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Roll call

November 20, 2005|By Thomas Voting Reports

HOUSE



Federal boxing commission

Members on Nov. 16 defeated, 190 for and 233 against, a bill (HR 1065) to begin federal regulation of professional boxing. The bill empowered the Department of Commerce to license boxers as a means of policing corruption and establishing the integrity of the sport.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, no

West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, no

Deficit reduction

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Voting 217 for and 215 against, members on Nov. 18 passed a bill (HR 4241) to achieve $50 billion in deficit reduction over the next five years by slowing entitlement spending and increasing revenue. About $11.9 billion of the spending curbs would come from Medicaid; $5.4 billion from child-support collection programs; $1 billion from farm supports; $844 million from Food Stamps; $760 million from farm conservation programs; $732 million from the Supplemental Security Income program for aged, blind and disabled people; and $577 million from foster-care programs. Cuts and increases in student loan programs would yield net savings of $14.5 billion.

The bill's revenue side would raise $8.7 billion by auctioning off spectrum freed up by the emergence of digital TV, $6.2 billion by raising company premiums for federal pension insurance and $3.2 billion by redirecting receipts from anti-dumping duties from manufacturers to the Treasury.

The bill now must be merged with a $35 billion Senate version that differs, in part, by curbing Medicare outlays and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

This vote set the stage for the House to take up about $54 billion in new tax cuts.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Appropriations bill rejection

Voting 209 for and 224 against, members on Nov. 17 defeated a bill (HR 3010) to appropriate $142.5 billion in fiscal 2006 for the departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. Supporters blamed the bill's defeat, in part, on the fact that GOP leaders stripped it of $1 billion in pork-barrel spending. But critics said the bill underfunded, at a time of tax cuts, areas such as elementary and secondary education, heating aid to the poor, disease control, rural health care and Pell Grants to help the poor pay college costs.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

SENATE



2006 defense budget

Voting 98 for and none against, senators on Nov. 15 approved a $441 billion fiscal 2006 military budget, up 4.7 percent from the comparable 2005 bill. The bill (S 1042) authorizes an additional $50 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan, raising total spending on both fronts to more than $327 billion. The bill empowers the Pentagon to begin aerial surveillance of U.S. borders, funds a 3.1 percent military pay increase, raises Army strength nearly 4 percent to 522,400 troops, raises the military death benefit to $100,000, provides $7.8 billion for the National Missile Defense and accelerates spending in Iraq to strengthen Humvee armor and better defend against roadside bombs.

A yes vote was to pass the 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

Reports on Iraq

Voting 79 for and 19 against, senators on Nov. 15 called upon President Bush to publicly report every three months on the Iraq government's progress toward conditions that would enable U.S. troop withdrawal. The nonbinding language, drafted by Republicans, was added to S 1042. The presidential reports are to cover unclassified military, economic, diplomatic and political developments that bear on the length of the U.S. stay in Iraq.

A yes vote backed the GOP measure.

Maryland

Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Santorum, yes

West Virginia

Rockefeller, yes

Byrd, no

Rival Democratic plan

Voting 40 for and 58 against, senators on Nov. 15 defeated a nonbinding Democratic alternative to Republican language (S 1042) urging quarterly presidential reports on Iraq. The key difference was that Democrats wanted President Bush to estimate dates for drawing down troops and continually update the public on the conditions necessary for the phaseout to occur.

Both parties specified 2006 as the year for Iraqis to take charge of their country.

A yes vote backed the Democratic plan.

Maryland

Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, no

Santorum, no

West Virginia

Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, yes

Enemy combatants

Senators on Nov. 15 voted, 84 for and 14 against, to tightly restrict access to U.S. courts by some 500 enemy combatants held without charges by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The amendment to S 1042 allows the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, but not the Supreme Court, to review issues such as convictions by military tribunals.

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