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Analyzing the latest votes in Congress

WASHINGTON -- The past week in Congress offered yet more proof that Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, is not exactly walking in the footsteps of Democratic leaders.

As the House considered a bill reducing regulations on federal lands, most Democrats, including Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo and Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of Fairport, voted no. But Hochul voted yes.

And on energy legislation, Democrats opposed moves boosting oil drilling in Alaska, encouraging mining on public lands and encouraging drilling off the Virginia Coast -- but Hochul supported them. Higgins, Slaughter and most other Democrats also opposed the GOP's full energy bill, citing its possible negative environmental impact -- but Hochul voted for it.

Meanwhile on the Senate side, the big news was that a bill actually passed. New farm legislation drew bipartisan support, including the backing of New York's two Democratic senators, Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

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Here are the votes of Western New York's four 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.

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* Regulating the Use of Federal Lands — The House passed the Conservation and Economic Growth Act sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. The bill would reduce regulations governing economic and recreation activity on federal lands. Denham said the bill encouraged the use of federal lands to improve the economy and create jobs by cutting regulatory obstacles to developing hydropower and other projects. An opponent, Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., said the bill would degrade environmental protections that ensure clean water and clean air.

The vote June 19 was 232 yeas to 188 nays.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, N; Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, Y; Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, Y; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, N.

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Analyzing the latest votes in Congress

WASHINGTON -- Amid a collection of routine votes in the House last week, one stands out for its local impact.

The House rejected an amendment, put forth by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, that would have increased funding for a key anti-terrorism program by $58 million. Buffalo was recently shut out of the Urban Area Security Initiative grant program -- which once brought the area upwards of $10 million a year -- and Higgins' amendment was an attempt to give Buffalo and other such communities a fighting chance of landing some of the funding.

But the vote failed amid the budget-consciousness of the Republican majority -- although Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, joined Higgins and Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, in supporting it.

On the Senate side, lawmakers rejected an effort -- pushed strongly by Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y. -- to expand federal equal-pay legislation for women.

-- Jerry Zremski

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Here are the votes of Western New York's four 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.

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* Energy Efficiency, Renewables: The House rejected an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The amendment would have increased funding for the Department of Energy's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $180 million and offset the increase by cutting funding for nuclear programs. Tonko said efficiency programs "save money, create jobs, and improve our energy security." An opponent, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., said the amendment would provide unnecessary funding for efficiency and renewables while making cuts that "would put at risk our nuclear security activities, the things we're doing to modernize our nuclear stockpile."

The vote June 1 was 148 yeas to 236 nays.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, Y; Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, Y; Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, N; Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, A.

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