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WASHINGTON - Here's how area House members voted last week. There were no Senate votes.

PAY BIAS SUITS: Voting 247 for and 151 against, the House on Jan. 9 sent the Senate a bill (HR11) giving plaintiffs greater standing to file suits alleging pay discrimination.

The bill would permit claims to be filed within 180 days of the latest infraction. This would nullify a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, in Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., which requires pay bias suits to be filed within 180 days of the first infraction.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Voting no: Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont.; Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.

WAGE DISCRIMINATION: Voting 256 for and 163 against, the House on Jan. 9 sent the Senate a bill (HR12) to strengthen the federal law that bans pay discrimination based on gender. The bill empowers women alleging pay bias to sue for recovery of back pay and receive punitive and compensatory damages, bans employer retaliation against those who share salary data with co-workers and establishes a grant program to teach negotiating skills to girls and women.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Voting no: Rehberg, Lummis.

PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS DISCLOSURE: Voting 359 for and 58 against, the House on Jan. 7 sent the Senate a bill (HR35) requiring incumbent and former presidents to release their official papers to the public without undue delay, except when disclosure would undermine national security. The bill voids a November 2001 executive order by President Bush that would, in effect, shield many of his and Vice President Cheney's records from timely review by historians and the public. The bill, which shifts the burden of proof to presidents to justify nondisclosure, is aimed at reinvigorating a post-Watergate law designed to make White House documents more publicly available.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Voting yes: Lummis.

Voting no: Rehberg.

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY DONORS: Voting 388 for and 31 against, the House on Jan. 7 sent the Senate a bill (HR36) requiring presidential library foundations to make quarterly disclosures of those who contribute more than $200. The bill is not retroactive. Presidential libraries, costing hundreds of millions of dollars to establish, are financed mainly by private donors. The requirement for disclosure would expire when the National Archives takes control of a presidential library.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Voting yes: Rehberg.

Voting no: Lummis.

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111th CONGRESS RULES: The House on Jan. 5 voted, 242 for and 181 against, to adopt its operating rules (H Res 5) for the 111th Congress. Republicans objected to the package mainly over its limits on the use of "recommittal" motions to derail bills headed for final passage. Republicans also faulted the rules for repealing term limits on committee chairs, among other changes.

A yes vote was to adopt the rules.

Voting no: Rehberg, Lummis.

GOP RULES PLAN: Voting 174 for and 249 against, the House on Jan. 5 defeated a Republican alternative to H Res 5 (above). Republicans sought, in part, to require members' votes in committee to be published online within 48 hours, and to block Democratic proposals that would repeal term limits for committee chairs and limit "recommittal" motions as a tool of the minority.

A yes vote was to adopt the Republican plan.

Voting yes: Rehberg, Lummis.

Key votes ahead

This week, the House will debate the State Children's Health Insurance Program and the disbursement of $350 billion from the Troubled Assets Relief Program. The Senate schedule had not been announced.

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