How your Treasure Coast legislators voted last week
[Note: These descriptions are from Scripps, not the M912TC.]
U.S. House of Representatives
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)
Rep. Bill Posey, R-15: No
Rep. Tom Rooney, R-16: No
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-23: Yes
$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)
Voting 214-193, the House failed to reach a two-thirds majority needed to pass a bill cracking down on underground mines with poor safety records. A yes vote was to pass a bill that, in part, increases penalties on errant owners and protects those who report violations. (HR 6495)
STOPGAP 2011 BUDGET
Voting 212-206, members sent the Senate a $1.1 trillion discretionary-spending bill to fund the government at fiscal 2010 levels for the remainder of fiscal 2011. A yes vote backed a bill that implements President Obama’s freeze on federal workers’ pay levels. (HR 3082)
MEDICARE DOCTOR PAYMENTS
The House sent President Obama, 409-2, a bill to avert a 25 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors next year. The $15 billion cost is to be offset by cutting certain subsidies for insurance purchases in the new health law. A yes vote was to pass HR 4994.
$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.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D: Yes
Sen. George LeMieux, R: No
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).
“DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”
The Senate failed, 57-40, to reach 60 votes needed to end Republicans’ blockage of the fiscal 2011 defense budget.
Their opposition centered on the bill’s repeal of the 17-year old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bars gays from serving openly in the military. (S 3454)
Senators failed, 57-42, to reach 60 votes needed to end GOP blockage of a bill establishing a fund to benefit thousands of individuals who developed ailments after working at the World Trade Center site after 9/11. A yes vote was to establish the deficit-neutral fund. (HR 847)
Senators approved, 90-6, an article of impeachment against federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous of the Eastern District of Louisiana. Overall, the Senate approved four articles adding up to a pattern of corrupt judicial conduct and removed him from office.
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