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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; an "A" means the member did not vote.

>HOUSE

Oil Exports and Keystone XL Pipeline -- The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would have required oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline to be used in the U.S. unless a presidential waiver was granted on the grounds that exporting the oil would not increase prices or would not increase dependence on imports from hostile nations.

The vote Feb. 15 was 173 yeas to 254 nays.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Y; Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, Y; Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, N; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, A.

Materials Used in Keystone XL Pipeline -- The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Michael F. Doyle, D-Pa., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would have made issuance of a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline conditional on 75 percent of the iron and steel used in the U.S. portion of the pipeline being produced in North America.

The vote Feb. 15, was 193 yeas to 234 nays.

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

Drilling Off Southern California Coast -- The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would have struck from the bill a provision authorizing oil and natural gas drilling in waters off the Southern California coast.

The vote Feb. 15 was 160 yeas to 267 nays.

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

Drilling Off Northeast Coast -- The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would have barred the sale of oil and natural gas drilling leases off the coast of Northeastern states.

The vote Feb. 15 was 169 yeas to 257 nays.

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

Distributing Gulf Coast Oil, Gas Revenue -- The House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey M. Landry, R-La., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would increase the cap for distributing revenue from offshore oil and natural gas production to the four states bordering the Gulf of Mexico from $500 million to $750 million.

The vote Feb. 15 was 266 yeas to 159 nays.

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

Economic Harm from Offshore Oil Spills -- The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Theodore E. Deutch, D-Fla., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would have required companies applying for leases to drill for oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico to estimate the economic harm that would result from a worst-case scenario oil spill.

The vote Feb. 15 was 188 yeas to 236 nays.

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

Safety Rules for Offshore Drilling -- The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Colleen W. Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would have required the Interior Secretary to establish safety and environmental protection requirements for oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters.

The vote Feb. 16 was 189 yeas to 228 nays.

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

Reviewing Renewables Projects -- The House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act.

The amendment would limit the scope of National Environmental Policy Act reviews of proposed renewable energy projects on federal lands and waters.

The vote Feb. 16 was 250 yeas to 171 nays.

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

Authorizing New Oil Development -- The House passed the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.

The bill would open exploration for oil and natural gas production off the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts, authorize drilling in portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and establish rules for development of oil shale resources in the Rocky Mountain states.

The vote Feb. 16 was 237 yeas to 187 nays.

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

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>SENATE

U.S. Circuit Court Judge -- The Senate confirmed the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan to serve as a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A supporter, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Jordan "has proven through his long career on the bench and as a prosecutor to be a public servant of tremendous quality and integrity."

The vote Feb. 15 was 94 yeas to 5 nays.

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

Information for this column is supplied by Targeted News Service.