Recent Votes for Utah’s 1st Congressional District:
Recent Senate Votes
Leahy-Smith America Invents Act – Vote Passed (89-9, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate gave final approval to this bill that would change the way patents are awarded from first to invent to first to file. The overhaul is intended to speed up the process of awarding patents. The House passed the bill in June. President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
Motion to Proceed; Debt limit disapproval – Vote Rejected (45-52, 3 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected this motion to take up a resolution that would have disapproved a $500 billion debt limit increase. Under the budget law enacted on August 2, the debt limit was increase by $400 billion. A second increase of $500 billion will take effect unless Congress passes a disapproval measure.
Recent House Votes
Intelligence Authorization Act, FY 2012 – Vote Passed (384-14, 33 Not Voting)
This House bill would authorize spending for the 16 intelligence agencies in the upcoming fiscal year. The cost of the bill is classified. The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this year.