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WASHINGTON – Here are the votes of Western New York’s three members of the House of Representatives and the state’s two U.S. senators on major legislation in Congress last week. A “Y” means the member voted for the measure; an “N” means the member voted against the measure; an “A” means the member did not vote.

House

DELIVERING DROUGHT INFORMATION: The House passed the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2431), sponsored by Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas. The bill would authorize $13.5 million of annual funding for the National Integrated Drought Information System through fiscal 2018 and direct the System to work with other federal agencies and state and local governments to communicate drought forecasts and information about drought conditions.

Hall said the reauthorization “will improve interagency coordination, early warnings, critical data sharing, and decision services related to drought. The bill encourages further research, monitoring, and forecasting, along with further development of regional early warning systems.”

The vote, on Feb. 10, was 365 yeas to 21 nays.

Reps. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, Y; Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Y; Tom Reed, R-Corning, Y.

• UNREST IN UKRAINE: The House passed a resolution (H. Res. 447), sponsored by Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., to support Ukrainians’ goal of a closer relationship with the European Union and protests against their government’s abandonment of talks for reaching an economic pact with the EU, and call on the Ukrainian government to drop charges against peaceful protestors and prosecute those who have attacked the protesters.

The vote, on Feb. 10, was 381 yeas to 2 nays.

Collins, Y; Reed, Y; Higgins, Y.

• MILITARY PENSIONS: The House passed the South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act (S. 25), sponsored by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah. The bill would state that military members who enlisted before 2014 will receive full cost-of-living adjustments for their retirement benefits, with the $6 billion cost of the benefits offset by extending cuts in Medicare spending through fiscal 2024 rather than fiscal 2023.

A supporter, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said the bill would “treat our veterans with the honor they deserve by ensuring that they are fully compensated for their service during retirement,” while the Medicare cuts would provide “much-needed stability for the medical community by ensuring that physicians have the predictability in billing they need to further their practice and to focus on their patients.”

The vote, on Feb. 11, was 326 yeas to 90 nays.

Collins, Y; Reed, Y; Higgins, Y.

• LIFTING DEBT CEILING: The House passed the Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act (S. 540), sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The bill would suspend until March 15, 2015, a law imposing a ceiling on the amount of debt the federal government can assume.

The vote, on Feb. 11, was 221 yeas to 201 nays.

Collins, Y; Reed, N; Higgins, Y.

• TRADING SECURITIES OF SMALL GROWTH COMPANIES: The House passed the Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act (H.R. 3448), sponsored by Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis. The bill would authorize the Securities and Exchange Commission to develop a five-year pilot program for pricing the securities of companies designated as emerging growth companies in five-cent and ten-cent increments, also known as tick sizes.

The vote, on Feb. 11, was 412 yeas to 4 nays.

Collins, Y; Reed, Y; Higgins, Y.

Senate

• PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AT STATE DEPARTMENT: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Richard Stengel to serve as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy.

A supporter, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., cited Stengel’s more than 30 years of experience as an author and journalist, including, most recently, seven years as managing editor of Time magazine, and Stengel’s service as CEO of the National Constitution Center.

The vote, on Feb. 11, was 90 yeas to 8 nays.

Sens. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D, Y; Charles E. Schumer, D, Y.

• HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Sarah Sewall to serve as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

A supporter, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., cited Sewall’s past positions as a professor at the Naval War College and director of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and current position as senior lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

The vote, on Feb. 11, was 97 yeas to 1 nay.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

• ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY AT STATE DEPARTMENT: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Charles Hammerman Rivkin to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.

A supporter, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Rivkin, who was recently U.S. ambassador to France and before that the CEO of entertainment companies such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain, “has demonstrated the skill and the experience needed to lead the State Department’s participation in formulating and implementing international economic policies aimed at protecting and advancing U.S. economic, political, and security interests.”

The vote, on Feb. 11, was 92 yeas to 6 nays.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

• COUNTERTERRORISM COORDINATOR AT STATE: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Tina S. Kaidanow to serve as Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department.

A supporter, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., cited Kaidanow’s recent service as Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

The vote, on Feb. 12, was unanimous with 98 yeas.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

• INTELLIGENCE AT STATE: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel Bennett Smith to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.

A supporter, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., cited Smith’s career in the Senior Foreign Service, including high-level positions in the State Department and a recent four-year term as ambassador to Greece.

The vote, on Feb. 12, was unanimous with 98 yeas.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

• LIFTING DEBT CEILING: The Senate concurred in the House amendment to the Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act (S. 540), sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The bill would suspend until March 15, 2015, a law imposing a ceiling on the amount of debt the federal government can assume.

The vote, on Feb. 12, was 55 yeas to 43 nays.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

• MILITARY RETIREE BENEFITS: The Senate concurred in the House amendment to the South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act (S. 25), sponsored by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah. The bill would state that military members who enlisted before 2014 will receive full cost-of-living adjustments for their retirement benefits, with the $6 billion cost of the benefits offset by extending cuts in Medicare spending through fiscal 2024 rather than fiscal 2023.

The vote, on Feb. 12, was 95 yeas to 3 nays.

Gillibrand, Y; Schumer, Y.

– Targeted News Service