Here's how area members of Congress were recorded on major roll-call votes in the week ending Friday. House U.S. intelligence revamp: By a vote of 336-75, the House on Tuesday...

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WASHINGTON — Here’s how area members of Congress were recorded on major roll-call votes in the week ending Friday.


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U.S. intelligence revamp: By a vote of 336-75, the House on Tuesday approved the conference report on a bill (S 2845) restructuring U.S. foreign and domestic intelligence agencies and expanding federal police powers against suspected terrorists.

The measure establishes a national intelligence director appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The spymaster will have extensive but not total budget and personnel control over the 15 U.S. intelligence agencies and their estimated 200,000 employees. The bill creates a national counterterrorism center for processing threats and preventing communications and surveillance breakdowns such as those that preceded the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A yes vote was to approve the conference report.

Voting yes: Jay Inslee, D-1; Rick Larsen, D-2; Brian Baird, D-3; Doc Hastings, R-4; George Nethercutt, R-5; Norman Dicks, D-6; Jennifer Dunn, R-8; and Adam Smith, D-9

Voting no: Jim McDermott, D-7.

Tax-return privacy: By unanimous vote, the House on Monday reversed an earlier vote and stripped a fiscal 2005 budget bill (HR 4818) of authority for lawmakers and congressional staff to randomly inspect income-tax returns at the IRS. The House approved the inspections Nov. 20 as part of a $388.8 billion, 3,000-page appropriations bill that few if any members claimed to have read in detail at the time of the vote. Following public outcry, members said later they were unaware they had voted to authorize an invasion of taxpayers’ privacy.

A yes vote was to remove the provision.

Voting yes: Inslee, Baird, McDermott, Dunn, Smith.

Not voting: Larsen, Hastings, Nethercutt, Dicks.


SENATE

Intelligence, police powers: By a vote of 89-2, the Senate on Wednesday sent President Bush the conference report on a bill (S 2845, above) expanding federal police powers and revamping the far-flung U.S. intelligence apparatus along lines recommended by the Sept. 11 commission. The bill sets federal standards for state-issued driver’s licenses but allows states to continue to set eligibility requirements.

A yes vote was to approve the conference report.

Voting yes: Maria Cantwell, D; , and Patty Murray, D.