How They Voted
Voterama in Congress
Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues last week.
Republican budget demand: Voting 253 for and 167 against, the House sent the Senate a Republican bill (HB 444) demanding that President Obama, in his soon-to-be-released budget for fiscal 2014 and later years, specifies when the federal budget will be balanced and his policies for achieving balance. Joseph Pitts, R-16th District, and Pat Meehan, R-7th District, yes.
Democrats' 'sequester' plan: Voting 194 for and 229 against, the House defeated a bid by Democrats to replace HB 444 with measures to avert massive cuts in discretionary-spending programs that are to start taking effect March 1 and last for eight years under a process known as "sequestration." Pitts, Meehan, no.
Violence Against Women Act: The Senate voted, 85 for and eight against, to start debate on a bill (SB 47) to renew the Violence Against Women Act through fiscal 2016. Democrat Robert Casey Jr., yes.
GOP anti-violence bill: Voting 34 for and 65 against, the Senate defeated a Republican substitute for SB 47. The GOP bill differed, in part, by denying tribal courts jurisdiction over certain domestic-violence cases on reservations; setting mandatory minimum sentences for crimes involving child pornography and sexual assault; imposing stricter controls on the funding of anti-violence programs and providing fewer protections for illegal immigrants who are victims of domestic violence. Casey, no; Republican Pat Toomey, yes.n