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LAST WEEK IN CONGRESS
HOW OUR REPRESENTATIVES VOTED

WASHINGTON -- Here are the 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 last week. A "Y" means the member voted for the measure; an "N" means the member voted against the measure.

HOUSE

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense -- The House on Tuesday passed a motion by Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., to instruct conferees to accept Senate amendments that would increase funding for border protection and require the administration to submit funding requests for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the regular budget.

The vote was 417 yeas to 4 nays.

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

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act -- The House on Wednesday rejected an amendment by Rep. Robert Scott, D-Va., that would have exempted taxicab drivers, bus drivers and others employed in transport who drive a minor across state lines for an abortion from civil and criminal liability under the bill.

The vote was 179 yeas to 245 nays.

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

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act -- The House on Wednesday rejected an amendment by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, that sought to exempt grandparents and clergy from civil or criminal liability if they accompany a minor across state lines to have an abortion.

The vote was 177 yeas to 252 nays.

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

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act -- The House on Wednesday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., that makes it illegal to knowingly transport a minor across state lines to get an abortion.

The vote was 270 yeas to 157 nays.

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

Congressional Budget for Fiscal 2006 -- The House on Thursday agreed to the conference report for the 2006 federal budget. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, has $2.56 trillion in total budget authority, an increase of $80 billion over fiscal 2005. It also includes $843 billion in discretionary spending for regular appropriations bills, an increase of 2.1 percent over fiscal 2005, along with $419.5 billion for defense and $32.5 billion for homeland security.

The vote was 214 yeas to 211 nays.

The Senate also passed the bill.

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

SENATE

Nomination of Stephen L. Johnson as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency -- The Senate on Thursday blocked a maneuver by a Democratic senator to delay a vote and moved forward the nomination of Stephen L. Johnson of Maryland as EPA administrator. Johnson was later confirmed by voice vote.

The vote to block the delay was 61 yeas to 37 nays. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., N; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., N.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.