HOUSE

Small-business lending: Members authorized, 237-187, Treasury lending to community banks designed to leverage $300 billion in loans to small businesses. The deficit-neutral bill also provides $12 billion in business tax breaks. A yes vote was to send the bill (HR 5297) to President Barack Obama.

Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: NO

John Adler, D-3rd: YES

9/11 workers: Members passed, 268-160, a bill setting up a fund to benefit thousands who developed ailments as a result of cleanup work at the World Trade Center site after 9/11. A yes vote was to establish a deficit-neutral fund for providing health benefits and compensation. (HR 847)

LoBiondo: YES

Adler: YES

China trade penalties: Members passed, 348-79, a bill authorizing U.S. trade officials to impose tariffs on imports from nations that systematically devalue their currencies to increase sales to the United States. China is the main target. A yes vote was to send HR 2378 to the Senate.

LoBiondo: YES

Adler: YES

U.S. space budget: Members authorized, 304-118, $58 billion over three years for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A yes vote was to send Obama a bill (HR 3729) ending the space shuttle next June but supporting the international space station until 2020.

LoBiondo: YES

Adler: NO

Stopgap 2011 budget: Voting 228-194, members sent Obama a $219 billion appropriations bill to fund government operations from the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1 until Dec. 3. A lame-duck session then will attempt to enact regular appropriations for fiscal 2011. (HR 3081)

LoBiondo: NO

Adler: NO

Spy budget: Members voted 244-181 to send Obama a classified 2011 intelligence budget unofficially estimated at more than $50 billion. A yes vote backed a bill to fund the CIA, National Security Agency and other units and require more accountability to Congress. (HR 2701)

Adler: YES

LoBiondo: NO

Plain government writing: Voting 341-82, members sent Obama a bill requiring federal agencies to use plain language in their forms, letters and other documents. The annual cost would be $5 million. A yes vote backed HR 946 over arguments it is too costly during a time of high deficits.

LoBiondo: YES

Adler: YES

SENATE

Republican military filibuster: The Senate failed, 56-43, to reach 60 votes to advance a $725.7 billion military budget for 2011. The Republican filibuster was based mainly on the bill's repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for dealing with gay soldiers. A yes vote was to start debating S 3454.

Robert Menendez, D: YES

Frank Lautenberg, D: YES

Campaign finances: Senators failed, 59-39, to reach 60 votes to end Republican blockage of a bill requiring unions, corporations and interest groups to immediately disclose their funding of political ads, with chief executives personally appearing in the ads to take responsibility. A yes vote supported S 3628.

Menendez: YES

Lautenberg: YES

Union elections: Senators refused, 43-56, to block a new rule making it easier for transportation workers to unionize. The rule allows workers to organize if a majority of those casting votes - rather than a majority of all workers in the bargaining unit - support a union. A yes vote was to block the rule. (S Con Res 30)

Menendez: NO

Lautenberg: NO

Stopgap budget: Voting 69-30, senators sent the House a $219 billion stopgap spending bill to fund the government until Dec. 3, at which time Congress will take up regular appropriations, with its decisions likely shaped by results of the Nov. 2 elections. A yes vote was to approve HR 3081.

Menendez: YES

Lautenberg: YES

5% spending cut: Senators defeated, 48-51, a Republican bid to cut spending in HR 3081 (above) by 5 percent across the board except for security and veterans' programs. A yes vote backed the cut over arguments it would hinder law enforcement against terrorists and illegal immigrants

Menendez: NO

Lautenberg: NO

Repatriating U.S. jobs: Senators failed, 53-45, to reach 60 votes to end Republican blockage of a bill awarding payroll-tax breaks to multinational firms that return jobs to the U.S. A yes vote backed a deficit-neutral bill (S 3816) that also would end tax policies that spur the exporting of U.S. jobs.

Menendez: YES

Lautenberg: YES

Health-law dispute: Senators rejected, 40-59, a Republican bid to repeal a key coverage requirement in the new health law. A yes vote was to void a newly issued rule for defining when a business plan can be "grandfathered" and thus exempt from certain coverage mandates in the law. (SJ Res 39)

Menendez: NO

Lautenberg: NO

Source: Roll Call Report Syndicate

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