How Does Your Congress Member Vote on Veterans Issues?

Ever wonder how your member of U.S. Congress has voted on veterans-related issues?

Here’s a breakdown of two recent legislative actions.

The first is Veterans Job Training. According to, here is how the bill was described: 

“The Senate spent much of last week (late September) working on this bill that would have created a so-called jobs corps to assist Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in finding post-service employment. After invoking cloture on a motion to proceed to the bill, a substitute amendment by Veterans Affairs Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., was introduced. Among other things, the amendment would have required states to issue certain licenses, such as for plumbing or truck driving, to veterans without the normal requirements if eligible applicants had at least 10 years’ experience in related military activities. Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., raised a point of order against the amendment that its costs exceeded the amount of funding allowed under current budgetary limitations. Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., then moved to waive the point of order, which would have allowed the amendment to be debated. 60 votes are required to waive budgetary points of order, however, and proponents of the bill fell two votes shy. Sustaining the point of order effectively killed the bill. “

Vote was rejected: 58-40, 2 Not Voting

Yea: 58 Members:

Mark Begich (D-AK)                              Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Mark Pryor (D-AR)                                Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)                      Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Mark Udall (D-CO)                                 Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)                     Thomas Carper (D-DE)

Chris Coons (D-DE)                               Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Daniel Akaka (D-HI)                              Daniel Inouye (D-HI)

Tom Harkin (D-IA)                                Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)                          Scott Brown (R-MA)

John Kerry (D-MA)                                Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)                   Susan Collins (R-ME)

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)                       Carl Levin (D-MI)

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)                    Al Franken (D-MN)

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)                      Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

Max Baucus (D-MT)                              Jon Tester (D-MT)

Kay Hagan (D-NC)                                  Kent Conrad (D-ND)

Ben Nelson (D-NE)                                Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)                    Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)                          Tom Udall (D-NM)

Dean Heller (R-NV)                                Harry Reid (D-NV)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)                   Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)                       Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Ron Wyden (D-OR)                               Bob Casey (D-PA)

Jack Reed (D-RI)                                     Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Tim Johnson (D-SD)                              Mark Warner (D-VA)

Jim Webb (D-VA)                                    Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Bernard Sanders (I-VT)                       Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Patty Murray (D-WA)                          Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Joe Manchin (D-WV)                             John Rockefeller (D-WV)

No: 40 Members

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)                               Richard Shelby (R-AL)

John Boozman (R-AR)                          Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

John McCain (R-AZ)                               Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)                      Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Charles Grassley (R-IA)                        Michael Crapo (R-ID)

Jim Risch (R-ID)                                      Dan Coats (R-IN)

Richard Lugar (R-IN)                            Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Pat Roberts (R-KS)                                 Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Rand Paul (R-KY)                                   David Vitter (R-LA)

Roy Blunt (R-MO)                                  Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Roger Wicker (R-MS)                           Richard Burr (R-NC)

John Hoeven (R-ND)                             Mike Johanns (R-NE)

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)                              Rob Portman (R-OH)

Tom Coburn (R-OK)                              Patrick Toomey (R-PA)

Jim DeMint (R-SC)                                  Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

John Thune (R-SD)                                 Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Bob Corker (R-TN)                                John Cornyn (R-TX)

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)                Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Mike Lee (R-UT)                                     Ron Johnson (R-WI)

John Barrasso (R-WY)                          Michael Enzi (R-WY)

The second is Student Loan Exemption for Deceased Veterans – Suspension. According to, here is how the bill was described:

“This bill, passed under suspension of the rules and therefore requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, would exempt student loan debt from gross taxable income for veterans who die as the result of a service-related disability. Loan forgiveness would be back-dated to October 7, 2001, and families/survivors of the deceased would have up to one year after enactment of the bill to file for refunds. The bill now heads to the Senate, where its prospects are uncertain.”

Vote was passed. 400-0. 29 not voted.

Yea: 400

Don Young (R-AK)                                 Robert Aderholt (R-AL)

Spencer Bachus (R-AL)                        Jo Bonner (R-AL)

Mo Brooks (R-AL)                                  Martha Roby (R-AL)     

Mike Rogers (R-AL)                               Terri Sewell (D-AL)

Rick Crawford (R-AR)                          Tim Griffin (R-AR)

Steve Womack (R-AR)                         Ron Barber (D-AZ)

Jeff Flake (R-AZ)                                     Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Paul Gosar (R-AZ)                                  Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

Ed Pastor (D-AZ)                                    Ben Quayle (R-AZ)

David Schweikert (R-AZ)                    Joe Baca (D-CA)

Karen Bass (D-CA)                                  Xavier Becerra (D-CA)

Howard Berman (D-CA)                      Brian Bilbray (R-CA)

Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)                     Ken Calvert (R-CA)

Lois Capps (D-CA)                                  Judy Chu (D-CA)

Jim Costa (D-CA)                                     Susan Davis (D-CA)

Jeff Denham (R-CA)                               David Dreier (R-CA)

Anna Eshoo (D-CA)                                Sam Farr (D-CA)

John Garamendi (D-CA)                       Janice Hahn (D-CA)

Michael Honda (D-CA)                         Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Darrell Issa (R-CA)                                 Jerry Lewis (R-CA)

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)                               Dan Lungren (R-CA)

Doris Matsui (D-CA)                              Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

Tom McClintock (R-CA)                      Howard McKeon (R-CA)

Jerry McNerney (D-CA)                       Gary Miller (R-CA)

George Miller (D-CA)                            Grace Napolitano (D-CA)

Devin Nunes (R-CA)                              Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Laura Richardson (D-CA)                    Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

Ed Royce (R-CA)                                     Linda Sanchez (D-CA)

Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)                       Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Brad Sherman (D-CA)                           Pete Stark (D-CA)

Maxine Waters (D-CA)                         Henry Waxman (D-CA)

Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)                          Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Diana DeGette (D-CO)                          Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Doug Lamborn (R-CO)                         Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)

Jared Polis (D-CO)                                  Scott Tipton (R-CO)

Joe Courtney (D-CT)                             Jim Himes (D-CT)

John Larson (D-CT)                               Christopher Murphy (D-CT)

John Carney (D-DE)                              Sandy Adams (R-FL)

Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)                               Corrine Brown (D-FL)

 Vern Buchanan (R-FL)                        Kathy Castor (D-FL)

Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)                       Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)                    Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

Connie Mack (R-FL)                              John Mica (R-FL)

Jeff Miller (R-FL)                                    Rich Nugent (R-FL)

Bill Posey (R-FL)                                    Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)                Dennis Ross (R-FL)

Steve Southerland (R-FL)                   Cliff Stearns (R-FL)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz(D-FL)     Daniel Webster (R-FL)

Allen West (R-FL)                                   Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

C.W. Bill Young (R-FL)                         John Barrow (D-GA)

Sanford Bishop (D-GA)                        Paul Broun (R-GA)

Phil Gingrey (R-GA)                               Tom Graves (R-GA)

Hank Johnson (D-GA)                           Jack Kingston (R-GA)

John Lewis (D-GA)                                 Tom Price (R-GA)

Austin Scott (R-GA)                               David Scott (D-GA)

Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)                Rob Woodall (R-GA)

Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)                    Leonard Boswell (D-IA)

Bruce Braley (D-IA)                              Steve King (R-IA)

Tom Latham (R-IA)                               Dave Loebsack (D-IA)

Mike Simpson (R-ID)                            Judy Biggert (R-IL)

Jerry Costello (D-IL)                             Danny Davis (D-IL)

Robert Dold (R-IL)                                 Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

Randy Hultgren (R-IL)                         Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)                           Donald Manzullo (R-IL)

Mike Quigley (D-IL)                              Peter Roskam (R-IL)

Bobby Rush (D-IL)                                 Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Bobby Schilling (R-IL)                         Aaron Schock (R-IL)

John Shimkus (R-IL)                              Joe Walsh (R-IL)

Larry Bucshon (R-IN)                           Dan Burton (R-IN)

Andre Carson (D-IN)                             Joe Donnelly (D-IN)

Mike Pence (R-IN)                                 Todd Rokita (R-IN)

Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)                       Peter Visclosky (D-IN)

Todd Young (R-IN)                                Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)

Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)                              Mike Pompeo (R-KS)

Kevin Yoder (R-KS)                               Ben Chandler (D-KY)

Brett Guthrie (R-KY)                             Harold Rogers (R-KY)

Edward Whitfield (R-KY)                   John Yarmuth (D-KY)

Rodney Alexander (R-LA)                   Charles Boustany (R-LA)

Bill Cassidy (R-LA)                                 John Fleming (R-LA)

Jeff Landry (R-LA)                                 Cedric Richmond (D-LA)

Steve Scalise (R-LA)                              Michael Capuano (D-MA)

Barney Frank (D-MA)                           William Keating (D-MA)

Edward Markey (D-MA)                     Jim McGovern (D-MA)

Richard Neal (D-MA)                            John Olver (D-MA)

John Tierney (D-MA)                            Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)

Elijah Cummings (D-MD)                    Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Andy Harris (R-MD)                              Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)     John Sarbanes (D-MD)

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)                    Michael Michaud (D-ME)

Chellie Pingree (D-ME)                        Justin Amash (R-MI)

Dan Benishek (R-MI)                            Dave Camp (R-MI)

John Conyers (D-MI)                             John Dingell (D-MI)

Bill Huizenga (R-MI)                             Dale Kildee (D-MI)

Sander Levin (D-MI)                             Candice Miller (R-MI)

Gary Peters (D-MI)                                Mike Rogers (R-MI)

Fred Upton (R-MI)                                 Tim Walberg (R-MI)

Michele Bachmann (R-MN)                Chip Cravaack (R-MN)

Keith Ellison (D-MN)                            John Kline (R-MN)

Betty McCollum (D-MN)                     Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

Collin Peterson (D-MN)                       Tim Walz (D-MN)

Russ Carnahan (D-MO)                        William Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)                    Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)

Sam Graves (R-MO)                               Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Billy Long (R-MO)                                  Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)

Gregg Harper (R-MS)                            Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)

Steven Palazzo (R-MS)                         Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

Denny Rehberg (R-MT)                       G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Howard Coble (R-NC)                           Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Virginia Foxx (R-NC)                             Walter Jones (R-NC)

Larry Kissell (D-NC)                              Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Mike McIntyre (D-NC)                         Brad Miller (D-NC)

Sue Myrick (R-NC)                                 David Price (D-NC)

Melvin Watt (D-NC)                              Rick Berg (R-ND)

Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)                      Adrian Smith (R-NE)

Lee Terry (R-NE)                                    Charles Bass (R-NH)

Frank Guinta (R-NH)                             Robert Andrews (D-NJ)

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)           Scott Garrett (R-NJ)

Rush Holt (D-NJ)                                     Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)                        Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)                                Steven Rothman (D-NJ)

Jon Runyan (R-NJ)                                 Albio Sires (D-NJ)

Christopher Smith (R-NJ)                    Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Ben Lujan (D-NM)                                  Steve Pearce (R-NM)

Mark Amodei (R-NV)                            Shelley Berkley (D-NV)

Joe Heck (R-NV)                                      Gary Ackerman (D-NY)

Timothy Bishop (D-NY)                      Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY)

Yvette Clarke (D-NY)                            Joseph Crowley (D-NY)

Eliot Engel (D-NY)                                 Chris Gibson (R-NY)

Michael Grimm (R-NY)                        Richard Hanna (R-NY)

Nan Hayworth (R-NY)                         Brian Higgins (D-NY)

Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)                    Kathy Hochul (D-NY)

Steve Israel (D-NY)                                Peter King (R-NY)

Nita Lowey (D-NY)                                Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)

Gregory Meeks (D-NY)                        Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Bill Owens (D-NY)                                 Charles Rangel (D-NY)

Tom Reed (R-NY)                                   Jose Serrano (D-NY)

Louise Slaughter (D-NY)                     Paul Tonko (D-NY)

Edolphus Towns (D-NY)                     Bob Turner (R-NY)

Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)                     Steve Austria (R-OH)

 Steve Chabot (R-OH)                            Marcia Fudge (D-OH)

Bob Gibbs (R-OH)                                   Bill Johnson (R-OH)

Jim Jordan (R-OH)                                  Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)                      Steven LaTourette (R-OH)

Bob Latta (R-OH)                                    James Renacci (R-OH)

Tim Ryan (D-OH)                                   Jean Schmidt (R-OH)

Steve Stivers (R-OH)                             Betty Sutton (D-OH)

Pat Tiberi (R-OH)                                   Michael Turner (R-OH)

Dan Boren (D-OK)                                  Tom Cole (R-OK)

James Lankford (R-OK)                       Frank Lucas (R-OK)

John Sullivan (R-OK)                             Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)                  Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

Kurt Schrader (D-OR)                           Greg Walden (R-OR)

Jason Altmire (D-PA)                            Lou Barletta (R-PA)

Robert Brady (D-PA)                            Mark Critz (D-PA)

Charlie Dent (R-PA)                               Mike Doyle (D-PA)

Chaka Fattah (D-PA)                             Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Jim Gerlach (R-PA)                                Tim Holden (D-PA)

Mike Kelly (R-PA)                                  Tom Marino (R-PA)

Patrick Meehan (R-PA)                        Tim Murphy (R-PA)

Joe Pitts (R-PA)                                       Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

Bill Shuster (R-PA)                                 Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

David Cicilline (D-RI)                           Jim Langevin (D-RI)

James Clyburn (D-SC)                           Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)                               Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)

Tim Scott (R-SC)                                     Joe Wilson (R-SC)

Kristi Noem (R-SD)                                Diane Black (R-TN)

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)                  Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Jim Cooper (D-TN)                                 Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)

John Duncan (R-TN)                             Stephen Fincher (R-TN)

Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)                Phil Roe (R-TN)

Joe Barton (R-TX)                                  Michael Burgess (R-TX)

Francisco Canseco (R-TX)                  John Carter (R-TX)

K. Michael Conaway (R-TX)               Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

John Culberson (R-TX)                         Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

Blake Farenthold (R-TX)                     Bill Flores (R-TX)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)                         Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX)

Ralph Hall (R-TX)                                   Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)

Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)                       Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)         Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Michael McCaul (R-TX)                        Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

Pete Olson (R-TX)                                  Ron Paul (R-TX)

Ted Poe (R-TX)                                       Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)

Pete Sessions (R-TX)                             Lamar Smith (R-TX)

William Thornberry (R-TX)              Rob Bishop (R-UT)

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)                          Jim Matheson (D-UT)

Eric Cantor (R-VA)                                 Gerald Connolly (D-VA)

Robert Goodlatte (R-VA)                     Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

Robert Hurt (R-VA)                               James Moran (D-VA)

Scott Rigell (R-VA)                                 Robert Scott (D-VA)

Rob Wittman (R-VA)                             Frank Wolf (R-VA)

Peter Welch (D-VT)                              Norm Dicks (D-WA)

Doc Hastings (R-WA)                            Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)

Rick Larsen (D-WA)                              Jim McDermott (D-WA)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)          Dave Reichert (R-WA)

Adam Smith (D-WA)                             Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Sean Duffy (R-WI)                                 Ron Kind (D-WI)

Gwen Moore (D-WI)                             Tom Petri (R-WI)

Reid Ribble (R-WI)                                F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Shelley Capito (R-WV)                         David McKinley (R-WV)

Nick Rahall (D-WV)                               Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Not Voting : 29 Members 

Mike Ross (D-AR)                                   John Campbell (R-CA)

Bob Filner (D-CA)                                   Elton Gallegly (R-CA)

Wally Herger (R-CA)                             Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)            Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Mike Thompson (D-CA)                       Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

David Rivera (R-FL)                              Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Raul Labrador (R-ID)                            Jesse Jackson (D-IL)

Timothy Johnson (R-IL)                      Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

Niki Tsongas (D-MA)                            Hansen Clarke (D-MI)

Todd Akin (R-MO)                                 Heath Shuler (D-NC)

Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)                    Todd Platts (R-PA)

Kevin Brady (R-TX)                               Kay Granger (R-TX)

Al Green (D-TX)                                      Gene Green (D-TX)

Sam Johnson (R-TX)                              J. Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Paul Ryan (R-WI)