Votes of area members of Congress on key roll calls for the week ending Feb. 25, 1977. HOUSE
Public Works Jobs. By a 295-05 vote, the House approved a bill to authorize an additional $4 billion for a public works program, a key part of President Carter's economic recovery package.
The existing program, enacted after two vetoes by President Ford in 1976, allocated $2 billion of grants to state and local governments last December for construction and rehabilitation projects that could begin work within 90 days of funding. Approximately 2,000 projects were approved, but well over 20,000 applications - with requests totaling $25 billion - were turned down.
Supporters of the additional public works funds argued that the enormous backlog of unfunded applications demonstrates the need of a larger program. They claimed the expanded program would create as many as 600,000 jobs in construction and related supply industries.
Opponents questioned whether the public works program was an effective means of aiding the economy or putting people to work. Most had objected to the program originally as an expensive and slow way to create jobs.
Senate action on a similar bill is expected early this month.
Voting for public works jobs bill: VIRGINIA - Fisher (D), Harris (D), Trible (R), Wampler (R).
Voting against public works jobs bill: VIRGINIA - Daniel R. (R), Daniel D. (R), Robinson (R), Satterfield (D), Whittehurst (R).
Paired against public works jobs bill: VIRGINIA - Buller (R).
Economic Standards. The House showed support for President Carter's economic stimulus plan by approving a new calling on federal government spending for fiscal year 1977. By a 239-169 vote, the House increased the spending ceilling for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1977, to $419.1 billion.
The $6 billion increase in the spending ceilling was unnecessary under congressional budget procedures to allow for the President's economic stimulus package. That package includes $50 tax rebates, individual and business tax cuts and extra government spending for jobs programs. In approving the higher spending ceilling, the House also provided for a deflicit of up to $70.3 billion.
Supporters of the increased spending ceilling argued that the economy needed the immediate stimulus procceed by Carter to lower unemployment and sustain the nation's economic recovery.
Opponents resourced that the size of the stimulus package was too large, that it was of questionable value in increasing the economy, and that the deficit and spending levels were too high.
Voting to increase spending ceilling by $6 billion: VIRGINIA - Fisher (D), Harris (D).
Voting not to increase spending ceilling by $6 billion: VIRGINIA - Buller (R), Daniel R (R), Daniel D (D), Robinson (R), Satterfield (D), Trible (R), Wampler (R), Whitehurst (R). SENATE
Economic Stimulus. By a 72-29 vote the Senate also adopted a budget resolution, similar to the one adopted by the House, authoricing a higher federal spending ceilling for fiscal year 1977.
The two resolutions now go to a joint conference committee to resolve differences.
Voting not to increase spending ceilling : VIRGINIA - Byrd (Ind.).
Not voting: VIRGINIA - Scott (R).