Here's how Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives and the state's two U.S. senators voted on major legislation in Congress last week. "Y" means the member voted for the measure; "N" means he voted against it.
The Senate on Tuesday approved, 83-15, a bill by Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, to normalize trade relations with China. The measure would end annual reviews of China's trade status. Supporters said the bill would be a boon for U.S. companies. Opponents said it would reward a repressive regime.
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat, Y; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Democrat, Y.
Spending -- The Senate on Wednesday rejected, 28-69, a conference report on a bill to fund the Treasury Department, Postal Service, legislative branch and other minor agencies. Supporters said the bill would provide critical funding. Some opponents said it would allow legislators to receive pay raises.
Moynihan, N; Schumer, N.
The House on Tuesday approved, 250-170, a motion by Rep. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to urge conferees on an appropriations bill to prohibit the use of funds to distribute the morning-after pill on school premises. Supporters said the motion would prevent schools from allowing children to have abortions without a parent's consent. Opponents said it would block citizens from making local decisions about the sensitive issue. A "yes" vote supports the prohibition of funding for morning-after pills.
Rep. Amo R. Houghton Jr., R-Corning, N; Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, Y; Rep. Jack F. Quinn, R-Hamburg, Y; Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Springville, Y.
Education grants -- The House on Wednesday approved, 222-201, a motion to reject a provision in the Senate version that would deny funds to reduce class size and build schools, instead giving education block grants to the states. Supporters said the motion would give additional aid for national educational priorities, including class-size reduction. Opponents said it would allow federal officials to direct state programs. A "yes" vote supports the rejection of the Senate provision.
Houghton, N; LaFalce, Y; Quinn, Y; Reynolds, N.