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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.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Conference Report -- The House on Nov. 19 passed the conference report to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.

The vote was 397 yeas to 3 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, Y.

Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act -- The House on Nov. 20 suspended the rules and agreed to pass a bill sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., to amend the Space Commercial Launch Act to encourage the development of commercial space flights. The bill would give the Federal Aviation Administration jurisdiction over such flights.

The vote was 269 yeas to 120 nays. Under House rules, a two-thirds majority was required to clear the legislation.

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

Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report -- The House on Nov. 20 passed the conference report on a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., to provide funding for those departments and entities that did not have individual funding bills passed this year. The agencies and areas covered included Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Water, Foreign Operations, Interior, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, the Legislative Branch, Transportation and Treasury, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development.

The vote was 344 yeas to 51 nays.

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

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Conference Report -- The Senate on Nov. 19 passed a unanimous consent agreement to allow a vote on the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Intermediate string overflow The vote was 88 yeas to 5 nays.

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

Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report -- The Senate on Nov. 20 passed a conference report providing $388 billion in funding for those departments and entities that did not have individual funding bills passed this year.

Intermediate string overflow The vote was 65 yeas to 30 nays.

Clinton, Y; Schumer, Y.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.

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