Recent Votes and Issues #3

May 8, 2006

In this VoteNote for California’s 4th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes –
Senate: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act
House: Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act
House: Security and Accountability for Every Port Act

Upcoming Congressional Bills –
Senate: Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2006
Senate: Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act
House: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007

Recent Senate Votes
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act – Vote Passed (77-21, 2 Not Voting)The Senate approved a $109 billion spending bill providing funding for military operations in Iraq and hurricane relief.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Barbara Boxer voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes
Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act – Vote Passed (217-213, 3 Not Voting)The House passed this lobbying reform bill that is intended to toughen rules for lobbyists and make the lawmaking process more transparent.Rep.
John Doolittle voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Security and Accountability for Every Port Act – Vote Passed (421-2, 9 Not Voting)The House passed this $5.5 billion bill that would require 98 percent of all cargo entering U.S. seaports to be checked for radioactive materials and create a grant program to fund port security projects.
Rep. John Doolittle voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes
Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2006 – S.22

The Senate is scheduled to debate this bill that would cap non-economic medical malpractice lawsuit awards and control the cost of malpractice insurance.

Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act – S.1955
Following action on the malpractice bill, the Senate may proceed to this bill that would allow small businesses to band together to provide health insurance.

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 – H.R.5122
The House is scheduled to consider this $512.9 billion bill authorizing defense expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year.

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