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.