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Roll call

July 17, 2005

By Thomas Voting Reports

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress were recorded on major roll call votes in the week ending July 15.

HOUSE


European arms to China

Voting 215 for and 203 against, the House on July 14 failed to reach a two-thirds majority required, under a short-cut parliamentary procedure, to pass a bill (HR 3100) toughening U.S. treatment of European companies that sell arms technology to the People's Republic of China. In part, the bill would expand White House power to prevent foreign contractors who do business with China from gaining access to U.S. technology.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, no

West Virginia

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Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes

SENATE


Rail, transit security

Voting 53 for and 46 against, senators on July 14 failed to reach 60 votes needed to increase spending tenfold for securing subways, buses and trains against terrorist attacks. The amendment was offered to HR 2360. It sought to increase spending for transit and rail security from $100 million to $1.16 billion. Since 9/11, rail and transit have received about one-seventh the homeland-security funding received by air transportation.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Paul Sarbanes, D, yes

Barbara Mikulski, D, not voting

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, R, yes

Rick Santorum, R, no

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, yes

John Rockefeller, D, yes

Karl Rove's security clearance

Voting 44 for and 53 against, senators on July 14 defeated a Democratic bid to remove Karl Rove's security clearance in response to his involvement in the unmasking of a clandestine CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in July 2003. Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, is acknowledged by his lawyer to have privately discussed the operative with Time magazine without identifying her by name. The amendment was offered to a bill (HR 2360, later passed) appropriating $32 billion for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2006.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, not voting

Pennsylvania

Specter, no

Santorum, no

West Virginia

Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, yes

Democrats' clearances

Voting 33 for and 64 against, senators on July 14 rejected a GOP bid to remove the security clearances of two Democratic senators. The amendment to HR 2360 targeted Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for having referred to a classified FBI document on the Senate floor, and Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., for having made a floor statement that likened the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to horrific Nazi and Soviet imprisonments.

A yes vote backed the GOP amendment.

Maryland

Sarbanes, no

Mikulski, not voting

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Santorum, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, no

Rockefeller, no

Risk-based funding

Voting 32 for and 65 against, senators on July 12 refused to allocate a larger share of homeland-security grants on the basis of risk rather than politics. The underlying bill (HR 2360) authorizes $1.92 billion for such grants, with 60 percent based on risk and the remainder on a formula to benefit lower-population states. The amendment rejected by this vote sought to increase the risk-based share to 87 percent.

A yes vote was to increase risk-based funding.

Maryland

Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, not voting

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Santorum, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, no

Rockefeller, no

Air cargo security

Voting 45 for and 53 against, senators on July 14 refused to quadruple spending in HR 2360 for tightening air-cargo security. The amendment sought to raise from $50 million to $200 million spending to keep explosive devices from being planted as cargo in commercial aircraft. It also sought to add $100 million for improved technologies - such as CT scans and chemical-trace detection - to secure air cargo against sabotage.

At present, about 95 percent of the cargo on passenger and all-cargo flights goes unscreened, according to debate.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, not voting

Pennsylvania

Specter, no

Santorum, no

West Virginia

Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, yes

Border jails

Voting 42 for and 56 against, senators on July 13 refused to increase spending in HR 2360 by $199 million for adding 5,760 jail beds for detaining illegal immigrants. These were to be in addition to 2,240 new beds already funded by the bill. For lack of jail space, the Border Patrol releases more than 90 percent of those it apprehends, according to debate, with a large number remaining in the United States.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Sarbanes, no

Mikulski, not voting

Pennsylvania

Santorum, yes

Specter, no

West Virginia

Byrd, no

Rockefeller, no

Responders v. millionaires

Voting 36 for and 60 against, senators on July 13 refused to raise taxes on incomes of more than $1 million and use the proceeds - $16 billion - to increase spending for police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. This occurred during debate on HR 2360. The bill provides $3.9 billion to help communities hire, train and equip first responders.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, not voting

Pennsylvania

Specter, no

Santorum, no

West Virginia

Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, yes

Key votes ahead

In the week of July 18, the House will debate the USA Patriot Act and bills on foreign affairs and NASA. The Senate will take up foreign operations spending for fiscal 2006.

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