Himes Votes

Himes Voting Record

Minnesota Land Exchange - Vote Passed (225-189, 15 Not Voting)
This bill would facilitate a land exchange between the federal government and the state of Minnesota. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness in northern Minnesota is currently segmented by state-owned lands; the bill would instruct the secretary of Agriculture to exchange unspecified federal land elsewhere within the state for about 86,000 acres of state-held land in the wilderness. The bill is
controversial among House Democrats because it bypasses normal processes for
environmental review and land value appraisal and would grandfather in certain
activities such as hunting and fishing on the land being converted from state to
federal. (Hunting and fishing are normally prohibited in federal wilderness
Rep. Jim Himes voted NO......
Ever the environmentalist.

Government Surveillance Authorities - Vote Passed (301-118, 10 Not Voting)
This bill reauthorizes the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) through 2017. FISA permits the Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to authorize warrantless surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects who are based overseas. The law sets the rules of the road, broadly speaking, for intelligence agencies engaged in these spying activities. The bill prohibits the spying power from being used to target persons in the United States, and the program is subject to oversight by the congressional Judiciary and Intelligence committees and a special court. Almost all Republicans voting backed passage, while a majority of Democrats (111) voted against the bill. Senate Intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been pushing for reauthorization in the other chamber, but has met resistance from fellow committee member Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Wyden wants to know how many American citizens have been targeted by the spy program and has placed a hold on the Senate's reauthorization measure until he has an answer. The White
House strongly backs the bill.
Rep. Jim Himes voted YES......
Voting with Obama line on this.

Sequestration Replacement - Vote Passed (223-196, 10 Not Voting)
There is increasing concern in Congress over the looming "sequester," or automatic spending cuts, slated to begin on January 2, 2013. These cuts were triggered after the so-called "supercommittee" created by last year's debt-ceiling deal failed to find $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. Republicans have expressed particular concern over the cuts to defense spending, which would amount to roughly $500 billion over 10 years without changes to current law. H.R. 6365, the National Security and Job Protection Act, represents the second attempt by the House to replace the sequester. (The first sequester replacement bill, H.R. 5652, Roll Call 247, was passed in May.) The bill instructs President Obama to submit to Congress by October 15 a plan to replace all discretionary and mandatory defense spending cuts (but not domestic mandatory cuts to programs such as Medicare) scheduled to occur next year. Such a plan could not include any revenue increases. Upon enactment of the replacement cuts, the overall level of authorized spending for FY 2013 would be reduced by $19 billion, which would bring the total amount in line with the House Republican budget resolution passed in April. Finally, the bill would eliminate the separate caps on defense and non-defense spending for subsequent years of the sequester, potentially allowing increases in defense spending even as the rest of the budget is reduced.
Rep. Jim Himes voted NO......
JH has never voted to cut any budget expense.

Continuing Resolution - Vote Passed (329-91, 9 Not Voting)
The only "must-pass" bill on the congressional ledger before election season fully takes over is a measure to fund the government beyond September 30. Prior to the August recess, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. announced an agreement in principle to fund the government for six months. The House did its part last week, passing six-month CR with an overwhelming majority. The resolution sets FY 13 annualized spending at $1.047 trillion, roughly in line with the level set by last year's debt ceiling agreement. Democrats claimed a tactical victory as the House Republican budget passed earlier this year had set a lower spending level. The perceived tradeoff for Republicans is that, if they win control of the Senate next year and retain the House majority, they will have a freer hand in writing spending bills. While most programs receive a nominal increase in funding from the CR, a handful, including wildfire suppression, cybersecurity, and veterans' benefits, would receive more
substantial boosts. There is also about $88.5 billion in war funding and $6.4
billion in disaster relief, neither of which count against the overall cap. The
resolution is likely to pass quickly in the Senate and has the White House's
backing; however, one potential snag is a decrease in surface transportation
funding from the level in the reauthorization passed in July. Senator Barbara
Boxer, D-Calif., who chaired the conference committee on that bill, has already
expressed concern on that front.
Rep. Jim Himes voted YES......
As said before .... JH rarely votes against spending.

Energy Department Loan Guarantees - Vote Passed (245-161, 23 Not Voting)

The last piece of business for the House last week was a bill to effectively end the Energy Department's (DOE) loan guarantee program for renewable and "innovative" energy projects.  Dubbed the "No More Solyndras Act," the bill is a response to the bankruptcy of the solar panel manufacturer of the same name, which resulted in a $535 million loss to taxpayers. It would forbid DOE from considering applications that had been submitted after December 31, 2011, and would put in place a new set of procedures for applications submitted prior to that date, including placement of all such applications under review by the Treasury Department. Passage of the bill was mostly along party lines, though 22 Democrats, mostly hailing from more conservative districts, did support the measure.

Rep. Jim Himes voted NO......
JH seems to like spending on non economic energy projects.  

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Leoj November 27, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Russia Trade Relations, Human Rights Oversight – Passage - Vote Passed (365-43, 25 Not Voting) In its first week of legislative action since the November 6 elections, the House moved on a measure to establish Permanent Normal Trade Relations with the Russian Federation. By an overwhelming and bipartisan majority, the lower chamber endorsed a measure to essentially repeal 1970s-era restrictions on trade with Russia and Moldova that were originally implemented because the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations denied freedom of emigration to their Jewish citizens. The legislation was necessitated by Russia's recent accession to the World Trade Organization, which was finalized in late August. If U.S. trade restrictions are not lifted, American goods could become subject to retaliatory tariffs, closing off a potentially lucrative new market. The Russia trade title includes several requirements for oversight from the U.S. Trade Representative to ensure Russia is living up to its new WTO obligations. The bill now moves to the Senate, where the Finance and Foreign Relations panels have already passed similar measures. Rep. Jim Himes voted YES......
Leoj June 30, 2014 at 09:41 PM
CFTC Reauthorization - Passage - Vote Passed (265-144, 22 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and would largely exempt end users or nonfinancial companies that use derivatives to hedge risks from tough rules on derivatives under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Rep. Jim Himes voted NO So an old Wall Street guy bites the hand that fed him ..... JH has always supported Dodd-Frank not matter what. Trans-National Pipelines - Passage - Vote Passed (238-173, 20 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would require future oil and gas pipeline projects and power lines that cross international borders to be reviewed by the State or Energy secretary within 120 days of the environmental review, unless the agency finds the project is not in the public interest of the United States. It would eliminate the current system created by executive orders under which a presidential permit must be issued. Rep. Jim Himes voted NO So JH supports sustaining a huge Presidential prerogative where one man decides vast fortunes and energy costs for everyday Americans ... What an invitation for abuse and corruption. Why would JH support this? Liquefied Natural Gas Exports - Passage - Vote Passed (266-150, 16 Not Voting) The House passed a bill that would require the Energy Department to expedite decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas. It would require that all applications publicly disclose the specific nation or nations that would receive the proposed export of liquefied natural gas. Rep. Jim Himes voted YES So JH breaks with party vote to support exporting gas .... Interesting. Oil and Gas Exploration - Passage - Vote Passed (229-185, 18 Not Voting) The House passed bill that would establish a five-year program for oil and gas leasing. The bill would double the cap for offshore oil and gas revenue sharing to $1 billion and require at least 25 percent of eligible federal land be made available each year to lease for oil and gas exploration. Rep. Jim Himes voted NO JH doesn't like energy independence I guess.


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