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Updated: February 24, 2012 3:29PM



WASHINGTON — Here’s how Reps. Joe Donnelly and Peter Visclosky, Democrats, and Sens. Richard Lugar and Daniel Coats, Republicans, voted last week.

House

OVERSEEING STATE COAL ASH PERMITS: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273). The amendment would have required state programs for permitting the disposal of coal ash waste to include provisions ensuring the protection of public health and the environment. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 171 yeas to 236 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, yea

COMPLYING WITH COAL ASH DISPOSAL RULES: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., to the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273). The amendment would require surface impoundments of coal ash waste to comply with regulations within 10 years or be shut down. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 173 yeas to 231 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, nay; Visclosky, yea

COAL ASH REGULATIONS: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., to the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273). The amendment would have required states to give notice of their proposed coal ash waste regulations and receive comments from the public on the proposal before establishing the regulations. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 185 yeas to 223 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, yea

ENFORCING STATE COAL ASH REGULATIONS: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., to the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273). The amendment would have authorized the EPA Administrator to inspect coal ash impoundments that violate a state’s regulations and enforce the regulations if the state has not taken enforcement action. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 164 yeas to 241 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, nay; Visclosky, nay

STUDY OF COAL ASH REGULATIONS: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, to the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273). The amendment would have required the EPA Administrator to submit to Congress within five years a report evaluating the impact of state coal ash waste permit programs on public health and the environment. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 174 yeas to 235 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, nay

COAL ASH WASTE: The House passed the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273), sponsored by Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va. The bill would bar EPA from classifying coal ash waste as a hazardous material and require states to adopt programs to regulate coal ash at least as stringently as they regulate municipal solid waste landfills. The vote, on Oct. 14, was 267 yeas to 144 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, yea

Senate

PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT JUDGE: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Cathy Bissoon to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The vote, on Oct. 17, was 82 yeas to 3 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea

GUN WALKING PROGRAMS: The Senate approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). The amendment would bar funding for federal law enforcement programs to knowingly transfer firearms to agents of drug cartels and then fail to monitor the status of the firearms. The vote, on Oct. 18, was unanimous with 99 yeas.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea

TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE: The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). The amendment would have eliminated funding for trade adjustment assistance and grants to business firms. The vote, on Oct. 18, was 44 yeas to 55 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea

PENNSYLVANIA MIDDLE DISTRICT JUDGE: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert D. Mariani to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The vote, on Oct. 19, was 82 yeas to 17 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea

FEDERAL LANDSCAPING FUNDS: The Senate tabled an amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). The amendment would have prohibited the use of funds under the Transportation Enhancements Program for projects such as landscaping and transportation museums that are a lower priority than more critical transportation projects. The vote to table the amendment, on Oct. 19, was 59 yeas to 39 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, nay

COMMERCE SECRETARY: The Senate confirmed the nomination of John E. Bryson to serve as Commerce Secretary. The vote, on Oct. 20, was 74 yeas to 26 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea

TEACHERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS: The Senate rejected a cloture motion to cut off debate on the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act (S. 1723), sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The bill would provide $30 billion to states to fund the retention and hiring of teachers in public schools and provide $5 billion to fund the retention and hiring of police officers and other first responders, with funding to come from a 0.5 percent surtax on taxpayers earning more than $1 million annually. The vote, on Oct. 20, was 50 yeas to 50 nays.

Votes: Coats, nay; Lugar, nay

WITHHOLDING CONTRACTOR PAYMENTS: The Senate rejected a cloture motion to cut off debate on the Withholding Tax Relief Act (S. 1726), sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The bill would repeal a tax code provision scheduled to take effect in 2013 that will require the government to withhold 3 percent of its payments to contractors and vendors. The yea votes supported the effort to cut off debate and move to a final vote on the legislation. The vote, on Oct. 20, was 57 yeas to 43 nays, with a three-fifths majority required for approval.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea

HOME LOAN LIMITS: The Senate approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). The amendment would extend limits on housing loans sponsored by the Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Affairs Administration. The vote, on Oct. 20, was 60 yeas to 38 nays.

Votes: Coats, nay; Lugar, nay

FARM PAYMENTS TO MILLIONAIRES: The Senate approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). The amendment would block direct farm payments from being made to individuals with an annual income of above $1 million. The vote, on Oct. 20, was 84 yeas to 15 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea

PROSECUTING ENEMY COMBATANTS: The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112). The amendment would have barred funding to prosecute enemy combatants in civilian Article III courts. The vote, on Oct. 20, was 47 yeas to 52 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea



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