Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol...

Votes in Congress

June 09, 1991|By Roll Call Report Syndicate

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on important roll-call votes last week:

YES N: NO X: NOT VOTING

HOUSE: MAIL COSTS

The House rejected, 227-198, an amendment cutting the fiscal 1992 appropriation for House members' mailing costs from $80 million to $59 million. This occurred as the House passed a bill (HR 2506) appropriating $1.8 billion for legislative branch operations in the coming fiscal year. The amount will rise to about $2.3 billion when the Senate adds its operating expenses.

The House this year began limiting each member's use of the franking, or free-mailing, privilege. Members can spend an amount equal to three times the number of residential mailboxes in their district times the cost of a first-class stamp. This amounted to an average $204,000 per member in 1991. Amendment sponsors said $59 million, plus surpluses carried forward, is ample for House mail costs.

MA A yes vote was to cut appropriations for members' mail costs.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

Y * * Byron, Beverly B., D-6th

* N * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

Y * * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

* N * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

Y * * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

HOUSE: CIVIL RIGHTS BILL

By a vote of 273-158, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 1) making it easier for plaintiffs to file and collect damages on lawsuits alleging job discrimination based on race, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The support fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override President Bush's promised veto of the bill.

Offsetting recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the bill shifts to employers the burden of proving the "business necessity" of challenged employment decisions, and authorizes compensatory and punitive damages to all victims of job discrimination. The bill also outlaws personnel quotas.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member Y N X Member

N * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

Y * * Byron, Beverly B., D-6th

Y * * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

* N * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

Y * * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

Y * * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

HOUSE: THE GOP RIGHTS BILL

By a vote of 162 for and 266 against, the House rejected a civil rights bill sponsored by the Republican leadership and endorsed by President Bush.

The measure shifted the burden of proving "business necessity" of challenged personnel practices to the employer, as does the Democratic bill (above). But the GOP set a lower standard of proof. The GOP bill permitted limited monetary damages in certain cases but did not authorize compensatory and punitive damages to all plaintiffs who win their suits. It also enabled congressional staffers to file job discrimination suits in federal court, whereas the Democratic bill leaves enforcement up to congressional officials.

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A yes vote supported the GOP's civil rights legislation.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

* N * Byron, Beverly B., D-6th

* N * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

Y * * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

* N * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

* N * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

HOUSE: SPACE STATION FUNDING

By a vote of 240-173, the House restored $1.9 billion for development of Freedom, the manned space station. The vote during debate on HR 2519 overrode an Appropriations Committee plan to kill the project in fiscal 1992. The Senate has yet to consider space station funding for fiscal 1992.

=1 A yes vote was to preserve the space station.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

Y * * Byron, Beverly B., D-6th

Y * * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

Y * * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

Y * * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

SENATE: TO HELP BABY BELLS

By a vote of 71-24, the Senate sent the House a bill (S 173) permitting the seven Bell telephone companies to make telecommunications equipment.

The regional "Baby Bells" have been barred from manufacturing since the court-ordered breakup of AT&T in 1984, on the rationale they could use monopolistic power to crush competitors. But they say the ban has opened the door wide for foreign manufacturers. A yes votewas to pass the bill.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: "DOMESTIC CONTENT"

By a vote of 64-32, the Senate preserved "domestic content" language in S 173 (above). This kept requirements that U.S. firms make at least 60 percent of the value of a Bell company's manufacturing output, and that the final product be assembled domestically. The vote pleased the Communications Workers of America and upset free-traders in the administration.

MA A yes vote was to keep domestic content language in the bill.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

@SENATE: NEW DRUG CZAR

By an 88-12 vote, the Senate confirmed former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez to head the National Drug Control Policy Board, replacing William J. Bennett.

A yes vote was to confirm Mr. Martinez as the new drug czar. Y N X Member Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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