Votes of area members of Congress on key issues taken during the week ending June 6. House
Foreign aid authorization: By a vote of 221-147 the House passed a $5.2 billion economic and military foreign aid authorization bill. The final figure was about $100 million below President Carter's requested level for foreign aid.
Voting for passage: Fisher (D), Harris (D).
Voting against passage: Butler (R), Daniel (D), Robinson (R), Satterfield (D), Wampler (R), Whitehurst (R).
Not Voting: Trible (R). Senate
Council on Wage and Price Stability (COWPS): The Senate voted 54-26 to deny President Carter's request for a major budget increase for the Council on Wage and Price Stability. The council monitors the effects of wage and price increases on inflation. In October 1978, Carter put the agency in charge of his anti-inflation program -- which sets voluntary guidelines for pay and price rises.
The president had asked Congress to raise the council's authorization from the fiscal 1980 level of $8.5 million to $25 million in fiscal 1981. He also wanted an extra $5.3 million for 1980. The additional funds were to nearly triple the agency's staff.
Voting to deny the increase in the council's funding: Byrd (Ind.), Warner (R).
Credit Control Act: The Senate showed its dissatisfaction with White House anti-inflation efforts by voting, 43-40, to repeal the president's authority to impose credit controls. Carter imposed controls on credit as part of his March 14 anti-inflation package. He has eased the limits in recent weeks, however, as the nation's economy has worsened.
The Credit Control Act of 1969 gives the president the power to authorize the Federal Reserve Board to regulate or control the extension of credit when such action is "necessary or appropriate for the purpose of controlling inflation generated by the extension of credit in excessive volume."
Voting to repeal the Credit Control Act: Warner (R).
Voting not to repeal the Credit Control Act: Byrd (Ind).
Votes taken during the week ending May 30, 1980. House
By a vote of 141-242, the House of Representatives rejected a compromise balanced budget resolution for fiscal year 1981 that had been agreed to earlier in a House-senate conference committee. President Carter had announced his opposition to the budget plan earlier in the week on the grounds that proposed national defense spending of $153.7 billion was too high. The figure represented a 13 percent increase over fiscal 1980 spending levels or a real growth rate over inflation of 5.2 percent.
The House subsequently voted to send the budget resolution back to conference with the Senate.
The budget resolution -- the first fiscal 1981 budget resolution -- is intended to guide Congress as it considers fiscal 1981 spending bills. The resolution does not allow the federal government to spend money.
Voting for the compromise budget plan: Butler (R), Daniel (R), Daniel (D), Fisher (D), Robinson (R), Satterfield (D), Trible (R), Wampler (R), Whitehurst (R).
Voting against the compromise budget plan: Harris (D).
By the vote of 123-165, the House of Representatives rejected a motion to table (kill) a proposal instructing its conferees to insist on the compromise budget resolution figure of $153.7 billion in outlays and $171.3 billion in budget authority for national defense. The $153.7 billion figure was agreed to in a House-Senate conference committee on the budget resolution. The figure was $5.8 billion more in spending than the original House number and $2 billion less than the Senate number.
Voting for the motion to table (kill): Harris (D).
Voting against the motion to table: Daniel (R), Daniel (R), Robinson (R), Satterfield (D), Trible (R), Warner (R).
Not voting: Butler (R), Fisher (D), Whitehurst (R).