Following are the votes of Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives on major legislation in Congress last week. There are no votes from the Senate.
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.
The House Monday approved, 355-57, a 23-day extension of the Oct. 1 deadline to complete spending bills. The continuing resolution, worked out in advance by Senate and House Republican leaders and the White House, was enacted to avoid another government shutdown. Although a budget agreement passed in July, only three of the 13 annual spending bills had been passed in time to meet the fiscal deadline.
Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning, Y; Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, Y; Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, vote unavailable; Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst, Y.
Raise -- The House Tuesday approved, 220-207, a bill to fund the Treasury Department, Postal Service and the Executive Office of the President. The bill provides $12.5 billion for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Customs Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. It also includes a $3,000 pay raise for members of Congress, an automatic cost-of-living increase that Congress had denied itself for the past four years. A majority of Democrats and close minority of Republicans joined ranks to pass the measure.
Houghton, Y; LaFalce, Y; Quinn, Y; Paxon, Y.
Census -- The House Tuesday approved, 277-199, a bill to fund the Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary departments. The bill provides $25.9 billion for law enforcement programs and agency budgets. It includes an amendment that calls for a Supreme Court review of the legality of a Census Bureau plan to employ statistical sampling in the 2000 census.
Houghton, Y; LaFalce, N; Quinn, Y; Paxon, Y.