WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia area members of the U.S. Senate voted on major issues last week. The House was in recess.

Health-care passage. Voting 60-39, the Senate on Thursday passed a bill (HR 3590) that would provide affordable medical insurance to about 31 million legal U.S. residents who are now uninsured. The bill is projected to cost $871 billion over 10 years, but is projected to pay for itself and reduce annual deficits by $132 billion over that period.

A yes vote was to send the bill to a House-Senate conference.

Voting yes: Thomas Carper (D., Del.), Ted Kaufman (D., Del.), Bob Casey Jr. (D., Pa.), Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) and Arlen Specter (D., Pa.).

Health-bill filibuster. Voting 60-40, the Senate on Monday ended a Republican filibuster against passage of HR 3590 (above). This vote gave Democrats the parliamentary breakthrough they needed to pass the bill three days later.

A yes vote was to end GOP delay.

All Philadelphia-area senators voted yes.

Health-bill constitutionality. Voting 39-60, the Senate on Wednesday defeated a Republican bid to declare HR 3590 (above) unconstitutional on grounds that it usurps powers reserved to the states under the 10th Amendment. Republicans specifically faulted the bill's levying of fines on individuals who fail to obtain federally subsidized policies in the 50 state exchanges established by the bill. Under the bill, the insurance is regulated state by state.

A yes vote was to declare the bill unconstitutional.

All Philadelphia-area senators voted no.

Health-bill earmarks. Voting 53-46, the Senate on Wednesday killed a Republican bid to bar earmarks in HR 3590 (above). In part, the GOP objected to special benefits and funding that Sens. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) and Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) secured for their states.

A yes vote opposed the GOP measure.

All Philadelphia-area senators voted yes.

2010 military appropriations. Voting 88-10, the Senate on Dec. 19 sent President Obama the conference report on a $636.3 billion fiscal 2010 military appropriations bill (HR 3326) that includes $128.3 billion for war in Iraq and Afghanistan and $28.3 billion for service members' health care. The bill funds a 3.4 percent military pay raise; bars the torture of prisoners; bars permanent U.S. bases in Iraq or Afghanistan; caps production of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet; funds C-17 cargo jets over Pentagon objections, and appropriates $15 billion for procuring seven Navy ships and $6.3 billion for buying 6,600 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected all-terrain vehicles.

In nonmilitary provisions, the bill eases the terms of small-business loans; temporarily extends the National Flood Insurance Program; temporarily extends rules that let satellite TV viewers receive broadcasts of local channels, and expands federal-state nutrition programs.

It also extends certain expiring sections of the USA Patriot Act until March 1, delays deep cuts in Medicare payments to doctors until March 1, and extends jobless checks and COBRA health benefits for the long-term unemployed until March 1.

A yes vote was to adopt the conference report.

All Philadelphia-area senators voted yes.

National debt limit. The Senate on Thursday voted, 60-39, to join the House in raising the national debt limit by $290 billion to $12.39 trillion. The bill (HR 4314) extends Treasury borrowing authority until about Feb. 11, at which time Congress will vote again to raise the debt ceiling.

A yes vote was to raise the federal debt ceiling.

All Philadelphia area senators voted yes.

This week. Congress is in recess until January.