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Roll call

December 24, 2005|By Thomas Voting Reports

HOUSE



Deficit reduction



Voting 212 for and 206 against, members on Dec. 19 approved the conference report on a bill (S 1932) to achieve $39.7 billion in deficit reduction over the next five years by slowing entitlement spending and increasing revenue. About $12.7 billion of the total would result from higher interest charges for student loans and lower subsidies for lenders who provide student loans. The bill curbs Medicare by $6.4 billion and Medicaid by $4.8 billion, with cuts aimed mainly at beneficiaries. Among other provisions, the bill slows spending by $2.7 billion for farm programs and $1.5 billion for grants to states for child-support collection.

The bill's revenue side would raise $10 billion by auctioning off spectrum freed up by the emergence of digital TV and $3.6 billion by raising company premiums for federal pension insurance.

A yes vote was to approve the conference report.

Maryland



Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, yes

Pennsylvania



Bill Shuster, R-9, yes

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West Virginia



Shelley Moore Capito, R2, yes

2006 Defenseappropriations



Voting 308 for and 106 against, members on Dec. 19 approved the conference report on a bill (HR 2863) appropriating $453 billion for the U.S. military in fiscal 2006, including an additional $50 billion for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, the bill provided $29 billion for recovery from Hurricane Katrina and other storms and $3.8 billion for stockpiling vaccines against a possible Avian Flu pandemic. The bill also authorized drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and gave immunity against lawsuits to makers of vaccines against pandemics and biological attacks.

A yes vote was to approve the conference report.

Maryland



Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania



Shuster, yes

West Virginia



Capito, yes

SENATE



Deficit reduction



On a tally of 51 for and 50 against, with Vice President

Chaney casting the tie-breaking vote, the Senate on Dec. 21 approved the conference report on a bill (S 1932) to reduce deficit spending by $39.7 billion over five years (see House issue) through assorted entitlement curbs and revenue hikes. The bill achieves most of its savings throuogh student loan programs, Medicaid and Medicare. The Senate made minor changes that will require the House to reconsider the bill in the 2007 session of Congress.

Maryland



Paul Sarbanes, D, no

Barbara Mikulski, D, no

Pennsylvania



Arlen Specter, R, yes

Rick Santorum, R, yes

West Virginia



Robert Byrd, D, no

John Rockefeller, D, no

Defense budget, Arctic drilling



Voting 56 for and 44 against, senators on Dec. 21 failed to reach the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster against the fiscal 2006 military appropriations bill (HR 2863). The bill's defeat resulted from its language to begin oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. Both chambers later passed a defense appropriations bill stripped of the Alaskan drilling provision.

A yes vote was to approve the defense budget and authorize ANWR drilling.

Maryland



Sarbanes, no

Mikulski, no

Pennsylvania



Specter, yes

Santorum, yes

West Virginia



Byrd, no

Rockefeller, no

Defense budget, torture policy



Senators on Dec. 19 voted, 95 for and none against, to advance a bill (HR 1815) authorizing $441.5 billion for the U.S. military in fiscal 2006. The bill prohibits U.S. military or intelligence personnel from inflicting torture on detainees, and requires President Bush to publicly report every three months on progress in Iraq toward conditions that would enable U.S. troop withdrawals. The bill authorizes an additional $50 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan, raising total spending on both fronts to more than $327 billion. Additionally, the bill authorizes a 3.1 percent military pay raise and raises the military death benefit to $100,000.

This 2006 defense authorization bill is a companion to the 2006 defense appropriations bill (HR 2863).

A yes vote was to advance the bill toward final passage.

Maryland



Sarbanes, yes

Mikulski, yes

Pennsylvania



Specter, yes

Santorum, yes

West Virginia



Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, yes

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