Air Travel, Sequestration: Members passed, 361-41, a bill (HR 1765) to end furloughs of air traffic controllers under the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. A yes vote was to reallocate $253 million in the Federal Aviation Administration budget to fund full staffing in control towers.
Jon Runyan, R-3rd: YES
Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: NOT VOTING
Federal Helium Reserve: Members voted, 394-1, to avert the planned closure of the Federal Helium Reserve on Oct. 1. A yes vote was to pass a bill (HR 527) to keep the facility open for 10 more years in a way that ensures adequate supplies based on market prices for private and government users.
LoBiondo: NOT VOTING
Online Sales Taxes: Senators voted, 63-30, to advance a bill requiring online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes and send the revenue to the jurisdiction where the customer lives. A yes vote backed a bill (S 743) to facilitate collection of $23 billion yearly in taxes that now goes unpaid.
Robert Menendez, D: YES
Frank Lautenberg, D: NOT VOTING
Budget Director Burwell: Senators confirmed, 96-0, Sylvia Mathews Burwell as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Burwell, 48, had been president of the Walmart Foundation. She also served on President Bill Clinton's economic team. A yes vote was to confirm Burwell.
Lautenberg: NOT VOTING