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National votes

November 07, 2009

By Votes in Congress Service

WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll call votes in the week ending Nov. 7.

HOUSE



Extended jobless benefits

Voting 403 for and 12 against, the House on Nov. 5 sent President Obama a bill (HR 3548) that would provide 20 more weeks of jobless checks for those whose current allotments have expired or soon will expire and who live in states with at least 8.5 percent unemployment. The bill provides 14 additional weeks of benefits for the long-term jobless in all other states. The $2.4 billion cost would be offset by payroll tax increases on employers. Jobless checks average $300 per week.

The bill also extends for five months an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that is set to expire Nov. 30 and increases income limits for eligibility from $150,000 to $225,000 for couples and from $75,000 to $150,000 for individuals. The bill creates a $6,500 credit for some home buyers who already own homes.

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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

Credit card rules

Voting 331 for and 92 against, the House on Nov. 4 passed a bill (HR 3639) giving credit card firms a tighter deadline for starting pro-consumer policies enacted in May by Congress. Under the bill, reforms originally required to be in place by Feb. 22, 2010, would be advanced to Dec. 1. The rationale is that the sooner the rules take effect, the easier it will be for cardholders to cope with the recession.

In part, the law enacted in May requires credit card firms to apply payments to the highest interest portion of cardholder debt; freezes interest rates on new accounts for one year and locks in promotional rates for six months; requires 45 days' notice of rate increases; prohibits changes in contract terms until renewal; bans due-date gimmickry; allows cardholders to set personal credit limits above which transactions cannot be processed; and sets 21 as the minimum age for obtaining a card in most circumstances.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Federal reserve

Voting 171 for and 253 against, the House on Nov. 4 defeated a GOP bid to allow the Federal Reserve to veto the Dec. 1 deadline in HR 3639 and keep Feb. 22, 2010, as the date for starting credit card reforms. The Fed is charged with overseeing credit cards under terms enacted by Congress.

A yes vote backed the GOP motion.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

Chemical plant security

Voting 230 for and 193 against, the House on Nov. 6 passed a bill (HR 2868) to permanently extend chemical plant security requirements that otherwise would expire in October 2010. In part, the rules require some 6,000 facilities that manufacture or store chemicals to establish plans to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks, conduct background checks on employees and allow Department of Homeland Security inspections. The bill also requires public and private sewage treatment facilities to put in place similar anti-terrorism measures.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Bartlett, no

Pennsylvania

Shuster, no

West Virginia

Capito, no

Israel, United Nations

Voting 344 for and 36 against, the House on Nov. 3 denounced a United Nations report that charges Israel committed war crimes by inflicting heavy civilian casualties during war in Gaza last December and January. Prepared by South African jurist Richard Goldstone for the U.N. Human Rights Council, the report also charges Hamas with war crimes in its launching of rockets against Israeli civilians. The vote adopted H Res 867, a nonbinding measure.

A yes vote backed the resolution.

Maryland

Bartlett, yes

Pennsylvania

Shuster, yes

West Virginia

Capito, yes

SENATE



Jobless benefits, tax breaks

Voting 98 for and none against, the Senate on Nov. 4 sent the House a bill (HR 3548) that would provide at least 14 more weeks of jobless checks to the long-term unemployed in all states and 20 more weeks to persons in states with unemployment rates of at least 8.5 percent.

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

Justice Department budget

Voting 71 for and 28 against, the Senate on Nov. 5 sent to conference with the House 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.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, yes

Sept. 11 prisoner trials

Voting 54 for and 45 against, the Senate on Nov. 5 tabled an amendment to HR 2847 to prohibit the government from prosecuting Sept. 11 terrorist suspects in federal civilian courts. The amendment sought to require suspects such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 architect, to be tried before military commissions. The administration wants the option of either civilian or military trials for Sept. 11 suspects.

A yes vote was to kill the amendment.

Maryland

Mikulski, yes

Cardin, yes

Pennsylvania

Specter, yes

Casey, yes

West Virginia

Byrd, not voting

Rockefeller, yes

Key votes ahead

In the week of Nov. 9, the House likely will be in recess and the Senate will debate the 2010 military construction budget.

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