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Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

HOUSE VOTES:

House Vote 1:
COLTSVILLE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: The House rejected the Coltsville National Historical Park Act (H.R. 5131), sponsored by Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., that would have established a park in Hartford, Conn., on the former site of the Colt Fire Arms Company and would have commemorated the company's development of precision manufacturing. Larson said the site had "national significance and historic value and deserves to be preserved." An opponent, Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the National Park Service opposed the project and had studied the proposed park and found "unresolved issues", such as permits and Federal boundaries questions, which caused the National Park Service to be unable to conclude that the park proposal would be feasible to undertake. The vote, on Sept. 22, was 215 yeas to 174 nays, with a two-thirds majority required for approval.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)

House Vote 2:
REDUCING INFANT MORTALITY: The House passed the NEWBORN Act (H.R. 3470), sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. The bill would establish $10,000,000 in 1-year grants for each year from fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2015 for the purpose of cutting infant mortality in 15 metropolitan U.S. areas that have had the highest infant mortality rates over the last three years. The grants will help to develop improved access, utilization, and quality of social, educational, and clinical services to promote healthy pregnancies, full-term births, and healthy infancies through counseling on infant care, feeding, and parenting, postpartum care and the prevention of premature delivery. Cohen said the legislation would be "the largest outreach program the Federal Government has ever engaged in" and that it would help save money through preventative prenatal care rather than spending on expensive treatments after the fact. The vote, on Sept. 22, was 324 yeas to 64 nays.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)

House Vote 3:
EXPANDING CASA GRANDE NATIONAL MONUMENT: The House rejected the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act (H.R. 5110), sponsored by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., that would have expanded the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument by acquiring land adjacent to it, and would have authorized a study of other land that could eventually be added to the monument site. Kirkpatrick said the legislation was needed to preserve unique cultural and historical sites and to create jobs in Arizona. An opponent, Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., criticized the estimated $10-million cost of buying the land and the bill's lack of protections for private property. The vote, on Sept. 23, was 244 yeas to 174 nays, with a two-thirds majority required for approval.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)

House Vote 4:
LENDING TO SMALL BUSINESSES: The House agreed to the Senate amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297), sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., to create a small business lending program at the Treasury Department and to provide tax incentives for small businesses creating jobs. Frank said the legislation would provide capital to businesses struggling to obtain bank loans and that it also would assist minority women and veterans owning small businesses. An opponent, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said the legislation would require $30 billion of mostly borrowed funds to the deficit by pairing temporary tax credits with permanent tax increases and would fail to help small businesses. The vote, on Sept. 23, was 237 yeas to 187 nays.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)

House Vote 5:
FUNDING AUTISM TREATMENT, RESEARCH: The House passed the Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide Act (H.R. 5756), sponsored by Rep. Michael F. Doyle, D-Pa., to authorize targeted grants to fund university research and treatment centers for autistic children. Doyle said there was a critical shortage of appropriately trained personnel in autism research and services areas and that the legislation would "help practicing professionals, as well as those in training, to become professionals, to get the most up-to-date practices, and to be informed by the most current research findings." The vote, on Sept. 23, was 393 yeas to 24 nays.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)
NOT VOTING: Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th)

House Vote 6:
CIVILIAN TRAINING OF MILITARY EMTS: The House passed the Emergency Medic Transition Act (H.R. 3199), sponsored by Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., to provide grants for state emergency medical departments to speed the training and the State licensing of veterans with prior training in the field while serving in the Armed Forces. Harman noted that the legislation would provide jobs to unemployed veterans while filling a gap in emergency medical field and said: "The funds authorized in this bill can be used to provide coursework and training, and reimbursement for the cost of coursework, and any certification fees." The vote, on Sept. 23, was 412 yeas to 5 nays.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)
NOT VOTING: Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th)

House Vote 7:
INSURING VOLUNTEER HEALTH WORKERS: The House passed the Family Health Care Accessibility Act (H.R. 1745), sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., to extend liability insurance protections to volunteer workers at community health centers. Murphy said the legislation "will eliminate the barriers for millions of patients seeking care in these neighborhood health care homes and will allow thousands of practitioners to volunteer their expertise for high-quality, low-cost patient care." The vote, on Sept. 23, was 417 yeas to 1 nay.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)
NOT VOTING: Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th)

House Vote 8:
PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING: The House passed the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5710), sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., to amend and reauthorize a law providing for state prescription drug monitoring programs. Whitfield said the legislation would provide physicians with tools to stop prescription drug abuse before it starts and that it would allow "physicians to provide proper medication therapy to patients while also cracking down on the interstate diversion of prescription medications." The vote, on Sept. 23, was 384 yeas to 32 nays.
YEAS: Rep. William D. Delahunt D-MA (10th), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA (9th)
NOT VOTING: Rep. Barney Frank D-MA (4th)

SENATE VOTES:

Senate Vote 1:
CLOSING DEBATE ON DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL: The Senate rejected cloture for debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 3454), sponsored by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., to authorize fiscal 2011 funding for the Defense Department. Levin said it was necessary to proceed to other actions that would help move the legislation forward because, "the bill always contains important bipartisan measures to improve the compensation and quality of life of our men and women in uniform, provides our troops the equipment and support they need in ongoing military operations around the world, and enhances the oversight and efficiency of DOD operations." An opponent of the legislation, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he opposed the inclusion of a provision that would abolish the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy on gay and lesbian soldiers before the troops themselves were able to give their opinions on whether the policy should be ended. The vote, on Sept. 21, was 56 yeas to 43  nays, with a three-fifths majority required to approve cloture.
YEAS: Sen. John F. Kerry D-MA
NAYS: Sen. Scott Brown R-MA

Senate Vote 2:
UNION FORMATION RULES: The Senate rejected the motion to proceed with a resolution (S.J. Res. 30), sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., that would have expressed congressional disapproval of a National Mediation Board rule to allow a minority vote of organizing workers to authorize the formation of a union. Isakson said: "There is no sound legal or policy basis for hastily changing a rule that has been in place and upheld repeatedly for 75 years." An opponent of the resolution to disapprove of the rule, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said that requiring an absolute majority of workers to approve unionization "would keep in place outdated and undemocratic election procedures that undermine workers' fundamental rights." The vote, on Sept. 23, was 43 yeas to 56 nays.
YEAS: Sen. Scott Brown R-MA
NAYS: Sen. John F. Kerry D-MA

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