How they voted: Congressional votes for the week of Sept. 16-22

Posted Sept. 23, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.

House votes

Democratic Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree

Vote 1: The House has passed the United States Parole Commission Extension Act (HR 2944), sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. The bill would reauthorize the U.S. Parole Commission through October 2014. Smith said the reauthorization was needed to maintain oversight of parole for federal offenders convicted before Nov.1,1987, the date on which federal parole for newly sentenced offenders ended. The vote, on Sept. 20, was unanimous with 415 yeas.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 2: The House has passed the Death in Custody Reporting Act (HR 2189), sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., which would require states to report to the Attorney General details about the deaths of any individuals in custody in order to avoid losing funding from federal justice assistance programs. The vote, on Sept. 20, was 398 yeas to 18 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 3: The House has passed the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act (HR 2646), sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, which would authorize a variety of Veterans Affairs projects for building and renovating medical facilities around the country. The vote, on Sept. 20, was 412 yeas to 3 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 4: The House has passed the Christopher S. Bond United States Courthouse Designation Act (S. 846), sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., which would name the U.S. courthouse in Jefferson City, Mo., after Christopher S. Bond, a former senator and governor of the state. The vote, on Sept. 21, was 407 yeas to 2 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 5: The House has rejected the Senate amendment to the Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 2608), sponsored by Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. The amendment would have provided funding for government operations through Nov. 18, added $1 billion of emergency 2011 and $2.65 billion of 2012 funding for FEMA disaster relief efforts, and offset the $1 billion by cutting the Energy Department’s loan guarantee program for advanced vehicle manufacturing. The vote, on Sept. 21, was 195 yeas to 230 nays.

YEAS: Michaud

NAYS: Pingree

Vote 6: The House has passed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (HR 2883), sponsored by Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky. The bill would reauthorize child and family services programs through fiscal 2016, establish several reforms to the programs, and renew authority for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to grant waivers for states to test new child welfare approaches.The vote, on Sept. 21, was 395 yeas to 25 nays.

YEAS: Michaud, Pingree

Vote 7: The House has agreed to a resolution (H. Res. 409), sponsored by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., to waive the requirement that a continuing appropriations bill receive support of a two-thirds majority in order to be considered by the House. Dreier said the waiver was needed to allow the House to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through Nov. 18. An opponent, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., called the resolution a violation of Republican “promises for a more open, more transparent House of Representatives.” The vote, on Sept. 22, was 238 yeas to 182 nays.

NAYS:Michaud, Pingree

Vote 8:The House has agreed to the Senate amendment to the Continuing Appropriations Act (HR 2608), sponsored by Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. The amendment would provide funding for government operations through November 18, add $1 billion of emergency 2011 and $2.65 billion of 2012 funding for FEMA disaster relief efforts, and offset $100 million of the spending by cutting the Energy Department’s loan guarantee program for innovative energy.The vote, on Sept. 22, was 219 yeas to 203 nays.

YEAS:Michaud

NAYS:Pingree

Senate votes

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe

Vote 1: The Senate has approved cloture for debate on the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832), sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., which would reauthorize the Generalized System of Preferences for authorizing duty-free imports from certain developing countries.The vote, on Sept. 19, was 84 yeas to 8 nays.

YEAS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 2: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Timothy M. Cain to serve as U.S. District Judge for South Carolina. A supporter, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., cited Cain’s 25 years of experience as a judge, public attorney, prosecutor and defender in saying that Cain “will be a strong addition to the Federal bench.” The vote, on Sept. 20, was unanimous with 99 yeas.

YEAS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 3: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832). The amendment would have granted the president authority to negotiate trade promotion agreements through the end of 2013. The vote, on Sept. 20, was 45 yeas to 55 nays.

NAYS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 4: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832), which would have made legislation enacting trade adjustment assistance programs contingent on the concurrent enactment of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The vote, on Sept. 21, was 44 yeas to 54 nays.

NAYS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 5: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832), which would have extended trade adjustment assistance programs at the $1 billion annual funding level in place before 2009. The vote, on Sept. 21, was 46 yeas to 53 nays.

YEAS: Collins

NAYS: Snowe

Vote 6: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., to the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832), which would have repealed the trade adjustment assistance program to aid businesses negatively affected by trade agreements. The vote, on Sept. 21, was 43 yeas to 54 nays.

NAYS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 7: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832). The amendment would have limited eligibility for trade adjustment assistance to workers laid off because of increased imports from nations with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement. The vote, on Sept. 22, was 34 yeas to 62 nays.

NAYS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 8: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832), which would have directed the president to sell at least 66 F-16C/D multi-role fighter aircraft to Taiwan. Cornyn said the aircraft sales would meet “the responsibility of the U.S. Government to provide our ally Taiwan with sufficient defensive weapons in order to defend itself against any possible aggression by Communist China or from any other source.” An opponent, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said “the debate on this trade adjustment assistance bill is not the appropriate time, season, or place to raise this issue.” The vote, on Sept. 22, was 48 yeas to 48 nays.

YEAS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 9: The Senate has approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832), which would extend and modify the trade adjustment assistance program for workers who lose their jobs because of imports from other countries. A supporter, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said the amendment would help the economy by providing training opportunities for people to learn new skills to find new jobs replacing the ones they lost. An opponent, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the amendment would “spend more taxpayer dollars on an expanded domestic spending program of dubious value.” The vote, on Sept. 22, was 69 yeas to 28 nays.

YEAS: Collins, Snowe

Vote 10: The Senate has passed the Generalized System of Preferences Act (HR 2832), sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. The bill would reauthorize the Generalized System of Preferences for authorizing duty-free imports from certain developing countries and reauthorize and expand trade adjustment assistance programs, while also taking measures to reform the programs. A supporter, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said the bill would “reinvigorate our workforce so that American enterprise is positioned to battle for customers with our counterparts in countries like China.” An opponent, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the programs had “dubious value and unproven results.” The vote, on Sept. 22, was 70 yeas to 27 nays.

YEAS: Collins, Snowe

Compiled by Targeted News Service for the Bangor Daily News.

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