How they voted: Maine’s congressional delegation, Feb. 18-24, 2011 House rejects try to limit war funding

Posted Feb. 25, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.

House votes

Democratic Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree

Vote 1: Funding for Afghanistan war: The House has rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 1). The amendment would have limited funding for military operations in Afghanistan to no more than $10 billion. Nadler said it sought to reduce funding “sufficiently to leave enough funds to provide for the safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops” from a war that was unnecessary and wasteful of resources and lives. An opponent, Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., said the amendment would create confusion because $16 billion had already been spent on Afghanistan operations in fiscal 2011, and that it “would have an adverse effect on the war fighter” in Afghanistan. The vote, on Feb. 18, was 98 yeas to 331 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 2: Funding Planned Parenthood: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 1). The amendment would bar funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. Pence said the government should not force millions of pro-life Americans to support abortion with their taxes by subsidizing abortions provided by Planned Parenthood. An opponent, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said the amendment showed “contempt for women’s health and basic rights” by blocking funding for legal health services. The vote, on Feb. 18, was 240 yeas to 185 nays.

NAYS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 3: Regulating greenhouse gas emissions: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 1). The amendment would bar funding for Environmental Protection Agency efforts to develop rules for greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. Poe said the rules could cost as much as $200 billion annually by imposing “unnecessary, expensive new regulations” on the economy. An opponent, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., said the rules were a “common sense requirement to protect the public health from the largest and most dangerous sources of carbon pollution.” The vote, on Feb. 18, was 249 yeas to 177 nays.

NAYS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 4: Reporting firearms purchases: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 1). The amendment would bar funding for a Justice Department rule that would require firearms retailers to report information on their sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles or shotguns to a single individual. Boren said the rule as unauthorized would impose “burdensome reporting requirements” on firearms sellers, and would compromise the privacy of those who purchase the rifles. An opponent, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., said the rule would only apply to sales of long guns with detachable clips in the four states bordering Mexico, and that it could help combat organized crime in Mexico. The vote, on Feb. 18, was 277 yeas to 149 nays.

YEAS: Michaud

NAYS: Pingree

Vote 5: Coal mining regulations: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 1). The amendment would bar funding for coal surface mining rules proposed by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Johnson said the rules would impose costly new limits on mining in stream buffer zones without any “justification, analysis or rationale” for the changes from rules issued by the office in 2008. An opponent, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., said the amendment would “allow for the continued destruction of America’s forests and native vegetation.” The vote, on Feb. 18, was 239 yeas to 186 nays.

NAYS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 6: Health care exchanges: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 1). The amendment would bar funding for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services employees developing regulations for the formation of exchanges under the health care reform law. Gardner said the exchanges would create government control of health insurance plans while straining state budgets by requiring the states “to use their employees or hire new employees to create and run” the exchanges. An opponent, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said the amendment would allow large insurance companies to charge exorbitant rates in a captive market and hurt small businesses and families by limiting competition. The vote, on Feb. 18, was 241 yeas to 184 nays.

NAYS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 7: Appropriations for Fiscal 2011: The House has passed the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 1), sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky. The bill would provide appropriations for government operations for the remainder of fiscal 2011. Rogers said the cuts included in the bill responded to the need to “stop the dangerous spiral of unsustainable and irresponsible deficits” that was hurting the economy. An opponent, Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., said the cuts threatened to derail the economic recovery while failing to make the needed comprehensive approach to debt reduction, which would include reforming entitlements and changing tax policy. The vote, on Feb. 18, was 235 yeas to 189 nays.

NAYS: 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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