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Published Oct. 9, 2005

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

Population Fund

keeps its financing

House lawmakers on June 16 turned back a Republican attempt to strip financing for the controversial U.N. Population Fund from the measure that authorizes State Department activities, 191-236. The U.N. Population Fund provides family planning aid in more than 100 developing nations.

The State Department bill would authorize $50-million annually for the Population Fund in fiscal years 1994 and 1995. However, $14-million of the total would not be released unless the president certifies that the fund has stopped all activities in China, whose government coerces citizens with children to terminate new pregnancies.

Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., a vocal opponent of abortion, tried unsuccessfully to bar all money for the U.N. fund unless the president certified that no money would be used in China.

But opponents of Smith's amendment said it would do nothing to stop coercive abortions in China and only prevent financing other legitimate family planning programs.

Voting to bar funds to the U.N. Population Fund: Hutto (D), Thurman (D), Bilirakis (R), Canady (R), Fowler (R), Goss (R), Lewis (R), Mica (R), Miller (R), Ros-Lehtinen (R), Stearns (R).

Voting against: Bacchus (D), Brown (D), Gibbons (D), Johnston (D), Meek (D), Peterson (D).

Not Voting: McCollum (R), Young (R).

Bill bans permanent

striker replacement

The House on June 15 passed, 239-190, a bill that would prohibit employers from permanently replacing workers who go on strike because of wage benefits or working conditions.

The measure, which would nullify a 1938 Supreme Court ruling that allows employers to permanently replace striking workers, also would prohibit employers from giving employment advantage to striking workers who return to work before a strike ends.

Supporters of the bill argued that employers use the right to permanently replace striking workers as a threat to prevent union employees from striking.

"What good is the right to strike if after you do it, the boss fires you?" asked Pat Williams, D-Mont., chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor-Management Relations.

Opponents said the legislation is unnecessary and could force companies out of business.

"Under current law, there is a balance," Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said in a statement. "Workers fighting unfair labor practices are protected, and .


. employers cannot be held hostage by unions with unreasonable demands."

Voting to ban permanent striker replacement: Bacchus (D), Brown (D), Johnston (D), Meek (D), Peterson (D), Thurman (D).

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

Campaign finance rules are rewritten

After nearly three weeks of debate and heavy revision, the Senate on June 17 passed, 60-38, a campaign finance bill that would establish a new system of voluntary spending limits for Senate campaigns starting in 1994.

Before passing the bill, senators removed almost all the provisions that would have provided for partial public financing for candidates who adhered to the voluntary spending caps.

The bill also would bar candidates for the Senate from accepting donations from political action committees and would bar lobbyists from making donations to members whom they lobby.

Seven Republicans voted with 53 Democrats for the bill, and three Democrats voted with 35 Republicans against.

The House will next add language governing its campaigns, and Democratic leaders have indicated they will push for major changes on the general provisions.

Voting for the campaign finance system revisions: Graham (D).

Voting against: Mack (R).