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VOTES IN CONGRESS

Following are the votes of Western New York's five 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, and an "A" means the member did not vote.

Senate

Homeless -- The Senate approved, 89-11, an amendment providing $452 million for public and private non-profit organizations that conduct programs for the homeless.

The amendment was attached to a three-year, $58 billion omnibus housing bill. (S-566).

Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, R, Y; Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D, Y.

Public housing -- The Senate approved, 61-38, a move to table an amendment that would have exempted tenants in public housing from local prevailing wage requirements.

The amendment was intended to enable tenants to work at lower wages to make repairs to the units they occupy. (S-566)

D'Amato, Y; Moynihan, Y.

Hatch Act -- The Senate rejected, 65-35, a move to override President Bush's veto of the Hatch Act, which bans political activity by federal employees.

The vote was two shy of the two-thirds needed for an override.

The bill would have overhauled the 1939 Act and allowed 3 million federal workers to participate in party politics. (HR-20)

D'Amato, N; Moynihan, Y.

House

Energy, water projects -- The House approved, 355-59, a $21 billion energy and water development spending bill for fiscal 1991.

The bill would fund Department of Energy nuclear energy and weapons and renewable energy research programs, the federal power marketing administrations and a variety of government irrigation and flood control projects.

Some members rejected consideration of the legislation before Congressional leaders and the White House finish negotiations on the 1991 budget. (HR-5019)

Rep. Amory R. Houghton, Jr., R-Corning, Y; Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, Y; Rep. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, Y; Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst, Y; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, Y.

Energy, water projects -- The House rejected, 232-175, an amendment that would have made a 2 percent across-the-board cut in all discretionary programs financed in the omnibus energy and water spending bill.

Discretionary programs are those where the specific projects to be financed have not yet been determined. (HR-5019)

Houghton, Y; LaFalce, N; Nowak, N; Paxon, Y; Slaughter, N.

Flag burning -- The House rejected, 254-177, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have permited Congress and the states to enact laws making it illegal to desecrate the flag.

The vote was 34 shy of the two-thirds needed to send a constitutional amendment to the states. (H-J-Res-350)

Houghton, N; LaFalce, N; Nowak, N; Paxon, Y; Slaughter, N.

Hatch Act -- The House approved, 327-93, a move to override Bush's veto of the Hatch Act which bans political activity by federal employees.

The bill would overhaul the 1939 Act and allowed 3 million federal workers to participate in party politics. (HR-20)

Houghton, Y; LaFalce, Y; Nowak, Y; Paxon, N; Slaughter, Y.

Social Security -- The House approved, 384-36, a move to raise Social Security benefits for some working elderly recipients.

It would liberalize the Social Security earnings test that limits the amount of annual income recipients between ages 65 and 69 may earn before having their benefits reduced.

The non-binding measure instructed House leaders negotiating the differences between the House and Senate child-care bill to adopt a Senate amendment to that bill.(HR-3)

Houghton, Y; LaFalce, Y; Nowak, Y; Paxon, Y; Slaughter, Y.

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