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National votes

March 22, 2009

By Thomas Voting Reports

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending March 20.

HOUSE

Tax on bonuses

The House on March 19 passed, 328 for and 93 against, a bill (HR 1586) levying a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid since Jan. 1 to executives of American International Group (AIG) and other firms receiving at least $5 billion in taxpayer bailouts. The tax would be on individuals with compensation above $250,000, including thousands of AIG employees whose recent bonuses totaled at least $165 million. Now before the Senate, the bill was backed by 243 Democrats and 85 Republicans and opposed by six Democrats and 87 Republicans.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, no

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West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes

AmeriCorps expansion

The House on March 18 passed, 321 for and 105 against, a bill (HR 1388) that would more than triple the ranks of AmeriCorps, Volunteers in Service to America and the National Civilian Community Corps - to 225,000 participants by 2014 - while greatly expanding the agencies' missions. With a budget of $6 billion through 2014, the bill also would reauthorize initiatives such as the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program and Learn and Serve America. The latter prepares college students for careers in public service.

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

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, yes

SENATE

Public lands conservation

Voting 77 for and 20 against, the Senate on March 19 passed a bill (HR 146) that would conserve tens of millions of acres of public land, mostly in the West. In part, the bill would protect 2.1 million acres in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia as wilderness; add 26 million acres to the National Landscape Conservation System; preserve 2,800 miles of federal trails; add three units to the National Park System and enlarge other units; protect shoreline acreage on 1,000-plus miles of rivers in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Massachusetts and Wyoming; and ratify water settlements in California, Nevada and New Mexico involving Indian, environmental, agricultural, state and municipal interests. The bill includes language to protect existing hunting, fishing and trapping access and ensure state regulatory authority over those activities.

A yes vote was to send the bill back to the House.

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

Kagan confirmation

Voting 61 for and 31 against, the Senate on March 19 confirmed Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as U.S. solicitor general, a post that involves representing the U.S. before the Supreme Court. Kagan, 48, is the first woman to hold the post.

A yes vote was to confirm Kagan.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, no

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, yes

Rockefeller, yes

Kirk confirmation

Voting 92 for and five against, the Senate on March 18 confirmed former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk as U.S. Trade Representative, putting him in charge of administering U.S. trade policies and negotiating international trade agreements. Kirk, 54, is the first black to hold the post.

A yes vote was to confirm Kirk.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, no

Rockefeller, yes

Eminent domain

Voting 63 for and 35 against, senators on March 18 tabled an amendment that sought to prevent the government from using eminent domain to implement HR 146. Foes noted the doctrine of eminent domain, which empowers governments to expropriate private property for public use, has been ingrained in U.S. law since 1876.

A yes vote was to kill the amendment.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, no

Rockefeller, yes

Key votes ahead

In the week of March 23, the House will take up a public lands bill, while the Senate will debate an expansion of AmeriCorps and other national service programs and possibly a measure to impose new taxes on bailout firm bonuses.

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