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How ourCongress representatives voted this week

17 July 2005 at 7:40:58 AM


1. Rail, transit security: Failed, 53-46, to reach 60 votes needed to increase spending tenfold for securing subways, buses and trains against terrorist attacks.

The amendment was offered to HR 2360. It sought to increase spending for transit and rail security from $100 million to $1.16 billion.

Since 9/11, rail and transit have received about one-seventh the Homeland Security funding received by air transportation. A yes vote backed the amendment. Cornyn and Hutchison voted No

2. Karl Rove's security clearance: Defeated, 44-53, a Democratic bid to remove Karl Rove's security clearance in response to his involvement in the unmasking of a clandestine CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in July 2003.

Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, is acknowledged by his lawyer to have privately discussed the operative with Time magazine without identifying her by name.

The amendment was offered to a bill (HR 2360, later passed) appropriating $32 billion for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2006. A yes vote backed the amendment.Cornyn and Hutchison voted No

3. Democrats' clearances: Rejected, 33-64, a GOP bid to remove the security clearances of two Democratic senators.

The amendment to HR 2360 (above) targeted Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for having referred to a classified FBI document on the Senate floor, and Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., for having made a floor statement that likened the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to horrific Nazi and Soviet imprisonments. A yes vote backed the GOP amendment.Cornyn and Hutchison voted Yes

4. Risk- based funding: Refused, 32-65, to allocate a larger share of Homeland Security grants on the basis of risk rather than politics.

The underlying bill (HR 2360, above) authorizes $1.92 billion for such grants, with 60 percent based on risk and the remainder on a formula to benefit lower-population states.

The amendment rejected by this vote sought to increase the risk-based share to 87 percent. A yes vote was to increase risk-based funding.Cornyn and Hutchison voted Yes

5. Air cargo security: Refused, 45-53, to quadruple spending in HR 2360 (above) for tightening air-cargo security.

The amendment sought to raise from $50 million to $200 million spending to keep explosive devices from being planted as cargo in commercial aircraft. It also sought to add $100 million for improved technologies — such as CT scans and chemical-trace detection — to secure air cargo against sabotage.

At present, about 95 percent of the cargo on passenger and all-cargo flights goes unscreened, according to debate. A yes vote backed the amendment.Cornyn votes No, Hutchison voted Yes

6. Border jails: Refused, 42-56, to increase spending in HR 2360 (above) by $199 million for adding 5,760 jail beds for detaining illegal immigrants. These were to be in addition to 2,240 new beds already funded by the bill.Cornyn and Hutchison voted Yes

1. European arms to China: Failed, 215-203, to reach a two-thirds majority required, under a short-cut parliamentary procedure, to pass a bill (HR 3100) toughening U.S. treatment of European companies that sell arms technology to the People's Republic of China.

In part, the bill would expand White House power to prevent foreign contractors who do business with China from gaining access to U.S. technology. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Edwards voted Yes

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