Ohio in Congress

Voterama in Congress
Here are area lawmakers’ decisions on major roll-call votes in Washington for the week ending April 1.

U.S. House
Aviation Budget: Members approved, 223-196, a four-year federal aviation budget of nearly $60 billion, down $4 billion from current levels. A yes vote backed a bill that would phase out the Essential Air Service program for smaller cities in the lower 48 states. A yes vote backed HR 658.

LaTourette: No

Fudge: No

Union Elections: Members refused, 206-220, to strip HR 658 (above) of language making it harder for airline and railroad workers to unionize. The language required organizers to get a majority of all workers, not just of those voting in the election. A yes vote opposed the language.

LaTourette: Yes

Fudge: Yes

Aviation Regulations: Members voted, 215-209, to make it more difficult for federal regulators to write rules for the aviation industry. A yes vote was to require rules to be tailored to each segment of the industry and meet higher cost-benefit standards, among other changes. (HR 658)

LaTourette: No

Fudge: No

Federal Air Marshals: Voting 184-235, members defeated an attempt by Democrats to require the assignment of a Federal Air Marshal to every high-risk passenger flight in the United States. A yes vote backed the motion over GOP arguments it was a tactic to delay passage of the bill.

LaTourette: No

Fudge: No

GOP Budget Cuts: Members passed, 221-202, a GOP bill to “deem” $61 billion in budget cuts as law if the Senate fails to pass a bill (HR 1) containing them by April 6 . Democrats noted the Constitution requires both chambers to pass bills if they are to become law. A yes vote was to pass HR 1255.

LaTourette: Yes

Fudge: No

Congressional Pay: Members defeated, 188-237, a bid by Democrats to block lawmakers or President Obama from getting paid during any government closure. This went beyond similar GOP language in HR 1255 (above) in that it blocked officials from retroactively receiving lost paychecks.

LaTourette: No

Fudge: Yes

Key votes ahead
In the week of April 4, both chambers will take up bills to avert a government shutdown at week’s end, while the Senate will continue to debate the award of federal technology contracts to small businesses.

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