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National votes

July 13, 2009

By Votes in Congress Service

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending July 10.

HOUSE



Foreign affairs budget

Voting 318 for and 106 against, the House on July 9 approved a $48.8 billion foreign affairs budget (HR 3081) for fiscal 2010 that provides $9.6 billion to operate the Department of State and U.S. Agency for Development while funding the hiring of more than 1,300 Foreign Service officers for duty mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The bill also provides $7.8 billion for global health programs, $2.1 billion for U.N. peacekeeping and $1.6 billion for refugee assistance, along with $2.7 billion in foreign aid to Afghanistan, $2.2 billion to Israel, $1.2 billion to Egypt, $1.5 billion to Pakistan, $513 million to Jordan and $483 million to Iraq.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, yes

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West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes

Agriculture spending cut

Voting 185 for and 248 against, the House on July 9 rejected a proposed 5 percent across-the-board cut in fiscal 2010 appropriations (HR 2997) to fund agriculture and food programs, rural development and agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The amendment would have trimmed $1.1 billion from the bill's $20.5 billion in discretionary spending. The bill later was passed.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

FDA budget

Voting 135 for and 292 against, the House on July 9 refused to freeze the 2010 Food and Drug Administration budget at its 2009 level. The amendment to HR 2997 sought to block a proposed 11 percent, or $373 million, increase in FDA spending for the budget year that begins in October.

A yes vote was to freeze the FDA budget at the 2009 level.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

SENATE



Mexican border fence

The Senate on July 7 voted, 54 for and 44 against, to require the government to build at least 700 miles of double-layered, pedestrian-proof fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border by the end of 2010. This would expedite a project that since 2006 has installed about 330 miles of single-layered fencing and 30 miles of double-layered fencing along the border, in addition to hundreds of miles of electronic monitoring devices. The amendment was offered to a bill (HR 2892), later passed, that appropriates $42.9 billion for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2010.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Barbara Mikulski, D, no

Benjamin Cardin, D, no

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, D, yes

Robert Casey Jr., D, no

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, not voting

John Rockefeller, D, yes

Prescription drug imports

The Senate on July 9 approved, 55 for and 36 against, an amendment to HR 2892 to permit individuals to import prescription drugs for their personal use from Canada. The measure would prohibit U.S. customs officers from confiscating Canadian-bought pharmaceuticals at border crossings.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Mikulski, no

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, not voting

Firefighter grants

Voting 32 for and 58 against, the Senate on July 9 refused to add $100 million for firefighter grants to the Federal Emergency Management Agency budget (HR 2892) in addition to $810 million already in the bill for that purpose. The $100 million was to have been taken from accounts for technological research in areas such as bolstering cyber security and countering roadside explosive devices.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, not voting

Key votes ahead

In the week of July 13, the House will debate the 2010 intelligence budget and the Senate will take up the 2010 defense budget.

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