Gulf of Mexico drilling: Members voted, 263-163, to restore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to levels comparable to those in effect before the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year. A yes vote backed a bill (HR 1229) requiring prompt federal action on at least 40 pending permit applications.
Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: YES
Jon Runyan, R-3rd: YES
Blowout prevention: Members defeated, 176-237, a bid to expand HR 1229 (above) to include safety proposals by the commission that investigated last year's BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A yes vote was to codify proposals such improving equipment to prevent blowouts and adding safety redundancies to oil rigs.
Expanded offshore drilling: Members approved, 243-179, energy drilling in several Outer Continental Shelf regions where it is barred for environmental reasons. A yes vote backed a bill (HR 1231) to start drilling, in part, off much of the Atlantic Coast and southern California and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Oil-export ban: Members defeated, 180-243, a bid by Democrats to bar energy companies from exporting the Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas they extract under federal leases. A yes vote backed the prohibition over Republican arguments the president already can block overseas sales. (HR 1231)
2011 intelligence budget: Members passed, 392-15, a secret U.S. intelligence budget estimated at $55 billion or more for fiscal 2011. A yes vote backed a bill to fund civilian and military spy agencies such as the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency. (HR 754)
Judge Edward Chen: Senators confirmed, 56-42, Edward H. Chen, 58, as a federal judge for the Northern District of California. A yes vote supported Chen over Republican arguments he would be a "judicial activist" because he once worked as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Robert Menendez, D: YES
Frank Lautenberg, D: YES
Source: Voterama in Congress