>Nevada Congressional Delegation votes on bills President Bush has threatened to veto: Heller most Bush-Friendly?

>The President is wont to say that “Congress hasn’t accomplished anything,” however accomplishment (as in actually enacting legislation and getting it past the President’s desk) is difficult, if not downright impossible, given White House veto threats and Republican filibustering in the Senate. Here’s a short run down, including how members of the Nevada congressional delegation did, or did not, line up with the President on some of the bills he has threatened to veto. Votes in ‘red’ indicate support for the White House position, if not necessarily the rationale.

Subject to Bush’s Veto Pen:

H.R. 5522 “Worker Protection Against Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire Act. Two major objections from the White House are that the rules wouldn’t allow the “stakeholders” (businesses) enough response time, and that the businesses couldn’t make arrangements to abide by the rules quickly enough. [WHpdf] Passed the House April 30, 2008, received in the Senate on May 1, 2008.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No; Porter Yes, Heller Yes. [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter Yes, Heller No. [GovTrack]

H.R. 2830 “Coast Guard Authorization Act” The President believes that this bill would “unreasonably intrude on the commandant’s authority and discretion.” He’s opposed to having oil companies pay for the security of their own off shore rigs. He is also opposed to requiring more stringent controls over ballast water dumping. [WHpdf] Passed the House, April 24, 2008. Received by the Senate April 28, 2008 placed on the Senate Legislative calendar under general orders. Calendar no. 721.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter not voting, Heller Yes. [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter not voting, Heller Yes [GovTrack]

H.R. 5613 “Medicaid Safety Net Act” The President is opposed because this bill would place a moratorium on 7 administration proposals that would overturn Medicaid past practices, eliminate funds for a variety of functions, and jeopardize services and protections. [Gavel] Passed the House April 23, 2008. Placed on Senate Legislative calendar under general orders, calendar no. 719.
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter Yes, Heller Yes. [GovTrack]

H.R. 5719 “Taxpayer Assistance and Simplification Act” This would end taxpayer harassment by private collection services, strengthen taxpayer protections from identity theft and tax fraud, stop federal contractors from using foreign subsidiaries to evade Social Security and other employment taxes, and simplify cell phone tax reporting and expand tax help for low income taxpayers. Passed the House on April 15, 2008.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 5351 “Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act” This bill would end subsidies to Big Oil, and increase investment in renewable energy sources. “It will extend and expand tax incentives for renewable electricity, energy and fuel, …plug in hybrid cars, and energy efficient homes, buildings, and appliances.” [Gavel] Passed the House on February 27, 2008, now being considered by the Senate Finance Committee.
Table the Appeal of the Chair ruling to proceed: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 2768 “Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act” to provide “critical mine safety reforms” left out of the 2006 legislation. The President doesn’t like this bill because it would “provide no opportunity for stakeholder (read mine owner) participation in the regulatory process and would impose burdensome and unrealistic time requirements.” [WHpdf] Passed the House on January 16, 2008 and now under study by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley not voting, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley not voting, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R 3773 “FISA” update without retroactive immunity for telecom corporations who unlawfully cooperated with the President’s domestic wiretapping program. The bill passed the House on February 12, 2008; on March 31, 2008 the Senate received House Amendments to the Senate Amendments.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]
Agreement with Amendments: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 3074 “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations” The bill restores funds cut by the President for AMTRAK and programs that provide air service to rural communities. Passed by the House on July 24, 2007, passed by the Senate September 12, 2007; currently held at the Senate desk.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]
Motion to Recommit Conference Report: Berkley No, Porter No, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Vote: Berkley Yes, Porter Yes, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 4156 “Responsible Redeployment Appropriations Act” which requires the President to redeploy our troops out of the Iraq quagmire,and to provide those in harm’s way with the resources they need. Passed the House on November 14, 2007. Lost a cloture vote in the Senate on November 16, 2008.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 3355 “Homeowner’s Defense Act of 2007” This bill was intended to “address the growing crisis in the availability and affordability of homeowner’s insurance,” and to stabilize the catastrophic event market by expanding the insurance industry’s ability to cover natural disasters. Passed the House and is now in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 3685 “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” The President argues that this bill would place an undue hardship on groups with ‘broad religious principles.” [WHpdf] Passed the House on November 7, 2007; placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under general orders, calendar no. 479.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter Yes, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 3246 “Regional Economic Development Act” The act would establish five regional economic centers to assist with getting federal grants for infrastructure development, job training assistance, tourism development, and related programs. Passed the House on October 4, 2008; now in Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No. [GovTrack]

H.R. 928 “Improving Government Accountability Act” The bill is intended to “enhance the effectiveness and independence of Inspectors General,” and to “enhance the accountability of the Inspector General system overall.” The bill provides that an Inspector General can only be removed for cause, and “The administration strongly objects to this intrusion on the President’s removal authority, and his ability to hold IGs accountability for their performance.” [WHpdf] Passed the House on October 3, 2007, now in Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter Yes, Heller Yes. [GovTrack]

H.R. 3121 “Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007” would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program for five years, improve flood mapping, and expand the NFIP to provide for “multiple peril coverage.” Passed the House on September 27, 2007 and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No [GovTrack]

H.R. 2831 “Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” to allow pay discrimination claims filed within 180 days of the issuance of a discriminatory paycheck. This act passed the House on July 31, 2007 and failed a cloture motion (Republican filibuster sustained) on April 23, 2008.
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter No, Heller No. [GovTrack]

H.R. 1592 “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” to provide more resources to assist state and local law enforcement agencies prevent and prosecute hate crimes. The President called this “constitutionally questionable.” This bill passed the House on May 3, 2007 and is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Motion to Recommit: Berkley No, Porter Yes, Heller Yes [GovTrack]
Final Passage: Berkley Yes, Porter Yes, Heller No [GovTrack]

The Gavel has a Veto Watch section that has the complete list of legislation the President has threatened to veto along with links to the White House statements.

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