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New England Votes in Congress

WASHINGTON -- Here was how area members of Congress were recorded on major roll call votes in the week ending Nov. 19.

HOUSE

NATIONAL DEBT CEILING: Voting 208 for and 204 against, the House on Nov. 18 sent President Bush a bill (S 2986) to raise the national debt ceiling by $800 billion to $8.18 trillion. This marked the third time since the president took office that Congress increased federal borrowing authority to avert a government shutdown. Deficit spending has totaled $1.4 trillion during Bush's first term and is projected to reach $2.2 trillion by late 2005, when this new limit is expected to expire.

A yes vote was to increase the national debt.

CONNECTICUT Voting yes: Rob Simmons, Christopher Shays, Nancy Johnson.

Voting no: John Larson, Rosa DeLauro.

Not voting: None.

MASSACHUSETTS Voting yes: None.

Voting no: John Olver, Richard Neal, James McGovern, Barney Frank, Martin Meehan, John Tierney, Edward Markey, Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch, William Delahunt.

Not voting: None.

MAINE Voting yes: None.

Voting no: Tom Allen, Michael Michaud.

Not voting: None.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Voting yes: Jeb Bradley, Charles Bass.

Voting no: None.

Not voting: None.

RHODE ISLAND Voting yes: None.

Voting no: Patrick Kennedy, Jim Langevin.

Not voting: None.

VERMONT Voting yes: None.

Voting no: Bernard Sanders.

Not voting: None.

PAY AS YOU GO: Voting 194 for and 218 against, the House on Nov. 18 rejected a bid by Democrats to change S 2896 (above) to give Congress an April 15 deadline for deciding whether to restore pay-as-you-go discipline to federal budgeting. Under ''pay-go" rules, cuts in taxes or increases in entitlement spending must be offset by tax increases or spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. The legally binding rules helped Congress achieve budget surpluses in the 1990s. But GOP leaders now oppose them on grounds they would interfere with the administration's policy of using tax cuts to stimulate economic growth.

A yes vote was to restore pay-as-you-go rules.

CONNECTICUT Voting yes: Larson, DeLauro.

Voting no: Simmons, Shays, Johnson.

Not voting: None.

MASSACHUSETTS Voting yes: Olver, Neal, McGovern, Frank, Meehan, Tierney, Markey, Capuano, Lynch, Delahunt.

Voting no: None.

Not voting: None.

MAINE Voting yes: Allen, Michaud.

Voting no: None.

Not voting: None.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Voting yes: None.

Voting no: Bradley, Bass.

Not voting: None.

RHODE ISLAND Voting yes: Kennedy, Langevin.

Voting no: None.

Not voting: None.

VERMONT Voting yes: Sanders.

Voting no: None.

Not voting: None.

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