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VOTES IN CONGRESS

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.

House
Spending
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.