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Last week in Congress / How our representatives voted

Here are the votes of Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives 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; an "A" means the member did not vote. There were no Senate votes.


Cybersecurity Reforms -- The House passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, sponsored by Rep. Michael T. McCaul, R-Texas. The bill would establish a private-public task force to pursue improvements in cybersecurity, create a cybersecurity education program and establish procurement standards for computer hardware and software to account for cybersecurity concerns.

McCaul said, "These commonsense reforms are a baseline of what we need to secure our infrastructure" and "take action before life is lost and our economy and defenses have been weakened to the point of damaging our country."

The vote April 27 was 395 yeas to 10 nays.

Reps. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Y; Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, Y; Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, A; Tom Reed, R-Corning, Y.


Interest Rate for Education Loans -- The House passed the Interest Rate Reduction Act, sponsored by Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill. The bill would provide a one-year extension of the 3.4 percent interest rate for Stafford loans to students in higher education and offset the cost of the extension by cutting $12 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Biggert said: "By reclaiming a portion of the administration's misguided health care law through the elimination of this blank-check program, my legislation would extend lower rates for college loans, granting relief to our young people without raising taxes on their potential employers."

An opponent, Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., said the bill did not "make sure that women's health care and children's health care is protected" because of its proposal to cut funding for "children's immunizations, women's screenings for breast and cervical cancer and birth defects."

The vote April 27 was 215 yeas to 195 nays.

Higgins, Y; Hochul, Y; Slaughter, A; Reed, Y.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.