Ohio in Congress

Thomas Voting Reports
Here are area lawmakers’ decisions on major roll-call votes in Washington for the week ending Dec. 3.

U.S. House
Bush-Era Tax Cuts: Members voted, 234-188, to extend beyond Dec. 31 Bush-era tax cuts on the first $200,000 of income for singles and the first $250,000 of income for couples filing jointly. The bill did not address Bushera cuts for higher incomes. A yes vote was to pass HR 4853.

LaTourette: No

Fudge: Yes

School Meals, Nutrition: Voting 264-157, the House sent President Obama a deficit-neutral bill to extend school meal programs; renew the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program; remove junk food from school cafeterias and vending machines, and fund other initiatives to prevent hunger among young people. A yes vote backed S 3307.

LaTourette: Yes

Fudge: Yes

Charles Rangel Censure: Voting 333-79, the House censured Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., for a wide range of improper conduct. A yes vote was to censure Rangel for actions such as his failure to report rental income to the IRS or fully disclose assets to the House. (H Con Res 1737)

LaTourette: Yes

Fudge: No

Reprimand, Not Censure: Members defeated, 146-267, a bid to reduce Rep. Charles Rangel’s penalty for ethical violations from censure to reprimand on grounds he was not charged with seeking personal enrichment. A yes vote backed the lesser sanction of reprimand. (H Con Res 1737)

LaTourette: No

Fudge: Yes

U.S. Senate
Food-Safety Rules: Senators voted, 73-25, to expand Food and Drug Administration power over companies and large farms that handle raw and processed foods. A yes vote backed a bill (S 510) designed to increase chances of keeping contaminated products out of the U.S. food supply.

Brown: Yes

Voinovich: Yes

Earmarks Moratorium: Senators refused, 39-56, to amend S 510 (above) by barring for three years the earmarks that lawmakers use to direct funds to special projects. A yes vote backed the moratorium over arguments it would save no money while undermining congressional prerogatives.

Brown: No

Voinovich: No

Key votes ahead
The voting agenda for the week of Dec. 6 will depend on the outcome of talks between the White House and Republican lawmakers on issues ranging from renewing tax cuts to extending jobless benefits.

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