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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; an "A" means the member did not vote.

HOUSE

Supplemental appropriations -- The House voted 216-212 to reject an amendment Wednesday by Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., to redirect $30.5 million from the IRS for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program for fiscal 2001.

Proponents of the amendment argued the money would better serve the public in fighting drug trafficking. Opponents argued the IRS needs the money to make the public aware of their upcoming tax refund.

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

Interior Appropriations Act -- The House voted 242-173 to approve an amendment Thursday by Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W. Va., to prohibit new energy leasing or related activities within the boundaries of national monuments during fiscal 2002.

Proponents argued the monuments should not be sacrificed despite the energy crisis. Opponents argued the amendment disregards the nation's energy needs.

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

Interior Appropriations Act -- The House voted 247-164 to approve an amendment Thursday by Rep. Jim Davis, D-Fla., to prohibit oil and gas drilling in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico until April 2002.

Proponents said drilling in the Gulf of Mexico poses a risk to the environment and economy of coastal states, such as Florida. Opponents argued that drilling in the Gulf represents the country's best hope of solving the energy crisis.

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

Interior Appropriations Act -- The House voted 376-32 to approve a bill Thursday by Rep. Joe Skeen, R-N.M., making appropriations for the Interior Department and related agencies for fiscal year 2002.

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

SENATE

Patient's Bill of Rights -- The Senate voted 52-45 to approve a point of order Thursday by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., ruling that an amendment proposed by Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., and Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo. was unconstitutional.

Baucus said the amendment was a revenue-raising measure brought up in the Senate and was unconstitutional because the Constitution requires such measures to originate in the House.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D, Y; and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D, Y.

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