D.C. area congressional votes
For the Record
Here's how some major bills fared recently in Congress and how local congressional members voted, as provided by Thomas Voting Reports. The District's congressional delegate is not permitted to vote on final passage of legislation. "NV" means "not voting."
Overriding first Obama veto
For: 143/Against: 245
The House of Representatives failed to override President Obama's veto of a short-term appropriations bill (House Joint Resolution 64) that Congress originally thought would be needed to temporarily fund the government in late December. But the bill proved to be irrelevant when the last round of regular fiscal 2010 appropriations became law a few days earlier than expected. This prompted Obama to veto the stopgap bill as unnecessary. It was his first veto.
Some observers said Obama didn't have to veto HJ Res 64 formally because it had already succumbed to a pocket veto. Pocket vetoes occur when Congress is adjourned and a president fails to sign a bill within the 10 days allowed by the Constitution. Obama received the measure from Congress on Dec. 19 and vetoed it Dec. 30. Other observers said a pocket veto did not occur because Congress, or at least the Senate, was in session for part of the 10-day window.
A yes vote was to override Obama's first veto.