How they voted: Maine’s congressional delegation, April 15-21, 2011

Posted April 22, 2011, at 7:37 p.m.

House votes

Democratic Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree

Vote 1: Alternative budget for next decade: The House has rejected a substitute amendment sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., to a resolution (H Con Res 34) to establish a budget for fiscal 2012 and outline budget levels for fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2021. The alternative proposal would cut the deficit to 1.4 percent of GDP by raising corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthy, while also preserving Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Cleaver said the proposal “will protect the vulnerable populations” of the country, including the elderly and the unemployed. An opponent, Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., said it would hurt the economy by increasing taxes on the middle class, seniors, and others by nearly $6 trillion, while increasing spending and failing “to restore private sector job creation and put ourselves back on the path to prosperity.” The vote, on April 15, was 103 yeas to 303 nays.

YEAS: Pingree

NAYS: Michaud

Vote 2: Increasing taxes to balance the budget:  The House has rejected a substitute amendment sponsored by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., to a resolution (H Con Res 34) to establish a budget for fiscal 2012 and outline budget levels for fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2021. Grijalva said his alternative proposal would balance the budget by 2021 by increasing taxes on the wealthy while cutting military spending and expanding health care coverage in a plan that was “consistent with our country’s values and our country’s desires.” An opponent, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said the proposal would create “an avalanche of new taxes” and unwisely expand the size of government. The vote, on April 15, was 77 yeas to 347 nays.

YEAS: Pingree

NAYS: Michaud

Vote 3: Cutting spending to balance the budget: The House has rejected a substitute amendment sponsored by Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., to a resolution (H Con Res 34) to establish a budget for fiscal 2012 and outline budget levels for fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2021. Garrett said the alternative proposal would freeze discretionary spending at fiscal 2008 levels, preserve low tax rates, make reforms to Medicare and Social Security, and balance the budget. An opponent, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., said it “gives trillions in income tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans” and “trillions in tax breaks to corporations that have been shipping jobs overseas,” while cutting Social Security benefits and benefits for the disabled and military veterans. The vote, on April 15, was 119 yeas to 136 nays.

PRESENT: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 4: Health care, tax increases and deficit cuts: The House has rejected a substitute amendment sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to a resolution (H Con Res 34) to establish a budget for fiscal 2012 and outline budget levels for fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2021. The alternative proposal would have cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion more than was proposed by President Obama, preserved the guarantee of Medicare coverage, eliminated various special interest tax cuts, and raised taxes on the wealthy to the level in place during the Clinton administration. Van Hollen said the proposal would “support a robust economic recovery and put America back to work,” while maintaining “important investments in our kids’ education and strategic national investments” in the country’s future. An opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the proposal would increase the deficit by $2.4 trillion, unwisely cut military spending, and impose over $2 trillion in tax increases on an economy “struggling to get out of a very deep recession.” The vote, on April 15, was 166 yeas to 259 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 5: Budgeting for 2012 through 2021: The House has passed a resolution (H Con Res 34), sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to establish a budget for fiscal 2012 and outline budget levels for fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2021. Ryan said that by cutting spending $6.2 trillion from the level proposed by President Obama, the budget “pays off our debt, gets our debt manageable, preempts and prevents a debt crisis, and fixes this so we can preserve this great legacy of giving the next generation a higher standard of living.” An opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said it would hurt the economy, benefit the very wealthy and corporate special interests, and cut Medicare and Medicaid along with needed “investments in our kids’ classrooms, in scientific research, and in critical infrastructure for this country.” The vote, on April 15, was 235 yeas to 193 nays.

NAYS: Michaud, Pingree

Senate votes

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe

There were no key votes in the Senate this week.

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