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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.

Commending the Efforts by U.S. Workers in Response to the Tsunami -- The House, on Tuesday, passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., that commended the U.S. response to the tsunami that struck southeast Asia in December 2004.

The vote was 401 yeas and no nays.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Y; Rep. John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, Y; Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, Y; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Faiport, Y.

Honoring the Life and Achievements of Pope John Paul II -- The House, on Wednesday, passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., extending condolences to the people of Poland and sympathy to the world's Catholics at the death of Pope John Paul II.

"Pope John Paul II ministered to Catholic and non-Catholic alike, providing a personal example of grace, endurance, compassion, courage, sacrifice, and foresight," the resolution said.

The vote was 415 yeas and no nays.

Higgins, Y; Kuhl, Y; Reynolds, Y; Slaughter, Y.

Relating to the Death of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II -- The Senate, on Tuesday, passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., that honored the integrity and courage of Pope John Paul II and joined the world in mourning his death.

The vote was 98 yeas and no nays.

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

Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for Fiscal 2006-07 -- The Senate, on Tuesday, approved an amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., that would prohibit the use of the "global gag rule" on abortion counseling as the sole determining factor for denying U.S. government funding for foreign medical aid. The amendment would not allow U.S. funds to be used for such counseling but would allow clinic's funding from other sources to be used for such purposes without impacting U.S. aid.

The vote was 52 yeas to 46 nays.

Clinton, Y; Schumer, Y.

Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for Fiscal 2006-07 -- The Senate, on Wednesday, rejected an amendment by Sen. Joseph R. Biden, D-Del., that would have kept the U.S. portion of funding for U.N. peacekeeping efforts at 27.1 percent for two years rather than reduce it to 25 percent as proposed in an amendment sponsored by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

The vote was 40 yeas to 57 nays.

Clinton, Y; Schumer, Y.

Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for Fiscal 2006-07 -- The Senate, on Wednesday, rejected a motion to table an amendment by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., that would impose a 27.5 percent tariff on goods imported from China if China did not stop manipulating its currency value.

However, no vote was subsequently taken on the amendment as negotiations continued with Senate leaders to have the issue considered separately, rather than as part of the foreign affairs bill.

The vote to table was 33 yeas to 67 nays.

Clinton, N; Schumer, N.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.