Last Updated on: 12/19/14  

Rep. Kevin McCarthy

(R) CA     DISTRICT 23

Rep. Kevin McCarthy
61 %

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VOTES (20 of 47)

The Frelinghuysen Amendment to Increase Disaster Relief Spending The amendment would add more than $33 billion in un-offset spending to the underlying bill.
Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Assistance The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R.152) is an “emergency spending” bill intended for disaster assistance for Hurricane Sandy relief. The legislative package is expected to total more than $50 billion. $17 billion is contained in a substitute amendment offered by Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY).
Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Support Reauthorization The Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Support Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 297) would authorize $300 million in spending in 2013 and $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2018. The authorization level represents an increase over current funding, which is inconsistent with getting the nation on a path to fiscal balance. The funds would be directed toward covering the direct and indirect expenses for children’s hospitals such as salaries for medical students and other costs generally incurred by teaching hospitals.
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 The bill would reauthorize and expand the 1994 law that made domestic violence – typically handled by state and local governments – a federal crime.
RSC Back to Basics Budget The Fiscal Year 2014 Budget offered by the Republican Study Committee. The “Back to Basics Budget” proposes sweeping entitlement reforms that would balance our country’s federal budget in just four years.
American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2013 The American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R.1033), sponsored by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), would expand eligibility of the Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program, which provides taxpayer handouts to state and local governments to purchase eligible land that is not within the boundaries of the National Park System.
Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act The bill would order the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to cease and desist on all actions that require a full quorum until the full board is confirmed by the Senate. It would also prevent the Board from implementing, administering, or enforcing any decisions finalized on or after January 4, 2012.
Full Faith and Credit Act The bill would require the Treasury Secretary to pay the principal and interest on America’s debt obligations and make Social Security payments before any other payments in the event the debt ceiling is reached. In effect, the bill begins the process of prioritizing federal spending.
Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline The Northern Route Approval Act (H.R.3) would approve the construction, operation and maintenance of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. As the Heritage Foundation has explained: "Given the need for jobs and more oil on the global market to offset high prices, the permit application had been moving along positively with bipartisan support without much attention until environmental activists made blocking the Keystone XL pipeline their issue to rally around for 2011. Although President Obama and the Department of State (DOS) said they’d make a decision at the end of 2011, they ultimately catered to a narrow set of special interests, punting the decision until after the 2012 elections."
Cassidy-Grimm-Palazzo Amendment to Delay Phaseout of Flood Insurance Premium Subsidies The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Cassidy (R-LA), Grimm (R-NY) and Palazzo (R-MS), to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2217), would delay the implementation of Section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Report Act of 2012 for one year.
Bar Funding of Obama Administration Policy Granting Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants This amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2217), sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R – IA), would prohibit funds in the bill from being made available to implement either the June 17, 2011 memorandum from the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding the exercise of prosecutorial discretion or the June 15, 2012 memorandum from the Secretary of Homeland Security regarding the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. It would also prohibit funds to implement memos from March 2, 2011, November 17, 2011, and December 21, 2012.
Reduce Navy Aircraft Carriers from 11 to 10 Amendment #222, offered by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), would reduce from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have.
Eliminate America’s Ability to Detain Indefinitely Members of al Qaeda and the Taliban Amendment 73, offered by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), amends Section 1021 of the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act to eliminate indefinite military detention of any person belonging to al Qaeda, the Taliban, or other forces belonging to those “organizations” as authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) authority in the United States.
Food Stamp and Farm Bill Commonly referred to as the Farm Bill but more accurately described as the Food Stamp and Farm Bill. Despite claims of reform, the bill continues to spend nearly $1 trillion on a variety of programs, including crop subsidies, conservation programs and food stamps.
Additional Work Requirements for SNAP Recipients and Additional Spending Cuts Amendment #101 offered by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) creates additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and raises the total reduction in spending to $31 billion.
Reform the Federal Sugar Program Amendment #98 offered by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) reforms the Federal sugar program: 1) repeals unnecessary trade restrictions; 2) eliminates higher price support levels; 3) reforms domestic supply restrictions to provide more flexibility to USDA; and 4) provides flexibility to USDA in administering quotas.
Limit Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies Amendment #47 offered by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) limits premium subsidies to those producers with an adjusted gross income under $250,000 and limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000. It caps crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12%.
Offshore Energy and Jobs Act Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), the bill would revise existing laws and policies regarding the development of oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by: 1) directing the Department of the Interior (DOI) to adopt a new leasing plan for the 2015-2020 period; 2) requiring auctions of leases in certain areas in the Atlantic and Pacific OCS; 3) reducing the department’s discretion regarding which regions would be included in future lease sales; and 4) ensuring some of the offsetting receipts from leases issued in newly available areas would be sent to states.
Cut $1.5 billion from the Department of Energy Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-CA) amendment would reduce funding in three accounts at the Department of Energy, saving taxpayers more than $1.5 billion. The amendment would reduce the Office of Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency account by $731,600,000 and the Office of Nuclear Energy account by $362,329,000. It would also strikes funding for the Fossil Energy Research and Development account, which is set at $450,000,000.
Permanent Farm Bill Although the bill does not contain the $750 billion in food stamp spending like the previous FARRM Act, it does nothing to make “meaningful reforms” to America’s farm policy. Even worse, the bill would make permanent farm policies – like the sugar program – that harm consumers and taxpayers alike.
Amendment to Eliminate the Essential Air Service Program This amendment, sponsored by Reps. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) would reduce by $100 million discretionary funding for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Essential Air Service (EAS) program.
Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013 The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2013 would increase accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all new major regulations.
Continuing Resolution that Defunds Obamacare The Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H. J. Res. 59) would fund the government until December 15 and permanently defund Obamacare.
Senate Negotiated Spending and Debt Deal The proposed deal compiled by the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, that would do nothing to stop Obamacare from harming the American people.
The Ryan-Murray Spending Increase Budget The budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would lift the discretionary spending caps to $1.012 trillion in 2014 and $1.014 trillion in 2015 and increase revenues through an assortment of tax increases (which are labeled fees) in exchange for promises of future spending reductions.
Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act This bill would help promote American jobs and energy creation by limiting the regulations from the Administration on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” a process used to extract oil and natural gas.
$1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R.3547), better known as the omnibus appropriations package, increases base discretionary spending by $24 billion in FY 2014. The omnibus takes the country in the wrong direction, both in terms of policy and overall spending levels.
The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act The bill would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal taxpayer funding of abortion and health benefits plans that include coverage of abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger. It would also prevent federal tax dollars from being entangled in abortion coverage under Obamacare.
“Farm” Bill Conference Report Despite claims of reform, this bill continues to spend nearly $1 trillion on a variety of programs, including significant taxpayers subsidies to agribusiness, green energy handouts, conservation programs and of course the massive food stamp program.
Clean Debt Limit Suspension The Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act (S. 540), which would suspend the nation’s debt ceiling until March 15, 2015. During that time, President Obama and Congress will have a blank check to spend and borrow.
Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 This bill prohibits the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from modifying the standard for determining whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 2986.
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 The Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 set forth much needed reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is currently over $24 billion in debt. While the Senate-passed flood insurance bill (S. 1926) would delay certain necessary reforms, the House bill would go a step further in the wrong direction and completely repeal many of those necessary reforms.
RSC Back to Basics Budget The Republican Study Committee (RSC) “Back to Basics Budget” would balance in four years, reduce discretionary spending, reestablish national defense spending to support the military, repeal and replace Obamacare, reform Medicare and Medicaid, safeguard Social Security, and enact pro-growth tax reform.
On the Commission to Study Feminist History Museum The Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum Act of 2013 (H.R. 863) would create a commission to study placing the NWHM on a location on the national mall.
On OPIC Reauthorization The Electrify Africa Act of 2014 (H.R. 2548), which includes a three-year reauthorization of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Created in 1969, OPIC is a taxpayer-backed federal agency that subsidizes private domestic companies investing in foreign countries.
WRDA Conference Report The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 is a massive piece of legislation crosses five out of six red lines laid out by The Heritage Foundation. Broadly, it hikes spending while doing little to reduce bureaucracy and limit the role of the federal government.
The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R. 6) would expedite approval of applications for the export of natural gas by requiring the Department of Energy to issue a final decision on applications within 30 days of the conclusion of the NEPA environmental review of the facilities. It also provides for expedited judicial review by the U.S. Court of Appeals.
The Lamborn Amendment to the NDAA The amendment would limit the use of funds for implementing the New START treaty until certification that the Russian Federation is respecting Ukrainian sovereignty and is no longer violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) or the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
The Daines-Cramer-Lamborn-Lummis Amendment to the NDAA The amendment strikes subsection (c) of Section 1634 of the reported NDAA, which terminates in 2021 the requirement that ICBM silos remain in at least warm status.
Take Department of Energy Spending Down to 2008 Levels Introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), the amendment would take Department of Energy spending back to FY 2008 levels with an across the board cut of 7.4831 percent. The cuts do not apply to defense accounts under the headings of “National Nuclear Security Administration,” “Environmental and Other Defense Activities,” or “Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.”
Permanent Bonus Depreciation Make permanent the provision in the tax code that allows companies to deduct 50 percent of the cost of capital investments in the first year.
Highway Transit Fund Bailout The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021), introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the bill would inject $10.8 billion into the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF), marking the fifth bailout of the HTF since 2008. The bill would offset the additional spending over the next decade through a series of revenue raisers, budget gimmicks and budget transfers. It would also extend existing surface transportation programs until May 30, 2015.
Swalwells Rare Earth Mineral Bill the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act of 2013 (H.R. 1022), introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), which did not go through the committee process — would “create a number of taxpayer-supported government programs to extract and recycle domestic rare earth minerals” to “address price volatility for rare earths.”
Miller-Sanders Veterans Bill The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230), agreed to by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) would increase direct spending by $15 billion over 10 years. Of that cost, $10 billion in emergency mandatory funding would go towards an external care option for vets who face wait times of longer than 30 days or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. The remaining $5 billion would expand existing VA operations and other miscellaneous veterans-related programs. This $5 billion would be offset over 10 years from reforms within the VA, though the merits of those offsets are highly questionable.
Blackburn Amendment to Freeze DACA Program The amendment, introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 5272, would essentially freeze President Obama’s unlawful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by denying the use of any additional federal funds or resources.
Continuing Resolution with Export-Import Extension The Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H.J. Res. 124) would fund the federal government through December 11, reauthorize the Export-Import Bank until June 30, 2015 and served as a vehicle for a key component of President Obama’s Syria strategy.
1700+ Page, Trillion-Dollar Cromnibus 2015 Spending Bill The $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page bill would fund most of the federal government through September 30, 2015 while extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until February 27, 2015. Importantly, the bill does nothing to block President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions which include granting quasi-legal status to those who are in the country illegally.
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House Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 The Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 (H.R.2682), introduced by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), would defund Obamacare to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to implement the law. Specifically, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 deauthorizes any Obamacare appropriations and rescinds prior appropriations that would implement any provision under Obamacare, while also halting any entitlements created by the law.
Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act The Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act (H.R. 259), introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), would amend the Internal Revenue Code to terminate certain energy tax preferences and lower the corporate income tax rate. It would amend our tax code in the least distortionary way possible.
Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act of 2013 The Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act of 2013, introduced by Reps. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), would create a sustainable housing finance system and eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
House Transportation Empowerment Act The Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 3486) 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.
House Employee Rights Act The Employee Rights Act (H.R. 3485) would protect workers from union pressure by putting power in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members.
Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act The Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act of 2014 would empower states to develop their own accreditation systems to accredit colleges, individual courses within colleges, apprenticeship programs, and curricula.
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