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LAST WEEK IN CONGRESS
HOW OUR REPRESENTATIVES VOTED

Here are the recent votes of Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives and the state's two U.S. senators on major legislation in Congress. A "Y" means the member voted for the measure; an "N" means the member voted against the measure.

Energy Policy Act -- The House on Wednesday rejected an amendment by Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., that would have raised the corporate average fuel economy standard to 33 miles per gallon from 25 miles per gallon over 10 years.

The vote was 177 yeas to 254 nays.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Y; Rep. John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, N; Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, N; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, Y.

Energy Policy Act -- The House on Wednesday rejected an amendment by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., that would have prohibited exploring for gas and oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The vote was 200 yeas to 231 nays.

Higgins, Y; Kuhl, N; Reynolds, N; Slaughter, Y.

Energy Policy Act -- The House on Thursday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, that establishes a national energy policy.

The measure provides liability exemptions for manufacturers of the gasoline additive MTBE and allows oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The vote was 249 yeas to 183 nays.

Higgins, N; Kuhl, Y; Reynolds, Y; Slaughter, N.

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense -- The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., that provides an additional $389.6 million for border security including funding for 650 new border patrol agents.

The vote was 65 yeas to 34 nays.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D, Y; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Y.

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense -- The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment by Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., that added $213 million for the military to purchase armored Humvees.

The vote was 61 yeas to 39 nays.

Clinton, Y; Schumer, Y.

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense -- The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that allocated $81 billion in emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tsunami relief and domestic security. The bill now goes to a conference to resolve the differences with a House version that include driver's license restrictions, increased funding for border patrol agents and increased death benefits for the military.

The vote was 99 yeas to 0 nays.

Clinton, Y; Schumer, Y.

Nomination of Director of National Intelligence -- The Senate on Thursday confirmed John D. Negroponte as director of national intelligence.

The vote was 98 yeas to 2 nays.

Clinton, Y; Schumer, Y.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.

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