Advertisement

Roll call

October 09, 2005|By Thomas Voting Reports

HOUSE


Homeland security budget

Voting 347 for and 70 against, members on Oct. 6 approved the conference report on a bill (HR 2360) appropriating $30.8 billion for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2006, including $6.3 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, $3.4 billion for immigration and customs enforcement and $1.8 billion for border protection. The bill provides $2.6 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency while shifting FEMA's preparedness functions to a new, multiagency unit.

Additionally, the measure cuts three of the four major grants programs for first responders and reduces funding to hire airport screeners. It provides $3.3 billion for grants to first responders, which for the first time will be weighted in favor of high-threat metropolitan areas.

The bill appropriates $110 million for developing anti-missile devices for commercial aircraft, $443 million for procuring and installing explosive detection systems for commercial aviation, $318 million for a new initiative to detect nuclear weapons in transportation systems, $93 million for cybersecurity and $625 million for protecting critical infrastructure such as chemical plants.

Advertisement

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, yes

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, yes

West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes

Energy, environmental changes

Voting 212 for and 210 against, members on Oct. 7 passed a bill (HR 3893) to spur construction of oil refineries and pipelines while softening related environmental measures, including ones require cleaner burning gasoline. The bill, which awaits Senate action, seeks to end a nearly 30-year hiatus in the construction of new refineries in the United States.

The bill empowers the president to order refinery construction on federal lands, including abandoned military bases; gives governors more power to designate refinery sites; allows taxpayer reimbursement of refineries for any excessive litigation or regulatory delays; and empowers the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to expedite pipeline siting and construction. During energy shortages, the legislation authorizes the president to waive fuel-additive requirements.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Gas price gouging

Members on Oct. 7 rejected, 199 for and 222 against, a Democratic amendment to HR 3893 empowering the Federal Trade Commission to legally define price gouging at the gasoline pump and impose civil penalties on companies of up to three times the amount of ill-gotten profits.

A yes vote backed the amendment

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Hurricane housing

Voting 335 for and 81 against, members on Oct. 6 sent the Senate a bill (HR 3895) to temporarily waive certain federal rules to speed the provision of housing in rural areas hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In part, the bill reprograms Rural Housing Authority funds to housing-voucher accounts, and eases credit rules to make it easier for displaced homeowners to obtain loans for home repairs. Opponents said the bill would shift funds from other important housing programs, waive inspections to prevent shoddy construction and has weak controls against racial discrimination and shoddy construction.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

SENATE


2006 defense budget

Voting 97 for and none against, senators on Oct. 7 approved a $445 billion military spending bill for fiscal 2006. The bill (HR 2863) provides $50 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan, raising total outlays for both theaters to more than $327 billion since actions began. The bill funds a 3.1 percent military pay raise, increases the military death benefit to $100,000 and provides $3.9 billion to prepare the nation for an expected avian flu pandemic.

A yes vote was to pass the appropriations bill.

Maryland

Paul Sarbanes, D, yes

Barbara Mikulski, D, yes

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, R, yes

Rick Santorum, R, yes

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, yes

John Rockefeller, D, yes

Humane prisoner treatment

Senators on Oct. 5 voted, 90 for and nine against, to require the U.S. military to adhere to the United Nations Convention Against Torture prohibition against "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," and to follow Army Field Manual rules for humane treatment of prisoners. The United States is a signatory to the U.N. treaty. But the administration argues the pact does not apply to U.S. interrogations occurring outside of the United States, such as at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or in Afghanistan and Iraq. The amendment was added to HR 2863.

A yes vote backed the ban on torture by the U.S. military.

Maryland

Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Santorum, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, yes




Key votes ahead

Congress is in Columbus Day recess until the week of Oct. 17.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|