGHTING THE UN ARMS TRADE TREATY On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), this amendment prohibits the funding of international organizations responsible for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) prior to Senate ratification. ATT contains provisions that require export and import controls on weapons. Yes Yes
MANDATORY PAID SICK LEAVE On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), this amendment instructs the appropriations committee to set aside funds for a government program that establishes paid sick leave as well as “promote equal employment opportunities.” No No
SAME-SEX "MARRIAGE" BENEFITS On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), this amendment would provide Social Security and veterans benefits for legally married same-sex spouses. No No
$500 BILLION DOC FIX The Senate voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). The bill, negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) while making some small-scale reforms to the entitlement program and extending other programs such as the Clinton-era Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The package will likely increase America’s debt by $500 billion over the next two decades. No Yes
LEE MOTION TO STRIKE PAY-GO EXEMPTION FROM “DOC FIX” PACKAGE Senators voted on a motion to strike Sec. 525 from the House-passed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), the so-called permanent doc fix. The amendment, offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) would strike the bill’s provision exempting it from PAYGO. If adopted with a majority vote, the change would require Congress to offset the $141 billion cost of the bill, including at least $7 billion this year. Yes No
LEAHY AMENDMENT TO UNDERMINE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM The Senate voted on the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 262) as an amendment to the long-stalled Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178). Introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the amendment contains language that would undermine basic civil rights and our nation’s commitment to religious freedom. No No
CONFIRMATION OF LORETTA LYNCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL The Senate vote leading to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General. No Yes
STRIKE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA) FROM TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY (TPA) The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), would strike the extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. If adopted TAA would be removed from the bill and senators would have the ability to debate and vote on the Trade Promotion Authority on its merits. Yes No
MOTION TO TABLE KIRK EXPORT-IMPORT BANK AMENDMENT The Senate voted on the motion to table (i.e. kill) an amendment introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Yes No
BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL TRADE PRIORITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015 (H.R. 2146) The Senate will vote on the House-passed Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 2146), which would grant President Obama fast-track authority, also known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). No Yes
A-PLUS AMENDMENT S. 1177 The Senate will likely vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177).The amendment, known as A-PLUS, would give the states the ability to escape No Child Left Behind’s prescriptive programmatic requirements, consolidate their federal education funds and use them for any lawful education purpose they deem beneficial. Yes No
SENATE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND REAUTHORIZATION The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177), introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), would reauthorize the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law until 2021. No Yes
MCCONNELL AMENDMENT TO SAVE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK The Senate will vote on an amendment to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The amendment, offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank. No Yes
HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT BAILOUT (H.R. 22) The Senate will consider the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The 1,000+ page bill would reauthorize highway and transit programs for six years while increasing spending, revenue and deficits. It would authorize $317 billion over six years for core highway and transit programs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also promised the bill would serve as a vehicle to resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank. No Yes
CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD The Senate will consider a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government’s discretionary operations until December 11, 2015. That bill will also continue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that will commit more than 70,000 abortions between now and December 11. Planned Parenthood has been accused of manipulating abortion procedures to secure higher prices for the sale of baby parts from aborted children. No Yes
STOP SANCTUARY POLICIES AND PROTECT AMERICANS ACT (S. 2146) The Senate voted on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146). Introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the legislation would hold sanctuary cities accountable for defying federal law by denying certain federal grants to those jurisdictions, including Community Development Block Grants. The bill would also “increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement.” Yes Yes
BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT OF 2015 (H.R. 1314) The Senate will vote on the House-passed Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (H.R. 1314). The agreement negotiated by President Obama and outgoing Speaker John is essentially two bills merged into one: a clean suspension of the debt limit until March 2017 equal to roughly $1.5 trillion and a $112 billion spending increase that busts the heralded 2011 budget caps for the next two years. Combined, the package represents the very worst of Washington – a last minute deal that increases spending and debt under the auspices of fiscal responsibility. No Yes
TRANSPORTATION SPENDING HIKE, BAILOUT, AND EX-IM REAUTHORIZATION BILL (H.R. 22) The Senate will vote on the conference report for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill would spend more on highways than either the House or Senate-passed bills, and would finance that increased funding almost exclusively with embarrassing budget gimmicks. No Yes
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND REAUTHORIZATION (S. 1177) The Senate will vote on the conference report for S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This long sought-after revision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) falls well short in rolling back federal intervention in education, and in many ways represents a step backwards for conservative education policy. No Yes
MOTION TO TABLE $1.1 TRILLION OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL The Senate will vote on the year-end omnibus spending bill. Heritage Action key voted the Motion to Table (i.e., kill). Yes No
NOMINATION OF WILHELMINA WRIGHT FOR US DISTRICT COURT FOR MINNESOTA The Senate voted on the nomination of Wilhelmina Wright for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. No No
SHAHEEN AMENDMENT FOR $600 MILLION IN EMERGENCY SPENDING The Senate will vote on Amendment #3345 offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016. The amendment would provide $600 million in new emergency spending for the purpose of addressing opioid abuse. No No
NOMINATION OF JOHN KING FOR SECRETARY OF EDUCATION The Senate voted on the nomination of John B. King, Jr. to be Secretary of Education. No Yes
BENNET-ISAKSON FHA AMENDMENT TO S. 2012 The Senate will vote on an amendment by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to S. 2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The Bennet-Isakson amendment would force the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to further subsidize government-backed mortgage loans under the pretense of energy efficiency. No Yes
ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT (S. 2012) The 420-page bipartisan bill, introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) seeks to promote energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply, accountability, and land conservation through federal intervention. No Yes
FY17 ENERGY & WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL The Senate considered H.R. 2028, the vehicle for its version of FY17 Energy & Water Appropriations bill. The $37.5 billion spending bill aligns with the spending caps enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) last fall, and would raise spending by $355 million above FY16 levels and $261 million over President Obama’s request. No Yes
On the Nomination of Paula Xinis The Senate will vote on the nomination of Paula Xinis for a lifetime appointment on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. No No
On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 3900 to S.Amdt. 3896 to H.R. 2577 (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016) The Senate will vote on three separate proposals to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus. No Yes
Motion to Table Lee HUD Zoning Amendment The Senate voted on a motion to table (i.e., kill) an amendment introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to defund Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Lee’s amendment would have prevented the creation of a national zoning board. No Yes
CRA TO BLOCK THE CATFISH PROGRAM (S.J. RES. 28) The Senate will vote on S.J. Res.28, a resolution offered by Sen. John McCain under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would block the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) catfish inspection rule. Yes No
AMENDMENTS TO SENATE NDAA (S. 2943) The Senate voted on an amendment offered by Sen. Dick Durbin to S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. His amendment would strike two provisions in the base bill restricting funding for non-defense research priorities. No Yes
“Draft Our Daughters” Defense Bill The Senate voted on S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The Heritage Foundation has articulated numerous problems with the bill reported out of committee, including the inclusion of a provision in the base bill that forces young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service, making them eligible for conscription if Congress reinstates the draft for future military needs. No Yes
PUERTO RICO OVERSIGHT, MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC STABILITY ACT The Senate is scheduled to consider H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which attempts to address Puerto Rico’s current debt crisis. No Yes
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First Amendment Defense Act The First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), would prevent the federal government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and woman or that sexual relations are reserved for marriage. That protection would extend to tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation, contracting and grants. Yes Yes
Transportation Empowerment Act The Transportation Empowerment Act (S. 1541), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), would turn back control of the federal highway program (including transit) to the states by incrementally decreasing the federal gas tax and the size of the federal program, and in turn empower the states to fund and manage their transportation programs and priorities—not those of Washington bureaucrats or influential lobbyists. Yes No
Employee Rights Act The Employee Rights Act (S.1874), introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA), would protect workers from union pressure by putting power in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members. As the Heritage Foundation notes, if union bosses “were angels, such changes would be unnecessary” but “since they are not” new protections are necessary. Yes Yes
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