How Sen. Kerry & Brown, and Rep. Delahunt served you last week

Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

HOUSE VOTES:

House Vote 1:

EMPHASIZING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION: The House approved a resolution (H.Res. 1213) sponsored by Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, to support National Lab Day and to express a need for U.S. students to improve their performance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to the resolution, only 4.5 percent of college graduates in the U.S. received a diploma in engineering, compared with 25.4 percent in South Korea, 33.3 percent in China, and 39.1 percent in Singapore. Additionally, the resolution noted that increasing the number of students pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields is vital to the global competitiveness of the U.S. Proponents said "we are at serious risk of losing our world status if we don't train and encourage and engage our youth" to pursue an education in the fields. The vote, on May 4, was 378 yeas to 2 nays.
YEAS: Rep. Michael E. Capuano D-MA (8th), Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th), Rep. Edward J. Markey D-MA (7th), Rep. James P. McGovern D-MA (3rd), Rep. Richard E. Neal D-MA (2nd), Rep. John W. Olver D-MA (1st), Rep. John F. Tierney D-MA (6th), Rep. Niki Tsongas D-MA (5th)

House Vote 2:
HONORING USS NEW MEXICO SUBMARINE
: The House approved a resolution (H.Res. 1132) sponsored by Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to honor the USS New Mexico, a sixth Virginia-class U.S. submarine commissioned by the U.S. Navy on March 27, at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Va. According to the resolution, the USS New Mexico is a state-of-the-art, nuclear powered submarine that will help fulfill the U.S. Navy's mission to deter aggression and maintain freedom of the seas. It will carry an award-winning crest created by Emilee Sena of Albuquerque, N.M., representing state of New Mexico. Proponents said the USS New Mexico "will provide important battle group and joint task force support, ensuring stealth, endurance, and agility under the sea." The vote, on May 4, was 378 yeas to 1 nay.
YEAS: Rep. Michael E. Capuano D-MA (8th), Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th), Rep. James P. McGovern D-MA (3rd), Rep. Richard E. Neal D-MA (2nd), Rep. John W. Olver D-MA (1st), Rep. John F. Tierney D-MA (6th), Rep. Niki Tsongas D-MA (5th)
NAYS: Rep. Edward J. Markey D-MA (7th)

House Vote 3:
NATIONAL TRAIN DAY: The House approved a resolution (H.Res. 1301) sponsored by Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., to support the goals of National Train Day. According to the resolution, occasions such as the beginning of the nation's first passenger and freight railroad, the Baltimore & Ohio, in 1830, and the nailing of the 'Golden Spike' in Utah, which was the final tie uniting 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways in 1869 were cause to support Amtrak in recognizing May 8 as 'National Train Day'. Proponents said "increasing the use of passenger and freight rail is the best way for our Nation to address the environmental and energy-related challenges we face today." The vote, on May 5, was 296 yeas to 119 nays.
YEAS: Rep. Michael E. Capuano D-MA (8th), Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th), Rep. Edward J. Markey D-MA (7th), Rep. James P. McGovern D-MA (3rd), Rep. Richard E. Neal D-MA (2nd), Rep. John W. Olver D-MA (1st), Rep. John F. Tierney D-MA (6th), Rep. Niki Tsongas D-MA (5th)

House Vote 4:
TELEWORK IMPROVEMENTS: The House rejected the Telework Improvements Act (H.R. 1722), sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., that would have improved teleworking in executive branch agencies by allowing employees to take a minimum of 20 percent of every 2 workweeks to work remotely. Proponent said: "Telework has been shown to save money on infrastructure, transportation and other costs. In addition, it has proven to be an effective way to attract and retain highly qualified, skilled, and motivated employees [and] will help us meet five critical policy goals: reduction of dependence on foreign oil; reduction in traffic congestion; improvement in air quality; improvement in Federal recruitment and retention; and improvement in the continuity of operations plan for the Federal Government." The vote, on May 6, was 268 yeas to 147 nays. The legislation failed because a two-thirds majority was not reached.
YEAS: Rep. Michael E. Capuano D-MA (8th), Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th), Rep. Edward J. Markey D-MA (7th), Rep. James P. McGovern D-MA (3rd), Rep. Richard E. Neal D-MA (2nd), Rep. John W. Olver D-MA (1st), Rep. John F. Tierney D-MA (6th), Rep. Niki Tsongas D-MA (5th)

House Vote 5:
HOME STAR ENERGY FUNDING: The House rejected an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, to the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019) that would have removed a provision in the legislation to allow financial institutions to provide assistance to new participants by using funds repaid by current participants. Proponents of the amendment said that under the parent legislation, funds that were paid back from a loan could then be relent, but that the amendment would strike the relending provision so that as the funds are paid back, they would go to the Treasury Department and be paid toward deficit reduction. Opponents said Home Star Energy Efficiency Loan Program was designed to help people participate and would provide a sustainable source of loan funds for years of future energy retrofits across a broad geographic and economic spectrum. The vote, on May 6, was 180 yeas to 237 nays.
NAYS: Rep. Michael E. Capuano D-MA (8th), Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th), Rep. Edward J. Markey D-MA (7th), Rep. James P. McGovern D-MA (3rd), Rep. Richard E. Neal D-MA (2nd), Rep. John W. Olver D-MA (1st), Rep. John F. Tierney D-MA (6th), Rep. Niki Tsongas D-MA (5th)

House Vote 6:
HOME STAR ENERGY: The House passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019), sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., to establish the Home Star Retrofit Rebate Program. Proponents said that when funded, Home Star would allow 3 million families to retrofit their homes to be more energy efficient and would create 168,000 new U.S. jobs letting laid off workers in the home construction, manufacturing and services industries know that they would soon receive much-needed assistance. Opponents expressed concern that the legislation would authorize $6.6 billion to be spent over a 2-year period without a way to pay for it, increasing the Federal deficit. The vote, on May 6, was 246 yeas to 161 nays.
YEAS: Rep. Michael E. Capuano D-MA (8th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th), Rep. Edward J. Markey D-MA (7th), Rep. James P. McGovern D-MA (3rd), Rep. Richard E. Neal D-MA (2nd), Rep. John W. Olver D-MA (1st), Rep. John F. Tierney D-MA (6th), Rep. Niki Tsongas D-MA (5th)
NOT VOTING: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th)

SENATE VOTES:

Senate Vote 1:
FDIC CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION: The Senate rejected an amendment, sponsored by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act (S. 3217) that would have established a Consumer Financial Protection division within the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Proponents of the amendment said a "strong, independent, consumer watchdog" was necessary and that there was no accountability in the current system. Opponents of the amendment said the creation of an oversight division within the FDIC would be a bureaucracy with no bite as it would have no authority to enforce penalties. The vote, on May 6, was 38 yeas to 61 nays.
YEAS: Sen. Scott Brown R-MA
NAYS: Sen. John F. Kerry D-MA

Senate Vote 2:
CLARITY OF TERMS TO RESTRICT FINANCIAL COMPANIES: The Senate rejected an amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act (S. 3217) that would have provided an amended definition to the term "financial company" to impose limits on non-deposit liabilities. Proponents of the amendment said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac needed to be included in the companies to be limited by the legislation because current definitions "would let them grow and keep borrowing and keep doing the irresponsible things they did in the past." Opponents said the parent legislation already contained provisions for companies, based on size or undue risk taking, to regulate over borrowing, over spending and risks. The vote, on May 6, was 35 yeas to 59 nays.
NAYS: Sen. Scott Brown R-MA, Sen. John F. Kerry D-MA

Senate Vote 3:
LIABILITY LIMITS ON FINANCIAL COMPANIES: The Senate rejected an amendment, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act (S. 3217) that would have imposed leverage and liability limits on bank holding companies and financial companies. Proponents of the amendment said it would scale back the six largest banks, requiring them to spin off into smaller more manageable banks and to maintain sufficient capital to cover their debts. Opponents said the amendment didn't focus on the real issue - the level of interconnectedness and the risks financial institutions are taking, rather than the actual size of the firms. The vote, on May 6, was 33 yeas to 61 nays.
NAYS: Sen. Scott Brown R-MA, Sen. John F. Kerry D-MA

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