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National votes

October 10, 2009

By Votes in Congress Service

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending Oct. 9.

HOUSE



2010 military budget

Voting 281 for and 146 against, the House on Oct. 8 authorized a $680 billion defense budget (HR 2647) for fiscal 2010 that includes $130 billion for war in Iraq and Afghanistan and $27.9 billion for military health care. The bill recommends a 3.4 percent military pay raise, increases active duty personnel by 40,200 troops to 1.41 million troops, caps procurement of F-22 Raptor fighter jets and ends the over-budget VH-71 White House helicopter program.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Roscoe Bartlett, R-6, no

Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster, R-9, no

West Virginia

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Shelley Moore Capito, R-2, yes

Guantanamo Bay prisoners



Voting 208 for and 216 against, the House on Oct. 8 defeated a Republican bid for firmer measures in HR 2647 against transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States. The motion proposed an absolute ban on prisoner transfers to U.S. soil, in contrast to language in the underlying bill that makes transfers possible 45 days after President Obama has given Congress a plan to close the military prison.

A yes vote backed the GOP motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Rep. Charles Rangel



Voting 246 for and 153 against, the House on Oct. 7 referred to the Ethics Committee a Republican bid to unseat Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. This measure (H Res 805) blunted a separate GOP motion to immediately remove Rangel because of official and personal misconduct he has publicly acknowledged.

A yes vote backed the Democratic-sponsored motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

SENATE



2010 military appropriations

Voting 93 for and seven against, the Senate on Oct. 6 approved $636.3 billion in military appropriations for fiscal 2010, including $128.2 billion for war in Iraq and Afghanistan and $28.3 billion for service members' health care. The bill (HR 3326) funds a 2.9 percent military pay raise; caps production of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet; funds C-17 cargo jets over Pentagon objections; provides $7.7 billion for the National Missile Defense; and authorizes 1.425 million active-duty troops and 844,500 reservists.

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

Military contractors

Voting 68 for and 30 against, the Senate on Oct. 6 banned military contracts under HR 3326 to companies that deny employees the right to sue over alleged workplace mistreatment.

A yes vote backed the amendment

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, not voting

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, yes

CIA and climate change

Voting 38 for and 60 against, the Senate on Oct. 6 defeated an amendment to keep funds in HR 3326 from being spent on the CIA's Center on Climate Change and National Security.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Maryland

Mikulski, no

Cardin, no

Pennsylvania

Specter, not voting

Casey, no

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, no

Key votes ahead

In the week of Oct. 12, the House will take up the final version of the 2010 homeland security budget, while the Senate will debate the final version of the 2010 defense budget.

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