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Chet Edwards Votes from Last Week (US House District 17)

1 July 2007 at 3:30:35 PM

 1. Congressional pay raise: Voted, 244-181, to affirm an approximately 2.7 percent congressional pay raise scheduled for January 2008 that would increase rank-and-file House and Senate salaries from the current $165,200 to nearly $170,000. The vote occurred without debate during consideration of HR 2829. Senators have yet to vote on their pay raise. A yes vote was to raise congressional pay.

Edwards voted NO

2. Global warming: Refused, 153-274, to strip a pending Interior Department budget bill (HR 2643) of its section on global climate change. The section declares nonbinding congressional support for mandatory federal controls on greenhouse-gas emissions. A yes vote was to remove the section.

Edwards voted NO

3. Offshore drilling ban: Refused, 196-233, to end the 26-year-old moratorium on drilling for energy off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Although the amendment to HR 2643 authorized only natural-gas drilling at least 25 miles at sea, critics said it inevitably would lead to offshore oil drilling as well. A yes vote backed the amendment.

Edwards Voted YES-voted with the Republicans.

4. Polar bear imports: Refused, 188-242, to outlaw the import of polar bear heads, hides and paws into the U.S. The amendment to HR 2643 sought to close a loophole in the Marine Mammal Protection Act used by hunters to import parts of polar bears they legally shoot in Canada. Arctic polar bear populations are seen as imperiled over the long term by global warming and ice melts. A yes vote backed the amendment.

Edwards voted NO

5. Air pollution controls: Voted, 252-178, to block an administration plan to ease the existing rule that coal-fired power plants and other smokestack industries install the best available pollution-control technology whenever they upgrade a facility. The amendment, which was added to HR 2643, would block draft EPA regulations allowing plants to trade clean-air credits within nationwide limits. This would replace a requirement dating to 1990 that emissions be reduced plant by plant when major upgrades occur. A yes vote backed the amendment.

Edwards voted YES

6. Vice President Cheney: Refused, 209-217, to deny funding for Cheney's offices and residence in response to his recent claim that he is separate from the executive branch. Cheney made that argument as he disregarded a presidential order on depositing classified documents with the National Archives. This amendment sought to delete $4.8 million from a 2008 budget bill (HR 2829) but did not affect spending for his role as president of the Senate. A yes vote backed the amendment.

Edwards voted NO

7. Fairness doctrine: Blocked, 309-115, federal spending in fiscal 2008 to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. Before its repeal in 1987, the rule by the Federal Communications Commission required broadcasters to air competing views on hotly disputed issues. Talk radio flourished after the repeal. While there are no plans to revive the doctrine, sponsors called this amendment to HR 2829 (above) an important precaution. A yes vote backed the amendment.

Edwards Voted Yes

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