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VOTES IN CONGRESS

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; a "?" means the member did not vote; and a "P" means the member voted "present."

Senate

Chinese weapons -- The Senate Wednesday voted, 65-32, to put aside an amendment by Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., to the China trade bill to impose sanctions on Chinese firms that export nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.

Supporters of the amendment said the measure would hold China accountable for military proliferation. Opponents said the measure would doom the trade legislation. A "yes" vote supported the motion to set aside the amendment.

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat, Y; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Democrat, Y.

House

Marriage penalty -- The House Wednesday upheld a presidential veto of a bill to cut taxes for married couples. The 270-158 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority necessary to pass.

Supporters said the legislation would end a tax penalty on about half of married Americans. Opponents said the tax cuts would harm the economy and the fiscal stability of the federal government. A "yes" vote supported the marriage tax reduction.

Rep. Amo R. Houghton, R-Corning, Y; Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, N; Rep. Jack F. Quinn Jr., R-Hamburg, Y; Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, Y.

Hate crimes -- The House Wednesday approved, 232-192, a motion to support hate-crime legislation. The measure instructed lawmakers who are negotiating the military authorization bill to include provisions that would allow federal officials to investigate and prosecute crimes committed because of race, gender, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

Supporters said the legislation would protect individuals from violence sparked by prejudice. Opponents said the measure would wildly expand federal jurisdiction to almost any state case.

Houghton, Y; LaFalce, Y; Quinn, Y; Reynolds, ?.

NASA -- The House Thursday approved, 300-17, a $28.7 billion two-year spending bill for NASA.

Supporters said the legislation would bolster scientific discoveries and technological advances, including the International Space Station. Opponents said the bill would increase spending over last year's levels, squandering federal funds.

Houghton, Y; LaFalce, Y; Quinn, Y; Reynolds, Y.

Spending bills -- The House Thursday approved, 212-209, two federal spending bills, covering the Treasury Department, Postal Service, legislative branch and other minor agencies. The bill included a repeal of the 3 percent federal excise tax on telecommunications.

Supporters said the bill would meet many of the administration's funding requests. Opponents said it would not provide enough funding for IRS reform and counterterrorism programs.

Houghton, Y; LaFalce, N; Quinn, Y; Reynolds, Y.

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