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Keeping up with how KY pols vote in Congress

March 16, 2010

One of the links that we offer at www.messenger-inquirer.com is to Congress.org. The site is a project of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call, two of the top news organizations covering Capitol Hill, and offers a wealth of information about what’s happening in the U.S. House and Senate.

One of the features of the site is an e-mail service that offers a look at how your members of Congress voted on bills and resolutions. I’ve signed up for the updates, and will try to post them here for discussion or just so people can stay informed about how their elected representatives are voting for them in Washington.

I’ll try to post these regularly, or you can sign up for the e-mail alerts yourself at Congress.org. Here’s the latest e-mail notice from Congress.org for Kentucky’s 1st and 2nd Districts and its two senators –

Recent Senate Votes Tax Extenders Act of 2009 – Vote Passed (62-36, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this bill that would extend unemployment insurance and COBRA health care subsidies through December 31 and would prevent a cut in physicians’ Medicare reimbursement rates. The bill now goes to the House.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted NO……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


Recent House Votes Impeaching Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. for high crimes and misdemeanors – Vote Passed (423-0, 7 Not Voting)

The House impeached Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. of Louisiana with four charges: that he accepted gifts in exchange for official actions, falsified and withheld information during a bankruptcy proceeding, made false statements as part of his Senate confirmation and received money from lawyers involved in a case that he oversaw. Unless the judge resigns, the Senate will hold a trial. A conviction on any of the four counts would remove Judge Porteous from office.

Rep. Brett Guthrie voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted YES……send e-mail or see bio


Afghanistan War Powers Resolution – Vote Failed (65-356, 9 Not Voting)

The House rejected this resolution that aimed to set a withdrawal timeline for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Rep. Brett Guthrie voted NO……send e-mail or see bioRep. Ed Whitfield voted NO……send e-mail or see bio


Upcoming Votes Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act – H.R.2847

The Senate is scheduled to work on this job creation bill, which would provide tax relief to businesses hiring unemployed workers.


FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act – H.R.1586

The Senate is likely to vote on this measure to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration through FY 2011 and expedite transition to a new air traffic control system.


FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act – H.R.1586

The House is expected to vote on this aviation bill if the Senate sends it to the House this week.


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – H.R.3590

The House may take up the Senate-passed health care overhaul bill. Work on the bill could continue into the weekend.

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