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National votes

June 22, 2009|By Votes in Congress Service

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending June 19.

HOUSE



War budget



Voting 226 for and 202 against, the House on June 16 approved the conference report on a bill (HR 2346) to appropriate $80 billion through Sept. 30 for U.S. combat operations and $26 billion for nonmilitary programs. The bill was backed by 221 Democrats and five Republicans and opposed by 170 Republicans and 32 Democrats. Republicans objected mainly to the bill's $5 billion outlay for the International Monetary Fund, and most Democratic foes were casting anti-war votes.

The bill provides $51.3 billion for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan; $25.8 billion for repairing or replacing military equipment; and $534 million for payments to troops whose enlistments were extended against their will after Sept. 11. The payments will total $500 for each month served under these "stop-loss" orders.

The bill appropriates $10 billion in nonmilitary aid to countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, $7 billion to combat flu pandemics and $1 billion for a new program in which consumers can receive government vouchers of up to $4,500 for buying or leasing new vehicles that are more fuel-efficient.

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A yes vote was to approve the conference report.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, no

West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, no

Justice Department budget



Voting 259 for and 157 against, the House on June 18 passed a bill (HR 2847) appropriating $64.4 billion for the fiscal 2010 budgets of the Justice and Commerce departments, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency and several other agencies. The bill represents a 12 percent spending increase over 2009.

In part, the bill provides $18.2 billion for NASA; $7.7 billion for the FBI; $7.4 billion for the Census Bureau; $6.9 billion for the National Science Foundation; $4.6 billion for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; $3.4 billion for crime-prevention grants to state and local governments; $2 billion for the Drug Enforcement Administration; $1.5 billion for fighting Mexican drug cartels; $1 billion for science education; $802 million to help communities hire police officers and acquire police technology; $440 million for the Legal Services Corp.; and $400 million for the Office on Violence Against Women.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Guantanamo Bay



Voting 212 for and 213 against, the House on June 18 refused to bar the use of funds in HR 2847 to carry out President Obama's decision to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The amendment went beyond a ban already in the bill on releasing Guantanamo prisoners into the U.S.

A yes vote was to keep Guantanamo open.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Legal Services Corporation



Voting 105 for and 323 against, the House on June 18 defeated an amendment to HR 2847 to shut down the Legal Services Corporation, which is the main federal program for providing the poor with legal representation. The amendment sought to eliminate the agency's $440 million fiscal 2010 budget.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no




SENATE



War budget



Voting 91 for and five against, the Senate on June 18 sent President Obama a bill (HR 2346) appropriating $106 billion through September for purposes such as funding U.S. combat in Afghanistan and Iraq; sending nonmilitary aid to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East; containing flu on a global scale; fighting Mexican drug cartels; supporting the International Monetary Fund; providing disaster aid to areas of the U.S.; and funding a new program to help consumers replace gas-guzzlers with fuel-efficient vehicles.

About 75 percent of the spending is for the U.S. military. Three Republicans, one Democrat and one independent voted against the bill.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Barbara Mikulski, D, yes

Benjamin Cardin, D, yes

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, D, yes

Robert Casey Jr., D, yes

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, not voting

John Rockefeller, D, yes




Key votes ahead



In the week of June 22, the House will take up an energy and global-warming bill, while the Senate will resume debate on a bill to promote foreign tourism in the U.S.

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