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National votes

September 14, 2009|By Votes in Congress Service

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending Sept. 11.

HOUSE



Chesapeake Bay watershed



Voting 311 for and 107 against, the House on Sept. 10 passed a bill (HR 965) making permanent a federal-state program that promotes citizen involvement in restoring the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York. Overseen by the National Park Service at a budget of about $1 million annually, the program provides funds and technical assistance for the conservation of water trails, wildlife refuges, historic sites and other units in the ecosystem, which is the nation's largest estuary.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, yes

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, yes

West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes

Annual budget deficits



Voting 194 for and 229 against, the House on Sept. 10 rejected a Republican bid to delay the effective date of HR 965 until annual budget deficits fall below $1 trillion. The fiscal 2009 deficit is projected at $1.7 trillion or higher.

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A yes vote backed the GOP motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes




SENATE



Tourism in America



Voting 79 for and 19 against, the Senate on Sept. 9 passed a bill (S 1023) that would establish a federal corporation to increase foreign travel to the U.S. and expand existing Department of Commerce tourism programs. The Corporation for Travel Promotion would be funded by assessments of about $20 million annually on the U.S. hospitality industry and $160 million annually in fees received by the Department of Homeland Security for granting visa waivers to foreign travelers. The bill awaits House action.

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, yes

John Rockefeller, D, yes

Sunstein nomination



The Senate on Sept. 10 confirmed, 57 for and 40 against, professor Cass R. Sunstein of the Harvard University Law School to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Established by the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act, the agency has the final say on the wording of new regulations, oversees the federal regulatory process and directs executive branch policies in areas such as technology, privacy and statistics.

A yes vote was to confirm Sunstein.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, yes




Key votes ahead



o In the week of Sept. 14, the House will take up bills to improve vehicle technologies and reform student aid, while the Senate will debate fiscal 2009 appropriations bills.

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