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Recently in Congress / How our representatives voted

Here are the recent 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. 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.

>HOUSE

Notice of End of Mortgage Relief Program -- The House rejected an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., to the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Termination Act. The amendment would have required the secretary of housing and urban development to post a notice on the agency's website notifying the public of the program's cancellation and providing contact information for homeowners seeking assistance.

The vote March 11 was 185 yeas to 237 nays.

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

Morgage Relief Program -- The House passed the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Termination Act, sponsored by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. The bill would cancel the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program and use the remaining balance to cut the federal debt.

The vote March 11 was 242 yeas to 177 nays.

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

Statue of President Ford -- The House passed a resolution, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., to accept a statue of President Gerald R. Ford from Michigan, which would be placed in the Capitol Rotunda.

The vote March 14 was unanimous with 396 yeas.

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

Continuing Appropriations -- The House passed the Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments resolution, sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky. The resolution would provide funding for government operations through April 8 and cut $6 billion in spending on congressional earmarks and other programs.

The vote Tuesday was 271 yeas to 158 nays.

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

Affirming Success of Foreclosure Program -- The House rejected an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., to the NSP Termination Act. The amendment would have declared that Congress found the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to be an effective program that helped redevelop abandoned and foreclosed homes despite its cancellation in the bill.

The vote March Wednesday was 183 yeas to 244 nays.

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

Foreclosure Housing -- The House passed the NSP Termination, sponsored by Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif. The bill would cancel the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and its third round of funding.

The vote March 16 was 242 yeas to 182 nays.

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

Defunding NPR -- The House passed a bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., that would bar federal funding for National Public Radio and its purchases of programming.

The vote Thursday was 228 yeas to 192 nays.

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

Withdrawing from Afghanistan -- The House rejected a resolution, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, that would have directed the president to withdraw U.S. military forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

The vote Thursday was 93 yeas to 321 nays.

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

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>SENATE

Misuse of Government Funds -- The Senate passed an amendment, sponsored by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, to the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act. The amendment would eliminate authorization of the National Veterans Business Development Corp. as a potential recipient of federal aid.

Snowe said a 2008 report had found that the company "was engaged in mismanagement, misuse of taxpayer money and did not abide by its statutory obligations."

The vote Wednesday was unanimous with 99 yeas.

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D, Y; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D, Y.

Subcontractors and Federal Contracts -- The Senate approved an amendment, sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act. The amendment would require contractors to notify small businesses included in offers involving federal contracts of their potential status as subcontractors. It also would provide a mechanism for subcontractors to report fraud by contractors.

Casey said the amendment would help "create jobs and support small businesses" around the country.

The vote Wednesday was unanimous with 99 yeas.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

Extending Government Funding -- The Senate passed the Additional Continuing Appropriations resolution, sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky. The resolution would provide funding for government operations through April 8 and cut $6 billion of spending on congressional earmarks and other programs.

The vote Thursday was 87 yeas to 13 nays.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.

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