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How area legislators voted on Capitol Hill

How area legislators voted on Capitol Hill

October 13, 2007|By Thomas Voting Reports

WASHINGTON - Here's how area House members voted on major roll call votes in the week ending Oct. 12. The Senate was in recess.

HOUSE



Privatized tax collection



Voting 232 for and 173 against, the House on Oct. 10 passed a bill (HR 3056) to repeal a 2004 law that empowers the Internal Revenue Service to hire private firms to collect delinquent income taxes. Bill supporters called tax collection a core function of government, and said private companies should not be entrusted with Social Security numbers and personal financial data. Opponents defended the integrity of private collectors, and said the government needs help in reducing its backlog of $345 billion in unpaid taxes. To date, the program has cost $71 million to administer, while recovering up to $32 million in delinquent taxes, according to debate.

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, yes

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Estate tax repeal



Voting 196 for and 212 against, the House on Oct. 10 defeated a Republican motion to HR 3056 that sought to permanently repeal the estate tax on Jan. 1, 2011. One of President Bush's tax cuts, the levy is being reduced between 2001 and 2009 and repealed in 2010, then will return in 2011 at pre-2001 levels.

A yes vote backed the GOP motion.

Maryland


Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania


Shuster, yes

West Virginia


Capito, yes

Affordable housing fund



Voting 264 for and 148 against, the House on Oct. 10 passed a bill (HR 2895) to establish the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which would help local and state agencies build or rehabilitate 1.5 million housing units over 10 years for families earning well below the median income for their area. The venture would receive between $800 million and $1 billion in annual funding outside of the congressional appropriations process. The money would be drawn from surpluses at the Federal Housing Administration and profits at the federally chartered corporations Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.

Maryland


Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania


Shuster, not voting

West Virginia


Capito, yes

Housing work requirement



Voting 199 for and 218 against, the House on Oct. 10 defeated a Republican bid to deny housing financed by HR 2895 to persons not engaged in work, job training or community service at least 20 hours per week. The measure exempted elderly and disabled persons and single parents of children ages 5 and younger.

A yes vote backed the GOP motion.

Maryland


Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania


Shuster, yes

West Virginia


Capito, yes

Key votes ahead



In the week of Oct. 15, the House will debate domestic surveillance and conduct a vote on President Bush's veto of a health-insurance bill for children, while the Senate will resume work on the fiscal 2008 Department of Justice budget.

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