WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week:


Extended jobless benefits. Voting 272-152, the House sent President Obama a bill (HR 4213) to provide unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless through November, with the $34 billion cost added to the national debt. The bill will fund payments to those who have exhausted their initial 26-week allotments of state-funded jobless benefits and will deliver lump-sum retroactive payments to qualified individuals who lost eligibility after June 2. The bill keeps 99 weeks as the maximum eligibility period for receiving state-federal unemployment compensation.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Voting yes: John Adler (D., N.J.), Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), Robert A. Brady (D., Pa.), Michael N. Castle (R., Del.), Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Tim Holden (D., Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (R., N.J.), Patrick Murphy (D., Pa.), Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.), Joe Sestak (D., Pa.), and Christopher H. Smith (R., N.J.).

Voting no: Joseph R. Pitts (R., Pa.).

Tariff reductions, suspensions. Voting 378-43, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 4380) reducing or suspending tariffs on the import of thousands of components and raw materials used by U.S. companies to manufacture made-in-America products. The bill is designed to boost production and create jobs in industries such as automobiles, agriculture, chemicals, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceuticals, and textiles.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Voting yes: Adler, Andrews, Brady, Castle, Dent, Fattah, Gerlach, Holden, LoBiondo, Murphy, Schwartz, Sestak, and Smith.

Voting no: Pitts.


Extended jobless benefits. Voting 59-39, the Senate sent the House a $34 billion deficit-spending bill (HR 4213, above) to provide jobless checks through November for people out of work six months or longer. The bill also provides retroactive, lump-sum payments to an estimated 2.5 million people whose checks were cut off June 2 or later because of a Senate funding dispute. Republicans delayed the bill for two months while asking Democrats to find a way to pay for it.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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

Small-business credit. Voting 60-37, the Senate ended Republican blockage of a taxpayer-backed lending program to help small businesses expand and create jobs. The vote advanced a measure authorizing the Treasury to lend up to $30 billion to community banks to leverage up to $300 billion over 10 years in new credit for small businesses. The bill (HR 5297) remained in debate.

A yes vote backed the lending program.

Voting yes: Carper, Casey, Kaufman, Lautenberg, Menendez, and Specter.

This week. The House will take up fiscal 2011 appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development. The Senate will debate a campaign-finance disclosure bill and supplemental appropriations for war and domestic programs this year.