Recent Senate Votes
Military Construction-VA Appropriations, FY2012 – Vote Passed (97-2, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate passed its version of the military construction and Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year. The $144 billion bill differs slightly from the House version that passed on June 14. A conference committee will work out a final bill.
Motion to Table; Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 – Vote Agreed to (51-46, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate agreed to this motion to table the House-passed “Cut, Cap and Balance” debt ceiling and balanced-budget plan. The move essentially kills the bill.
Recent House Votes
Cut, Cap, and Balance Act – Vote Passed (234-190, 8 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would make a debt ceiling increase contingent on passage of a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. The White House indicated the president would veto it. The Senate rejected the bill later in the week.
Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (241-173, 18 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill to alter the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a mortgage and credit card watchdog group created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law. The bill would raise the threshold by which the Financial Stability Oversight Council can overturn CFPB regulations and require Senate confirmation of a director before the CFPB can begin operating. The Senate is unlikely to pass the bill.
Legislative Branch Appropriations, FY2012 – Vote Passed (252-159, 21 Not Voting)
This $3.3 billion bill would fund the legislative branch in the upcoming fiscal year. It marks a 6.4 percent reduction from the current funding level. It is not clear when the Senate will take up the bill.