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How area members of Congress voted

July 27, 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 24.

HOUSE



Pay as you go



Voting 265 for and 166 against, the House on July 22 passed a bill (HR 2920) putting Congress' pay-as-you-go budget rules into permanent law and giving presidents power to sequester funds when Congress breaks those rules. The bill awaits Senate action.

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

Republican alternative



Voting 169 for and 259 against, the House on July 22 defeated a Republican plan to replace HR 2920 with a law setting permanent caps on annual spending and deficit levels while leaving tax cuts uncapped. The measure sought to cap discretionary spending at 3 percent of the gross domestic product and total federal spending at about 20 percent of GDP. Congress now caps discretionary spending on a year-to-year basis in dollars rather than as a fixed percentage of GDP.

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A yes vote backed the GOP plan.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Housing, transportation budgets



Voting 256 for and 168 against, the House on July 23 passed an appropriations bill (HR 3288) that provides $68.8 billion in discretionary spending and $123.1 billion in total spending for transportation, housing and urban development programs in fiscal 2010.

The bill's transportation section provides $41.1 billion for highway construction; $10.5 billion for mass transit; $6.4 billion for airport safety and air traffic control; $4 billion for building high-speed rail passenger service between cities; and $1.5 billion for Amtrak.

For housing, the bill appropriates $18.2 billion in Section 8 vouchers for low-income tenants; $8.7 billion in Section 8 funds to provide low-income housing for the elderly, disabled and others; $7.3 billion for public housing maintenance and repairs; $1.85 billion to help communities house the homeless; and $350 million in housing aid for those with AIDS.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Public housing



Voting 152 for and 276 against, the House on July 23 refused to kill the HOPE VI public housing program, which provides grants to communities for replacing rundown projects with mixed-income housing and support services for residents. Critics said the program is duplicative and has a multiyear backlog of unspent funds, while defenders argued against reducing the supply of housing for the poor. The amendment to HR 3288 sought to eliminate the program's $250 million budget for 2010.

A yes vote was to kill the program.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, no

Housing, transportation spending cut



Voting 181 for and 252 against, the House on July 23 rejected a proposed 5 percent across-the-board cut in HR 3288. The amendment would have trimmed $3.4 billion from the bill's $68.8 billion in discretionary spending.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Health, education spending



Voting 264 for and 153 against, the House on July 24 passed a bill (HR 3293) that provides $160.7 billion in discretionary spending and $567 billion in mandatory spending for health, education and labor programs in fiscal 2010.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, not voting




SENATE



F-22 warplanes



The Senate on July 21 voted, 58 for and 40 against, to strip the 2010 military budget (S 1390) of $1.75 billion for seven F-22 Raptor fighter jets the Pentagon does not want. President Obama said he would veto any defense bill that funds F-22s in addition to the 187 planes already approved by Congress. Critics say the Cold War-era stealth fighter should not drain funds needed to fight insurgencies, while supporters say the F-22 is needed to match the next generation of Russian and Chinese fighter jets.

A yes vote was to remove the funding.

Maryland

Barbara Mikulski, D, not voting

Benjamin Cardin, D, yes

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, D, yes

Robert Casey Jr., D, yes

West Virginia

Robert Byrd, D, no

John Rockefeller, D, yes

Concealed handguns



Voting 58 for and 39 against, the Senate on July 22 failed to reach 60 votes for advancing a measure setting federal rules for concealed handguns. The amendment to S 1390 sought to require the 48 states (all but Wisconsin and Illinois) that issue concealed handgun permits to honor the permits of other states, even ones based on less strict qualifications.

A yes vote was to advance the amendment.

Maryland

Mikulski, not voting

Cardin, no

Pennsylvania

Specter, no

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, no

2010 military budget



Voting 87 for and seven against, the Senate on July 23 authorized a $680 billion military budget for fiscal 2010, including $130 billion for war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill (S 1390) sets a 3.4 percent military pay raise, increases active-duty personnel by 40,200 troops to 1.41 million troops and caps procurement of F-22 Raptor fighter jets at 187 planes.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Mikulski, not voting

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, not voting

Key votes ahead



In the week of July 27, the House will debate appropriations bills and possibly health-care bills. The Senate schedule was unannounced.

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