For the Record

Here's how some major bills fared recently in Congress, and how local congressional members voted, as provided by Thomas's Roll Call Syndicate. NV means Not Voting.

House Votes

MILITARY APPROPRIATIONS

For: 403 / Against: 17

The House approved $417 billion in U.S. military appropriations for fiscal 2005. In part, the bill (HR 4613) includes $25 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan; funds deployment of National Missile Defense interceptors this year at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Fort Greely in Alaska; funds a 3.5 percent military pay raise; and expands the Army by 20,000 troops and the Marine Corps by 9,000 troops. A nonmilitary provision would raise the national debt ceiling by $690 billion, to more than $8 trillion.

In a two-stage process, the House and Senate first authorize the defense budget and then take up separate bills to appropriate, or actually spend, most but not all of the authorized level. In a vote below, the Senate passed the 2005 defense authorization bill.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

VIRGINIA

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J. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

For: 202 / Against: 218

The House defeated an amendment to HR 4613 (above) to guarantee the collective-bargaining rights of 700,000 civilian employees covered by new personnel rules at the Department of Defense. The rules are part of a government-wide administrative easing of civil service protections to give supervisors more leeway to hire, fire, transfer and set the pay levels of their staffs. Supporters call the rules necessary to improve the performance of the federal workforce; opponents call them an attempt to privatize and thus weaken the civil service.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

VIRGINIA

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J. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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INTELLIGENCE BUDGET

For: 360 / Against: 61

The House approved a fiscal 2005 budget (HR 4548) for the 15 U.S. intelligence agencies. The classified budget is reported to total at least $40 billion. The bill funds agencies such as the CIA, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Organization and National Imagery and Mapping Agency.

In part, the bill emphasizes greater reliance on human intelligence and creates two assistant directorships of intelligence, one to oversee information technology and the other to upgrade language training.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

VIRGINIA

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Cantor (R)

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J. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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PRISONER DISCLOSURE

For: 149 / Against: 270

The House rejected an amendment to withhold one-quarter of the fiscal 2005 budget from certain intelligence programs until the administration provides Congress with "all documents related to the handling and treatment of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere." This occurred during debate on HR 4548 (above).

A yes vote was to require administration disclosure of prisoner documents.

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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