The Senate passed this "minibus" bill making appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. The bill provides the five departments with $128 billion in discretionary funds for the 2012 fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2011. House and Senate conferees have begun meeting to work out a compromise bill.
Sen. John McCain voted Not Voting
Sen. Jon Kyl voted NO
Motion to Proceed; Rebuild America Jobs Act - Vote Rejected (51-49)
The Senate fell short of the 60 vote threshold needed to move forward on this part of the president's jobs bill that would have provided $60 billion for transportation projects and created a national infrastructure bank.
Sen. John McCain voted NO
Sen. Jon Kyl voted NO
Motion to Proceed; Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 - Vote Rejected (47-53)
The Senate also fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward on the Republican alternative that would have reauthorized highway programs for two years and overhauled certain regulations.
Sen. John McCain voted YES
Sen. Jon Kyl voted YES
Government Contractor Withholding Repeal Act - H.R.674
The Senate is scheduled to take up this House bill to repeal a 3 percent withholding requirement on government contractor payments.
Fiscal 2012 Appropriations - H.R.2354
The Senate is also scheduled to begin work on this bill combining the 2012 Energy-Water, Financial Services, and State-Foreign Operations appropriations bills.
Net neutrality disapproval - S.J.RES.6
This Senate resolution would disapprove of the Federal Communications Commission's "net neutrality" regulations adopted in December 2010.
Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011
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I wonder why, of all the hundreds of votes in Washington by our representatives, the Courier chooses ones that show the 'evil' Republicans voting against bigger government? Is this supposed to convince us that Republicans are 'heartless'. Actually I am cheering our representatives who have the backbone to vote against higher government spending. Bigger government is the problem, not the solution.