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Last week in Congress / How our representatives voted

Here is how Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives voted on major legislation in Congress last week. There were no key votes in the Senate. 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.


Voting Rights for House Delegates -- The House tabled a motion by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-Washington, D.C. The motion would have referred House Resolution 5 to a five-member select committee to determine whether the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and delegates from the capital and U.S. territories should be allowed to vote on amendments when the House resolves into the Committee of the Whole.

Norton said the vote by delegates was a necessary symbol of the citizenship of constituents in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.

The vote Wednesday was 223 yeas to 188 nays.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, N; Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, Y; Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, Y; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, N.


Health Care for House Members -- The House rejected a motion by Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., to instruct a select committee to insert an amendment into House Resolution 5 and report the resolution back to the House. The amendment would have required all House members to notify the House clerk, within 15 days of taking their oaths of office, whether they will participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

The vote Wednesday was 191 yeas to 238 nays.

Higgins, Y; Lee, N; Reed, N; Slaughter, Y.


House Rules for 112th Congress -- The House approved a resolution, sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., establishing its rules for the 112th Congress. The rules included a requirement to offset spending increases with spending cuts, a point of order requirement for any bill that would add more than $5 billion to the deficit in any 10-year budget window, and requirements to make legislation available electronically and make the proceedings of committees available electronically.

The vote Wednesday was 238 yeas to 191 nays.

Higgins, N; Lee, Y; Reed, Y; Slaughter, N.


Cutting Member Budgets in 2011, 2012 -- The House passed a resolution, sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., that would cut the representational allowance for House members, the budget for House leadership offices and the budget for House committees by 5 percent in 2011 and 2012.

The vote Thursday was 408 yeas to 13 nays.

Higgins, Y; Lee, Y; Reed, Y; Slaughter, Y.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.

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