WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending July 11:
Electronic records preservation
Voting 286 for and 137 against, the House on July 9 passed a bill (HR 5811) requiring federal agencies, including the White House, to preserve all e-mail messages and other electronic records under the purview of the National Archives. Now awaiting Senate action, the bill is a response, in part, to White House admissions that it cannot account for hundreds of e-mails sought by congressional investigators. The bill awaits Senate action.
A yes vote was to pass the bill.
Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no
Bill Shuster, R-9, no
Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes
Government spy powers
Voting 69 for and 28 against, the Senate on July 9 sent President Bush a bill (HR 6304) to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) through 2012 and grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications firms that helped the government spy on Americans after Sept. 11 without court warrants. The bill would permit surveillance without specific warrants on totally foreign communications passing through U.S. switching points; authorize the secret FISA court to issue blanket warrants for surveillance of communications between U.S. and foreign locations; and continue the existing requirement that strictly domestic spying targeting Americans be authorized by the FISA court on a case-by-case basis.