Ohio in Congress

Voterama in Congress
Here are area lawmakers’ decisions on major roll-call votes in Washington for the week ending Feb. 4.

U.S. Senate
Lasers Targeting Aircraft: Senators voted, 96-1, to make it a federal crime to point lasers at aircraft, an attack that can temporarily blind pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration says there were 2,836 reported incidents in 2010. A yes vote supported the amendment to S 223.

Brown: Yes

Portman: Yes

Health-Law Repeal: Senators rejected, 47-51, a bid to repeal the health law enacted last March. Repeal was backed by all 47 Republican senators and opposed by all members of the Democratic caucus who voted. A yes vote was to advance a House-passed repeal measure. (S 223)

Brown: No

Portman: Yes

IRS Form 1099: Senators removed, 81-17, a disputed rule from the new health law. The vote hastened what is expected to be the eventual repeal of a requirement that companies issue an IRS Form 1099 to vendors to whom they pay $600 or more. A yes vote was to kill the rule during debate on S 223.

Brown: Yes

Portman: Yes

Davis-Bacon Wages: Senators voted, 55-42, to uphold Davis-Bacon wage rules for cxonstruction contracts awarded under S 223 (above). Those rules essentially require federally funded projects to pay union-scale wages for the particular region. A yes vote was to affirm the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act.

Brown: Yes

Portman: No

Key votes ahead
In the week of Feb. 7, the House will take up fiscal 2011 budget cuts, while the Senate will continue to debate a Federal Aviation Administration bill.

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