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Votes in Congress

February 02, 2009|By Thomas Voting Reports

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending Jan. 30:

HOUSE



$816 billion stimulus



Voting 244 for and 188 against, the House on Jan. 28 approved an $816 billion package consisting of $541 billion in new spending and $275 billion in tax relief, with most of the stimulus injected into the economy by the end of 2010, starting almost immediately with personal tax cuts - in the form of credits or reduced payroll withholding - for middle-class households. The bill (HR 1) was backed by all but 11 of the Democrats who voted and opposed by all 177 Republicans who voted.

The bill's spending section provides, in part, $90 billion to help states meet Medicaid obligations; $79 billion for state education aid; $43 billion for extended jobless benefits; $41 billion for local school districts; $39 billion to subsidize medical insurance for the jobless; $32 billion for new electricity grids; $31 billion for repairing federal buildings; $30 billion for highway construction; $21 billion for repairing schools; $20 billion for converting medical records from paper to digital formats; $20 billion to expand food stamp benefits; $20 billion for green construction and energy conservation; $19 billion for water projects; $16 billion to expand Pell Grants for higher education; $13 billion to repair public housing; $10 billion for creating jobs in scientific fields; $10 billion for building mass-transit projects; and $6 billion for extending broadband to rural areas.

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In tax relief, the bill provides personal cuts of $500 per individual and $1,000 for middle-class filer for each of the next two years; expands the $1,000 per-child tax credit and the earned-income tax credit for the working poor; provides breaks for college tuition and first-time home purchases; and provides businesses with an array of new tax credits and depreciation benefits, among other corporate benefits.

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

GOP stimulus plan



Voting 170 for and 266 against, the House on Jan. 28 defeated a Republican alternative to HR 1 that proposed a stimulus comprised almost totally of personal tax cuts for all brackets, wide-ranging business tax cuts and extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. The amendment sought to strip the bill of most of its spending programs other than unemployment benefits.

A yes vote backed the GOP substitute.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

GOP priorities



Voting 159 for and 270 against, the House on Jan. 28 rejected a GOP amendment to revamp the spending side of HR 1 by adding $36 billion for highway construction and $24 billion for Army Corps of Engineers' projects while reducing other accounts by $160 billion. The cuts would have trimmed or eliminated spending for initiatives such as special education, community health centers, broadband expansion, job retraining, jobs in science and green industries, aid to states and primary-care medicine.

A yes vote was to implement GOP priorities.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Amtrak funding



Members on Jan. 28 refused, 116 for and 320 against, to strip HR 1 of $800 million for capital improvements at Amtrak, the federally subsidized rail passenger service.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Lilly Ledbetter Act



Voting 250 for and 177 against, the House on Jan. 27 gave final congressional approval to a bill (S 181) making it easier for plaintiffs to file pay discrimination suits under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act then became the first bill President Obama signed into law, The bill would permit claims to be filed within 180 days of the latest incident of pay discrimination, nullifying a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, in Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., which required claims to be filed within 180 days of the first infraction.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Digital TV delay



Voting 258 for and 168 against, the House on Jan. 28 failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass a bill (S 328) that would delay from Feb. 17 to June 12 the national deadline for converting over-the-air U.S. television signals from analog to digital. An estimated 6.5 million households still have not installed converter boxes on their sets. Already passed by the Senate, the bill is likely to be considered again under rules requiring a simple majority for passage.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no




SENATE



Geithner confirmation



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