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LAST WEEK IN CONGRESS
HOW OUR REPRESENTATIVES VOTED

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.

Debt Limit Extension Act -- The House on Thursday passed a bill that increases the limit on the public debt from $7.38 trillion to $8.18 trillion.

Proponents said the increase was necessary for the government to meet its obligations including Social Security and military retirement benefits. Opponents said spending was out of control because of a lack of fiscal planning and restraint.

The vote was 208 yeas to 204 nays.

Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning, Y; Rep. Jack F. Quinn Jr., R-Hamburg, A; Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, Y; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, N.

Nomination for secretary of the Army -- Francis J. Harvey, 61, of California, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as secretary of the Army. Harvey is a former chief operating officer of a Westinghouse Electric Corp. division and serves on the boards of Duratek and Kuhlman Electric.

Proponents said Harvey's business experience would bring a unique perspective during the Army's transformation. Opponents argued that the current challenges facing the Army required a secretary with military experience.

The vote was 85 yeas to 12 nays.

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

Debt Limit Extension Act -- The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., that would increase the limit on the public debt from $7.38 trillion to $8.18 trillion. The vote was 52 yeas to 44 nays.

Clinton, A; Schumer, N.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.