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Thomas Voting Reports
Here are area lawmakers’ decisions on major roll-call votes in Washington for the week ending Dec. 10.
DREAM Act: Members voted, 216-198, to enable as many as 1.8 million children of illegal aliens, all of whom are now in the U.S., to gain a path to citizenship by first serving in the military or finishing two years of college. A yes vote was to pass a bill known as the DREAM Act. (HR 5281)
$250 for Seniors: Voting 254-153, the House failed to reach a two-thirds majority needed to pass a bill providing Social Security recipients and disabled veterans with onetime payments of $250 as compensation for their not getting cost-of-living increases in 2010 or 2011. (HR 5987)
$250 for Seniors: Voting 53-45, the Senate failed to reach 60 votes needed to end Republican blockage of a bill that would grant onetime payments of $250 to Social Security recipients and disabled veterans at a cost of $14 billion in deficit spending. A yes vote was to advance S 3985.
Police, Firefighter Unions: Senators failed, 55-43, to reach 60 votes needed to end GOP blockage of a bill granting collective-bargaining rights -but not the right to strike — to police, firefighters, and other safety workers in all states. A yes vote was to start debating the bill (S 3991).
Key votes ahead
In the week of Dec. 13, both chambers will take up the economic-stimulus and tax-cut package drafted by President Obama and congressional Republicans.