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Here are the votes of area members of Congress on key issues last week.

House okays 1% cut in operations budget

Responding to presidential calls for shared sacrifice, the House voted 224-187 Thursday to cut spending for legislative branch operations by about 1 percent in fiscal 1994.

As approved by the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, the measure would provide $1.78-billion in budget authority in fiscal 1994 for the House and other legislative branch agencies, such as the General Accounting Office and the Congressional Budget Office. The House-passed measure does not include funding for the Senate, which currently has a budget of about $550-million.

Supporters of the bill mostly were Democrats, who make up the majority of the House.

"This is a very tight bill," said Vic Fazio, D-Calif., a key architect of the spending plan.

While offering limited praise to Democrats for some cuts, Republicans called for further reductions, arguing that voters wanted bigger changes.

"The bill is still overloaded with perks and patronage that should be offloaded now," said Porter J. Goss, R-Fla.

Voting for the $1.78-billion legislative spending package: Brown (D), Gibbons (D), Meek (D), Peterson (D), Thurman (D).

Voting against: Bacchus (D), Hutto (D), Bilirakis (R), Canady (R), Fowler (R), Goss (R), McCollum (R), Mica (R), Miller (R), Ros-Lehtinen (R), Stearns (R), Young (R).

Not Voting: Johnston (D), Lewis (R).

Campaign ad trailers rejected by Senate

The Senate narrowly defeated an amendment Wednesday that would have required trailers after campaign broadcast commercials stating whether they were partly paid for with public dollars.

The amendment, rejected 47-45, was brought up during debate on campaign finance legislation that would rewrite the laws that govern how lawmakers run their campaigns for federal office.

Those senators who favored the amendment said the American people probably would like to know whether a candidate used public tax dollars to help finance his or her campaign.

Opponents of the bill claimed that running the disclaimer not only would take away time from the already-short 30-second spot but that it infringed on the First Amendment rights of free speech and therefore would tie up the courts with litigation claiming just that.

Voting for the disclaimer amendment to the campaign finance bill: Graham (D).

Voting against: Mack (R).

Campaign finance debate still on

The Senate on Thursday failed to muster the 60 votes needed to close debate on legislation that would rewrite the current law governing how legislators run their campaigns for federal office. The vote was 53-41.

Those supporting the proposal to end debate wanted to vote on the current campaign finance package.

Opponents wanted to propose more amendments and question current provisions.

Voting to end debate on campaign finance legislation: Graham (D).

Voting to keep talking: Mack (R).

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