August 1 — H. Res. 5270. Approved 216-192, it would end President Obama’s program that prevents the deportation of immigrants who were brought here as children. Because the Senate had already adjourned for the August recess, it has no chance of becoming law. It passed with the support of Nebraska Reps. Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry. (Roll call vote 479.)
July 30 — H. Res. 468 to authorize House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama. Approved 225-201, with the support of Nebraska’s Reps. Adrian Smith, Lee Terry and Jeff Fortenberry. (Roll call vote 468.)
June 24 — H.R. 1281, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act was approved by the House on a voice vote. It provides funding for counseling, screening and treatment of heritable diseases in children.
29-Jan — H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Full Disclosure Act of 2014, passed the House 227-188, with the support of Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. (Roll call vote 30.) It would prohibit the District of Columbia from using local funds to provide abortion services, and it reiterates the ban on using federal funds to provide abortion services except in case of rape, incest or the life of the mother. (That has been the law since 1976, when the Hyde amendment was adopted.) H.R. 7 also would prohibit the use of subsidies or tax credits to purchase health insurance policies that cover abortion, and would require health insurance companies to state on marketing and advertising materials whether the policies cover abortion. H.R. 7 is before the Senate Finance Committee, but is not expected to progress to a vote.
29-Jan — H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, passed 251-166. This is the conference report on H.R. 2642 is the long-awaited farm bill. Nebraska Reps. Smith and Terry voted for the $956 billion, five-year farm bill. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry voted against it. In 2013, the House and Senate voted on dramatically different versions of the farm bill, conflicting mostly on the level of funding cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, and on the direct payment of subsidies to farmer. The compromise bill cuts SNAP twice as much as the Senate wanted ($8 billion) but far less than the $40 billion desired by the House. It also includes new subsidies to protect farm revenue.
16-Jan. — H.R. 3362, the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, passed 259-154, with the support of Reps. Smith, Terry and Fortenberry. (Roll call vote 23.) H.R. 3362 would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to make weekly reports about the operation of health insurance exchanges and the employees who facilitate Obamacare. It is sponsored by Neb. Rep. Lee Terry, who introduced the measure Oct. 29, 2013.
14-Jan. — H.R. 2860 — the OPM IG Act passed the House 418-0, with the support of Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. (Roll call vote 17.) The OPM IG Act involves the financing of investigations and oversight activities by the inspector general of the Office of Personnel Management. It is pending action in the Senate.
14-Jan. — H.R. 801, the Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act of 2013, passed the House 417-7, with the support of Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. (Roll call vote 15.) Pending in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
14-Jan. — H.R. 2274, which would amend the Securities and Exchange Act of 1936 to exempt from registration certain brokers, passed the House 422-0, with the support of Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. (Roll call vote 14.) Pending in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
14-Jan. — H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Administration Act of 2013, passed the House by a margin of 420-0, with the support of Reps. Fortenberry, Smith and Terry. It would amend the procedure for releasing the records of former presidents. Referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
13-Jan. — S. 230, to authorize the construction of a Peace Corps commemorative site in the District of Columbia, passed the House 387-7, with the support of Reps. Terry, Fortenberry and Smith. (Roll call vote 13.) S. 230 passed the Senate by unanimous consent June 19, 2013. It is pending the president’s signature.
10-Jan. — H.R. 2811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, passed 291-122, with the support of Reps. Terry, Fortenberry and Smith. (Roll call vote 11.) Requires the secretary of Health and Human services to disclose the theft of information from Obamacare health care exchanges within two days of a data breach. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
9-Jan. — H.R. 2279, the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013, passed 225-188, with the support of Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. (Roll call vote 10.) Limits the president’s ability to issue regulations involving emergency planning or liability coverage for contaminants and hazardous substances. It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Jan. 8 — H.R. 3628 — the Transportation Reports Elimination Act of 2013, passed the House on a vote of 406-0, with the support of Reps. Fortenberry, Smith and Terry. Roll call vote 4. H.R. 3528 would eliminate many reports to Congress from the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency, and make less frequent audits or evaluations from the General Accounting Office and National Transportation Safety Board.
Jan. 8 — H.R. 3527, the Poison Center Network Act, passed the House by a vote of 388-18, with the support of Reps. Terry, Fortenberry and Smith. Roll call vote 3. H.R. 3527 would continue funding through fiscal year 2019 for a national toll-free emergency phone line, a nationwide advertising campaign and grants for local poison control centers. Rep. Lee Terry of Omaha is the bill’s primary sponsor.
Jan. 8 — H.R. 724, to end the Clean Air Act requirement that automobile dealers give buyers certification that the vehicles they buy meet applicable emissions standards. Passed the House by a vote of 405-0, with the support of Reps. Fortenberry, Smith and Terry. Roll call vote 2.