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

House votes

• The House passed the American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438), sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. The bill would make permanent the tax credit for a company's research expenses. The vote, on May 9, was 274 yeas to 131 nays.

Yea: Rep. Thomas J. Rooney R-Okeechobee

• The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Kathy Castor, D-FL., to the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10). The amendment would have required the Education Secretary to develop and enforce guidelines to prevent conflicts of interest at charter schools that receive federal funding. The vote, on May 9, was 190 yeas to 205 nays.

Nay: Rooney

• The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, to the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10). The amendment would have required states ensure charter schools publish on their websites information about their policies for student recruitment, orientation materials, enrollment criteria, student discipline policies, behavior codes, and parent contract requirements, including fees parents pay to the schools. The vote, on May 9, was 179 yeas to 220 nays.

Nay: Rooney

• The House passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, D-FL, to the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10). The amendment would require states to ensure charter schools provide the same information to the public that public schools must provide. The vote, on May 9, was 373 yeas to 32 nays.

Yea: Rooney

• The House passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., to the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10). The amendment would include career counseling practices among factors for the Education Department to consider when prioritizing grants to local educational agencies. The vote, on May 9, was 378 yeas to 27 nays.

Yea: Rooney

• The House passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., to the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10). The amendment would request states to report to the Education Department on whether best practices adopted at charter schools have been shared with the public school system. The vote, on May 9, was 363 yeas to 41 nays.

Nay: Rooney

• The House passed the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10), sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn. The bill would establish a revised five-year program of charter school grants to states and have the Education Department research effectiveness of the grant program. The vote, on May 9, was 360 yeas to 45 nays.

Yea: Rooney

Senate votes

• The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robin S. Rosenbaum to serve as judge on the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The vote, on May 12, was unanimous with 91 yeas.

Yeas: Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio

• The Senate rejected a cloture motion to end debate on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2262), sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The bill would establish stricter national model energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings, direct the Energy Department to work with industry on the development of efficiency technologies, and establish an initiative for financing efficiency upgrades at commercial buildings. The vote, on May 12, was 55 yeas to 36 nays, with a three-fifths majority required to end debate.

Yea: Nelson; nay: Rubio

• The Senate passed a motion to close debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 3474), sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. The bill would extend for two years more than $85 billion of tax credits that expired at the close of 2013, including the wind production tax credit for wind power farms and the research and development tax credit for companies. The vote to end debate on the motion to proceed, on May 13, was 96 yeas to 3 nays.

Yeas: Nelson, Rubio

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