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  1. HOW OUR LAWMAKERS VOTED: Budget pacts, same-sex spousal rights, paid sick leave

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Mar 28 2015 01:00 PM

    Key Votes Ahead Congress is in Easter-Passover Recess until the week of April 13. Voterama in Congress

    WASHINGTON -- Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending March 27. HOUSE 10-YEAR REPUBLICAN BUDGET: Voting 228 for and 199 against, the House on March 25 approved a 10-year Republican fiscal plan (H Con Res 27) that seeks to balance the federal budget by fiscal 2024. This blueprint rules out tax increases and relies on mostly unspecified tax and spending cuts to reach balance, leaving decisions affecting trillions of dollars to House committees.

    The GOP budget would reduce spending by $5.5 trillion over 10 years through steps such as slashing domestic programs; converting Medicaid, the Children's...

  2. HOW LAWMAKERS VOTED: EPA Advisory Board makeup, union elections, sex trafficking

    KEY VOTES AHEAD In the week of March 23, both chambers will take up the Congressional Budget Resolution for fiscal 2016 and later years. VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS WASHINGTON -- Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the...

  3. HOW OUR LAWMAKERS VOTED: Homeland Security funding, Keystone veto override

    Key Votes Ahead In the week of March 9, the Senate will debate a bill giving Congress more power to shape agreements negotiated by the administration over Iran's nuclear program. The House will be in recess all week. WASHINGTON --...

  4. HOW LAWMAKERS VOTED: Homeland Security budget, higher-ed savings plans

    KEY VOTES AHEAD In the week of March 2, the Senate will conduct an override vote on President Obama's veto of a Keystone XL Pipeline bill, and it could take up the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general. The House schedule was...

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    Proposed ammo ban boosts sales at local gun stores

    A federal proposal to ban a certain type of ammunition popular among local target shooters has sparked another run on bullets at Kern County gun shops. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently began gathering...

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    Fuller elected California Senate Republican leader

    California Senate Republicans unanimously elected Jean Fuller of Bakersfield their next leader Tuesday, the latest local lawmaker to nab a high-profile post. When Fuller assumes the Senate Republican leader post in November, she will be...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Politics are putting undocumented people in harm's way

    As they say in the real estate business, it's all about location, location, location. The same philosophy appears to be the case for undocumented immigrants who apply for a U visa. A bipartisan Congress created the U visa program in 2000...

  8. HOW OUR LAWMAKERS VOTED: Keystone XL Pipeline, charitable deductions, new defense secretary

    KEY VOTES AHEAD:  Congress is in recess this week. It returns Feb. 24 to face a deadline three days later for either funding the Department of Homeland of Security or allowing parts of it to shut down. WASHINGTON -- Here's how area...

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    Race to replace Rubio was state's priciest

    Senate races in the Central Valley and the south coast burned through almost $28 million during the 2013-14 election cycle, according to end-of-year spending reports that showed candidates and independent groups collectively spent more...

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    McCarthy, Boxer trade blame over drought bill

    WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are publicly blaming each other over who derailed congressional efforts last year to pass a drought relief bill for California. McCarthy, R-Bakersfield,...

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    On immigration, Valadao and Denham zig where GOP zags

    WASHINGTON -- San Joaquin Valley Republican Congressmen Jeff Denham and David Valadao are now at the forefront of challenging party orthodoxy on immigration, a dissident position that brings both promise and peril. On Thursday, doubling...

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    House Republicans vote to block Obama's immigration actions -- but not Valadao

    WASHINGTON -- House Republicans -- though not two valley ones -- voted Wednesday to block President Barack Obama's immigration plans and end an existing program that has deferred deportation for 500,000 young immigrants called "dreamers."...

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    Supreme Court lets stand delta smelt protection, dealing blow to farmers

    The Supreme Court on Monday steered clear of a California whirlpool, letting stand a lower court's decision that upheld federal rules protecting the Delta smelt. The high court's decision not to hear the high-profile California water case...

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