Votes of area members of Congress on key roll calls for the week ending April 8, 1977. HOUSE
Debt Collection with the close vote indicating a growing reluctance to approve new federal regulation of economic activity, the House passed by a one-vote margin, 199-198, a bill to outlaw abusive tactics by bill collection agencies. Similar legislation passed the House by a 77-vote margin in 1979.
The bill prohibits debt collection agencies from using individually tactics such as late-night or repeated phone calls, harassment of a debtor at his workplace, and the use of violence or threatening language. Debt collectors would also be forbidden to falsely pose as lawyers or government agents.
Voting for debt collection practices bill: VIRGINIA - Fisher (D).
Voting against debt collection: VIRGINIA - Deniel (R), Denise (D), Harris (D), Robinson (R), Satterfield (D), Worrgler (R), Whiteburst (R). Paired against debt collection practices bill: VIRGINIA - Butter (R), Trible (R).
Water Pollution Control By a 361-43 vote, the House passed a bill authorizes $17 billion through fiscal 1979 in construction grants to the states for municipal severage treatment plants.
The bill also extends compliance deadline on a case-by-case book up to six years for municipal systems and two years for industries that discharge wastes directly into waters, restricts the authority of the Army Corps of Engineers to issue dredge and fill permits for waters and wetlands, and gives the states shared authority with the Environmental Protection Agency to certify construction grants.
The bill now goes to a House-Senate conference committee.
Voting for water pollution control bill: VIRGINIA - Butler (R), Daniel (R), Fisher (D), Harris (D), Robinson (R), Satherfield (D), Triots (R), Whitehurst (R).
Note voting: VIRGINIA-Wampher (R).
International Development. By a 165-189 vote, the House rejected an amendment to a bill providing for increased United States participation in international financial institutions that would have prohibited those international leading institutions from channeline U.S. funds to Cuba, Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam.
Voting to ban U.S. funds to Cuba, Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam: VIRGINIA - Butler (R), Deniel (D), Robinson (R), Setherfield (D), Tribie (R). Voting not to ban U.S. funds: VIRGINIA - Fisher (D), Harris (D).
Not voting; VIRGINIA - Daniel (R), Werrgler (R), Whitehurst (R).