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 FISA amendments By a 293-129 vote...
WASHINGTON — Here's how the state's members of Congress voted on major roll calls in the week ending Friday.
By a 293-129 vote, the House on Friday adopted a sweeping update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 governing electronic spying, the product of a deal reached last week between the White House and leaders of both parties in both chambers. The compromise bill sets new electronic-surveillance rules that, among other things, effectively shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits arising from the government's terrorism-era warrantless eavesdropping on phone and computer lines. A Senate vote is expected this week.
Voting yes: Brian Baird, D-3; Doc Hastings, R-4; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5; Norm Dicks, D-6; Dave Reichert, R-8; Adam Smith, D-9.
Voting no: Jay Inslee, D-1; Rick Larsen, D-2; Jim McDermott, D-7.
2009 space budget
By a 409-15 vote, the House on Wednesday passed a bill (HR 6063) authorizing a $20.2 billion budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in fiscal 2009, up from $17.3 billion in 2008. In part, the bill pays for U.S. support of the international space station, climate research, Mars exploration, space-shuttle missions through 2010 and the development of a manned-space vehicle scheduled for launch in 2015. The bill is before the Senate.
Voting yes: Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Dicks, McDermott, Reichert, Smith.
Federal employees' family leave
By a 278-146 vote, the House on Thursday passed a bill (HR 5781) establishing a benefit for federal civil servants and congressional employees under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act. The benefit would consist of four weeks' leave with pay after the birth, adoption or fostering of a child. These workers now can take such leave, but without pay unless they tap into unused annual leave or sick-pay allotments. The new leave is projected to benefit about 1 percent of the federal work force at a cost of $190 million annually.
Voting yes: Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Dicks, McDermott, Reichert, Smith.
Voting no: Hastings, McMorris Rodgers.
By a 317-109 vote, the House on Wednesday voted to override President Bush's veto of a $289 billion, five-year farm bill (HR 6124) that renews subsidies for growers of major crops while funding conservation and nutrition programs and taxpayer support for fruit and vegetable growers, among hundreds of other programs. The bill also requires country-of-origin labeling of food on grocery shelves. This vote followed a House vote last month that overrode a presidential veto of essentially the same bill.
Voting yes: Larsen, Baird, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Dicks.
Voting no: Inslee, McDermott, Reichert, Smith.
By a 302-96 vote, the House on Tuesday passed a bill (HR 2964) making it a federal crime to import, export, buy, sell or otherwise deal in interstate commerce with nonhuman primates such as monkeys and chimpanzees. Federal regulations and the laws of many states already outlaw such trafficking. The bill, which awaits Senate action, would exempt those with federal permits or licenses to handle primates.
Voting yes: Inslee, Larsen, Baird, McMorris Rodgers, Dicks, McDermott, Reichert, Smith.
Voting no: Hastings.
By an 80-14 vote, the Senate on Wednesday joined the House in overriding President Bush's veto of the $289 billion, five-year farm bill (HR 6124). Presidential candidates John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., did not vote.
Voting yes: Maria Cantwell, D; Patty Murray, D.
Energy and business tax breaks
By a 52-44 vote, the Senate on Tuesday failed to reach 60 votes needed to end GOP blockage of a bill (HR 6049) providing $55.5 billion over 10 years in business, education, personal and energy tax breaks. The bill's largest category is $17 billion in credits to promote renewable fuels, energy efficiency and clean-coal technology.
McCain and Obama did not vote.
Voting yes: Cantwell, Murray.
Material from The Associated Press is included in this report.
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