HOW THEY VOTED: MAINE’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, OCT. 9-15, 2009

Bangor Daily News
Posted Oct. 16, 2009, at 8:24 p.m.

Democratic Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree

Vote 1: Iran Sanctions:

The House passed the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act (HR 1327), sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., to permit states and individual investors to withhold their investment dollars from Iranian companies. Proponents said this legislation “increases the economic pressure that is placed on Iran by permitting State governments, local governments and educational institutions to divest from investments related to Iran’s energy sector.” Opponents said that U.S. economic sanctions have hurt Iran’s economy over the last 30 years, but they have “not created any meaningful change in the behavior of the Iranian government” and that it wouldn’t further diplomatic efforts to promote Iranian multilateral negotiations. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 414 yeas to 6 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 2: Airline Safety Initiative: The House passed the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act (HR 3371), sponsored by Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., to enhance airline safety by strengthening pilot training. Proponents said the legislation would be the “most significant improvement in raising the standards of pilot qualifications since 1958 [because it] in-creases commercial pilot training requirements and requires the Federal Aviation Administration to convene a multidisciplinary review panel aimed at improving pilot response to a variety of conditions.” It would also create an FAA task force to identify industry best practices. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 409 yeas to 11 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 3: Homeland Security Conference Report: The House agreed to a conference report to accompany the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (HR 2892), which provided $42 billion for the agency in fiscal year 2010. Included in the conference report was $10 billion for Customs and Border Protection, $122 million for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and $70 million to alternative detention options nationwide for illegal immigrants. Proponents said the legislation was critical to helping partnerships established with state and local communities prepare for and protect against a range of emergencies, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism and violence. The vote, on Oct. 16, was 307 yeas to 114 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 4: Water Recycling Expansion: The House passed the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act (HR 2442), sponsored by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., to expand the Bay Area Water Recycling Program by creating new water resources through reuse. Proponents said, “Creating more water through reuse in urbanized areas reduces pres-sure on water demands elsewhere in the state” and that the legislation would help create jobs. Opponents noted that while water recycling was important, the legislation was too narrowly focused on the San Francisco Bay area. The vote, on Oct. 15, was 241 yeas to 173 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Senate votes

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe

There were no key votes in the Senate this week.

Compiled by Targeted News Service for the Bangor Daily News.

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