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April 30, 2006|By Thomas Voting Reports

HOUSE



2007 Intelligence budget

By a vote of 327 for and 96 against, the House on April 26 sent the Senate a fiscal 2007 budget (HR 5020) for U.S. intelligence agencies, unofficially estimated at $44 billion. The bill drew criticism for funding yet failing to restrain the administration's domestic electronic surveillance - in search of terrorists - outside the checks of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The bill authorizes warrantless arrests of intelligence employees suspected of leaking classified information and urges that proven leakers be denied government pensions. The bill awaits Senate action.

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

Domestic surveillance

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The House on April 26 defeated, 195 for and 230 against, a Democratic bid to amend HR 5020 to curb the administration's program of domestic electronic surveillance. The motion stated that Congress' post-9/11 force resolution did not also authorize warrantless eavesdropping in search of terrorists, as the administration contends. The motion required President Bush to tell Congress' intelligence and judiciary committees, in a classified report, the names of Americans spied upon outside the bounds of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and urged him to ask Congress to amend FISA if he wants broader authority for domestic spying.

A yes vote backed the Democratic motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Nuclear Iran

Members on April 26 blocked, 228 for and 194 against, a Democratic bid to require the administration to report every 90 days to the House Intelligence Committee on the status of Iran's nuclear-weapons program. This occurred during debate on HR 5020.

A yes vote was to kill the Democrats' motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, not voting

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Pressure on Iran

Voting 397 for and 21 against, the House on April 26 passed a bill (HR 282) authorizing U.S. government financial support efforts by pro-democracy groups inside and outside of Iran to undermine the current Islamic regime. The bill also would tighten existing economic sanctions on Iran and impose economic penalties on countries or individuals investing more than $20 million in Iran's energy sector.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Ethics, lobbyist rules

Voting 216 for and 207 against, the House on April 27 advanced a bill (HR 4975) that is the Republican majority's response to ethics and lobbying scandals now afflicting Congress. Further action was delayed until the week of May 1. The bill requires the secretive special-interest appropriations known as earmarks to be openly listed in spending bills along with names of their sponsors. The measure also requires lobbyists to disclose gifts and campaign contributions in quarterly reports posted on the Internet, among other provisions.

A yes vote was to advance the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Oil company taxes

The House on April 27 rejected, 190 for and 232 against, a non-binding motion by Democrats to remove certain oil-company tax breaks from a bill (HR 4297) now pending in a House-Senate conference committee. The breaks are valued at $5 billion over five years. They concern accounting rules such as those for computing taxes on oil inventories and deducting royalties paid abroad from U.S. tax obligations.

A yes vote backed the Democratic motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

SENATE



Spending dispute

Senators on April 26 blocked, 68 for and 28 against, a motion to trim $12 billion from an emergency spending bill drafted mainly to pay for war in Iraq and Afghanistan and Gulf Coast hurricane recovery. The vote kept the bill (HR 4939) at its committee-approved level of $106.4 billion. President Bush said he will veto any sum over $92.2 billion.

No senator spoke against the proposed cut.

A yes vote opposed the spending cut.

Maryland

Paul Sarbanes, D, yes

Barbara Mikulski, D, yes

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, R, yes

Rick Santorum, R, no

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, yes

John Rockefeller, D, not voting

Military vs. border funds

Senators on April 26 adopted, 59 for and 39 against, a GOP amendment to transfer $2 billion from military accounts for Iraq and Afghanistan to U.S. border security equipment such as surveillance aircraft and patrol boats. This occurred during debate on a $106.4 billion emergency spending bill (HR 4939) that remained in debate. The vote left about $69 billion in the bill for military operations. The Senate then defeated a Democratic amendment to provide the same $2 billion for border security but add the sum to the deficit rather than offset it with military cuts.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Sarbanes, no

Mikulski, no

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Santorum, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, not voting

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