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March 2, 2014

How They Voted: week ending Feb. 28

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Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said the bill's $18.3 billion in discretionary spending bill is "paid for by using savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," while its $2.88 billion in mandatory spending is offset by changes in other veterans' programs.

Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said the bill "creates new veterans' programs, new spending for veterans, and it is not paid for in any way. It is all borrowed money."

A yes vote was to advance the bill over budget objections raised by Republicans.

Voting yes: Al Franken, D, Amy Klobuchar, D

Voting no: None

Not voting: None

Key votes ahead In the week of March 3, the House will debate federal and state regulation of surface coal mining, a delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and a repeal of National Flood Insurance premium increases. The Senate will take up a bill to renew child care and development block grants to states.

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