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Chet Edwards Votes This Week

8 May 2005 at 11:40:35 AM

Houston Chronicle:

 1. Iraq War Budget: Approved, 368-58, the conference report on a bill (HR 1268) providing $76 billion this fiscal year for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This brings total combat and reconstruction appropriations to at least $212 billion for Iraq and $65 billion or more for Afghanistan since actions began. The bill, which awaits Senate action, requires states to deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The bill's total cost of $82 billion is deficit spending. Among nonmilitary items are $656 million for victims of last year's Asian tsunami, $592 million for a new U.S. embassy in Baghdad, $200 million for the Palestinian territories, funds for hiring 500 border patrol agents, and more than $1 billion for members' pet projects back home. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Chet Edwards voted yes.

• 2. Border Security: Rejected, 201-225, a Democratic motion to add $284 million to HR 1268 (above) for hiring 550 additional border patrol agents and 200 more immigration investigators. The funding was to be in addition to $635 million already in the bill for increased border security. A yes vote was to raise spending for border control. Chet Edwards voted yes

• 3. Deposit Insurance Increase: Passed, 413-10, a bill (HR 1185) that increases federal deposit insurance from $100,000 to $130,000 for standard accounts and provides insurance of up to $260,000 for retirement accounts such as IRAs and 401(k) plans. The bill, which awaits Senate action, would adjust deposit insurance for inflation every five years.  The bill also merges federal deposit insurance for banks and savings associations into a single insurance fund, and gives the Federal Reserve more flexibility in assessing deposit-insurance premiums on banking institutions. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Chet Edwards voted yes

• 4. Vocational Education: Passed, 416-9, a bill (HR 366) to renew the federal law for vocational education, the Perkins Act, through 2011. The bill, which awaits Senate action, requires secondary schools and community colleges to set higher standards for science, math and technology instruction of vo-ed students. Although the bill authorizes outlays of $1.3 billion in fiscal 2006, actual spending will depend on the availability of limited education funds in the federal budget. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Chet Edwards voted yes

• 5. Fake News: Rejected, 197-224, a Democratic bid to prevent the Department of Education from spending funds in HR 366 (above) to generate propaganda disguised as news. The department's Inspector General recently concluded that department officials paid Ketchum Communications, a public relations firm, and Armstrong Williams, a commentator, more than $200,000 to tout the No Child Left Behind law in the guise of news. A yes vote backed the motion. Chet Edwards voted yes

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