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VOTES IN CONGRESS

The following 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.

SENATE
Labels/ The Senate on Tuesday rejected, 65-35, a measure to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration's authority to review medical devices. The amendment to an FDA overhaul bill would have allowed the agency to test medical devices for applications other than their specified use.

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

FDA -- The Senate on Thursday approved, 98-2, a bill to speed Food and Drug Administration approval of new drugs and medical devices. The bill also would give patients greater access to drugs under review, provide companies more flexibility in disseminating information on drug uses that are not approved by the FDA and ease restrictions on health claims of products.

D'Amato, Y; Moynihan, Y.

HOUSE
The House on Thursday rejected, 229-199, a bid to block the congressional cost of living adjustment. The measure would have stopped a bill increasing annual congressional pay 2.3 percent from $133,600 to $136,673.

Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning, Y; Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, Y; Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, Y; Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst, Y.

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