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; an "A" means the member did not vote.
Line-item veto -- The Senate voted 69-29 Thursday to give the president power to cut individual spending items passed by Congress. It would require a two-thirds majority in both houses to override such a veto.Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato, Republican, Y; Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat, N.
Welfare debate -- The House voted 217-211 Wednesday to approve rules for debating the Republican welfare reform bill, which were opposed by those fearing it would increase the number of women having abortions. Proponents of the resolution argued that limiting welfare benefits would deter poor women from getting pregnant. Opponents argued that pressure on states to reduce out-of-wedlock births unintentionally would cause more abortions. A "yes" vote indicates approval of the rules and the GOP welfare reform plan. Rep. Amory R. Houghton Jr., R-Corning, Y; Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, N; Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, Y; Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst, Y.
Welfare amendments -- By a 228-203 vote Wednesday, the House approved a package of amendments to the Republican welfare reform plan, including shifting the $66 billion expected to be saved through welfare reform to cutting taxes from reducing the deficit. Proponents of the measure want the savings to be used to finance a tax cut in the Republican "Contract With America." Opponents said deficit reduction should come first. Houghton, Y; LaFalce, N; Quinn, Y; Paxon, Y.
Welfare alternative -- The House voted 228-205 Thursday to reject an alternative to the Republican welfare reform bill that would have provided more money for education and job training. A "yes" vote favors the alternative welfare reform plan. Houghton, N; LaFalce, Y; Quinn, N; Paxon, N.
Welfare reform -- By a 234-199 vote Friday, the House passed the Republican welfare reform measure. Houghton, Y; LaFalce, N; Quinn, Y; Paxon, Y.