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Originally published August 5, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified August 5, 2007 at 2:05 AM

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How your U.S. lawmaker voted

Here's how the state's members of Congress voted on major roll calls in the week ending Friday. House Bridge disaster By a vote of 421-0...

WASHINGTON — Here's how the state's members of Congress voted on major roll calls in the week ending Friday.

House

Bridge disaster

By a vote of 421-0, the House on Friday passed a bill (HR 3311) authorizing $250 million for replacing the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The bill also would provide $5 million to help the state accommodate changed traffic patterns and modes resulting from the collapse Wednesday.

Voting yes: Jay Inslee, D-1; Rick Larsen, D-2; Brian Baird, D-3; Doc Hastings, R-4; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5; Norm Dicks, D-6; Jim McDermott, D-7; Dave Reichert, R-8; Adam Smith, D-9.

Rest from war

By a vote of 229-194, the House on Thursday sent the Senate a bill (HR 3159) that would set minimum periods between tours of duty in Iraq. The bill would require that active-duty troops receive at least as much time at home as they served in the war zone, and that National Guard and Reserve combatants receive at least triple the time at home that they served in the war theater.

Voting yes: Inslee, Larsen, Dicks, McDermott, Smith.

Voting no: Baird, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert.

Ethics, lobbying rules

By a vote of 411-8, the House on Tuesday approved the conference report on a bill (S 1) to tighten congressional ethics and lobbying rules. The bill would mandate public disclosure when lobbyists bundle at least $15,000 over six months in small checks from individuals into large campaign contributions to a lawmaker and would require lobbyists to periodically report their legislative contacts and financial activities on the Internet.

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This bill and previously adopted rules require House members to disclose sponsorship of earmarks before voting occurs; bar lawmakers and staff from receiving gifts and meals from lobbyists above minimal levels; prohibit House members and staff from accepting privately financed travel for other than one-day events; require former House members to wait one year before returning to Capitol Hill to lobby; prohibit lawmakers from seeking to influence staffing decisions of "K Street" trade associations; bar House members from accepting rides on corporate jets; and deny pensions to lawmakers convicted of crimes.

Voting yes: Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Dicks, McDermott, Reichert, Smith.

Pay-bias suits

By a vote of 225-199, the House on Tuesday sent the Senate a bill (HR 2831) that would give workers more time than the Supreme Court has allowed for filing suits alleging pay discrimination. The bill would give plaintiffs 180 days from the time of the latest infraction to file suits. This would negate a Supreme Court ruling in May that requires suits to be filed within 180 days of the original infraction.

Voting yes: Larsen, Baird, Dicks, McDermott, Smith.

Voting no: Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert.

Not voting: Inslee.

Children's insurance

By a vote of 225-204, the House on Wednesday passed a bill (HR 3162) that would increase spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) from $25 billion to $75 billion over five years and expand SCHIP coverage from 6.6 million children to 11.6 million children. The bill also would expand SCHIP eligibility and cancel planned cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors.

To pay for the change, the bill would raise the federal cigarette tax by 45 cents per pack and reduce taxpayer subsidies of insurers who provide private Medicare policies. The bill was sent to conference with a less-extensive Senate renewal of SCHIP (below). The program is scheduled to expire Sept. 30.

Voting yes: Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Dicks, McDermott, Smith.

Voting no: Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert.

Republican alternative

By a vote of 202-226, the House on Wednesday defeated a Republican motion to renew SCHIP for one year without the program expansions, spending increases, higher tobacco taxes and Medicare changes included in the underlying bill (HR 3162, above). The motion sought to extend SCHIP coverage to 600,000 uninsured children from low-income homes.

Voting yes: Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert.

Voting no: Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Dicks, McDermott, Smith.

Senate

Government surveillance

By a vote of 60-28, the Senate on Friday agreed to give U.S. government agencies expanded authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In part, the bill (S 1927) would permit spying without individualized warrants on foreign communications passing through the U.S. The bill also would lower or remove the standard of evidence needed for warrantless surveillance on foreign phone calls, e-mails and other communications to persons in the United States. The bill, which awaited House action, is scheduled to expire after six months.

Voting no: Maria Cantwell, D.

Not voting: Patty Murray, D.

Ethics, lobbying rules

By a vote of 83-14, the Senate on Thursday gave final congressional approval to an ethics and lobbying reform bill (S 1, above). In addition to provisions noted above, the bill would require senators to disclose spending and tax earmarks they have sponsored two days before voting occurs and stipulate that family members have no interest in the project. In other measures affecting only the Senate, the bill would require former senators to wait two years before returning to Capitol Hill as lobbyists; require senators using corporate jets to pay charter rates instead of the lower first-class fares they now pay; and end the practice of senators placing anonymous "holds" on bills and nominations.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray.

Tobacco tax increase

By a vote of 32-64, the Senate on Wednesday refused to require a 60-vote supermajority for raising tobacco taxes as part an expansion of SCHIP. The amendment was proposed to a bill (HR 976), later passed, that would raise the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents per pack to help finance an enlargement of the health program.

Voting no: Cantwell, Murray.

Children's insurance

By a vote of 68-31, the Senate on Thursday passed a bill (HR 976) that would increase spending for SCHIP from $25 billion to $60 billion over five years, expand coverage from 6.6 million children to 9.8 million children and increase federal tobacco taxes by 61 cents per pack to pay for the program enlargement.

Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray.

Roll Call Report Syndicate

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