Ohio in Congress

Thomas Voting Reports
Here are area lawmakers’ decisions on major roll-call votes in Washington for the week ending Dec. 17.

U.S. House
Tax-Cut Extensions: Members sent the White House, 277-148, an $858 billion, deficit-spending bill negotiated by President Obama and congressional Republicans. A yes vote was to renew Bush-era tax cuts, trim Social Security payroll taxes and fund unemployment benefits. (HR 4853)

LaTourette: Yes

Fudge: No

Stricter Estate Tax: Members refused, 194-233, to strip HR 4853 (above) of estate-tax rules seen by critics as a giveaway to the wealthy. A yes vote was to substitute stricter rules, such as setting a top rate of 45 percent and sharply reducing the size of estates exempt from taxes.

LaTourette: No

Fudge: Yes

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: Voting 250-175, the House sent the Senate a bill repealing the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bars gays from serving openly in the military. If it occurs, this would be the Senate’s first direct vote on the merits of the law. A yes vote was to pass HR 2965.

LaTourette: No

Fudge: Yes

U.S. Senate
Tax-Cut Extensions: Voting 81-19, the Senate sent the House a bill (HR 4853, above) to extend Bush-era tax cuts, provide additional unemployment checks to the long-term jobless, and fund economic-stimulus measures. A yes vote backed a bill adding $858 billion in national debt by 2013.

Brown: Yes

Voinovich: No

Tax-Bill Amendment: Senators refused, 43-57, to take up a measure that would strip HR 4853 (above) of its tax-cut extensions for incomes over $200,000 and use the savings to lower the national debt and fund infrastructure projects. A yes backed an amendment also providing $250 to seniors.

Brown: Yes

Voinovich: No

Permanent Tax Cuts: Senators refused, 37-63, to take up a deficitspending amendment to permanently extend all Bush-era tax cuts, repeal the estate tax and fix the Alternative Minimum Tax to stop its creep into middle-class brackets. A yes vote backed the amendment to HR 4853.

Brown: No

Voinovich: No

Key votes ahead
In the week of Dec. 20, both chambers will vote on a bill to fund government operations until early next year, while the Senate will continue to debate the New START arms-reduction treaty with Russia.

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