National Parks, Museums: The House on Oct. 2 passed, 252-173, a Republican measure to fund and thus reopen the National Park Service, United States Holocaust Museum and Smithsonian Institution during the partial government shutdown now underway. A yes vote was to send HJ Res 70 to the Senate.
Frank LoBiondo, R-2: YES
Jon Runyan, R-3: YES
'Clean' Budget Vote: The House on Oct. 2 blocked, 230-194, a bid by Democrats for an up-or-down vote on a continuing resolution that would fund the entire government without Republican terms such as curbs on the Affordable Care Act. A yes vote upheld a parliamentary ruling that blocked a direct vote on a "clean" budget bill. (HJ Res 70)
Individual Mandate: The House on Sept. 30 voted, 228-201, to delay the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate for one year. This measure also would bar members of Congress and congressional and White House staffs from receiving employer contributions to defray insurance premiums when they enter the Obamacare exchanges next year. A yes vote was to send an updated version of HJ Res 59 to the Senate.
National Institutes of Health: The House on Oct. 2 passed, 254-171, a Republican measure (HJ Res 73) to fund and thus reopen the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during the ongoing government shutdown. A yes vote was to send the measure to the Senate over Democratic arguments that the entire government should be funded, not just certain agencies and programs.
Veterans' Benefits: The House on Oct. 3 voted, 259-157, to fund veterans' education, employment and disability programs during the partial government shutdown that began two days earlier. A yes vote sent the Republican measure to the Senate over Democrats' arguments that veterans throughout the economy deserve a fully operational government. (HJ Res 72)
Medical-Devices Tax: Senators on Sept. 30 tabled (killed), 54-46, a House Republican amendment to repeal a medical-devices tax that generates $3 billion annually to help fund the Affordable Care Act. This vote also approved a "clean" continuing resolution (HJ Res 59) to fund the government through Nov. 15 without Republican contingencies. A yes vote was to retain the medical-devices tax as part of a clean funding bill.
Robert Menendez, D: YES
Jeffrey Chiesa, R: NO
Congressional Health Insurance: Voting 54-46, senators on Sept. 30 tabled (killed) a Republican bid to bar employer contributions to defray the cost of health insurance that members of Congress and their staffs will purchase in Obamacare exchanges starting next year. This vote also approved a continuing resolution (HJ Res 59) to fund the government through Nov. 15 without Republican amendments. A yes vote was to back a "clean" funding bill, including employer contributions toward congressional health insurance.