First Session - 115th Congress: 2017 Senate Votes


Updated: July 8, 2017

Index:


Svinicki Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (88-9, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kristine L. Svinicki to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Elwood Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (67-33) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Iran Sanctions - Cloture - Vote Agreed to (91-8, 1 Not Voting) - Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming of Iran. The bill would also require the departments of Defense and Treasury and the National Intelligence Agency to develop a strategy for deterring Iran from activities or threats against the United States and its allies every two years.

Branstad Nomination - Vote Confirmed (82-13, 5 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Terry Branstad to be U.S. ambassador to China.

Sullivan Nomination - Vote Confirmed (94-6) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State.

Thapar Nomination - Vote Confirmed (52-44, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wilson Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (76-22, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Heather Wilson to be secretary of the Air Force.

Gottlieb Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (57-42, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Methane Release Limitation Disapproval - Vote Failed (49-51) - McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify a Bureau of Land Management rule that requires oil and gas operators on public lands to take measures that decrease waste of natural gas.

Lighthizer Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (82-14, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative.

Rosen Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (56-42, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be deputy secretary of Transportation.

Brand Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department.

State Retirement Plan Disapproval - Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting) - Passage of the joint resolution that would nullify and disapprove of a Labor Department rule that exempts certain state-administered retirement savings plans from select federal regulations governing pension plans if the state programs meet certain standards.

Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations - Vote Agreed to (79-18, 3 Not Voting) - McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Perdue Nomination - Vote Confirmed (87-11, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Acosta Nomination - Vote Confirmed (60-38, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta to be secretary of Labor.

Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule - Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting) - The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence - Vote Confirmed (85-12, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.

Confirmation of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be Lieutenant General - Vote Confirmed (86-10, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior - Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy - Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

Disapprove Labor Law Rule - Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove, under the Congressional Review Act, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule - Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule - Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule - Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state's accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state's statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury - Vote Confirmed (53-47) - The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.

Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Vote Confirmed (100-0) - The Senate confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs

Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business - dministration - Vote Confirmed (81-19) The Senate confirmed Linda McMahon to be the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule - Vote Passed (57-43) - The Senate passed legislation which would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.

Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget - Vote Confirmed (51-49) - The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection - Agency - Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting) The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Prohibit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak on Senate Floor When Debating Sen. Sessions Nomination to be U.S. Attorney General - Vote Sustained (49-43, 8 Not Voting) - The Senate voted to sustain the ruling of the presiding officer (Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines) in which he prohibited Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of the debate concerning Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be U.S. attorney general. The presiding officer ruled that Sen. Warren violated Senate rule 19 prohibiting senators from "imputing" one another.

Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General - Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Present) - The Senate confirmed Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. attorney general.

Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services - Vote Confirmed (52-47, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

Confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation - Vote Confirmed (93-6, 1 Present) - The Senate voted to confirm Elaine Chao to be secretary of Transportation.

Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State - Vote Confirmed (56-43, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate voted to confirm Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State.

Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule - Vote Passed (54-45, 1 Not Voting) - The bill would disapprove the Interior Department's Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.

Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule - Vote Passed (52-47, 1 Not Voting) - The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education - Vote Confirmed (51-50) - The Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos to be secretary of Education. The tie-breaking yes vote was cast by Vice President Mike Pence.

GAO Access and Oversight Act - Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting) - The bill would grant the Government Accountability Office access to the National Directory of New Hires. The directory contains information from states about new employees.

Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense - Vote Confirmed (98-1, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of Defense.

Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security - Vote Confirmed (88-11, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security.

Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Vote Confirmed (66-32, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations - Vote Confirmed (96-4) - The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley to be the representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of ambassador, and the representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Klobuchar Amendment Concerning Drug Importation - Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting) - The amendment would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.

Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution - Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting) - The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver - Vote Passed (81-17, 2 Not Voting) - The bill would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Motion to Proceed - Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the measure allowing for Senate debate on the concurrent resolution itself. The legislation would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

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