WASHINGTON — This is how Northwest Indiana’s congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski, Republican, and Peter J. Visclosky, Democrat, and U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, Democrat, and Dan Coats, Republican — voted on key legislation this week. There were no key votes in the Senate this week.

HOUSE

FLIGHT DELAYS AND THE FAA: The House passed the Reducing Flight Delays Act (H.R. 1765), sponsored by Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, to give the Transportation Secretary flexibility to transfer funds between Federal Aviation Administration accounts to prevent reduced operations and staffing for air traffic controllers and other employees of the FAA. Latham said the flexibility was needed “to restore reliable and safe service in the commercial air traffic system by reducing or eliminating employee furlough days” that threaten to cause flight delays by disrupting airline schedules. An opponent, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said: “While I want to end these delays for passengers in Maryland and across the country, I will oppose this bill because it fails to address the whole impact of the sequester.” The vote, on April 26, was 361 yeas to 41 nays.

Votes: Visclosky, yea; Walorski, did not vote

SELLING HELIUM RESERVES: The House passed the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act (H.R. 527), sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. The bill would allow for the sale at auction of the government’s 11 billion cubic feet of remaining helium reserves, beginning in October 2013. Hastings said: “If Congress fails to act before October, we will artificially drop the helium supply and cause a global helium shortage that will cost jobs and severely disrupt our economy. Despite what many think, helium is not just used for party balloons. It is essential to our 21st century economy. Without helium we wouldn’t have lifesaving MRI machines, computer chips, fiber optic cables, or other devices used for defense needs.” The vote, on April 26, was 394 yeas to 1 nay.

Votes: Visclosky, yea; Walorski, did not vote