FEDERAL BUDGET

For: 69 / Against: 29

The Senate sent to conference with the House a Republican-drafted measure appropriating $390 billion-plus to fund most non-defense functions of the government in fiscal 2003. The budget (HJ Res 2) combines 11 individual appropriations bills that lawmakers failed to enact last year while jockeying for electoral advantage. Accounting for more than half of non-entitlement spending, the measure would replace temporary appropriations that expire tomorrow. It cuts the budgets of most non-defense agencies across the board by up to 2.9 percent; increases spending for accounts such as the Transportation Security Administration and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act; reduces spending for agencies such as Amtrak, the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service; and funds the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act well below the level once touted by President Bush and lawmakers of both parties. A yes vote was to approve the budget.

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DELAY IN CLEAN AIR RULES

For: 46 / Against: 50

The Senate refused to delay new regulations on air pollution to allow time for a study of their effect on human breathing and the environment. The amendment to HJ Res 2 (above) sought a six-month hiatus for the Bush administration rules. In part, they would allow oil refineries and utilities to upgrade antiquated coal-fired power plants without having to install what the 1970 Clean Air Act defines as the best available anti-pollution technology. Backers of the amendment called the administration plan a favor to political supporters and industrial polluters at the expense of public health, while opponents said that by easing red tape and the threat of incessant lawsuits, the rules would spur industries to modernize plants and thus reduce the discharge of pollutants. A yes vote was to delay the rule pending further study.

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LIMITS ON FAMINE AID

For: 48 / Against: 46

The Senate killed a bid to double the administration's funding request for programs to ease famine in countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. The amendment to HJ Res 2 (above) sought to increase funding to combat starvation in sub-Saharan Africa by at least $600 million, to the $1.2 billion level authorized by Congress. None of the senators who voted to kill the funding increase spoke during debate. A yes vote opposed the funding increase.

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U.S. DROUGHT SPENDING

For: 39 / Against: 56

The Senate rejected a Democratic amendment to HJ Res 2 (above) to provide $5.9 billion for farmers and ranchers suffering losses from drought. The emergency outlay would have been added to the deficit. A GOP alternative, later approved, provides only half as much aid but is defined in the bill as deficit-neutral. A yes vote backed the Democratic amendment.

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HOME HEATING AID

For: 88 / Against: 4

Senators voted to increase appropriations by $300 million in fiscal 2003, to $2 billion, for a program to help those in need pay heating or air-conditioning bills. The spending, which was added to HJ Res 2 (above), would increase the deficit because it was not offset by cuts elsewhere in the legislation. A yes vote was to expand the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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TOM RIDGE CONFIRMATION

For: 94 / Against: 0

The Senate voted to confirm Thomas J. Ridge, 58, as secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security. The former Pennsylvania governor and congressman had been President Bush's adviser for homeland security. A yes vote was to confirm Ridge.

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Allen (R)

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