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Key votes ahead

In the upcoming week the House will debate fiscal 2014 appropriations bills, while the Senate will take up the 2014 military budget. Both chambers could vote on a bill linking student-loan interest rates to yields on 10-year Treasury notes.

Here's how Congress voted on major issues last week.

HOUSE

INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IN HEALTH LAW

The House voted 251-174 on Wednesday to pass a GOP bill (HR 2668) to delay for one year the requirement in the 2010 health law that U.S. citizens and legal residents obtain medical insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, or pay a penalty in their income-tax filings. In 2014, the penalty is 1 percent of taxable income per household or individual or $95 for each adult in a household, whichever is greater.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Yes: Ann Kirkpatrick, D-1; Ron Barber, D-2; Paul Gosar, R-4; Matt Salmon, R-5; David Schweikert, R-6; Trent Franks, R-8; Kyrsten Sinema, D-9

No: Raul Grijalva, D-3; Ed Pastor, D-7

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

On Wednesday the House, voting 193 for and 230 against, refused to stipulate that HR 2668 (above) would not diminish any of three key parts of the 2010 health law - its ban on insurance discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions or gender, its curbs on copayments and out-of-pocket costs and its provision of tax credits and rebates to make health insurance affordable.

A yes vote backed the Democratic motion.

Yes: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Grijalva, Pastor, Sinema

No: Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert, Franks

EMPLOYER MANDATE IN HEALTH LAW

The House voted 264-161 on Wednesday to pass a Republican bill (HR 2667) to delay until 2015 the employer mandate in the 2010 health law. Under the mandate, employers with more than 50 full-time workers are required to provide medical insurance for their workers or pay a stiff fine to the Treasury. This bill would codify a decision the administration already has made to move the starting date from January 2014 to January 2015.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Yes: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert, Franks, Sinema

No: Grijalva, Pastor

JOB-BASED HEALTH INSURANCE

On Wednesday the House, voting 188 for and 230 against, refused to stipulate that HR 2667 (above) would not diminish health benefits in 2014 for individuals and families with job-based medical insurance. This motion was sponsored by Democrats.

A yes vote was to adopt the motion.

Yes: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Pastor, Sinema

No: Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert, Franks

Not voting: Grijalva

REPUBLICAN EDUCATION PLAN

The House voted 221-207 on Friday to pass a GOP bill (HR 5) to greatly diminish the federal role in K-12 education, increase state and local authority over schools and freeze spending for elementary and secondary education for several years at sequestration levels. The bill, which renews the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for five years, would repeal most of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind requirements. It would require states to continue periodic math and reading testing but allow them to set their own standards for measuring academic progress, evaluating teachers and improving failing schools.

Additionally, the bill allows states to set their own requirements for educating disabled students, promotes charter and magnet schools as alternatives to traditional classrooms and curbs the power of the U.S. secretary of education. The bill eliminates 70 categorical-grant programs and groups the education programs that remain into a federally funded block grant to be spent as state and local officials see fit.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Yes: Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert, Franks,

No: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Grijalva, Pastor,Sinema

DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION PLAN

On Friday the House, voting 193 for and 233 against, defeated a Democratic alternative to HR 5 (above) that sought to retain the strong federal role in K-12 education that began with the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965. In part, the measure would continue the act"s focus on disadvantaged students; keep the No Child Left Behind law but discard its failed elements and expand those that have worked; authorize significantly higher spending than is in the GOP bill; retain strict federal requirements for educating disabled students; promote disciplines such as science, technology, art and music along with math and reading, and fund school-safety initiatives and programs to deal with bullying.

A yes vote backed the Democratic bill.

Yes: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Grijalva, Pastor, Sinema

No: Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert, Franks

AUTISM, CONCUSSIONS, BACKGROUND CHECKS

On Friday the House, voting 196 for and 231 against, rejected a Democratic bid to require state education plans developed under HR 5 (above) to contain these four elements: Assurances that students with autism and other disabilities will receive a normal education; standards to protect student athletes against concussions; requirements for background checks to prevent the hiring of individuals convicted of sex crimes; and bans on abusive restraint and seclusion practices for disciplining students.

A yes vote backed the Democratic motion.

Yes: Kirkpatrick, Barber, Grijalva, Pastor, Sinema

No: Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert, Franks

SENATE

RICHARD CORDRAY CONFIRMATION

The Senate voted 66-34 on Tuesday to confirm Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray, 54, a former Ohio attorney general, began leading the agency in January 2012 under a recess appointment by President Obama.

Created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law, the bureau is based in and draws its budget from the Federal Reserve. But it has independent powers to regulate firms "significantly involved" in financial services, such as companies dealing in home mortgages, Wall Street investing, credit cards, student loans and payday lending. The director answers directly to the president.

A yes vote was to confirm Cordray.

Yes: John McCain, R, Jeff Flake, R

THOMAS PEREZ CONFIRMATION

The Senate voted 54-46 on Thursday to confirm Thomas E. Perez to become the 26th U.S. secretary of labor. Perez, 51, had been the assistant attorney general for civil rights. His nomination drew GOP criticism over his record as civil-rights chief, including his handling of certain actions filed under the Voting Rights Act and his involvement in a Fair Housing Act case concerning St. Paul. Minn.

A yes vote was to confirm Perez.

No: McCain, Flake

GINA McCARTHY CONFIRMATION

The Senate voted 59-40 on Thursday to confirm Gina McCarthy as the 13th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Lisa Jackson, who left the agency in February. McCarthy, 58, had been in charge of the EPA"s clean-air and radiation programs, and now will implement President Obama"s plan to reduce power-plant emissions associated with global warming.

A yes vote was to confirm McCarthy.

Yes: McCain, Flake

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