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National votes

June 16, 2009|By Thomas Voting Reports

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending June 12:

HOUSE



Car, truck vouchers



Voting 298 for and 119 against, the House on June 9 passed a bill (HR 2751) enabling consumers to trade their car or truck for a government voucher worth $3,500 to $4,500 to be used to help buy or lease a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle - foreign or domestic. The exact value of the voucher would depend on the new vehicle's fuel efficiency. The government would destroy the traded-in vehicles. Congressional auditors predict the bill would spur 600,000 vehicle sales and leases. The bill 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, yes

Foreign affairs budget



Voting 235 for and 187 against, the House on June 10 authorized a $40.6 billion, two-year foreign affairs budget (HR 2410) that would fund Department of State and Peace Corps operating expenses, a major expansion of the Foreign Service and a broad range of U.S. nonmilitary policies and programs overseas.

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In part, the bill adds 1,500 diplomats and staff to the Foreign Service and stations 300 additional Foreign Service personnel in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The bill also increases the number of Americans studying abroad; expands programs that bring foreign youths to the United States for high school or college; funds international broadcasting programs and bolsters Radio Free Asia; authorizes $654 million to bring the U.S. up to date in its United Nations dues; and requires gay partners of U.S. diplomats to receive benefits equal to those of diplomats' spouses.

Additionally, the bill orders the first overhaul of U.S. foreign aid since 1961; requires quadrennial State Department reviews of U.S. foreign operations; bolsters arms control and nuclear nonproliferation programs; revamps export controls; expands protections for U.S. intellectual property' and supports U.N. peacekeeping missions in Darfur, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Dispute over Iran



Voting 174 for and 250 against, the House on June 10 defeated a Republican motion to scrap the entire foreign affairs bill (HR 2410) and replace it with a measure using international economic sanctions to block foreign investments and deliveries of refined-oil products that help sustain Iran's nuclear programs.

A yes vote backed the GOP motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Afghanistan documentary



Voting 178 for and 254 against, the House on June 10 refused to block dissemination in the United States of a Voice of America documentary that depicts how Afghanistan's poppy and heroin industry fuels its economy and provides the Taliban with financial support. The underlying bill (HR 2410) waives the 1948 Smith-Mundt law so the federally produced "A Fateful Harvest" can be shown to U.S. audiences. The law originally was intended to keep federal officials from airing Cold War propaganda domestically.

A yes vote backed the amendment,

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Tobacco regulation



Voting 307 for and 97 against, the House on June 12 gave final congressional approval to a bill (HR 1256) launching Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco products, with the cost to be paid by fees on tobacco manufacturers and importers. The bill empowers the FDA to regulate cigarette ingredients, require public disclosure of those ingredients, limit cigarette advertising, require health warnings to cover at least half of each side of a cigarette package and put the burden on manufacturers to verify health claims.

A yes vote was to send the bill to President Obama.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Aid to Pakistan



Voting 234 for and 185 against, the House on June 11 authorized $10.5 billion in U.S. economic and military aid to Pakistan through 2014. The bill (HR 1886) puts the Department of State in charge of the funding and sets benchmarks for Pakistan to meet. The bill provides $6 billion to bolster Pakistan's civilian institutions and economy, $2.9 billion for counter-insurgency efforts and $1.6 billion in general military aid. Now awaiting Senate action, the bill signals growing U.S. concern over the stability of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

GOP alternative



Voting 173 for and 246 against, the House on June 11 defeated a Republican alternative to HR 1886 that differed mainly by putting the Department of Defense in charge of implementing the bill.

A yes vote backed the Republican alternative.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Pakistan benchmarks



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