WASHINGTON -- Here are the recent votes of Western New York's four members of the House of Representatives on major legislation in Congress. 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.
Repealing Health Care Law -- The House agreed to a rule for considering the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., as well as a resolution, sponsored by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., instructing House committees to report legislation replacing the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Dreier said the health care law "will add over $700 billion to our deficit in the first 10 years" after it takes effect, and replacement legislation would cut health care premiums while improving access to health care.
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, said repeal would "add $230 billion to the deficit by 2021" and "take health care benefits and protections from those who need them the most."
The vote Jan. 7 was 236 yeas to 181 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.
Addressing Late Swearing-in of Two House Members -- The House agreed to a resolution, sponsored by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., that would adjust the roll calls for Votes 3 through 8 in the 112th Congress to reflect the failure of Reps. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., to take the oath of office until after the end of legislative business Jan. 6.
Dreier said the resolution was needed to rectify the problem of Sessions and Fitzpatrick not being "within the proximity of the speaker" of the House, as required by House rules, when they initially attempted to take the oath of office.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., objected to the shortness of the debate on the resolution.
The vote Jan. 7 was 257 yeas to 159 nays.
Higgins, N; Lee, Y; Reed, Y; Slaughter, N.
Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.