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National votes

May 05, 2008|By Thomas Voting Reports

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending May 2.

HOUSE



Combustible dust rules



Voting 247 for and 165 against, the House on April 30 passed a bill (HR 5522) directing the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to adopt rules for controlling combustible dust at factories. The regulations would pre-empt any state rules that do less to protect workers from dust explosions and fires. The federal rules would be in addition to existing OSHA regulations for grain silos. The bill would require interim rules within 90 days of enactment and final ones within 18 months. President Bush has threatened to veto the bill, which now is before the Senate.

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

Regulations delay



Voting 178 for and 237 against, the House on April 30 refused to delay action on new federal dust regulations until after completion of an ongoing government probe into causes of an explosion Feb. 7 at the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah, Ga., that killed 13 workers. The amendment was offered to HR 5522.

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A yes vote was to delay the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Genetic testing bias



Voting 414 for and one against, the House on May 1 sent President Bush a bill (HR 493) making it illegal for employers or health-insurance firms to penalize individuals on the basis of their genetic testing results or family medical histories. The bill also would prevent employers from requiring gene tests, which are used to predict one's likelihood of contracting certain illnesses.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Highway, transit spending



Voting 358 for and 51 against, the House on April 30 sent President Bush a bill (HR 1195) that would speed the release of billions of dollars previously authorized for highway and transit projects. The bill gives a green light to hundreds of earmarked projects and makes technical changes to expedite spending on other projects.

Additionally, the bill calls for a Department of Justice probe of a $10 million earmark sponsored in 2005 by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, for developing an interchange on Interstate 75 near Naples, Fla., a project opposed by local authorities and never built.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

SENATE



Aviation budget



Voting 88 for and none against, the Senate on April 28 took a preliminary step toward debating a bill (HR 2881) authorizing $51 billion for Federal Aviation Administration programs through fiscal 2012. A threatened GOP filibuster rooted in disputes over amendments then delayed the bill. The Senate conducted no other votes during the week.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Barbara Mikulski, D, yes

Benjamin Cardin, D, yes

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, R, yes

Robert Casey Jr., D, yes

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, yes

John Rockefeller, D, yes




Key votes ahead



In the week of May 5, the House will take up bills to ease the U.S. housing crisis, while the Senate will continue to debate federal aviation programs. Both chambers might vote on the farm bill conference report.

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