WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.


House Vote 1

OIL EXPORTS AND TERRORISM: The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., to a bill (H.R. 702). The amendment would authorize the president to ban the export of U.S.-produced crude oil to any country found to be a sponsor of terrorism. Messer said his amendment clarified that the bill was not intended to stop the president from being able to adopt such export bans. The vote, on Oct. 9, was 414 yeas to 1 nay.

YEAS: Chellie Pingree D-Maine (1st), Bruce Poliquin R-Maine (2nd)

House Vote 2

ENDING CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN: The House has passed a bill (H.R. 702), sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, that would repeal the federal government’s ban on the export of U.S.-produced crude oil. Barton said repealing the ban would create up to a million jobs, as companies in the oil industry hurt by the slump in oil prices find new markets for their products, without causing an increase in domestic oil prices. A bill opponent, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., criticized the lack of a provision requiring that oil be shipped on American-built ships staffed by Americans. The vote, on Oct. 9, was 261 yeas to 159 nays.

NAYS: Pingree

YEAS: Poliquin

There were no key votes in the Senate this week.